IUCN Status: Near threatened
These incredibly grumpy looking wild cats are masters of disguise and use their fur colouring to blend into their surroundings very effectively.
At Howletts we have seven resident Pallas cats, including male, Temujin. Temujin was hand raised by his keepers until he was around four months old and despite looking like a very fluffy domestic cat, he is renowned for being very grumpy and ferocious!
Pallas cat numbers are in decline in the wild, but you can adopt Temujin and help us to protect these wonderful cats for the future.
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Elongated hair on the Pallas cat’s belly and tail serve as extra insulation against the cold and its low set, rounded ears are ideal for hunting in open country, where there is little cover.
The most significant threat to wild Pallas cats is the large scale poisoning of the pika population – a small rodent the size of a rat, found in huge numbers across the Pallas cat’s range. Pikas form a large proportion of the Pallas cats' diet, unfortunately they are poisoned as farmers consider them a pest.