The Pallas’s cat is a cute little furball.
Pallas’s cats are about the same size as domestic cats — they measure up to 26 inches in length and weigh around 10 pounds. But their body hair is twice as long as the hair on their head, so they appear much larger than they are.
The fluffiest cats of all
That extra coat keeps them warm in their cold habitats spanning the frigid grasslands and montane steppes of the central Asian landscape. The heavy hair, especially on the tail, keeps the cats’ paws warm as they hunt on the frozen tundra.
Pallas’s cats get their name from the zoologist Peter Simon Pallas, the first scientist to describe the species in 1776. He observed them living amongst rock crevices near Lake Baikal, southern Siberia.
Unfortunately, the Pallas’s cat remains endangered due to human poaching and mining, significantly reducing the number of rodents the cat feeds on.