Soon enough, you’ll feel ticklish all over like your entire body was cuddling in its fluffy fur, but don’t be alarmed–it’s only happiness. It’s completely natural to feel this way.
The Pallas’s cat, also called manul, is a small wild cat with a broad but fragmented distribution in the grasslands and montane steppes of Central Asia. It is negatively affected by habitat degradation, prey base decline, and hunting, and has therefore been classified as Near Threatened by IUCN since 2002.
The Pallas’s cat is about the size of a domestic cat, its body is 46 to 65 cm (18 to 26 in) long and its tail is 21 to 31 cm (8.3 to 12.2 in) long. It weighs 2.5 to 4.5 kg (5.5 to 9.9 lb).
Pallas’s cats are solitary. Both males and females scent mark their territory. They spend the day in caves, rock crevices, or marmot burrows, and emerge in the late afternoon to begin hunting. They are not fast runners, and hunt primarily by ambush or stalking, using low vegetation and rocky terrain for cover. They feed largely ondiurnally active prey species such as gerbils, pikas, voles and chukar partridges, and sometimes catch young marmots.
How rare is this cat ? The International Species Information Service lists 117 worldwide, with 48 being in the U.S.
Information taken from IUCN Status Survey and Walkers Mammals of the World.