Pallas cat price

Pallas cat price

Pallas Cat

Pallas Cats are a wild and ancient type of cat that was discovered by this ancient Greek explorer and naturalist named Pallas. They were first described and described by other ancient Greek poets like Homer and George Theodor Hellenicus. It is about as old as wild cats as we know them and therefore, it is presumed to be the ancestor of all domesticated cats as well as wild cats as we know them.


The Pallas's cat is a highly specialised predator of small mammals, which it catches by stalking or ambushing near exits of burrows. It also pulls out rodents with its paws from shallow burrows. In the Altai Mountains, remains of long-tailed ground squirrel (Urocitellus undulatus), flat-skulled shrew (Sorex roboratus), Pallas's pika (Ochotona pallasi) and bird feathers were found near breeding burrows of Pallas's cats. In Transbaikal, it preys on Daurian pika (Ochotona dauurica), steppe pika (O. pusilla), Daurian ground squirrel (Spermophilus dauricus) and young of red-billed chough (Pyrrhocorax pyrrhocorax). (Source: en.wikipedia.org depletion of marmots which are commonly hunted.Their burrows are used by the cats to provide shelter, avoid predation, giving birth and raising young (Source:wildcatconservation.org))

Pallas’s cat is a solitary animal that is primarily crepuscular but can be active at any time of the day or night. For shelter it uses caves, rock crevices or abandoned burrows of other animals such as of marmots, foxes and badgers. Such shelter is thought to be a critical habitat feature for Pallas’s cats as they are often predated by sympatric predators. Such shelters are also essential as birthing dens and for raising young. When Pallas’s cat feels threatened and no shelter is available, rather than run, it remains perfectly still relying on its camouflage for protection. The home ranges of the Pallas’s cat can be very large considering its small body size, with home ranges of over 100 km² for males in some regions. In Russia, home ranges of three radio-tracked Pallas’s cats varied between 5–30 km². In a study in Mongolia, home ranges of males were 4–5 times larger than female home ranges. Male home ranges measured 20.9–207 km² and female ones 7.4–125.5 km². Home ranges of males generally overlap with those of several females and can also overlap with other male ranges. (Source: www.catsg.org)


The Pallas's cat was first described in 1776 by Peter Simon Pallas, who observed it in the vicinity of Lake Baikal. In the early 19th century, it was reported to occur in Tibet, and in the Transcaspian Region in the early 20th century. To date, it has been recorded across a large areal extent, albeit in widely spaced sites in the Caucasus, Iranian Plateau, Hindu Kush, parts of the Himalayas, Tibetan Plateau, Altai-Sayan region and South Siberian Mountains. It inhabits rocky montane grasslands and shrublands, where the snow cover is below 15–20 cm (6–8 in). It finds shelter in rock crevices and burrows, and preys foremost on lagomorphs and rodents. The female gives birth to between two and six kittens in spring.


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