What kind of animal is a gray cat? Explanation of characteristics, ecology, and habitat


What kind of animal is a gray cat? We will explain its characteristics, ecology, and habitat. It is said to be the most mysterious wild cat in the world. There is very little information about this cat’s ecology and characteristics, and there is little progress in research, so I would like to introduce this cat.

What is a gray cat? About basic status

Gray cats are members of the Carnivora order, the Felidae family, and the Felidae genus. In terms of appearance, it is called Desert Cat, Desert Cat, Chukoku Mountain Cat, and Grass Whip. The scientific name is Felis bieti. The body length is 68.5-84cm and the weight is 4.5-9kg. The confirmed information is listed below. We will also confirm and post any updated information or results from research, etc.

English(英名)Chinese Mountain Cat
scientific name(学名)Felis bieti
classification(分類)Mammalia、 Carnivora、 Felidae、Felis

About classification

There are many mysteries about gray cats, and there are many things we don’t understand. It is said that it may be related to the European wildcat.

About habitat

Gray cats can only be found in China’s Tibet Autonomous Region, Qinghai, and Sichuan provinces.

feature is? What kind of creature is it?

It is said that the gray cat is very similar to the European wildcat. It is said to be a highly adaptable cat, as it can live at an altitude of 3000m and is distributed in forests and shrublands. The fur is sandy colored with white underparts and black rings on the legs and tail.

What is the ecology like?

Gray cats live on mice and birds. Breeds from January to March. The female gives birth to two to four kittens in a secluded burrow. There are still many mysteries and not enough research. The first photo in the wild was taken in 2007. Additionally, in 2015, one individual was observed and photographed in the Luolgai Grassland. From the fall of 2018 to the spring of 2019, it was recorded in alpine grasslands in the southeastern part of the Sanjiangyuan region.

Are gray cats an endangered species?

It is estimated that the number of gray cats in existence is extremely small, and they are designated as an endangered species. Until 2007, only six individuals of the Chinese wildcat were known, and the number is expected to be extremely low. It is also said that it is difficult to secure food because the number of pikas they feed on is decreasing. Although it is a small species endemic to China, China itself has its own problems and conservation projects have not progressed much.

Can gray cats be kept?

Can gray cats be kept? Unfortunately, it is extremely difficult to obtain as it is designated as an endangered species and there are only a few of them in the first place. It will be tough because it’s a rare cat that can’t even be seen in zoos.


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