The gray cat is one of the world’s most mysterious and least known cats. Most cats have clear ecology, personalities, and characteristics, and many people keep them, but this cat is an exception. This mysterious cat lives only on the Tibetan plateau and is listed as an endangered species. The population is said to be quite limited.
Gray cats live in Tibet.
The gray cat is a small wild cat found only in western China. It is said to be 60-70 cm in length and around 5 kg in weight, similar to the European wildcat. The underparts are white, the legs and tail are patterned with black rings, and the body color is sandy. The gray cat has an extremely limited habitat and lives mainly in Tibet, but also in Sichuan and Qinghai provinces. It inhabits forests and lowlands, and is occasionally found in areas with an altitude of 3000m. Gray cats are nocturnal cats and are said to often rest during the day. Until around 2007, only a few of these cats were known to exist.
Gray cats live by eating small birds, insects, and mice. Reproduction is viviparous. They breed from January to March, and can give birth to 2 to 4 cubs at a time. There are many mysteries about the ecology, and there are many parts that are not well known.
Until very recently, gray cats were largely unknown, so little research was done. Until 2007, only a few were confirmed, and only in recent years have they been protected. The gray cat is designated as an endangered species due to its extremely low population. It is also listed in CITES Appendix II, and international trade is restricted. There have been many cases of gray cats dying by drinking the poison used to trap mice. So it is now protected.
The number of gray cats is small and they are protected animals, so it is difficult to keep them. Go to Tibet or see it at the zoo.