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5 wild cats you've probably never heard of

By: Ali Berman on Jan. 22, 2016, 4 p.m.
A Pallas's cat on a rock

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Pallas's cat

These cats may look pretty sizable in pictures, but they're all fur. This kitty weighs between 5 and 10 pounds and has the longest and densest fur of any feline. That tonnage of fluff makes them look a lot bigger and more threatening than they actually are. In reality, they weigh about the same as a standard domestic cat. The Pallas's cat, native to central Asia and countries including Iran, Afghanistan, Pakistan, northern India and southern Russia, likes cold arid and rocky habitats such as alpine deserts. Their giant fur coat makes their cold weather habitats nice and toasty.