The Chinese mountain cat is a rare species of wild cat found only in the high mountains of central and southwest China.
It is one of the least studied cats in the world, and very little is known about its behavior or biology.
It is estimated that there are only 500-2,000 individuals of the species left in the wild.
Chinese mountain cats have a thick, pale yellow-grey fur, with darker stripes on the legs and face.
They are solitary animals, living in rocky crevices and caves in the mountains.
They feed mainly on rodents, birds, and other small animals.
Chinese mountain cats are threatened by habitat loss and hunting.
They are also considered to be a potential source of food for the endangered snow leopard.
The Chinese mountain cat is listed as Vulnerable on the IUCN Red List.
The provinces of Quighai and Sichuan are the only ones where the existence of this tiny cat has been determined. This constrained range indicates that the cat has adapted to the harsh climatic extremes that vary with altitude and the seasons, including open, dry, windy conditions that can be both extremely hot and cold. High altitude steppe grasslands, alpine meadows, and alpine shrubland are its habitats. True desert or deep woodland have not been reported to contain it.
Its head, body, and tail measure between 69 and 84 cm (27 and 33 in) in length. Adults weigh between 6.5 and 9 kilograms (14–20 lb).
Its guard hairs are black, and its fur is sand-colored. There are barely any noticeable faint dark horizontal lines on the face and legs. It has black tips on its ears. It has lengthy hair that grows in between the pads of its feet and a somewhat wide cranium. It has a pale belly, black rings on its legs, and a black tail. The tail's tip is black.