Mongolian Manuls: Meet the World’s “Fattest” Cat

March 8, 2021 at 5:05 pm

These wild cats may look like Jabba the Hutt, but they’re actually just giant fur balls

At first glance, Mongolian manuls – or Pallus’ cats – look like the world’s fattest cats, but their bodies are actually no larger than a house cat.

All that extra “fluff” is just fur, designed by nature to keep the animals warm during Mongolia’s long, cold winters.

The small wild cats weigh only about 10 pounds, but their massive fur coats make them appear to be about twice their weight and size.

Mongolian manuls have the longest, densest fur of any cat on the planet.

The cats are especially adapted to the high-altitude, rocky, grasslands of central and northern Asia. They can be found throughout Tibetan plateau, the Himalayas and the Siberian mountains.

In addition, the being the fluffiest cats in the world, they are also apparently the most expressive.

The cats are listed as near-threatened by the IUCN Red List.