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Pallas's Cat as Totem
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Published: December 7, 2009
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Pallas's Cat
Otocolobus manul

The Pallas Cat is a small feline found in Central Asia (primarily Iran, China and Mongolia), living primarily in sandy areas such as steppes, open terrain, mountainsides and deserts. They have round pupils; unusual for a cat, and have wide-spaced ears and broad heads that give them an owlish appearance. They are active at night and mostly predate upon pika and other rodents, as well as hares and birds. The Pallas cat doesn’t do well in captivity, as it breeds okay, but has a weakened immune system from living in isolated environments, and kittens tend to die from infection. It is not usually a vocal cat, but will sometimes bark like a small dog.

As a Totem Animal

Respecting your ancestry, illness and wellness, chronic conditions, exposing uncomfortable weaknesses in who you are, embracing silence, going after what you want, holding onto mystery – for others and for yourself, intensity.

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18.5 x 20.5cm (or 7.4 x 8 in)
- Original Available for Sale -
illo's board, fineliner, aquarelle, pencil, metallic and iridescent paint
Image size
2200x1870px 5.21 MB
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shadowjacHobbyist Digital Artist
I saw on before it did't bark though
Draconicat's avatar
Gorgeous face on the Pallas's cat!
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Interesting cat!

When I read the description, I thought about the relationship that many felines species have with disease, and a theory I'd read of some years back about the effect of the feline immunodeficiency virus on many cat species. That domestic cats for example have fewer blood groups even than humans makes one wonder if many went through a kind of bottleneck because of it (similar to the Toba catastrophe theory for humans )
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RavenariProfessional Traditional Artist
It wouldn't surprise me at all with the cats you know, that makes a lot of sense.
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They're such cute, round critters.... I found a pic of a very puffy-fluffy one...yet they look so sad with the shape of their fur ruff around the face. [link]
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RavenariProfessional Traditional Artist
They are *weird* looking, yet I loves them.
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I could see naming one Confucius and another Sun Tsu and a third Lao Tsu... They make me think of wise or sad little sages!
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lupagreenwolfProfessional Artisan Crafter
Such an odd kitty--but beautifully rendered. Yet another wonderfully obscure totem brought to the forefront :)
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RavenariProfessional Traditional Artist
Heh, thanks! My next two are the same. Heh.
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ValvadorHobbyist Digital Artist
Cat looks quite funny :D but I like the picture very much!
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RavenariProfessional Traditional Artist
the cats are *very* weird looking.
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BlueNephelimHobbyist Traditional Artist
I love that square head - it really does look like an owl!
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RavenariProfessional Traditional Artist
they really do! :D
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daikotoDwolv Digital Artist
Cool! Nice job!
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RavenariProfessional Traditional Artist
thanks!
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