"The Pulvis Cat, or as I like to call them "Dirty Cat" is a creature that oftentimes made me somewhat frustrated during my trek across Haven. They are so adorable, I always wanted to pet their small fluffy heads whenever I came across one, but they'd always dart away from me at great speeds, usually jumping their way on tops of tall trees. It always made me incredibly sad, but then I managed to get myself a domesticated one and she has been a faithful friend ever since."-William Tancard's: Guide to Haven's Glorious Creatures.
Pulvis Cats, also known as "Dirty Cats," are a common species of feline predator mammal native to many temperate forests, plains, deserts, and badlands across planet Haven. They resemble a mix of the "Persian Longhair" species of feline, and the "Vulpes vulpes" (red fox) species of canine, sharing several physical traits with the two. Pulvis Cats are a very common animal, being easily found all across Haven's temperate climates, with a theorized global population of around fifty-two million individuals. They can oftentimes be found in small packs or colonies of several Pulvis Cats, hunting and coexisting together.
Thanks to their commonality, Pulvis Cats are a fairly famous animal among the many cultures across planet Haven, appearing in many pieces of cultural art and iconography. Along with appearing in art, the Pulvis Cat is oftentimes kept as a house pet by much of the planet's populace, as they are a fairly low-maintenance pet. Most famously, the "Pulvis Crossers," an illegal gang of ravagers found in the southern regions of the Theltheim Isles use the Pulvis Cat as their symbol and namesake, as they often times implement tactics of the Pulvis Cat in their illegal doings.
A Pulvis Cat's baseline physical appearance is as feline as one can find on Haven, having a quadruped build with two front-facing eyes, a slanted snout on the center of its rounded face, and two ears atop its head, along with two sets of five whiskers on their cheeks in order to assist them in balance. They have thick, often dirty, and patchy fur which ranges in color from faded oranges and grays, to lighter whites and dark blacks. They are fairly short, only typically standing at an average height of around fifteen inches tall, (33 centimeters) and an average weight of around eleven pounds, (4 kilograms) making them fairly lightweight.
Located on their posterior, Pulvis Cats have a long, bushy tail covered in thick layers of fur, which oftentimes are more than double the length of their bodies. This tail is used for many different purposes, such as the removal of debris in the Pulvis Cat's way, to grappling onto objects, with a Pulvis Cat oftentimes using their respective tails to grip onto the branches of tall trees in order to flee from a potential threat or attacker. Thanks to this, a Pulvis Cat is an exceptional climber, being able to leap across great heights of a tree, catching themselves before they reach the ground below.
Their abilities of sight, smell, and sound are all fairly impressive, with a Pulvis Cat being able to see up to two kilometers in a distance, as well as being able to see perfectly well in the dark of night. They are able to detect the faintest scent among the deep and thick dust, or ashen land, snuffling their nose underneath the ground to locate small prey such as insects, or worm species of fauna. Their ears have been developed to be able to detect very slight sounds, allowing them to be aware of any threat coming from any direction around their person. A Pulvis Cat will not hesitate to immediately flee if a sound particularly frightens them, oftentimes retreating to the treetops in order to stay out of reach of the sound's origin.
Due to their small stature and weight, the Pulvis Cat oftentimes needs to flee from other rival predators, as they lack many defensive abilities. Thankfully for them, however, they are able to move across the ground at incredible speeds, clocking in at maximum speeds of around thirty-five kilometers per standard hour, making them one of the fastest feline species of Haven in their respective weight class. Along with their great abilities of speed, the Pulvis Cat has been specially developed to be able to hide from both predator and prey. They do this by quickly digging a small hole into the dust-covered ground, then quickly obscuring themselves by placing the debris created in the process on top of themselves. With their dirt-colored fur camouflaging the Pulvis Cat among the dusty surface they are now obscured by, this allows a Pulvis Cat to either hide from a pursuing predator, or await a moment to strike on unexpecting prey.
Pulvis Cats are extremely timid and skittish creatures, oftentimes retreating from the simplest of sounds. Their careful nature extends to every aspect of their life, never overstepping or taking unnecessary risks, as well as always taking the protection of themselves or their pride as the prime directive in their existence. Thanks to this, combined with their impressive abilities of speed and agility, it has made it very rare for a predator species to manage to grab ahold of a Pulvis Cat and consume them, with only predator species specially developed to hunt them to be able to have even a chance at capturing one.
Every Pulvis Cat across the planet of Haven belongs to a pride or pack of some sort, oftentimes being a part of a pride that can comprise up to dozens of different Pulvis Cats within it. These prides of Pulvis Cats are formed whenever two Pulvis Cats who currently do not belong to a pack breed, with their lineage continuing the tradition and breeding amongst themselves. This may lead one to think that the Pulvis Cat is born with several birth defects, due to most species experiencing such effects due to interbreeding. However, the Pulvis Cat seem to be exempt from this rule, as if any mutation is experienced within a newborn Pulvis Cat, then it is despite the fact that their parents are directly related.
Along with their careful nature, they are very aggressive when it comes to other Pulvis Cats that are foreign to their respective pride, with full-blown "wars" being waged between two separate Pulvis Cat packs whenever they come into contact with one another. The reason for this would be the nature of the respective environment the Pulvis Cat calls home. Due to the creature being very effective hunters, they cannot afford to allow another large pride of Pulvis Cats to live in the same area, as there simply isn't enough food to go around if two or more prides are hunting the available prey at peak efficiency.