Cat breeds: the Sand Cat characteristics and behavior

The Sand Cat is a strong cat original from the deserts of Africa and Asia. They are capable of living in the desert, without water for months.

The Sand Cat (Felis margarita) is a strong cat original from the deserts of Africa and Asia. They are capable of living in the desert, without water, running in shifting sand, and detect underground prey.

Physical characteristics

The coat of the sand cat ranges from pale sandy to grey-brown.  Some of them have markings or spots while others do not have them at all.  They are mainly small cats with short legs, broad head, large eyes, and short ears.

The length of this cat from head to tail is usually between 15 and 20 inches.  An adult sand cat will weigh between 3 to 7.5 pounds.  In the northern regions of the desert, the winter coat of these cats is thick and very long.

Habitat

The sand cat is found in sandy and rocky deserts distributed in three main regions in the world: northern Africa, southwest and central Asia.  In the African Sahara desert it runs along Algeria, Niger, and Morocco, and Estern Ehupt, all the way throughout the Arabian Peninsula. Parts of Asia where he lives include Iran, Pakistan, Turkmenistan, and Afghanistan.

These cats prefer to dwell in a dry and arid habitat.  They usually avoid sand dunes where there is little food. Sand cats have a very high resistance to extreme conditions.  He can survive temperatures ranging from -5 °C (23 °F) at night to the hottest day where the temperature can reach up to 52 °C (126 °F).  The cat will drink water when available, but he can survive on his prey’s bodily fluids for months.

Behavior of a Sand Cat

Sand cats are solitary animals when they are off mating season.  They meow like domestic cats but they also add a loud, high-pitched barking sound.  They dwell in burrows that have been abandoned by other animals.

Their menu include small rodents, and sometimes hares, spiders, insects, birds, and reptiles.  When it comes to hunting, these cats are fearless.

Visit us in Dogalize to learn about other cats.  Your domestic cat does not have the same resiliance as the Sand Cat, he needs you for his care.  We can help you with great tips and tricks.