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Interesting Sand Cats

The cats that are known as sand cats have pale sandy to grey-brown fur. On their belly, the fur might be paler but darker on their backs. There are sand cats that have stripes on their legs and on their faces are red streaks which run across the sand cat’s check from the corner of each eye. They have broad heads with large eyes and low-set ears. Sand cats have short limbs.

Sand cats are native to the Sahara Desert of Africa, the Arabian Peninsula and can also be found in parts of central Asia. They like dry, arid habitats that have little vegetation and since they’re sand dwellers their homes are in dry plains and rocky valleys. They love to burrow and dig in the sand.

Sand cats enjoy a diet of small rodents, hares, spiders, birds, insects, and reptiles. They are known to be bold snake hunters and will even attack very poisonous snakes. They can survive for weeks without water and will get some moisture from their prey. Their breeding habit depends on what part of the world they live in due to the change of seasons. A female sand cat usually has a litter of one to eight kittens and the most common litters are two to four kittens.

These are nocturnal and crepuscular animals (those that become active at twilight) so they avoid the heat of the desert by burrowing deep down into the sand. Their lifespan is unknown in the wild but if in human care then they can live to 13 years.

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  1. We have enough cats around here. We need to care for them. Most are feral cats.

    But that photo is stunning He looks so well fed I like his face.