Sand Cat - Facts, Info & Photos


Sand Cat Facts

  • It is believed that they are capable of survival for a long time without drinking water.
  • Sand cats live a solitary life, except during the mating period.
  • They are one of the hardest cat species to breed in captivity. More than 4 in 10 cats bred in captivity die at a young age.
  • They are mainly nocturnal animals, making them even harder to study.
  • There are less than 200 sand cats currently held in zoos only.
  • Sand CatWhile most cats have good hearing, sand cats have developed their hearing even more. This allows them to hunt for prey.
  • Besides eating small rodents, sand cats also hunt poisonous snakes, especially sand vipers.
  • According to the Koran, a sand cat was the companion of the prophet Mohammed and his daughter during their trip in the desert.
  • It is also sometimes named the “sand dune cat”.
  • It has thick hair on its soles, making it more adapted to the harsh extreme weather of the desert.
  • In captivity it was observed that after a meal the cat buries its leftovers in the sand.
  • Although most cats are found in the Sahara Desert, some sand cats also live in parts of Iran, Pakistan or Turkmenistan.
  • Predators of the cat are snakes, wild dogs or birds of prey in some cases.
  • The cats were first discovered and described in 1858 by a French naturalist, Victor Loche.
  • Sand cats can survive with very little or no water if they get the necessary liquids from their prey’s body.
Sand Cat Fast Facts
Length of the Body: - 16 to 18 inches
Length of the Tail: - 9 to 12 inches
Diet: - lizards, birds, and small rodents
Number of Young: - 2 to 4
Home: - from the Sahara and Arabian Deserts east to Pakistan
Class: - mammals
Order: - carnivores
Family: - cats