Sand cats are desert species, they have an extremely cute shape like kittens throughout their lives. They can withstand −5 ° C (23 ° F) to 52 ° C (126 ° F) and can live without water for many months after eating.
Sand cats are found in both sandy and rocky deserts, which are very far from water sources. With its thick fur, the sand cat can adapt to extremely harsh environments, both hot and cold. They have short but very pointed forelegs while the hind fingers are small and less pointed.
Like the big African fox, the long strands between the toes insulate the foot from the hot sand. At the same time, it also helps this cat disguise its footprints, making it difficult for other species to follow.
Sand cats are solitary species, only in contact when it is mating season. They communicate through scent, scratch marks and urine (especially for territorial marking). They have a habit of burrowing or reusing the defendant caves, abandoned hedgehog. In addition, this species also has the ability to accelerate ‘championship’, up to 30-40 km / h. Quite a large number compared to their body size.
Sand cats are also a ‘evil’ predator, they mainly hunt rats, small birds and reptiles such as desert lizards, short-finger geckos, thorns lizards, sand snakes … even insects. Sand cats have a bite force of about 133.1 (strength / body size index), the highest in the cat family.
Now, this adorable cat faces extinction. Although hunting has been banned in many countries around the world, some other countries still allow hunting sand cats such as Egypt, Oman, the United Arab Emirates … However, the situation is not too tragic. While there are still countless organizations out there that are always ready to rescue these poor ‘little’ friends.