Sand cats scores high on the scale of the cutest looking wild cats. It is an endangered species in the wild as its habitat is lost and it has to compete with wild dogs, cats and feral. The sand cat is the only cat that is really at home in the desert.
Sand cats weigh four-eight pounds and they reach a length of 30-35 inches and height of 10-12 inches. It has a soft but dense fur that is gray in color on the top and paler underneath. It has a broad head, large ears and red streaks that run from the eyes to the cheeks. The ears are black-stripped and reddish-brown.
It also has black bands that run around the front legs and faint stripes that run down the flanks. Its tail has 2 or 3 black rings towards the tip and the feet are covered with black hair that insulate the footpads against hot and cold temperatures as well as allow easy movement in the sand.
Sand cats are diggers but their claws are not that sharp due to lack of a place to sharpen them in the desert.
Sand cats are primarily nocturnal and they hunt by digging. They have highly developed hearing system that allow them to locate prey easily. They mostly feed on arthropods, reptiles and birds. They are also famous snake hunters, which they kill with a blow to the head and then bites in the neck.
Sand cats usually have 2 litters every year, first in march and again in October. Their gestation period is 60-65 days after which the female sand cat produces two-four kittens. At birth, the new born kittens weigh about 2 ounces and they gain 12 grams every day. The eyes of the kitten usually open at the 14 day after birth and they begin to walk in the 21st day. They then begin to eat solid food after five weeks and become independent after four months. The kittens become sexually mature after one year.