Sand cat

Felis margarita


Least Conern

Activity Period




A Fe-line in the sand

Sand cats are the smallest species of wild cats and are often smaller than domestic cats. They use their large ears to hunt for prey and regularly bury their catch to return and eat later.

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Sands cats live in sandy desert environments that often have little to no water.


Found in the Sahara desert, throughout the Arabian peninsula, and across parts of central Asia.

Life Expectancy

Sand cats have a life expectancy of 13 years and can live longer under human care.


These daring hunters will eat rodents, insects, small birds, and reptiles. They are opportunistic and will take what they can get in harsh conditions.

Social Structure

Sand cats are typically solitary, except during breeding season and when caring for a litter of kittens.

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