sand cat

About

This wildcat is only slightly larger than a typical house cat. Its fur is sandy brown, except for the dark brown tip of its tail, and the white tufts at the end of its long, pointed ears. These animals blend in especially well in arid environs and are rather difficult to spot when they do not wish to be seen. A typical sand cat is 2 to 3 feet long and weighs around 30 to 40 pounds.

Sand cats are nocturnal predators of deserts and dry steppes. They prey mostly on small mammals, and only fight larger creatures if cornered or otherwise forced to fight. Sand cats are very territorial, but form small family groups called dens. If cornered, or its young are threatened, a sand cat will fight savagely against even a much larger opponent.

Sand cats prefer to lair in small caves or abandoned burrows, but will settle for a sheltered overhang if no other options are available. One adult always guards the lair if kittens are present. Sand cat kittens reach maturity in 10 to 12 months. A sand kitten fetches 500 to 2,000 gold pieces on the market, as they are highly prized as pets and hunting companions.


sand cat

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