common name: Sand Cat
Kingdom: Animalia
Class: Mammalia
Order:Carnivora

Sand Cats weigh between 4-8 pounds, and are about 29-36 inches in length, and 10-12 inches in height. Sand Cats have soft fur that is a pale sand or gray color. They have large ears, and a reddish streak that runs from its eyes across its cheeks. The ears are a red/brown color, and have black tips. They have faint stripes on their body, and black bands running on the top of their legs. Sand Cats claws are not very sharp, due to the fact that they don't have many places to sharpen them in the desert. Their habitat is sandy and stony deserts. They live in the Sahara Desert, the Middle East, and Turkestan.

The Sand Cat has been known to have to litters of cats per year, generally in the months of March-April,and again in October. The mother gives birth to her babies after about 59-63 days, and give birth to 2-4 kittens. The newborn kittens weigh about 1.5-2 ounces. The kittens start to walk after a time of 21 days. Sand Cats become independant after about 2-4 months.

Sand Cats hunt by digging, the Sand Cats diet consists of about 3 species of gerbils, birds, reptiles, and snakes.

The Sand Cats are not endangered because of habitat loss, they are collected for pet trade, and they are hunted for a sport. It is beleived that the Sand Cats population might have been affected by the Golf War. The Sand Cat is classified as endangered, it is so rare that this cat is listed as only having 116 cats of this species living world wide. The Sand Cat is always held in captivity generally in N. American zoos. They can live up to 13 years in captivity.

The Sand Cat is so rare and people hunt it for the sport, eventually the whole species is going to become EXTINCT! Also they are so cute!!!

 

info found from Bigcatrescue.org
Pictures found on google images