Humans have always been obsessed with the business of looking forever young, so this breed of cats will surely elicit a justifiable feeling of envy. Sand cats (Felis margarita) are a breed of cats that have been blessed with the gift of looking like kittens ’til they grow really old. They can be found in the deserts of North Africa, Central Asia, Arabia, and Pakistan. Now, would you think about that, finding the fountain of youth in the deserts!
Although sand cats do grow in size, they retain their adorable and innocent-looking kitten-like features. That is if they’re able to grow at all. This breed belongs to the list of “threatened species” by the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN). Because of its beauty and rarity, these cats are hunted for trade in the Middle East and even for sport. What is equally unfortunate is that they are not biologically designed for captivity and domestication. Sand cats in captivity have slim chances of living past a month as they are susceptible to a number of respiratory illnesses. Their body and natural instincts are made only for the desert. Their soft, thick fur, which often comes in light sandy brown or grey in color, is suitable for surviving the desert heat. They also have long and dense fur on their paws to enable them to walk the hot desert sands.
Pretty much like your average house cat, sand cats spend most of the day sleeping – but not because they’re lazy, but because they’re nocturnal creatures. You’ll find them sleeping beneath shrubs during the day, and at night, it’s common to see them attacking vipers and other breeds of snake for food. They surprise snakes with a strong blow to the head before sinking their sharp teeth into their necks and making them into their family’s meal. Yup, they’re 100% adorable and fierce.
Are you envious yet?