Meet the sand cat, a cat who can't jump well, but digs like a pro!


Superior digging abilities allow these felines to burrow to find relief from the desert’s daytime heat.

A Reddit user u/petdog3rt/47 tells us:

“Sand Cats specialize in surviving in the desert. They are not good climbers or jumpers, but they are excellent diggers. They use their digging ability to dig shallow burrows to escape the heat of the desert during the day”

The Sand Cat, Felis margarita, lives in sandy and stony deserts, with well-camouflaged fur.

  • Their head and body length ranges from 15 to 20 inches, with a 9.1 to 12.2 inch tail.
  • The low-set ears help the cats detect prey moving underground.
  • The long hair on the soles of their feet protect foot pads against the extreme temperatures of the desert.
  • In the 1970s, sand cats were caught in Pakistan and exported to zoos across the globe. After this widespread distribution, this species is listed as “Least Concern” on the International Union for Conservation of Nature Red List.

Sand Cats are deadly, but not as deadly as black-footed cats, which happen to also be just as tiny as they are adorable.


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