Sneaky, Sandy Felines….

Have you ever heard of the Sand Cat? If not, this link will tell you more about this beautiful little desert feline.

And if you are wondering how this information could possibly apply to fiction, check out Andre Norton’s novel Beast Master*. There is a very big sand cat in that story. One who is the unquestioned empress of her master’s various animal companions!

Sand Cat

The Sand Cat is the only feline species found primarily in deserts. They are also referred to as Sand Dune Cats and are found in various regions of Africa and Asia.

Sand Cat Scientific Classification

Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Mammalia
Order: Carnivora
Family: Felidae
Genus: Felis
Scientific Name: Felis margarita


There are several subspecies of this species, including:

Sand Cat

  • Felis margarita margarita
  • Felis margarita thinobius
  • Felis margarita meinertzhageni
  • Felis margarita airensis
  • Felis margarita scheffeli
  • Felis margarita harrisoni

Different subspecies are occasionally referred to as Arabian Sand Cat and African Sand Cat, depending on their range of distribution.


They have certain characteristic features in their appearance that distinguishes them from other wild cats.

Size: Their head-and-body length ranges between 15 inches and 20 inches (39 cm and 52 cm) while the height from the ground to the shoulder can be anywhere from 10 inches to 12 inches (25.4 cm to 30.4 cm). The tails can be 9.1 inches to 12 inches (23.2 cm to 31 cm) long.

Weight: The adults can weigh anywhere between 3 lbs and 7.1 lbs (1.35 kg and 3.2 kg). Kittens weigh around 1.4 oz to 2.8 oz (39 gm to 80 gm) at birth.

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