Pakistan Sand Cat

By Jane An

Description

  • Classification: Mammal
  • They're medium length thick fur protects them from cold temperatures during the night
  • Have hairy ears to keep blowing sand out
  • Fur Color: varies from pale yellowish brown to gray
  • Narrow dark brown or black stripes on lower back and legs
  • Narrow black bands and a black tip on tail
  • Reddish orange markings around the eyes
  • Have white chin and chests
  • Paws have black fur on pads to protect them from hot desert sand and rocks
  • Length: 45cm - 57cm (18 - 22.5 inches)
  • Tail: 28 - 35cm (11 - 14 inches)
  • Weight: 1.4kg - 3.4kg (3.25 - 7.75 lbs.)
  • Communication: Their sharp hearing is a way of communication between male and female to mating and establishing territoriality
  • Their ears are particularly sensitive
  • Can hear movements of its prey both above and below ground
  • Excellent diggers, but not agile jumpers or climbers
  • Live up to 13 years

Food Chains and Habitat

  • Eat small mammals, reptiles, birds, insects, and spiders
  • Fluids they need to survive in the arid habitat is within their prey
  • Often take food from the market (one of the reasons why they are endangered)
  • Mainly carnivores
  • Sand cats are predators
  • Predators to Sand Cats: various animals such as venomous snakes, jackals, and humans (although we do not necessarily eat them)
  • Location: desert areas of Northern Africa, Arabia, and parts of Central Asia
  • Climate: Arid
  • They live in areas that are flat and do not have a lot of vegetation

Adaptation

  • Their fur is thick enough to prevent them being cold on cold nights
  • When daytime, they hide underground (digging a hole) or a rock to keep themselves cool
  • Their ears are sensitive enough to here their prey's movements
  • Steals food from the market and eats it
  • They may not be able to jump or climb well, but they make excellent diggers
  • Usually, Sand Cats don't hunt in packs, because they can't find each other in the vast desert

Reasons for Endangerment

  • Endangerment:
1. Humans hunt Sand Cats (Sand Cats steal then eat the food from the market)
2. Taken by humans then pet traded
3. Predators kill them as preys
  • What we could do to prevent them as extinct:
1. Offer them some food (So that they wouldn't steal the ones in the market)
2. Instead of pet trading, we could trade something else