Sand cats or desert cats, are the Peter Pan of the feline: In their entire life they maintain the aspect of kittens, giving the impression that they never grow. Although they live in the desert areas of North Africa, Arabia, Central Asia and Pakistan, they are considered a species near threatened since people illegally trade with them as pets and also hunt them.
These cats are well adapted to the harsh environment in which they live. They can survive temperatures between -5 and 52 ° C, and are capable of holding months only with the water contained in their food. Unfortunately, a recent study indicates that only 61% of sand cats in captivity survive beyond one month, this is mostly caused by maternal neglect. They also tend to suffer from various respiratory diseases, making them unsuitable as pets.