Squee Sunday: Sand Cats Posted By sheila on October 15, 2017 I only recently heard of sand cats. They’re a species (Felis margarita) of small cats which live in the desserts of Central Asia, the middle east and North Africa. And as you can see, they¡re adorable. Posted by sheila Sheila came to La Palma with a six month contract and has stayed 24 years so far. She used to work as a software engineer at the observatory, but now she's a writer and Starlight guide.