They can present a challenge, particularly at lower levels, due to their high damage output and extremely rapid attacks. It is also possible to contract the disease Witbane from them. Animal Extermination quests may require a sabre cat to be killed.
The average sabre cat has reddish-brown fur which helps it blend into grassy regions. The snowy version of the sabre cat has spotted white fur which it uses more for stalking more than its cousin in the plains. Snowy sabre cats are typically found in the northern regions of Skyrim (as well as other cold areas), especially around Dawnstar and Winterhold. 
BehaviorEditThey occasionally travel in groups of two or three, though they do usually travel alone. Once a sabre cat catches sight of prey, it will crouch and slowly move towards it until pouncing at the right moment. Due to their camouflaged coats, they can easily ambush an unwary traveller. They may lurk in nooks under hills just off the road, poised to ambush anyone who walks by. They do sometimes follow prey into water, so don't rely on a river as a quick escape route. They are susceptible to Command Animal and are sometimes summoned by spriggans.
In addition to the standard sabre cat, there is a subspecies known as the snowy sabre cat, which is much stronger and lives in snow-covered areas, like the regions around Windhelm and Winterhold. They can be distinguished from regular sabre cats by their light colored coat.
Sabre Cat Guardian SpiritEdit
A spectral sabre cat, bigger and tougher, that is encountered in the quest Kyne's Sacred Trials. Located on the shore of the Sea of Ghosts near the glaciers' edge, it is found only if the quest has been activated.
- A sabre cat or cave bear may spawn at the Riverside Shack, depending on the Dragonborn's level.
- They are possibly related to the sabretooth tigers found in Daggerfall.
- Rarely when in rocky mountain areas, you can lead a Sabre cat down the mountain towards a river (while sprinting), cross over the river, and turn around and when standing absolutely still the Sabre cat will be spinning in the rocks, trying to decide which way to go.
|Creatures and Enemies (The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim)|
|Animals||Ants • Bear • Cave Bear • Chicken • Cow • Deer • Dog • Elk • Fox • Goat • Hawk • Horker • Horse |
Ice Wolf • Mammoth • Mudcrab • Rabbit • Sabre Cat • Salmon • Skeever • Slaughterfish • Snow Bear • Snow Fox • Wolf
|Creatures||Chaurus • Frostbite Spider • Frost Troll • Giant • Hagraven • Ice Wraith • Spriggan • Troll|
|Daedra||Dremora • Flame Atronach • Frost Atronach • Storm Atronach|
|Undead||Corrupted Shade • Dragon Priest • Draugr • Ghost • Magic Anomaly • Skeleton |
Subjugated Ghost • Wisp • Wispmother • Vampire
|Animunculi||Dwarven Centurion • Dwarven Sphere • Dwarven Spider|
|Dragons||Dragon • Blood Dragon • Frost Dragon • Elder Dragon • Ancient Dragon • Skeletal Dragon|