The habitat of this cat is arid regions, for instance the Kalahari Desert. There it hunts for rodents, lizards and insects. Black-footed cats live solitarily and are active at night. In the daytime they hide under rocks and shrubs.
There are two subspecies: Felis nigripes nigripes in the western parts of southern africa, and Felis nigripes thomasi. The latter has a slightly darker colour.