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Geoffroy's Cat

Geoffroy's Cat

Length:20 inches
Weight: 8 - 10 lbs

Habit: solitary and nocturnal
Diet: rodents, hares, fish, reptiles, birds, and various small mammals
Lifespan: 14 years (in captivity)

Sexual maturity: 18 months for females and 24 months for males (in captivity)
Gestation: 71-78 days
Litter sizes: 2 kittens

  • Geoffroy’s Cats were named after the French naturalist Geoffroy St. Hilaire.
  • Geoffroy's Cats have a uniformly patterned coat of small black spots of nearly equal size and spacing. Black (melanistic), individuals are common. (See right)
  • The Geoffroy's Cat inhabit a variety of habitats but prefer thick cover and scrubland.
  • The Geoffroy's Cat can be found in Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Paraguay, and Uruguay.
  • Geoffroy’s cats are strong swimmers that regularly enter the water, and have been recorded frequently swimming fast flowing rivers 100 feet wide.
  • Kittens are born in a den in a root cavity, rock crevice or a clump of bushes.
  • Unfortunately Geoffroy’s Cats are being used to make fur coats. Thousands are killed for their skins, since Jaguar, Ocelot and Margay pelt trading are restricted. (At least 25 adult Geoffroy’s cats are killed to make one fur coat.)
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