Geoffroy's Cat

Day In The Life

Hunting and Diet

The Geoffroy's cat typically hunts rodents, fish, hares, and small birds. These cats are reported to be nocturnal. They tend to hunt in trees or dense, wooded areas. Typically, Geoffroy's cats avoid open spaces, except for those subspecies that live in rocky mountain desert.

Mating and Family Life

They are mostly solitary, and while females might share the same space, males do not. Geoffroy's cats typically only come together to mate. Geoffroy's cats "breed easily in captivity" and typical litters have 2-3 kittens. Geoffroy's cats reach sexual maturity later than domestic cats: females are sexually mature at 18 months, and males are sexually mature at 24 months.

Behavior

Geoffroy's cats mostly spend time on land avoiding open spaces, though they sometimes use trees to hunt. Geoffroy's cats like to climb. In the wild, they climb trees and hunt, but in captivity, caretakers put litter boxes and toys up high so that the cats can climb and spend time higher up. The cats move in "serpentine" ways, keeping to the edges of objects and avoiding open space (when kept as private pets, this means they snake around home furniture and avoid the centers of rooms). When Geoffroy's cats share space, they make purring, growling, and hissing noises to communicate. See a Geoffroy's cat here:

Additional Resources

International Society for Endangered Cats