Acquired: Rescue / shelter organization,
Worked with pet (didn’t own)
Texas, United States
Posted Jan 22, 2013
I recently completed a three month animal husbandry internship at Big Cat Rescue in Tampa, FL. At the sanctuary, there is only one Geoffroy cat and her name is Nico. She is melanistic (which means she is all black). At the sanctuary there is a saying that the smaller the cat, the more ferocious. Many of the keepers were most fearful of Nico out of all the other cats. Don't let the small size fool you. They are nothing like house cats and are in fact WILD animals!
These cats exhibit wild behavior!
They have sharp canines and will bite, especially if food is involved, as they are particularly food aggressive.
They have sharp claws and will scratch.
They spray, just like other wild animals and will have trouble consistently going in the litter box.
Not safe around other pets or children of any age.
Must be able to provide proper diet, can be expensive to care for.
They are beautiful animals
There is really no reason to own a Geoffroy cat. They look just like house cats in size and color (there are certain breeds of domestic cats that have similar markings of the non-melanistic Geoffroy cats). The temperament of this animal is very unpredictable and they are often mistaken as easy to handle because of their size.
If you want to know more about Geoffroy cats and their plight in the pet trade you can visit any ACCREDITED sanctuary website. Don't perpetuate the exotic pet trade by buying an exotic pet. Go to a shelter or breeder of domestic cats! :)