Geoffroy’s Cat

The Geoffroy’s cat is probably the most common wild cat in South America. It is about the size of a domestic cat. Their fur has black spots, but the background color varies from region to region. In the north, a brownish yellow coat is most common. Farther south, their coats are grayish. A black pigmentation is quite common both in the wild and in captivity.

The Geoffroy’s cat primarily preys on rodents, small lizards, insects, and occasionally frogs and fish. They are at the top of the food chain. Although they appear to be plentiful, some conservationists are concerned because the Geoffroy’s cat is hunted extensively for its pelt.

It is only about 4 to 8 pounds. It has a long tail and long legs. Also, there have been attempts to breed this cat with domestic cats, but very little success. Also, pregnant females appear to take extra care in choosing where they give birth to their kittens. Geoffroy’s cat kittens developed very quickly and at about 6 weeks they are fully mobile.

The species inhabits the Andes, Pampas (scrubby forest parts), and Gran Chaco landscape.