The Geoffory’s cat

Geoffroy’s cat facts

Scientific name: Leopardus geoffroyi

Distribution: They are found from southern Bolivia, Paraguay and Uruguay to the south of Argentina

Habitat: The Andes Mountains, Pampas (scrubby forest parts) and Gran Chaco (a hot and semi-arid lowland region of Paraguay, Bolivia and Argentina)

Prey: Rodents, hares, small lizards, insects and occasionally frogs and fish

Number of kittens in a litter: One to four

Lifespan: 20 years

Weight: 2 to 5kg

Conservation status: Near threatened

One of the smallest wild cats on earth. Geoffroy’s cat is also very tough and can survive in the harshest of environments. In fact, this feline is believed to be the most adaptable of all cats and can live in very hot as well as cold areas

A small spotted wild cat of South America who scientists do not know much about, the Geoffroy’s cat mostly inhabits open areas like the Pampas. Often referred to as ‘fishing cats’ by locals, they are very good swimmers (one cat is recorded to have swam across a 30m wide, fast-flowing river). They hunt on the ground as well as in water and fish forms part of their diet.

3 months

The age at which kittens are weaned

2 to 5kg

Their average weight (similar to domestic cats)

60 to 100g

The range of a kitten’s birth weight

18 months

The age females reach sexual maturity

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