Genet care sheet

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Genet care sheet

Postby veralidaine » Wed Mar 06, 2013 11:12 pm

For one of the club meeting topics, me and another exec each did some research on an exotic species we felt would be a good 'beginner' species and then presented it to the club. I chose to do the genet, and put it in a double sided, two column format. Let me know what you think. Doing this helped confirm that a genet is the first exotic I would like to have once I live in a region where it's legal.


• There are 14 subspecies of genet.
• Belong to the family Viverridae.
• Common Genet can be found in many parts of Africa, southern Europe, the Middle East, and in the Mediterranean. Other subspecies are only in Africa.
• Solitary and Nocturnal.
• A genet’s tail tends to be as long as their body and they have retractable claws.
• Lifespan in captivity can be up to 20 years.
• Depending on what subspecies, can be anywhere from 2-8 lbs as an adult.
• Genets can fit through any space that their head fits into.
• Genets are semi-arboreal and agile climbers so cages should be tall.
• Cage should be large. If not, the genet should have opportunities and explore and play outside of it.
• Cages should have multiple levels, like a large ferret cage.
• The whole cage should not be cleaned all at once, this will scare the genet because it won’t be able to smell itself.
• Aloof, independent, more feline-like in that they’ll come to you when they want to and not a moment sooner.
• Can be affectionate and playful if raised and socialised by their human.
• Need to be handled often to maintain good relationship with their human.
• Although they can get along with other (large, not small) animals they are raised with, they won’t bond as strongly to you.
• Can be skittish.
• You want to start them on a harness early in life.
• Will like to climb on you but won’t know to retract the claws.
• They tend to pick a spot where they want to urinate and defecate and you can then put a litter box there.
• Genets are very curious animals so if you let them out in your house (which a lot of people do), make sure that all your valuables are put away and the genet is supervised.
• Considered omnivorous but seem to prefer animal matter.
• In the wild, have been known to eat rodents, shrews, bats, birds, bird eggs, centipedes, scorpions and fruits such as figs and olives.
• Similar to a cat, the genet needs food with high taurine and low carbohydrates.
• The best diet is a mix of high quality cat/ferret food, whole prey (such as mice), eggs, along with some fruits and vegetables.
How to prepare for your genet
• Have a vet that is willing/knows how to treat a genet. You’ll want your genet to be spayed/neutered to reduce smell, spraying, and aggression once puberty hits. Be cautious if the vet wants to vaccinate your genet. At the moment, there are no vaccines made for, or approved for genets.
• Have a large, multi-level cage (some people recommend 6 by 8 feet for the larger subspecies) with a hammock/comfy space for them to sleep

• Have a diet decided upon.
• Preferably have a schedule for play/social time and keep in mind that genets are naturally nocturnal and will take some time to acclimate to your schedule.
• Find a reputable breeder!

Sources: http://melissaasmith.hubpages.com/hub/genetcare
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Re: Genet care sheet

Postby Ash » Thu Mar 07, 2013 2:33 pm

Neat. A member here has genets and breeds hers. She says it's critical to get them super young--younger than most breeders are willing to sell them. JDSscarlett, or something like that is her username.
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