|Nico was unwanted by the time he reached adulthood and became unhandleable. Because they are only 8-10 pounds people mistakenly think they can tame and keep this little exotic cat as a pet. They weren't counting on the fact that all exotic cats, male or female, neutered or not, spend their entire day spraying. |
Geoffrey Cats were once common in zoos and the private sector but this species has almost completely disappeared because of poor management. The zoos did not keep them on display because they were considered common pets. Pet breeders bred for profit and not for conservation so no records were kept as to the geneology.
Due to its endangered status and the difficulty of finding unrelated pairs, of known origin, the Felid Taxon Advisory group has advised the zoos to allow this exquisite little cat to disappear from captivity forever.