Genets are related to cats but more closely related to the mongoose. Most of them have spotted coats, long, banded tails, small heads and large ears.
All live exclusively in Africa except for the common genet, which inhabits diverse habitats and can be found in Northwest Africa and Southwestern Europe.
Genets are solitary predators and they feed on a wide spectrum of plants and animals, as they mostly feed opportunistically. However, they strongly prefer animal matter.