Civet – The Cat

Know the about the wild and amazing cat Civet?

Very frankly…I had not even heard about it before…Read the name first time in some fashion magazine that bore information about ladies perfume…Initially I thought it had something to do just with oils…Later I realized as to where that oil was obtained from…Civet cat…

 Hmm…This African Civet is a large species of Civet found across sub-Saharan Africa….The African Civet is the only remaining member in its genetic group and is considered to be the largest Civet-like animal on the African continent….Despite their cat-like appearance and behaviours…the African Civets are not felines at all but are in fact…more closely related to other small carnivores including Weasels and MongoosesThe African Civet is most well known for the musk that it secretes to mark its territory called Civetone…which has been used in the manufacturing of perfumes for centuries…and it’s striking black and white markings…make the African Civet one of the easiest Civet species to identify…

One of the African Civet’s most distinctive features are the black and white markings on their fur and grey face…which along with the black band around their eyes…gives these animals a Raccoon-like appearance….The similarity is only heightened by the fact that the African Civet’s hind legs are quite a bit longer than the front legs…making its stance very different to that of a Mongoose….The average adult African Civet has a body length of around 70cm with nearly the same length tail on top of that….The paws of the African Civet each have five digits with non-retractable claws to enable the Civet to move about in the trees more easily…

The musk secreted by the glands close to the African Civet’s reproductive organs has been collected by Humans for hundreds of years…In its concentrated form,…the smell is said to be quite offensive to people…but much more pleasant once diluted…It was this scent that became one of the ingredients in some of the most expensive perfumes in the world and made the African Civet a well-known African animal…African Civets are known to carry the rabies disease…which is contracted through contact with an already infected animal….The African Civet is also known to use designated areas around its territory…where it is able to go to the toilet…

Okay…Now go through our reference links…

  1. Kopi Luwak by Emery
  2. Civet by Dope
  3. Civet by Blue Planet