The viverridae family which the genet belongs to is thought to be the most primitive of all living carnivores.
Like civets and mongooses, the genet who belongs to the same family uses its well-developed anal glands for scent marking.
Genets have been depicted in ancient Greek tapestries as domesticated rat catchers.
When scent marking with their anal glands they will either perform a hand stand or back up an object to make their marking as high as they can, this is probably to intimidate intruders.
To intimidate an aggressor genets will raise the crest of hair along their back to appear larger than they actually are.
A genet’s musky anal gland secretion can retain its smell for up to 9 weeks.
It is thought that the white patches under the genet’s eyes are used to help with communication by making any facial expressions more distinct when they come face to face with other genets.
Genets are agile climbers and will often escape danger by heading to the trees where they can leap 3 to 4 metres from tree to tree.