The common genet (Genetta genetta) is a small carnivorous mammal in the family Viverridae. Its fur is usually spotted, it has a long ringed tail and retractable claws.
Common genets can be found in Africa, southern Europe, and in the Middle East. Genets are nocturnal and have musk glands used to mark their territories. In the past, genets were domesticated to get rid of mice and rats, but were later replaced by cats.