Savannah cats are considered one of the larger races of domesticated cats. A Savannah cat’s body size is higher, slenderer, and larger than other domestic cats. These cats are the result of breeding 2 cat breeds; the Serval cats (wild cats from Africa) and exotic domestic cats that are smaller than the Serval cats like the Bengal cat, Oriental Shorthair, Egyptian Mau, or Serengeti.
The first litter of kittens that you get from crossing a serval with a domestic cat is called the F1 generation. Then when those kittens grow up and have kittens of their own, that is the F2 generation. The males in the first few generations can’t make kittens, just like mules can’t make mule babies. It’s some kind of thing that happens with hybrids.
Anyway, by the F5 generation, the males can start being fathers, but by then the kittens don’t look as much like the breed standard as the earlier generations do. So at that point, it’s best to start over with a male serval and make another F1 generation.
Even more interesting is the fact that Savannah cats can leap to about 8 FEET! That’s 96 inches! It can technically jump on any living person on this planet!
Unlike most domestic cats, Savannah Cats are by nature not afraid of water. They will even play on water and owners are known to shower with them.
These cats are by nature very social to humans, dogs, cats, and any other animals. Savannah cats have no temperament problems more common in other domestic cat breeds like shy and aggressive. Cats as they are, Savannah cats are very curious, and have been known to get into all sorts of things and troubles. They often learn how to open doors and cabinets (maybe to get food?).
Thinking of owning one already? Hold up.Savannah cats belong to the top ten most expensive cat breeds in the World with prices ranging from U.S. $4,000-10,000! Sorry folks! This cat will have to remain a dream for the 99% of us on this planet.
Frequently Asked Questions
Do Savannahs use a litter box?
Yes. Just like other domestic cats, savannahs are usually litter box trained prior to leaving for their new home. The kittens will use a litterbox as faithfully as any domestics. Male kittens do need to be neutered to prevent spraying even though they are sterile.
Do Savannahs get along with children and other pets?
Introducing a Savannah to the household is like introducing any domestic cat. The breed itself is extremely energetic, being very active and playful.
Do Savannahs have to be kept indoors?
No, they do not have to be kept indoors. However, breeders strongly urge new owners to keep their Savannahs on a leash due to the fact that there are often stray animals that carry various diseases.
What kind of care is needed for a Savannah?
A Savannah can be treated just like any domestic cat. NO SPECIAL CARE IS REQUIRED. A regular veterinarian is qualified to treat a Savannah. Savannahs are vaccinated the same as domestic cats.