1. What is a Savannah cat?
A Savannah is the name for a new breed that has been created by the breeding of a african Serval to a domestic cat. Savannahs may also be referred to as Serval hybrids. The purpose of the breed is to provide people with a large cat that looks like a Serval in body composition and coat pattern, but acts like a domestic.
These special cats make wonderful family pets, and provide you with a much smaller and more manageable version of the exotic African serval.
The Savannah Cat breed originated from the hybrid cross of a wild African Serval and a domestic cat. Savannahs were first bred in this country in the 1980′s and have grown considerably in popularity since then. These special cats make wonderful family pets, and provide you with a much smaller and more manageable version of the exotic African serval.
2. What makes a Savannah the most desired cat?
Servals have long been admired for their magnificent beauty. They possess an elegant golden coat marked with strikingly clear black spots. Not only is their coat beautiful, but also their body type and personality. Many states do not allow private ownership of exotic cats (Servals), but do allow hybrids (Savannahs). Savannahs are smaller (14 – 29 lbs.) and more manageable than a Serval (do not require special diets or facilities). Savannahs simply possess the beauty of the Serval, but are considered domestic.
Savannahs are the largest hybrid feline available. They are excellent with other pets and children. They create strong bonds with their owners.
3. When are Savannah kittens ready to leave?
Kittens are typically ready to be shipped at approximately 8-12 weeks of age. This is so they can be fully vaccinated prior to leaving.
4. Do Savannahs use a litterbox?
Yes. Savannahs are completely litter trained prior to leaving. The kittens will use a litterbox as faithfully as any domestics.
5. What is a Savannahs temperament like?
Savannahs have a domestic “dog-like” personality very loving and outgoing personalities. They are highly intelligent cats and learn quickly. They love playing Fetch. Savannahs love to follow you around the house and come when called.
6. Why do Savannahs cost more than Servals?
The crossing between the Serval and domestics is extremely difficult. There are many people attempting this cross; however, only a few breeders worldwide have had any success. Years of time and money have been invested in what seems to be the impossible. There are few first generation Savannahs in the world and the demand for these exotic cats is tremendous. One must also remember that Servals almost always require a raw meat diet that can be quite costly, where Savannahs eat a regular domestic cat diet.
7. Do Savannahs get along with children and other pets?
Savannahs are very adaptive cats. They get along great with children and your new Savannah will end up best friends with another dog or cat, most likely end up sleeping together.
8. 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.