More Cat Care Information:
What is a Savannah cat?
|General Cat Care #1: Before You Bring Your Cat Home|
|You will need food, food dish, water bowl, interactive toys, brush, comb, safety cat collar, scratching post, litter and litter box.|
|General Cat Care #2: Feeding|
|An adult cat should be fed one large or two smaller meals each day. Kittens from 6 to 12 weeks need to be fed four times a day. Kittens from three to six months need to be fed three times a day. You can either feed specific meals, throwing away any leftover canned food after 30 minutes or free-feed dry food (keeping food out all the time).|
Feed your cat a high-quality, brand-name kitten or cat food (avoid generic brands) two to three times a day. Kittens can be fed human baby food for a short time if they won’t eat kitten food softened by soaking in warm water. Use turkey or chicken baby food made for children six months and older. Gradually mix with cat food. Cow’s milk is not necessary and can cause diarrhea in kittens and cats. Provide fresh, clean water at all times. Wash and refill water bowls daily.
A Savannah Cat is the crossing of an African Serval to a domestic cat. This cross made for a very large cat that looked wild but acted domestic. The first cross of a Serval to a domestic cat was an accidental breeding by Judy Frank in 1986. At first the word spread slowly then in the mid 90's Joyce Sroufe heard of this cross and started her own breeding program. The rest as we say is “history”. The Savannah breed was born.
Since their inception the Savannah Cat has grown exponentionally. In 1997 a breed standard was created by Joyce Sroufe and submitted to TICA (the international cat association) and was accepted.
Savannahs are known for their long slender bodies, big ears, long legs and their spots. The Savannah cat is one of the newest and most exciting breeds of cats currently being developed by a select few breeders around the world. There are still relatively few Savannahs in existence, and the demand for them is quite high.
What are Savannah Cat Personalities like?
Savannah Cats have very loving and outgoing personalities and are commonly compared to dogs in their loyalty. While being very cat like for obvious reasons, savannahs also like to play in water, play fetch, walk on a leash and will follow you around the house like a dog. They are also very active cats with an incredible jumping ability. It is not uncommon to find them in places a cat cannot normally get to.
How big do Savannahs get?
All Foundation Savannahs have the letter “F” and a number associated with it to indicate how many generations it is from its Serval ancestor.
F1 = first generation (~50% Serval)
F2 = second generation (~25% Serval)
F3 = third generation (~12.5% Serval) etc.
There are a lot of variables when it comes to size in Savannah Cats. The size depends much on the size and type of their parents and also of the percentage of wild blood they have from their Serval ancestry. With each generation the size will also decrease but most males will be larger than most domestic cats. The female however can be small and will be the same size as a domestic cat but with a much larger personality. If you absolutely must have a large cat you should choose an F1 or F2 male for sure. After that there are no guarantees that any savannah will be a large cat.
|General Cat Care #3: Grooming|
|Most cats stay relatively clean and rarely need a bath, but they do need to be brushed or combed. Frequent brushing helps keep your cat’s coat clean, reduces the amount of shedding and cuts down on the incidence of hairballs|
|General Cat Care #4: Handling|
|To pick up your cat, place one hand behind the front legs and another under the hindquarters. Lift gently. Never pick up a cat by the scruff of the neck (behind the ears) or by the front legs without supporting the rear end.|
|General Cat Care #5: Housing|
|Cats should have a clean, dry place of their own in the house. Line your cat’s bed with a soft, warm blanket or towel. Be sure to wash the bedding often. Please keep your cat indoors. If your companion animal is allowed outside, he can contract diseases, get ticks or parasites, become lost or get hit by a car, hurt in a fight or poisoned. Also, cats prey on wildlife.|
Generation Height @ Shoulder Approx. Weight
F1 (50%) 14- 18inches 13-28 lbs
F2 (25% +) 12-16 inches11-25 lbs
F3 (12.5% +) 12-14.5 inches 9-16 lbs
F4 (6.25% +) 11-13 inches 7-15 lbs
F5 (3.12% +) domestic in size but a few have been known to get to 18 pounds
Are Savannah Cats good with kids and other pets?
Absolutely! When Savannah Kittens are raised in a home with well behaved children and pets, a Savannah kitten will thrive and are often found seen sleeping with both kids and other animals.
Diet & Health Care
Savannahs do very well on a high quality dry cat food supplemented with canned wet food and some raw (or cooked) meat.
Please try and stay away from grocery store brand dry cat foods as they are all mostly fillers and very low quality.
Savannah Breeders give the same vaccinations and veterinarian health care as domestic cats. I prefer to use “all killed” versus a “modified live” vaccination with my cats.
Of course, all of our kittens are fully litter box trained and properly vaccinated before they go to their new owners.
How Much Does A Savannah Cost?
The price of a Savannah will vary depending on the quality of the individual cat. Our Savannahs will be individually priced based on gender, fertility, generation and type. Their cost will normallybe noted with their pictures.
Higher percentage Savannahs (F1's and F2's) are rare and very difficult to breed. It takes many years and a lot of luck to mate a Serval with a domestic cat. Only a few breeders worldwide have had success.
Servals are wild cats with special needs in terms of their caging requirements, their diet and their health care. Caring for pure Servals and mating them to domestic cats is costly, time consuming and demanding.
Following are average price ranges for PET kittens, breeders are priced higher:
F1's will range from $4500 to $6000
F2's will range from $2500 – $4000
F3's will range from $1500 – $2000
F4's will range from $1000 – $2000
F5's will range from $8000 – $1500
SBT's will range from $1000 -$1750
Savannah Kittens for Sale
Author: Gary Fulgham
|General Cat Care #6: Identification|
|If allowed outdoors (again, we caution against it!), your cat needs to wear a safety collar and an ID tag. A safety collar with an elastic panel will allow your cat to break loose if the collar gets caught on something. An ID tag or an implanted microchip can help insure that your cat is returned if he or she becomes lost.|
|General Cat Care #7: Litter Box|
|All indoor cats need a litter box, which should be placed in a quiet, accessible location. A bathroom or utility room is a good place for your cat’s box. In a multi-level home, one box per floor is recommended. Avoid moving the box unless absolutely necessary. Then do so slowly, a few inches a day. Cats won’t use a messy, SMELLY litter box. Scoop solids out of the box at least once a day. Dump everything, wash with a mild detergent (don’t use ammonia) and refill at least once a week, less frequently if using clumping litter. Don’t use deodorants or scents in the litter or litter box (especially avoid lemon scent).|