Savannah Cat

A Guide to Know More About The Feline Beauty Called Savannah

Savannah cats are beautiful and alluring animals with wide, expressive, and intelligent eyes. They have been created as a result of a cross breeding experiment between an African serval cat and a domesticated Siamese cat. If you are looking forward to get a feline companion who has high amicable quotient together with a royal look then Savannah is the best option for you. The golden brown body dotted with black leopard prints will give you the vibe of the wildlife in the undulating plains of Africa. This article will focus on the history, features, and complete care for Savannah cats so that you are better equipped to welcome this feline beauty into your family.

Savannah History

Savannah breed was introduced into the world due to the efforts of Judy Frank, a Pennsylvania breeder, who crossbred a domestic Siamese cat and a male serval cat in the year 1986. The Savannah cats are half the size of their serval parents but display an impressive structural built thanks to its serval ancestry. The exotic features and the sturdy built made this breed extremely popular in the world. Within a decade or two, people were vying to get a Savannah thanks to its tropical look and high level of affection.

After Jude Frank was successful in creating a Savannah cat, Joyce Sroufe and Patrick Kelley took it forward with the International Cat Association by submitting a written documentation about this breed in the year 1996. The International Cat Association gave its nod for the acceptance of this breed but put in certain restrictions about the type which will be accepted as Savannah. The organization has restricted the acceptance of Savannah breed to spotted patterns which are similar to their serval ancestors and not the unconventional patterns similar to domestic cats. 

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Savannah Characteristics

If there is a feline breed which scores high on amiability and energy ratings, Savannah will take the top spot. They are tall and sturdily built, taking up after the features of their serval lineage. The first and second generations of Savannah cats are very big and weigh around 8 to 9 kilograms. This is because their genetic characteristics are directly influenced by serval cats. The male Savannah cats are not sexually fertile in the initial generations. They develop their fertility late when they are in their fifth or sixth generation. On the other hand, the female species show signs of high fertility right from their first generation itself.

A Savannah cat has a lustrous and furry body which is tinged with a course texture. The weight of this breed varies between 8 to 25 pounds and comes in various colours like golden brown, silver smoke, black silver, jet black, to name a few. Some of the striking features of Savannah cats are its glimmering sharp eyes and big upright ears. They exhibit tall legs which give these cats a desirable height. Their structure is lithe and tall which is enhanced beautifully by a slender body. Their rough and voluminous fur dotted with leopard prints give them a royal and exotic look.

Savannah Colours

Though the breed is a cross between domestic cats and serval cats, the body structure and colours are meant to resemble the serval side. The International Cat Association (TICA) has laid down certain guidelines regarding colours and patterns that will be accepted as Savannah. Any similar crossbred cat not having the spotted patterns will be rejected as Savannah and will be categorised under domestic variations.

The base colours mandated by TICA include smoky silver, jet black, golden brown and smoky grey. The brown variation is known as Brown Spotted Tabby which exhibits a silky smooth coat tinged with black dots all over the body. They also have Aguoti cat genes which give them the yellowish buttery finish.

The silver variant is absolutely gorgeous which looks like moonlight dotted with dark spots. They are registered as Silver Spotted Tabby that has a glimmering silvery white finish all over its coat. This variant also has inhibitor genes present in its DNA which takes away the yellow colour from its body. Hence, the typical golden pigment is missing from this variant.

The black Savannah cats and the smoky grey ones have non- Aguoti AA genes. The smoky grey cats have inhibitor genes as well due to which it does not spot the royal golden brown shade. 

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Savannah Price

The breeding standards of Savannah require the feline beauty to resemble its exotic African Serval ancestors. The price range of Savannah depends on the following factors:

  • The colour of the cat
  • The generation level
  • The litter size
  • The overall built

The early generations or the ones directly influenced by the African serval lineage are expensive. The initial generations like F1 and F2 demand high price for its superior lineage as its features closely resemble its serval ancestors. The better the lineage the smaller is the litter size. The females are priced at a higher level especially if they are from F1 and F2 generations. They are mainly used for cross breeding with other servals or male Savannah cats. 

An F1 Savannah having a litter size of 1 to 4 can cost anywhere between $15000 and $25000. Consequently, the F2 generation having a litter size of 1 to 3 has a price range of $5000 to $10000. Further down the generation, an F3 variant will cost anywhere between $2000 and $4000 having bigger litter size. The purebred variant is priced at $2000.

Savannah Care

Once you get this feline royalty in your house, you will never have a boring day. They are highly enthusiastic creatures and exhibit a friendly and affectionate behaviour. It is advisable that you clean and brush the lustrous fur coat of your feline friend twice every week to keep the dirt and infection away. You can indulge your Savannah on a leash training to keep it active and healthy. The nails can attract a lot of dirt and dust as they like to play and jump around. Please ensure that you trim and clean the nails of your cat once a week.

Fix an appointment with a vet and take a schedule of all the vaccines that are required to be administered. Keep your house pest free and ensure that you provide clean food and water so that your Savannah cat doesn’t get any parasitic infection.

Savannah Food

You need to take proper care while feeding your cat. It should consist of a balanced diet and your cat should be fed at regular intervals. Avoid filler and junk food as it weakens the immunity system and body structure of the cats. To ensure proper protein intake of your feline member, offer a good piece of raw meat or boiled chicken frequently. You will get loads of reputed dry food brands tailor-made for Savannah cats. You can offer dry food to your cat frequently so that it never roams around in an empty stomach.

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