What is a Savannah
A Savannah cat is a cross between
a African Serval and a domesticated house cat. Savannahs are noted for their
tall and slender bodies, big ears and of course their spots!. It is one of the
newest breeds in the world and there are just a handfull of breeders in the
world that have managed to successfully mate a Serval to a domesticated
All Foundation Savannahs have F and a number to indicate what
generation it is away from its Serval ancestor.
F1 a parent is a Serval. .
F2 a grandparent is a Serval. .
F3 a great grandparent is a Serval. .
F4 a great, great grandparent is a Serval.
Savannah Cats have outgoing
personalities and are very loving. They are intelligent cats and learn quickly.
They want to be a member of the family and not your usual pet. It is not
uncommon for them to follow you round the house telling you about their busy
day when you come home. Make time for a game of fetch which they will enjoy
when they want to play, they will decide when! They may suprise you with their
love of water and most enjoy a spray down in summer. Beware an unattended
running tap is a guilty pleasure for some savannahs! Most can be walked outside
on a cat lead if trained early on at around 6 months. It is highly advisable to
get them used to a lead and harness indoors first.
Savannahs are very adaptable cats. They will easily get
along with well-behaved, respectful children. If your current cats or dogs are
socialable they will have a new cuddle partner in their basket. Toilet lids
should be down and baths attended whilst running as although not at all common
they may become a source of death or more likely embarrasment for a savannah
What is an SBT
The History of the SBT
Savannahs starts at A1 Savannahs. An SBT is bred down from the Serval but it is
at least 4 Generations removed. While many Savannahs F1 through F5 are diluted
with blood of regular house cats.The SBT Savannah is a "pure" Savannah that has
guaranteed only Savannahs parents for at least 3 Generations.
several advantages to owning an SBT Savannah as they are more consistent in
their type. An SBT's size and personality are more reliable and the temperament
is predictable. An SBT Savannah is the perfect choice for a family with other
pets and children.
big will a SBT Savannah become?
is no exact science with size of the Savannah Cat. That said it depends very
much on the size and type of their parents and the percentage of wild blood
they have from the Serval. The breeder will have a good guess on its adult
The biggest cats are F1 Savannahs and males of the F2 Generations.
They are around 2 and a half times larger than regular house cats, with their
weight from 7kg to 12kg and sometimes more. F3 males are often still
considerably bigger than a regular house cat. F3 females and all cats of
further generations decrease in size but keep their long legs, big ears and the
wild appearance. Savannahs need up to 2 years to reach their full size. It is
sad that some breeders claim thier cats will be 2 to 3 times the size of a
normal cat, it is not possible to guarentee this!
What does a Savannah cat
Savannahs should be fed regularly
and will eat human grade raw chicken, mince or chunks of red meat and cooked
ham, beef, chicken or lamb. Savannahs can be fed regular good-quality cat food
aswell with a complete dry food for grazing throughout the day. However we only
recommend raw for our babies.
healthcare does a Savannah need?
wont need a special vet and they receive the same injections and health care as
any other domestic cat.
All of our kittens are fully vaccinated and litter
trained before going to their new homes. Please do not declaw it is unnecessary
and cruel. We are strongly against it.
How much does a Savannah
The price of a Savannah will vary
depending on the quality of the individual cat. Our pet savannah cat prices
start at £600.
|The Advice below is a
guide, the opinion of one person with some years of first-hand
| What you should know before
buying a Savannah kitten.
Firstly I'd like to say "I have
Servals F1s, F2s and I'm not speculating on their behaviour, I know the Early
Generations through experience.
There is nothing worse than hearing late
generation savannah breeders saying how "wild" the F1 & F2s are! They don't
know, they may have heard the odd story but not had first-hand experience.
These people are relatively ignorant by choice as they cannot produce such
intelligent, wise, beautiful, exquisite felines!.
Savannah breeders get a
lot of phone calls from people asking "do you have any F1 or F2 Savannah
kittens?" A reputable savannah breeders first question would be "have you ever
had a Savannah cat?" The reason they ask this is because the effort involved in
looking after and entertaining an F1 or F2 Savannah cat is very different and
much more involved than a normal cat and maybe would recommend you start with
an F6 or F7 to start to get used to this quirky breed. That's not to say you
can't start with an F2.
Please don't listen to breeders who tell you F1
& F2 kittens/cats are wild and unruly as if raised correctly this is not
true and far from that they make the most amazing pets. Their behaviour is "dog
like" to a point but if you want a dog, buy a dog! The early generations learn
quickly and keep learning. If you have a house full of pets or you live alone
they will be boss, no question about it! If you have other savannahs the
earlier the F the more likely to rule! Make no mistake even if you have big
dogs the Savannah whatever generation will rule the roost. It has been said by
many Bengal breeders that the Savannah is similar in many ways but better
behaved and not as destructive. The other noticeable difference is the Savannah
is far more intelligent! They will watch and learn how to open a door, then
once you start locking it to prevent their escape they watch and learn how to
unlock that door. If they had thumbs?!?! F6 and F7 Savannah cats display the
same characteristics but not as strongly as F1 or F2s. It would not be
recommended to start with an "F1 Savannah" without at least having experienced
looking after an F2 for at least a year to 18 months to truly start to
understand this breed. That said if you are a willing servant who has plenty of
time and energy who's to say an F1 is not right for you?
should I feed my Savannah?
Firstly you should ask the
kitten's breeder what they recommend? We recommend a raw diet for several
reasons and the primary reason being the cat's health. Did you know if you feed
a completely raw diet your cats poop will barely smell. You can feed uncooked
chicken on the bone to your cat. Uncooked bones dont splinter like cooked ones
do and they are safe for your savannah to eat/chew. If you feed raw packet
foods then check that this is 100% complete. Not 100% natural as there is a
difference. If you wish to try a recommended raw food try "Purrform". We use
and recommend Purrform as it is complete. Also be aware that a growing F1/2
kitten will need its full daily intake of calcium, taurine and lysine to
develop properly! This is especially important in earlier generations. Please
remember your cats natural diet is raw, they don't pop out for dried biscuits
in the wild and cooked meat products. Cats are Obligate Carnivores and Raw is
the most sensible diet for them. Remember to please be careful to clean their
food bowls after each meal.
Should I let my
Are you mad? It's not recommended by any
breeder I've spoken too. With their sleek and spotted good looks and friendly
inquisitive personality I'm afraid it's only a matter of time before they will
go missing. Build a nice large enclosed run around 2.4m (8ft) x 4m (13ft)
minimum adding another 30% for each extra cat. Ensure your outdoor enclosure
has an insulated box for them to shelter from the cold or heat, a covered area
to shelter from the rain and snow and a shaded area for those hot sunny days.
Your savannah will enjoy a large bowl of water to play in in the summer and we
recommend the hard plastic children's sand pits. Include various height shelves
in the enclosure to encourage play and jumping. Please please make sure you
padlock this run for security and so they don't end up letting themselves out!
Many owners have found putting them out to play whilst at work or entertaining
visitors works for them. Please include as many swinging toys as possible
without blocking a good running area on and around the floor. There are more
and more cat wheels becoming available for these larger cats.
Ok so you want a Savannah?!
thing to look at is the price you will not buy an F1 Savannah cat for
£500! There are many "con" artists out there who will happily take your
deposit and then disappear into the night. Many of these people steal
legitimate breeder's photos and wording from websites and adverts so it all
looks very feasible, although when you start to question them it generally all
falls apart. You should never put a deposit on a kitten without having actually
seen it and touched it (not touch it before its first injections though) or
from recommendation. It should also go without saying that you don't send money
to a foreign bank account when the kitten is supposed to be in the UK but
believe me people have! The Savannah is becoming very popular and there are
still only a small handful of breeders in the UK (around 5) capable of
producing F1 kittens and therefore you may have to wait for an early generation
kitten. Do not be surprised if you have to be put on a waiting list with a
reputable Breeder. When eventually the call comes that there now is a kitten
with your name on it is possible to change your mind. Breeders will ring you
very early once their kittens are born so they have plenty of time to resell
the kitten or just call the next lucky person down the list if you have sourced
one elsewhere. There are a few well-known breeders which you can trust and you
will find lots of information about them online. Savannah social media groups
such as Savannah Cats Uk on Facebook are a great way to find out how helpful
the breeders after service and support are. However you do it, do your research
not all breeders are the same and there are visual differences in the breeding
lines too. Remember you are looking for a cat that resembles the serval.
Different lines do look different and beauty is in the eye of the beholder. You
are going to live with the kitten for up to 20 years so you should choose
Ok so you want to buy a Savannah but
Are you looking to buy a Savannah for a pet or
are you looking for a breeding Stud or Queen? If you'd like to breed your new
kitten once he/she is a year old plus then you will need to get help from the
breeder you are buying them from?
Have you researched all the costs
Did you know that you should not breed them on their first season
and certainly only breed if they are large enough?
Do you know what the stud
fees may be?
Does the stud fee cover the visit or as many visits as it
takes? Some breeders charge per visit and some until pregnant.
prepared to wait 18 months to 3 years before seeing any kittens?
the breeder do if your cat is infertile? Let's face it, 18 months down the road
and your cat is infertile is going to be a considerable blow!
How much is a
Stud or Queen going to cost?
Should you have a stud or a Queen?
Savannah cats are still a reasonably new breed and the best Kittens should
be kept for improving breeding lines and improving the breed as a whole. A
breeding stud or queen will almost certainly cost you two or three times as
much as a pet Savannah if not more. Make sure they that come with a "blue TICA
slip" certificate. The slip will not in a lot of cases be released until
neutering is proved but without the blue slip the cat is worthless in a
breeding program and its kittens cannot be registered. That having been said
all kittens should come with a blue slip or it should be sent to you after your
pet has been neutered. You can always ask to see the blue slip when you view
the kitten. It should be available for you to view once the kitten is 8/10
weeks old. It is particularly important with the early generation F1, 2, 3
Savannah Cats that you see both parents or at the very least the mother. Let's
face it; it is highly unlikely that someone selling F2 Savannah cats will not
have an F1 Savannah queen. Or if they are where have they come from? Yes this
has happened I'm sad to say.
What colours are
COLOURS: Black, Brown (Black) Spotted Tabby,
Black Silver Spotted Tabby and Black Smoke. These are the current breed
standard as set on 1st May 2012. No Snow? I hear you ask. Well the snow
savannah is cause for argument amongst the world's savannah breeders at the
moment. The snow Bengal was in the same situation some years ago but is now
accepted. The argument for the snow is that they are simply gorgeous! There is
such a thing as a white serval although not common it does occur. That said it
is considered a weakness in the wild as they are almost always albino. The
Bengal cat was used and accepted as a cross breed to develop the savannah breed
and this is where the snow gene comes from in their case. So why is silver
accepted? The silver gene is regressive and therefore wipes out any colouring
in the hair of the cat. Is there such a thing as a silver serval? Not seen one
have you? These are the reasons that the snow savannah will be accepted in the
future as more and more are shown and bred.
should you expect to pay for a good Savannah?
depending on where you are in the World. Also as with many things you do get
what you pay for with the better breeders. There is a guide below as to what
you should expect to pay for Savannahs in 2016. This is only a guide and
remember if the price sounds too good to be true, it probably is!. There are
price differences in colours, the prices are based on good Brown spotted cats.
Silvers will be more. Black noses are also more desirable although most servals
do not have solid black noses.
*It is recognised that 95% of males F4
and under are infertile and there for not suitable to keep as
|Sex & Generation
||As a Pet (non-active)
||For Breeding (Active)
|| Priceless !!
||£1800 / £3000
||£1500 / £2500
||£1500 / £2500
|Sex & Generation
||As a Pet (non-active)
||For Breeding (Active)
| Blimey! they are half
the price in the USA
Yes of course they are, Not!
may be the F5 female you have your eye on in the USA is $1750 and that may be
£1200 at todays exchange rate but you may have overlooked a few
You will need to apply for a cities licence that is around £50.
A traces licence. You need a pet friendly air carrier and flight, around
£1200 and then when you collect your cat from the airport you will need
to pay the vat(20%) another £240. So you still save a few pounds? Yes but
this kitten is now 17 weeks old so bonding is a little harder or very hard in
F1 and F2 cases. Then what if a problem arises? or you need to send it back?
thats 4weeks to get your cities licence if they will take it back and another
£1200 in flights.
So now you can understand why Savannah cats are
expensive as the breeders are heavily invested in the creation of their lines.
With the exception of a few breeders in the United Kindom such as
Bulgari Cats the F1s were mainly bred in the USA
and imported into the UK. Things are changing now and the UK have some of the
very best cats in the World from their own UK lines
Should I really consider spending that sort of money on a
The answer to that question depends on your commitment
to this new addition to your family. You reap what you sow with a Savannah cat.
They will come when called and sit on command when trained. They play fetch and
hide and seek, walk on a lead or go jogging with you! They are truly amazing
animals and make amazing pets. Please remember this is a commitment for as long
as this cat lives which is expected to be 18-20years.
Bulgari Cats, Hertfordshire, England.
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