The Legal Stuff
Ok, so first things first. You should check to see if where you live even allows a savannah cat. There are certain locations within the United States, where this cat has been removed from the list of allowed animals. I would hate for you to put so much work into finding your perfect pet, only to find out you can’t legally have them. Here is a link to see what your states regulation is on the matter.
About the Savannah Breed
Personality and Behavior
Savannahs are very social, intelligent, and loyal cats. Most savannah cats enjoy playing in water, separating them from most domestic cats. Savannahs do this funny little thing called chirping rather than meowing which is more common among higher generation savannahs, which gets passed down from their serval heritage.
Savannahs are a hybrid cat. It is a cross between a serval and a domestic cat. The savannah physically takes after their serval ancestry having a long slender body, long legs, long neck, tall upright ears, short tail, and ocelli behind their ears. They have a triangular shaped face with hooded eyes and tear stain markings below the eyes, running along the nose. The accepted TICA standard for spots is tight round black spots. TICA's accepted colors are silver, gold, black, and black smoke. The hind end of the savannah cat is higher than its prominent shoulders. These cats are well known for their running speeds and high jumping abilities.
Frequently Asked Questions
Question: What is your recommended diet?
Answer: I highly recommend a whole raw/wet diet. This type of diet is high in protein and water content providing all essential nutrients that cats and kittens require. A whole raw diet consists of entire prey animals such as chicks, mice, gerbils, hamsters, quail etc.
Question: Is this breed of feline alright with children?
Answer: This is a conditional question depending on upbringing of the particular cat. I would highly recommend a kitten from a breeder who has children socializing with them during their young stages of life. This will create an easy transition bringing them into your home.
Question: When can my kitten come home to me?
Answer: We usually insist the kitten go home with you at 12 weeks of age. This allows us enough time to get in their second set of vaccinations as well as rabies vaccination and ensure strong health against possible environmental dangers in new homes. This is also still young enough to develop good bonding between owners and other household companions.
Question: Can this cat be trained?
Answer: Yes, it is possible to train your cat, but just like dogs, it takes much time, patients and repetition.
Question: What is the size difference between generations of savannah cats?
Answer: Typically, the higher generations of savannahs are larger. This is not always the case though. Genetics plays a large role in what the size of each cat will be. There have been many times where lower generations of savannah cats are just as big if not bigger than higher generations and vice versa.
Question: Will my kitten arrive litter trained?
Answer: Cats typically become very familiar with the litter box and its purpose around 8 weeks. higher generation savannahs sometimes take slightly longer. keep in mind that if your kitten arrives soon or has just arrived there may be an initial transition period and it could take a few days to adapt to its new environment, accidents may happen.
Question: Can my cat go outside?
Answer: Your cat can go outside as long as it is on a leash or in an enclosure. It is not recommended for this breed to be an outdoor cat due to its heightened hunting abilities and effects it could have on the ecosystem.
Question: What should I expect when bringing my new kitten home?
Answer: Upon receiving your new arrival, it is recommended to seclude the kitten in an small room in order to keep them calm and comfortable in their new setting. This will allow them to slowly get used to the new surrounding smells. This room should include a litter box to get familiar with and food and water. A comfortable bed with some toys is also recommended. This procedure is recommended for at least a week. This not only protects your kitten, but also allows any other pets to get familiar with different smells in the home.
Question: What are things I should monitor to ensure good health of my kitten/cat?
Answer: You want to ensure that your kitten/cat is eating and drinking as well as making normal bowel movements. Also your cat has 4 lymph-nodes on their neck. If you are concerned with your cats health these are a good sign of bacterial or viral problems with the cat. The lymph-nodes will swell when the cats white blood cells are fighting off something.
Question: How do I buy a savannah cat that is for sale?
Answer: First, either contact us or the current owner of the Kitten that you are interested in purchasing and we would be more than willing to walk you through the process and how it typically works. We usually ensure that this would be a good match for both you and the kitten. As long as it appears there will be a healthy companionship we explain that there is a contract involved for the protection of both parties involved. Another thing that would have to be worked out is either pickup or delivery. Details depend greatly on which kitten is of interest.
Question: Will my kitten arrive spayed/neutered?
Answer: No, our Savannah kittens typically arrive around 12 weeks. It is not recommended to neuter or spay this early due to health and developmental issues that can occur to a kitten that is neutered/spayed early in life. Risks include but not limited to stunted growth and metabolism, urinary tract problems and uncontrollable bladder. It is recommended to neuter/spay between 4 and 6 months of age.
Question: How to choose a cat/breeder?
Answer: *Ask many questions* In a way you are also purchasing your breeder. The first months of a kitten’s life are especially important. A healthy, inspiring environment is required in establishing a well behaved, loving, and social cat. Get to know your breeder and cat before making a big decision. You should be comfortable that you have made a good decision rather than nervous and hoping for the best.
Any good savannah breeder will provide some sort of guarantee on their cat. The standard is typically for a year. Cats should also be negative for PK, PRA, felv, and Fiv. The Savannah kittens themselves don’t necessarily need to be tested, but at least the parents do. If the parents are not, then it is necessary for the kittens to get tested. You would not want to risk you new adopted baby developing a serious disease.
Savannah Cat Pricing
Male Pet Price: $15,000 – $20,000
Male Breeder Price: NOT AVAILABLE (F1 Males are STERILE)
Female Pet Price: $15,000 – $20,000
Female Breeder Price: $16,000 – $25,000
F1’s are difficult to produce as one parent is an African Serval, and the other is a domestic cat. There is a very low success rate with these pairings, and a breeder can endure great loss attempting to produce F1’s. They are known to produce small litters, if any.
Male Pet Price: $4,500 – $6,500
Male Breeder Price: NOT AVAILABLE (F3 Males are STERILE)
Female Pet Price: $4,500 – $6,500
Female Breeder Price: $5,500 – $7,000
Male Pet Price: $7,500 – $9,500
Male Breeder Price: NOT AVAILABLE (F2 Males are STERILE)
Female Pet Price: $7500 – $9,500
Female Breeder Price: $8,500 – $10,000
F2’s are difficult to produce as the male is much smaller (males are STERILE until the F5 generation), and many males wont breed an F1 female. Producing F2’s is also very expensive as the breeder must obtain costly F1’s to do so, and they more often than not have small litters.
Male Pet Price: $2,500 – $4,500
Male Breeder Price: NOT AVAILABLE (F4 Males are STERILE)
Female Pet Price: $2,500 – $4,500
Female Breeder Price: $4,500 – $5,500