Cats are among the world’s most beautiful animals, ranging from the powerful tiger to an affectionate tabby. Cats are diverse, adapting to their environment, whether it’s a jungle or a small house. This adaptability makes them ideal pets, and they fill our lives with joy and fond memories.
There are certain breeds that combine the domesticted nature of a house cat with the wild spirit of a big cat. For owners searching for the best of both look no further than the Savannah Cat. The breed was first developed in the 1980s, crossing a domesticated feline with a serval. This has produced a grand and dignified cat that has the spotted fur of its ancestors.
Savannahs possess large sonar-like ears, long legs and expressive eyes. They hold the record for being the world’s tallest domestic cat, being around the size of a small dog. They have a life span of 12-20 years and require a high level of exercise and social training from birth.
Savannahs are often compared to dogs in their temperment because they are very loyal and will follow their owner around. They can be trained to fetch and walk on leashes, as well as being friendly to strangers. If properly socialised, your Savannah will be a wonderful companion.
The breed’s jumping ability is extraordinary, being able to leap as high as 8 feet into the air. Their intelligence makes them inquisitive and they have been known to open doors, so owners should take that into consideration. Another interesting quirk is a Savannah will fluff out the base of its tail as a greeting. They have been recorded wagging their tails in excitement.
Savannah breeding is broken down into filial number. For example, cats produced directly from a serval and domestic cross are the first generation and will be listed as F1. F1 generations are hard to produce because of the different gestation periods between servals and domestic cats. Servals are also very picky with mates and will not often choose domestic felines.
The breed doesen’t require a special diet and is the same as an average house cat. A good choice is a balanced raw meat diet and working with your vet is the best way to determine what your cat needs. Savannahs don’t have any specific health issues, though regular check ups are recommended.
Savannah cats are majestic animals that deserve a loving home. Owning one is a big responsibility and they should be treated with respect.