Savannah Cat Breed – A great choice when it comes to rare cat breeds!
F1 Savannah Cat – the highest degree = one parent is a serval, one a house cat (usually another Savannah).
F2 Savannah Cat – the second highest degree = a grandparent is a serval.
F3 Savannah Cat – a great-grandparent is a serval.
F4 Savannah Cat – a great-great-grandparent a serval.
F5 Savannah Cat – a great-great-great-grandparent a serval.
F6 Savannah Cat -a great-great-great-great-grandparent a serval.
So you see, the higher the number, the less “wildcat” will be in it. They are still beautiful, graceful creatures, but much more calm and “catlike” than the closest two degrees after the serval.
F1 & F2 Savannahs need outdoor enclosures with protections against harsh weathers! Their close relation to the Serval makes them extremely hyper and active, they need space to run.
Savannah Cat Price
How much do Savannah cats cost? That depends on its lineage, or more how close it is to its wild ancestor, the Serval.
The higher the pedigree, the higher the cost, basically. But that of course also depends on where the cat/kitten is bought. As a rough idea on how much the cats go for, on average, here a short list:
F1 – $12,000 – $20,000
F2 – $5,000 – $12,000
F3 – $2,500 – $8,000
F4 – $1,500 – $5,000
F5 – $1,200 – $9,000
F6 – $1,200 – $9,000
The reason that these numbers are so wildly different and then even possibly go up towards the F5 and F6 pedigrees, are easily explained by markings and breeder potential. Basically – the prettier and more likely a good breeder the kitten would make, the more it will cost, no matter who sells it to you.
Male kittens F1-F4 are infertile, so many breeders will actually use a male F5 or F6 to breed with a female F1 or F2, so the F5 & F6 males will most likely be more expensive if the markings are perfect.
Watch out for scammers! If it’s too good to be true, it’s probably a scam! (Example – no one will sell you an F1 for $5,000 unless there’s something seriously wrong with it!)
Savannah Cats as Pets
Considering a Savannah as a pet? No problem, as long as they’re legal where you live (for U.S. check here), and you can provide for them properly. Remember that some states have specific laws for Hybrid cats that are next to indistinguishable to their “wild” ancestors – which could include your F1 Savannah.
Although Savannahs are mostly considered domesticated cats, they are Hybrids, so don’t be fooled by their cute big tufted ears and fluffy baby coats. They WILL get bigger, more mischievous, and wilder. They are very loving and affectionate, and just as their Serval ancestor, might only bond to one human or family for life – especially higher generations F1 & F2. If you cannot take care of it anymore, it will be very hard to impossible to rehome it with another family/person. It might have to go to a wildlife sanctuary, and they are NOT happy about that for a reason.
Savannahs do not necessarily need lots of raw meat to eat, but bigger toys to play with are adivsed (think durable dog toys they can’t swallow). Lots of space to run and be wild (but safe), and LOTS of attention are important. And I mean LOTS. An unhappy Savannah will be just as unhappy as a house cat when not played with and ignored. It will be rebellious and pissy. Literally.
Savannah cats might spray. A lot or a little, or none at all is all depending on the individual cat and it’s generation. The closer to the Serval, the more it might spray.
They are litter box trainable (think big litter box please, it’s a big cat after all). But it’s hardwired in their nature to mark their territory, and your home will not be an exception. It is possible to try to contain it, to prevent damage and (too strong) smells around the house by placing these where it will go. But nothing is 100% and it will be your job to check the Savannahs’ home regularly and wash/clean/sanitize everything that was in its pee-path.
Savannahs might chew on your cables, push down vases, jump on cabinets – just as their related Serval and housecat parents. But since they’re bigger than most cats, and veterinary visits might very well be much more expensive, “baby” proofing your house will save you money and heartache when your Savannah decides to get electroshocked from some cable or swallows something that nearly suffocates it.
Savannah’s are extremely active cats, they need an outdoor enclosures with protections against harsh weathers.
They can make lovely pets, as long as you know what you’re getting into and are prepared to deal with it.
Savannah Cat Breeders
To buy a Savannah cat, I most definitely recommend going through a TICA (The International Cat Association) registered breeder to make sure they have health guarantees and up to TICA’s standards, which will only benefit you and the cat, especially considering the investment that it is.
Savannah Cat Kittens
Another good website where to find Savannah kittens and cats is here. Some are certified breeders, others might not be, please make sure to ask them if it’s important to you.
Savannah Cats for Adoption
Interested in a mature Savannah in need of lots of love for a possibly smaller pricetag? Consider adopting one here.
Savannah Cat Diet
The diets of Savannah Cats depend, just as their lifestyle and temperament, on their pedigree. F3 and higher are calmer and house cat enough to be handled and treated just as any other cats, meaning their diet can consist of the same foods and they can play with the same toys as others.
F1 and F2 cats however do well with a more “wild” diet, meaning more raw foods, exotic feline supplements, and bigger toys (think small dog, more durable). They will be more active and hyper, not to mention larger than their house cat friends.
Click Here to find foods that will help you satiate your F1 & F2 cats and keep them healthier and happier! Also good for lower generations!