An Overview and FAQs

Savannah Cats: An Overview and FAQs

You might not have heard about Savannah cats yet and would want to know what they are and how they are domesticated as pets. If you’re a cat lover and plan to have one as a pet, reading through this might just be your next option.

Savannah Cats
According to The International Cat Association (TICA) - registered Savannah cat is a domestic cat with African serval (a medium-size African wild cat) heritage. Savannah was the name of the first kitten born out of this cross-breeding on April 7, 1986. This forced breeders Joyce Scroufe and Patrick Kelly to develop a new breed. There and then the breed contributed to the development of Savannahs including Oriental Shorthairs; spotted cat breeds like Egyptian Maus and Bengals; and the average domestic shorthairs.   

TICA started registering Savannah breeds in 2001 and granted them full recognition (championship status) in 2012.

Typically, Savannah cats are medium size. Their weight can vary ranging from 8 to 20 pounds, or even more. Male Savannahs are usually larger compared to their female counterpart.

Personality and Characteristics
Savannahs are notable for being affectionate with the family members and strangers. They tend to vocalize their needs and have high-level of intelligence. Both children and strangers are good friends for them. They are often tagged as gracious hosts who tend to be your close companion. They are also friendly to the other pets at home.

If you are into adventures and an active lifestyle, a Savannah cat is your best buddy. Savannahs enjoy life, which is pretty much obvious as they jump to high places, walk on a leash, explore their surroundings, and search for water to play in. Make sure to spend more time with them and prepare some toys when you are not around because they are highly interactive felines.

Mixed-breed cats and pedigreed cats vary in terms of their health problems. Such problems may have genetic attribution. Luckily, Savannahs are generally healthy and without genetic problems. Some of them may develop cosmetic flaws, but these do not keep them from being your great companion.

Proper Care
Keep them indoor to prevent diseases, attacks by coyotes or dogs, and any other dangers. Providing them with huge outdoor enclosure would be a great idea as well.

Coat Color
Though Savannahs vary in patterns and colors, most of them have dark brown or black spots on cream, white, sandy, or golden backgrounds. They have bold markings that may be in oval, elongated, or round shape. Some of them do have a marble pattern, resembling an elongated bull’s-eye.

Savannah cats are considered full-grown at about three years of age, that is when they reach their adult size, their height is usually achieved in the first year of development.