10 Savannah Cat Fun Facts
Because of its unique blend of exotic features and lively disposition, the Savannah cat is a fascinating and mysterious animal.
But how much do you know about this seldom-seen feline? Do they appear to be friendly or hostile? Do they get along with other people? Is it allowed to own one? You can undoubtedly enjoy the companionship of one of these cats because they are categorized as domestic. Here are the 10 of our favorite Savannah cat fun facts.
1. Wild lineage
Crossing a wild African Serval with a domestic Siamese cat resulted in the Savannah cat's distinctive characteristics. The unusual wild cat appearance and domestic disposition of the breed are a result of this mix.
Savannah was the name given to the first kitten born to this couple, and she would go on to acquire the breed's moniker. And they haven't been around for long: The International Cat Association first registered the breed in 2001.
2. They enjoy water
It's difficult to picture a cat happily entering the water. Yet, Savannahs aren't afraid of it, and they actually enjoy playing in and around the water. Some Savannahs will gladly join their owners and take a shower with them.
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3. Extremely intelligent
With proper training, these exotic, curious felines can quickly and easily learn even more complicated commands. You may train your Savannah to fetch toys, for example, and they enjoy hunting games and puzzle toys that engage their bodies and minds.
In fact, Savannahs are so smart that they can even learn to open doors and cupboards on their own. They're curious by nature, so they'll get into stuff you wouldn't expect.
4. Leash walking
Have you ever wished to have a cat whom you might take on a stroll around the neighborhood? Savannah cats can easily be leash-trained. It takes some practice and patience, but the looks you'll get and the joy of strolling your cat through the park is well worth it.
Keep in mind that Savannahs are still felines, even if they sometimes act like dogs. Their necks aren't designed to withstand the amount of pressure used while walking a dog on a leash. You can use a harness built specifically for a Savannah cat's distinctive build instead of a conventional collar.
5. Restrictions on ownership
Before looking for this cat hybrid, it's best to check your local and state laws to discover if owning a hybrid of a wild and domestic cat is forbidden. While most states consider Savannahs to be domesticated cats, a few have enacted more stringent ownership regulations. Laws and regulations differ not only across cities, but also between states.
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These amazing cats could make a wonderful pet and companion for the appropriate person, yet they are not for everyone. A Savannah is only a suitable option for you if you're up for the effort of owning an energetic and sometimes naughty cat.
6. Unique numbers
This is a relatively young breed (established in 1986); hence each generation is identified by a unique number. F1, F2, and F3 are the basic numerals. What is the meaning of the letter F? It stands for "Filial," alluding to the cat's generation.
- F1 indicates the cat is a first-generation descendant of a Serval and a pureblooded domestic cat.
- F2 refers to the grand kittens, the second generation.
- F3 means the third generation, and all kittens produced as an F4 generation are considered purebred domestic cats.
7. Guinness world records
Savannah breed has two Guinness World Record holders due to their extraordinary height. Trouble, a Savannah cat, won the title of Tallest Domestic Cat in 2013, measuring 19 inches at the withers.
In 2017, however, a Savannah called Arcturus took the title. He stood at the height of just above 19 inches.
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These magnificent felines are not cheap. Savannah's prices range from $1,000 to $20,000, depending on a variety of criteria, including:
- Savannah's generation - This number shows how far away a kitten is from its Serval progenitor. Because F1 Savannahs have a larger percentage of wild cat DNA, they command a premium price.
- Gender - Male Savannah cats in the first three generations (F 1, 2, and 3) are often sterile, making female Savannahs more precious and expensive.
- Show titles - Kittens that come from decorated show cats will fetch a greater price than kittens born to a regular domestic cat.
9. Distinctive features
Most cat breeds are smaller than the Savannah. It is also taller and slimmer than many other cat breeds and wild cat species. Its head is small in comparison to the rest of its body. It has a huge set of ears. It has long legs in comparison to its body. The cat must have a spotted pattern and dominant coloring to be recognized by TICA. Savannah cats have the exotic appearance and intelligence of their African Serval relatives, as well as the tameness and sociability of their domestic cousins.
The Savannah, like its African cousin, is a skilled hunter. This indicates that it has a considerably greater ability to jump than other cat breeds. From a standing position, the Savannah can effortlessly leap. Savannahs have been reported to leap up to 11 feet in the air. If owners are concerned about their pets jumping on top of counters and cupboards, this could cause issues. Savannah, who is bright, can also learn to open doors and cupboards. Savannah proofing a home may be necessary because these cunning felines are known for getting into mischief.
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There are a few things to keep in mind if you decide to add a Savannah cat. The cats are intellectual and possess physical abilities that some cats lack, such as high jumping. Their antics must be tolerated, and they must be trained.
Savannahs are one of the most social feline breeds or hybrids. They have a lot of energy and a strong desire to participate in family activities. Because these features aren't always prevalent in cats, the Savannah cat requires early socialization. This breed gets along well with both youngsters and other cats and dogs, making it an excellent family companion.
World Cat Finder Team