An intelligent and cheetah-like cat with a controversial history

Intelligent, loyal and full of energy, Savannah cats are like mini-cheetahs in more than just appearance. This large and distinctive breed is best recognised by its spotted coat, pointed ears, powerful build and expressive tail. They are closely descended from the wild Serval and depending on their genetics, some Savannah cats may still be classed as a wild or exotic animal, so it’s very important to do further research before choosing this breed.

Vital Stats

Size: Large
Coat: Short-haired
Life span: 12-15 years
Personality: Intelligent, energetic, loyal
Size large Coat short
Life span 12-15years
Savannah personality and temperament

Savannah Personality & Temperament

A Savannah cat’s personality can be hard to predict and genetics are to be considered when determining their temperament and unique needs. Your Savannah cat can be lively and energetic, or they can be gentler and calmer.

Savannah cats are a crossbreed between a domestic cat and the wild Serval. Based on their parentage, they are labelled as F1, F2, F3, and so on. An F1 Savannah cat is the wildest of the breed, with a Serval as one of its parents.

Savannah Cat Filial-numberServal Ancestry What to know
F1First generation Serval cat.This cat is considered an exotic animal in the UK, having a Serval parent, usually the father, a one domestic cat parent – A licence to own is needed in the UK.
F2Second generation Serval cat. Has one serval grandparent.
F3Third generation. Has a Serval great-grandparent, mostly domestic.

Savannah food and diet

Food & Diet

Because of their rarity in the UK there are some inconsistencies regarding advice on what to feed Savannah cats. It’s best to develop a good relationship with your vet and to discuss their nutrition with them.

Savannah grooming and coat care

Savannah Grooming & Coat Care

Savannah cats do not need much support in grooming and coat management. But they do need some dedicated attention from you.

Savannah training and behaviour

Savannah Training & Behaviour

Savannah cats can easily be trained, and it’s a great way for them to use up their energy. They can be boisterous and get bored easily.

Savannah before you buy

What to know before you buy or rehome an Savannah cat

Savannah cats make great family pets for people who love high-energy pets. But there is a lot to think about before choosing a Savannah cat.

Savannah insurance considerations

Savannahs sometimes suffer with certain health conditions and may require treatment. Petplan cat insurance offers peace of mind that they will always be protected.

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