What is a Savannah Cat?
A Savannah cat is a cross between an Exotic African Serval and a domesticated house cat. Savannahs are noted for their tall and slender bodies and their large ears. Savannahs are a newer breed starting in the late 80’s, and the breed grows more breeders worldwide are mating a Serval to a domestic successfully.
Unlike hybrid breeds of other animals, Savannah cats are classified by the amount of each breed that they contain. We have controlled our breeding process down to an exact science to ensure everyone receives the perfect pet for their household. From F1 Savannah Kittens through F6 Savannah Kittens, we have them all. When breeding a domestic household cat with a beautiful exotic animal such as the African Serval, it takes caution, care, a lot of work and a lot of love. Here at A1 Savannahs we breed our Savannah kittens from the heart. Our pure love of the breed has helped us create the very breed that many have come to love. Our adorable Savannah kittens are heart wrenchingly beautiful and are extremely intelligent.
There is no better family pet than a Savannah cat. With the energy and loyalty of a brand new puppy and the independence and awareness of the best domestic house cat, the Savannah kitten is breed to have it all.
There are many different number and letter variations to classify the different savannah cats, but to keep in in simple terms we differentiate the different generations using the (F). All Foundation Savannahs have an F and a number associated with it to indicate how many generations it is from its Serval ancestor. This however is not how TICA will recognize the breed. An F1 kitten would be the first generation removed from the African Serval. An F2 would be the second generation removed from the African Serval, and so on. The percentages are just an estimation. If more Savannah x Savannah mating has occurred rather than outcrosses of a different breed, their percentages will be higher.
F1 ~57% Serval – one parent will be a serval
F2 ~35% Serval – one grandparent will be a serval
F3 ~21% Serval – one great grandparent will be a serval
F4 ~16% Serval – one great great grandparent will be a serval
F5 ~11% Serval – one great great great grandparent wil be a serval
Why are Savannah Cats so expensive?
Higher percentage Savannahs are very difficult to breed. It takes many years and a lot of luck to mate a Serval with a domesticated cat. Only a few breeders worldwide have had success but as the breed grows we are seeing a more and more.
Servals are 100 % wild cats with special needs in terms of their caging requirements, diet and health care. Caring for pure Servals and mating them to domestic cats is costly, time consuming and demanding, but also rewarding.
The difficulty in breeding the Savannahs and having success is the reason they are so expensive.
Savannah cats need to be fed a high quality cat food in wet and dry form. Here at A1Savannahs our cats diet is typically a combination of a wet, dry and raw meat. The Kittens will get a high nutrient, well balanced wet and dry food as well as cooked chicken. Our Adults get a grain free dry food offered all day as well as a variety of wet food and raw meat once a day. We do recommend that you use a product with no corn as it is hard for the cats to digest and could cause intestinal problems.
Hybrid Laws and Regulations
Since Savannah Cats are a fairly new breed and some are considered Hybrid cats, please consult your local fish and wildlife department for the hybrid laws and regulations in your area. Please note that each state, county, and city has different regulations and can change frequently.
Check hybrid laws and regulations in your area by visiting: www.hybridlaw.com