The Savannah cat is a tall, slim, long-legged cat and its final size may also depend on how close that particular offspring is to the first generation crosses – the early generations being quite large. Male Savannah cats tend to be larger than females. Because of the random factors in the Savannah cat breed's hybrid genetics, there can be significant variation in size, even in one litter. The overall look of an individual Savannah cat depends greatly on generation. They are usually spotted but can also come in classic or marble patterns, snow coloration and blue or other diluted colors. The ears are tall, deeply-cupped rounded and erect (the backs of the ears have a central light band bordered by black, dark grey or brown, giving an eye-like effect), they have a wide nose and hooded eyes. Their short tails have black rings, with a solid black tip and their eyes may be green, brown or gold.
- Coat length: Short
- Grooming Requirements: Less than once a week
- Activity: High
- Noise: Medium
Savannah cats are rather controversial. They are the result of crossing a domestic cat and a Serval — a medium-sized, large-eared wild African cat. These first crosses are then bred again and the resulting cats are termed domestic. The breed began in the mid 1980s and is recognised by one of the cat fancy organisations.
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As Savannah cats are not common, it is difficult to generalise about their personality traits and how predictable they are. Some say they are very social and friendly with new people and other cats and dogs, while others may run and hide or revert to hissing and growling when seeing a stranger. Apparently Savannah cats can also jump very high (8ft) from a standing position and learn quickly. This is probably not a first cat. It is quite large and strong and is frequently described as 'assertive'. Savannahs are said to both 'chirp' like a Serval or meow like a domestic cat or a mixture of the two. They are also said to hiss quite loudly.
It is too early to know whether the Savannah cat breed has any health problems as none are yet cited in the veterinary literature.
Breeding these cats obviously requires keeping Servals in secure housing and with good welfare. In the UK, a Dangerous Wild Animals Act licence is required to keep both Servals and the first generation crosses. Quite how the first crosses between Serval and domestic cat are made safely is not openly discussed.
Every cat is unique and each has their own particular likes, dislikes, and needs when it comes to food. However, cats are carnivores and every cat must obtain 41 different and specific nutrients from their food. The proportion of these nutrients will vary depending on age, lifestyle and overall health, so it's not surprising that a growing, energetic kitten needs a different balance of nutrients in her diet than a less active senior cat. Other considerations to bear in mind are feeding the right quantity of food to maintain 'ideal body condition' in accordance with feeding guidelines and catering to individual preference regarding wet or dry food recipes.
The Savannah cat's coat is easy to care for. As with all cats, this breed needs regular vaccinations, parasite control and annual health checks.
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