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How is it to live with half-wild pet – Savannah Cat

Savannah cat is a half wild cat. This hybrid breed was created by mixing Serval and a Siamese in 1986. Today first generation kittens, whose father is Serval, can cost up to $20.000.

Serval or Savannah Stalker

Serval or African wild cat, is one of the best hunters in the world. This trait, as well as its nickname, Serval carried over to Savannah cat. That’s why it’s hard for Savannah cat to get along with other smaller pets. Guinea pigs, hamsters and parrots are just too yummy for her.
Large and with such a background, they are forbidden in Australia. Given that it can weigh up to 20 pounds, Savannah cat can hunt much larger animals than domestic cat, so Australians feared it could endanger their country native wildlife. Well, they might be right, it’s hard to tame wild nature of gorgeous Savannah.

Savannah Kittens F2b 1week old
By Lifeatthesharpend (Own work) [CC0], via Wikimedia Commons

Savannah cat is a cat, but the way it behaves, you’ll think it’s a dog

When choosing between cat and dog, Savannah would most probably befriend a dog. And it acts like a dog. When happy or cuddling, it waives its tail. At home, it is inviting you to play and have fun. Always.
Surplus of energy Savannah will gladly spend by taking a walk on a leash. They can easily adapt to leash and even faster in company of a dog. You can say that in this case, cat and dog are a perfect match.

This all wouldn’t be so weird, hadn’t it predecessor been one of the most dangerous predators in the world. Savannah inherited from Serval its ability to jump high, even up to 8 feet high, and its natural intelligence. They easily can learn how to open door with their paws and how to climb on highest wardrobes. Having this “wild gene”, if given the opportunity to escape, they will. Therefore, it’s best to secure the area its lives in, especially when no one is home.

Most states allow keeping a Savannah cat as pet. Exception are Hawaii, Texas, Georgia and Massachusetts. In Canada, it is legal in all the provinces.

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