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Savannah - a hybrid American cat of exotic cheetah color, leading the list of the most expensive pets.

Highlights

  • Savannahs belong to the category of hybrid animals obtained by crossing a male African serval with a Bengal cat.
  • The main character trait of the savannahs is its exceptional devotion to the owner, which reminds them of dogs very much.
  • Cats of this species are distinguished by phenomenal memory, a lively mind and a passion for an active lifestyle.
  • Savannahs can coexist peacefully in the same territory with other animals, but they prefer to build friendly relations with dogs.
  • Savannahs suffer from loneliness and do not take root in apartments with a deficit of free space.
  • It is easy to get used to the harness, which makes it possible to walk a cat on a leash.
  • In 2007, a new breed of Asher was introduced, which in fact turned out to be a representative of the Savannah breed. This caused a bit of confusion, due to which many consider the Asher a separate breed.

Savannahshe ashera, - a small copy of the cheetah, which has remarkable intelligence, with a price tag equivalent to the cost of a studio apartment in the province. In the early 2000s, these representatives of the cat's elite were at the epicenter of a huge scandal, which did not affect their cost at all. A pet of the savannah breed still remains a kind of indicator of prestige and a measure of the success of its owner, so you can rarely meet a spotted cat walking proudly on a leash on Russian streets.

Breed standards

Breed Name:Savannah
Alternative name:Savannah
Country of origin: USA
Breed Size:Large
Breed Group:Long-footed
Average weight:Cat: up to 14 kg Cat: up to 9 kg
Color Standards:Silver Tabby Chocolate Tabby Golden Tabby
Wool Type:Shorthair Smooth
Character and personality:Unpredictable Wild Smart Intelligent Inquisitive Independent
Life span:17 - 20 years old
TICA Standards:

History of Savannah

The first experiment in crossing an African serval with a Siamese cat took place in 1986, on the farm of a Pennsylvania breeder, Judy Frank. The woman has been breeding shrubby cats for a long time, therefore, in order to “refresh the blood” of her pets a little, she lent a male serval from her friend Susie Woods. The animal successfully coped with the task, but the unexpected happened: along with the females of its kind, the serval managed to cover the breeder’s domestic cat as well.

The owner of the only female kitten born as a result of this unusual “love affair” was Susie Woods. It was she who gave the animal the nickname Savannah, which later became the name of the breed of new hybrid cats. By the way, Susie herself was not a professional breeder, which did not prevent her from further conducting an experiment on mating her pet with a domestic cat and publishing a couple of articles on this topic.

The main contribution to the development of the savannah was made by Patrick Kelly, who bought a kitten from Susie Woods and attracted an experienced breeder and bengal breeder, Joyce Srouf, to breed new cats. Already in 1996, Kelly and Srawf introduced TICA (International Cat Association) of new unusual cheetah animals. They developed the first standard of savannah appearance.

In 2001, the breed was officially registered and, finally, received recognition from the largest felinological associations, and breeder Joyce Srouf gained worldwide fame as the founder of an elite cat "clan".

Breed characteristics

Activity and energy: More details
Easy care: More details Friendliness for children: More details Friendliness for other animals: More details Molt level: More details

Who are ushers

Asher cats are a purely promotional product, still not recognized by any felinological association. In 2007, the American company “Lifestyle Pets” presented the world of giant leopard cats, which were born allegedly as a result of complex genetic experiments. According to the owner of the company, Simon Brody, a domestic cat, an African serval and an Asian leopard cat gave their genes to a new breed. Well, the main selling legend for the usher was their complete hypoallergenicity.

In order to instill confidence in buyers about the exclusivity of his product, Brody even paid for a scientific study, which was supposed to confirm the hypothesis that wool has a minimal amount of allergens. By the way, the results of the experiment were never published by any self-respecting publication, and indeed turned out to be fictitious, but at the very beginning of the popularization of the breed, these pseudoscientific studies made a good advertisement for cats. Ashers immediately lined up from wealthy breeders and exotic lovers who brought their money to Lifestyle Pets in the hope of becoming the owner of an amazing animal.

General euphoria did not last long. The myth of the unique image cats bred in the secret laboratories of "Lifestyle Pets" was dispelled by Chris Shirk, a Pennsylvania-based breeder. The breeder made a statement that the company’s employees purchased several savannah cats from him, and then presented them as a completely new species. The sensation around the usher flared up with renewed vigor, as a result of the fluffy creatures took independent geneticists of the Netherlands.

The result of the research was staggering: all animals purchased from Lifestyle Pets agents really belonged to the savannah breed. Moreover, VIP cats were carriers of the same amount of allergens as their outbred relatives. The overwhelming evidence of cheating on the part of Lifestyle Pets and Simon Brody was the beginning of the end for the nonexistent breed, but did not affect the popularity of the savannah itself.

The name "Asher" is borrowed from Western Semitic mythology and is consonant with the name of the goddess, personifying the natural principle.

The history of the breed of cats Savannah

The savannah cat owes its origin to breeder Judy Frank. It was he who, in the mid-1980s (according to some sources in 1986), crossed an African serval and a domestic cat.

The result of this crossing is the Savannah breed. The cat got its name in honor of the grassy African savannah, where the ancestors of the African serval were also born.

  • In 2001, the International Cat Association (TICA) officially registered this breed.
  • In 2006, the savannah hit the Guinness Book World Record as the tallest domestic cat in the world.

The breed’s popularity is only gaining momentum and there is not much information on the Savannah in RuNet. In preparing this material, I relied on foreign information resources of the breeders. Demand and interest in this breed has tripled from 2016 to 2019. It can be concluded: the peak of breed popularity is yet to come.

Description of the Savannah cat

The first thing you will come across when you start looking for information about the savannah is that they are almost always described with a certain number F1, F2, F3, F4, etc.

Felinologists, these are specialists involved in the study and breeding of cat breeds, have derived three conditional levels of offspring - F1, F2, F3. Let's see what they mean and what are the differences:

  • Savannah F1: the most expensive and purebred offspring obtained from crossing a serval with a domestic cat. The first hybrid generation, serval and domestic cat genes 50/50 percent.
  • Savannah F2: the second hybrid generation, in this case obtained from crossing the savannah F1 with a domestic cat. Serval genes do not exceed 30 percent.
  • Savannah F3: the third hybrid generation resulting from crossing F2 savannah with a domestic cat. Serval genes do not exceed 13 percent.
  • Savannah F4, F5, F6, F7, F8: Felinologists and breeders (professional) recognize only the first three levels of offspring. According to some breeders, further mating of the breed is pointless, this is where the savannah generation ends.
Savannah kitten

Although the F4 ... F8 savannahs are not recognized by the international cat association, this fact does not prevent other breeders from breeding later generations of savannahs. In this case, the choice is yours, with an increase in the serial number, purebred and breed genes decrease. Accordingly, the appearance is subject to change:

  • The growth and trunk of the savannah, as the serval genes decrease, takes on the usual forms of a domestic cat,
  • The head only reminds of a distant purebred relative,
  • Color acquires complementary colors, Color acquires complementary colors,
  • The nature and temperament of a wild cat inherent in purebred savannas is absent.

With the level of offspring and the genetic designations of the savannah, it is more or less clear. Let's get started with the external description of the breed, starting from the F1 standards:

  • Size - The breed is very tall, thinner framed and longer than most domestic cats. This body structure gives the illusion of great weight. Weight depends on the pedigree and can vary from 5 kg. up to 11 kg
  • Color - the breed standard is brown, silver, smoky and black. On the coat there are dark round or oval spots, like cheetahs. Pigments on wool should not fuse. In the area of ​​the head and shoulder blades there are parallel pigment bands. Short and dense coat
  • The head is wide with rounded contours and longer relative to the width. The muzzle has a clear symmetrical triangular shape. Elongated nose with a small chin,
  • Eyes - almond-shaped with an overhanging upper eyelid. The top of the eyes resembles a boomerang at an angle, so that the angle of the eyes descends along the line of the nose. Savannah's eyes are set close together - between them the distance is approximately equal to the size of the eye. The breed standard allows various shades of brown, yellow and green eyes,
  • The ears of the savannah F1 are tall like those of a serval. The outer base of the ears begins at or above the lower edge of the eyes. The inner base is located at the top of the crown of the head.

Savannah breed cost

The price of the savannah F1 - ranges from about 400,000 to 1,000,000 rubles. In the European market, the cost of this breed varies from $ 7,500 to $ 22,000. However, I have also seen nursery announcements for 200,000 thousand rubles, but in such cases I advise you to resort to professional advice, as some breeders give the third generation savannah for F1 offspring. Be careful!

According to the latest data, the prices for savannah cats are as follows: Males savannah:

  • F1 from $ 7,500 to $ 22,000
  • F2 from $ 4,500 to $ 16,000
  • F3 from $ 3,000 to $ 6,000

  • F1 from $ 6,000 to $ 22,000
  • F2 from $ 4,500 to $ 14,000
  • F3 from $ 3,500 to $ 5,500

In European and American kennels, most kittens will be sterilized prior to sale unless specifically designed for breeding. Kittens sold for breeding usually cost a bit more than those that are bought exclusively as a pet. The author of the article does not know the rules for selling savannah cats in Russia, Ukraine and other CIS countries.

Why are savannahs expensive?

People often ask why the cat savannah is so expensive. Understanding the breeding problems of this breed will help you evaluate how special your new pet is.

It often happens with breeders that it takes a lot of time and money related to finding cats suitable for breeding. The breeder may have to sort out a lot of females so that the serval cat finds the female suitable for mating. A gestation period that is about two weeks shorter than that of a serval is also a problem. Kittens can be born prematurely and require extra care in order to survive and stay healthy.

Some breeders report that premature birth is common in early generations. Savannah kittens can also be too big to give birth naturally and need a cesarean section!

Savannah litter also tends to have minimal survival from 0-3 kittens. Breeders may have spent as much as $ 100,000 before their first viable kitten is born and ready for a healthy life.

The nature and behavior of the cat breed savannah

Savannahs love to jump, jump, jump. Lifting towers and toys are needed for these breeds. They live to play and especially love to play in the water. Only after they get tired will they rest next to you. It is a good idea to have another cat or even a dog as a buddy for your savannah.

The savannah usually does not like hugging for too long; they prefer independence, and hates restrictions. But the savannah will walk its tail and be where you are. They do not like to be picked up or worn. The pet will also sleep in your bed ... probably between you and your partner, if you have one.

The behavior and character is completely unlike the usual domestic cats. F1 progeny are less predictable than F3, as wild cat genes predominate in their DNA.

The savannah becomes attached to the person and chooses one owner, considering him his companion and demonstrate their loyalty. Attachment can create difficulties - it is difficult to leave the savannah to other people, for example, during a vacation or a business trip.

Cat savannah

Animals love to be near people and often do not go far from their owners. For this reason, they are forced to adapt to life indoors (apartment, house), but on condition that you provide a lot of toys and entertainment.

Savannah is a very active breed of cats and longs for constant attention, but this does not interfere with good loneliness, waiting for its owner. Perhaps activity and exacting attention are incompatible with the simultaneous upbringing of young children.

However, they are considered an excellent pet for older children. This breed is characterized by resentment, if the owner punished unfairly or took away the toy, the cat will “sulk”, however, they will not take revenge.

Savannah is an intellectual breed and loves to learn, a cat can be taught aport teams and taught to walk on a leash, give a paw and a team to sit. Savannah will constantly challenge and check your rules at every opportunity.

Making the savannah of F1 is very similar to having a teenager appear in your house ... over the next twenty years. Many breeders advise that, although the savannahs of F1 are beautiful in appearance, for many people it is impractical to own them.

Savannahs at the F2 stage and beyond can preserve quite wild exotic beauty, but be more manageable, which makes them better as pets.

Origin history

Homeland of a cat Savannah F1 is America. By the mid-80s of the previous century, there were many cat nurseries on the American continent for breeding miniature "cheetahs" - servals.

One of the owners of such an institution, Juti Frank, once asked a certain Susie Wood, one of the cats of this breed. He was needed for her female pets. But not only the pupils of Judy, but also her domestic cat of the Siamese breed, favorably received the thoroughbred cat.

After some time, on April 7, 1986, she had a kitten, a rather predatory spotted color weighing about 227 grams (or 8 ounces). It was a girl, she was distinguished by long legs and large ears. The result was a peculiar hybrid of a Siamese cat and a serval cat. The kitten got a name - Savannah (F1).

After 3 years, the grown-up cat herself gave birth to babies from an Angora cat. These were representatives of the 2nd generation of the savannah (F2).After that, the hostess decided to write an article about her pets. But her plans were somewhat disrupted by a man named Patrick Kelly, who became interested in this species. Together with breeder Joyce Srouf, they decided to improve it. Thus, a completely new unique breed of cats was born - Savannah.

In the story, one cannot fail to mention the famous fraudster - Simon Brody. Using the rarity of the savannah, he is trying to pass off the representatives of F1, for the allegedly re-bred Asher breed. Simon still trades in fraud and is hiding from government officials.

In 1996, TICA identified key breed standards.

Description of the breed Savannah F1

The breeding of this species is primarily associated with their original appearance. The resemblance to the wild beast of the African continent and domestic character makes them attractive to connoisseurs of exotic animals.

The cheetah color of the cat and the incredible grace are the main distinguishing features of the savannah.

According to the official classification, there are certain common features:

  • The head relative to the rest of the body is miniature. In general outline it resembles a triangle with equal sides.
  • The ears are characterized by rounded tips without brushes and a wide base. Light spots on the outside of the ears indicate purebred breed.
  • Vibrissa pads are not pronounced.
  • The savannas have a beautiful eye shape. The upper part resembles a boomerang, the lower one has the shape of an almond. The distance between them is equal to their size. Color does not depend on coat color and differs in different individuals from yellow to green and copper.
  • The nose is wide and slightly convex. Its color does not depend on the color, but if the cat has a black color, then the nose is usually dark in color.
  • The kitten reaches full development by only three years. The size of an adult reaches up to 0.5 meters at the withers, and the average weight is 14 kg.
  • The savannahs have an athletic build. They have a powerful chest, developed shoulders and hips.
  • The limbs of the animal are slender and elongated. You can see pronounced muscles on them. The front legs are shorter than the hind legs. The size of the paws is small, they are oval.
  • The length of the tail is such that when the animal is standing, it does not touch the floor. The tail has an average thickness, narrowing closer to the tip. The color is mostly bright with deep contrasting spots.
  • The coat of savannah is not like a normal cat. Over the entire surface of the body, the density of the fur is the same. It is more elastic, coarse and thick, with soft undercoat.

Description and standard

The savannah is a flexible, slender tall cat that looks very much like a serval, but smaller in size. But this is the largest of the domestic species of cats.

Savannah is listed in the Guinness Book of Records as the tallest domestic cat in the world.

Dimensions are very dependent on generation and gender. The savannahs of F1 are usually the largest due to genetics. Males are usually larger (females in adulthood weigh 7-10 kg, males 12-15 kg). A long body gives the impression of a heavier animal than its actual weight. A cat needs about 3 years to grow to its maximum size.

Features of wool, colors

The savannah has a dense short coat of brown, golden, silver, black or smoky color with rich dark spots. The most common color of the coat of the African serval is an oily golden color with black spots. It is registered as a brown-spotted tabby.

The spotted pattern of shroud cats is the only one adopted by TICA, since dark spots are common to all servals. Spots round or oval should follow throughout the body and not connect to each other. Sockets are a non-standard pattern, since the serval does not have them. They can appear after crossing with a bengal.

A striking feature of the savannah is the large expressive eyes, often with brown, gold or green iris and slightly overhanging eyelids, which protects from harsh sunlight. The upper part of the eye resembles a boomerang in shape, and the lower half is almond-shaped. Different eye colors are allowed, which are independent of the color of the coat. From the corners of the eyes on the sides of the nose to the antennae there are tearful dark spots, like a cheetah.

The savannah received from the serval large, large cup-shaped ears, pubescent along the inner edge, with rounded tips. On the back of the ears there is a light stripe bordered by a black, dark gray or brown mark, which imitates the eyes. Such tags are present in most representatives of the cat family to scare away predators.

Features of character and behavior

Savannah is a cat that is famous for its highly developed intelligence. Her behavior depends on the generation and level of socialization. The early lines, as a rule, need extensive socialization due to the greater percentage of wild blood. They can form a hierarchy of dominance, fear strangers. Representatives of later generations are more predictable, but retain some wild instincts.

The main features of pet behavior are:

  • Friendliness. The savannahs are sociable, get along well with people and get along with other animals. These are great companions who are looking for social interaction and love to be in the spotlight. They rarely hiss, hide or run away when they see a stranger. The base of their tails fluffs in greeting. This behavior should not be confused with fluffy fur on the back and along the entire length of the tail in fear. Animals also often wag their tail with excitement or pleasure. During communication, they make different sounds: tweet like servals, meow like their domesticated relatives, hiss like snakes.
  • Devotion. Shroud cats are known for affection. They have a close relationship with their owners and often greet family members at the door, follow them around the house, touch their heads to them, but only when they themselves want it. For affection, devotion to the owner they are called the "cat version of the dog."
  • Curiosity. Savannah cat - curious, assertive, looking for adventure at every opportunity. He often learns to open doors, cabinets, so care must be taken to protect him from unforeseen situations. Easy to learn teams and can walk on a leash.
  • Energy. Shroud cats are very active and smart. The animal needs constant movement, many daily interactions with people, animals, loves to play, and immersed in water with pleasure. If the savannah is not busy with anything, she will have bad habits. It is useful for the pet to learn new commands, to spend time with the owner. If the kitten does not receive enough attention, exercise, or intellectual stimulation, it can become anxious, destructive, or even aggressive. Thanks to the long paws, the savannahs are outstanding jumpers, they can overcome a height of 2.5 m. They jump on doors, tall cupboards, and a refrigerator.
  • Predatory behavior. Savannah cat can hunt and bring prey to its owners, for example, birds. Therefore, it is advisable to look after her on the street.

Savannahs respond well to training, hierarchy of dominance and clear boundaries. They do not like punishment and new conflicting rules. Therefore, the owner needs to set standards of behavior in advance and reward the cat for following them.

Savannah cat is playful, sociable, intelligent with a sharply developed curiosity. Due to its high intelligence, curiosity and energy splash needs, it is best suited for active owners.

Care and maintenance

Savannah cat needs the right conditions for its maintenance and development of its natural skills. It is necessary to create a safe zone in the house where she can climb, jump. High cat houses, clawpads will make the pet's life more interesting. It is recommended to hide the hanging wires and curtains, attach furniture to the wall so that the pet cannot knock it over, remove toxic plants, open bottles and other dangerous objects. A safe, quiet shelter is also useful where the animal can retire.

It is advisable to create a playground for the pet with a house, a climbing column, which will help him develop his physical abilities. Small animals - fish, birds, rodents should be kept in cages.

What to feed

Savannah cats are growing fast, so proper nutrition is vital. As predatory animals, they need food with a high protein content, a moderate amount of fat, a minimum amount of carbohydrates. Vitamins, minerals, amino acids are also required. Therefore, they need to provide a balanced diet and be sure to ensure constant access to fresh clean water.

Fresh raw meat is the healthiest option for your pet. Beef, veal and pork can cause allergic reactions, so it is recommended to give them less often than poultry, rabbit. Cereals should be excluded, fish should be minimized due to saturation with heavy metals and the fact that it causes dependence due to strong taste. It has been proven that cats that eat a properly balanced mixture of raw meat are more likely to have a long life.

Shroud cats have no genetic health problems. But they need regular vaccinations, annual examinations by a veterinarian. It is better to consult a doctor with experience in treating cats of this breed. Pets are prone to heart disease hypertrophic cardiomyopathy. Responsible breeders annually check their breeding cats for the presence of this disease. The rest of the medical treatment is the same as in domestic animals.

With the increasing popularity of the savannah breed, the number of breeders is growing. However, it is recommended to buy a kitten in certified nurseries responsible for its pedigree.

The International Cat Association (TICA) officially registered 32 cattery around the world:

  • 22 of which are in the USA,
  • 4 - in Canada
  • 6 are located in European countries: Czech Republic (SAVANNAHCZ), Germany (DANUWA), Great Britain (TOPCATSUK), Scotland (STYLISTICAT), Poland (THECATSAMONGUS), Russia (SAVANNAHGRIFFIN).

Currently, there are relatively few registered savannas in the world, which makes them special pets.

In some places, a ban on possession of the savannah cat is introduced because of its hybrid origin. This restriction is valid in Australia, as well as in some American states, including Nebraska, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Texas, Hawaii, New York.

Pros and cons

Savannah cats are exotic animals that need special treatment. Therefore, before you start a pet, you need to weigh the main pros and cons.

  • It looks like a graceful wild cat, but suitable for living at home.
  • Affectionate, sociable with people, animals.
  • Very smart and trained.
  • Likes to swim.

  • Ownership of shroud cats is prohibited in some places.
  • The breed is rare and expensive.
  • Prone to hypertrophic cardiomyopathy.
  • A special diet may be required.

Horoscope Compatibility

Some people who decide to buy a savannah are interested in not only the photo of the breed and reviews about it, but also whether it has qualities suitable for their own character. Zooastrologists believe that the savannah is most suitable for an energetic, purposeful Aries, friendly, intellectually developed Gemini, a shy, affectionate Virgo, and a confident, freedom-loving Sagittarius. But with proper socialization, the savannah can become a loving, faithful friend for each of the signs of the zodiac.

Savannah is a unique cat combining the features of a clever African predator and an affectionate pet loyal to the owner. The majestic beauty, intelligence, good character make her the most desired pet among the cat family.

Owner reviews

These are very big cats and this must be taken into account. Firstly, not all veterinarians are ready to work with them. Secondly, they are constantly on the move. They’ll get into any cabinet and even a refrigerator, I have locks everywhere. When friends come, they ask me to put my cat in another room. He can see how the chill runs down his back. But at the same time - this is a very loyal cat. She follows me everywhere. Aggression did not observe her. True, once the cat pawed my nose, and I thought that he had broken it. They are very strong.

They are unrealistically energetic, and frightening in size. My Simba loves people very much. It seems to me that he sees the guest as a new “toy”. With him you can frolic, play. I can not call the savannah a cat. This is something special, unique. They are very loyal, smart and really cool.

Health and disease of the cat breed savannah

According to the breeders, there are no health problems in this breed, except for the tendency to hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HCM).

HCM savannah cats have an enlarged heart, which can impair heart function and lead to sudden cardiac arrest.

Doctor

With the general health of the savannah cat, as you know, there are no problems. However, it is just as vulnerable as other cat breeds to all diseases and diseases that affect the general population of cats. You can prevent many health problems by regularly vaccinating your cat and maintaining a healthy immune system through proper nutrition and exercise.

Below are some health considerations before and after your beautiful kitten arrives home.

Color features

Color can only be spotted or marble. No spots in the form of rosettes, like in Bengal cats, or stripes should not be.

The spots on the savannah come in completely different sizes. They are scattered randomly across the hull. On the paws, face and stomach they are smaller. However, their color is the same: brown or black. According to experts, the pattern that adorns the wool depends on the genetic characteristics of the cat taken for crossing.

  • Golden or various shades of brown
  • Silver

The main signs of disqualification for the savannah are the presence of white spots on the chest, tiger colors, as well as spots other than black or brown.

This breed lends itself perfectly to training. They can perform various commands (for example, “Aport”).

The savannahs are inquisitive and sociable. They get along well with all members of the family. They treat strangers quite carefully. If other animals are present in the house, the savannah will undoubtedly take a leading position. Cats of this breed have a special location for dogs.

There are no genetic diseases in this breed of cats. To ensure good health, timely vaccination and cleansing of parasites should be carried out, like ordinary pets. The average life expectancy of savannahs is about 20 years.

Sterilization of the savannah

Castration / sterilization of the savannah will reduce the risk of health problems and unwanted behavior. If you have not intentionally bought a cat for breeding, many breeders will sterilize the kittens before selling and include a veterinary fee as part of the purchase price.

The sterilization operation is usually carried out between 10 and 14 weeks, and the kitten is under the supervision of veterinarians for a week after the operation to make sure that the kitten is fully restored to good health.

Savannah males are usually sterilized until they reach the age of six months to avoid spraying urine in the house and territorial aggression on other animals.

Where to buy a kitten Savannah F1?

Our Savannahs were brought from the Select Exotics nursery, one of the oldest and largest savannah nurseries in the USA for more than 20 years, and the Austrian nursery Akimba, which runs lines of the American manufacturer A1 Savannahs.

IMPORTANT! The F1 marking is assigned to the first generation from crossing (50% of the blood of the Serval breed).Further, F1 plus a domestic cat is equal to F2 (that is, already 25% of the serval genes). This continues to the knee F5. The higher the number, the less unique the view and the lower its value. Another feature is that males up to F4 can not give offspring.

Claw removal

If you want the procedure to be completed, it will cost about $ 700, and it should be done when the kitten is young. Veterinarians often use laser equipment to avoid bleeding and to promote faster healing. As a rule, within two to three days. As for life expectancy, savannahs live from 15 to 20 years. It all depends on the content, feed and lifestyle of your pet.

Savannah vaccination

Some (but not all) savannah breeders are strongly convinced that modified (live) vaccines can be fatal to savannas and only (killed) viral vaccines should be used. Others are the exact opposite.

Opinions vary widely from breeders to breeders, and studies have not been conducted to confirm any position. Many veterinarians who are not familiar with the savannah may not be aware of this, so owners should be vigilant about protecting their new family member.

The vaccine traditionally used for savannah kittens (FEL-O-VAX PCT) is no longer available, and some breeders have found that replacing it poses a threat to the savannah's immune system. To boost their cats' immune systems, some breeders now use homeopathic remedies rather than vaccines.

Maintenance and care of the Savannah breed

Well, you brought your exotic beauty. Now, what are you going to do to keep him / her in good shape?

Caring for cats, as well as for the savannah, comes down to a few basic things:

  • Nutrition: although the savannah cat does not have breed-specific health problems. Due to heritage, some breeders insist that a certain percentage of raw food in the diet is important. So in general, offer more protein and less grain, and certainly by-products,
  • Nail claw: if you haven’t removed the claws, you need to teach the savannah kitten to sharpen its claws to a specific place since childhood, this is an important process for this breed.
  • Toys: an indispensable item in your home. If you want to maintain order and integrity of things and furniture, buy a lot of entertaining toys. With the right toys, the savannah will stay in shape, having fun for hours.
  • Brushing teeth and ears: the procedure is carried out depending on the degree of contamination.
  • Combing: preferably once a week.

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