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FAQs & Deciding which Savannah Cat is right for you?
An F1 Savannah Cat is a first generation offspring and has a Serval parent (usually a Serval father and a domestic mom). An F2 is a second generation offspring with a Serval grandparent, an F3 is a third generation offspring with a Serval great grandparent, and so on.
F1 Savannah cat size males are 15 to 25 pounds, standing approximately 16 to 18 inches at the shoulder and 22 to 24 inches from chest to rump.
F1 females are 12 to 19 pounds. When compared to the pure Serval or the high percentage Bengals, the F1 Savannahs are quite manageable. They are good with their litter box and won’t destroy your house. They will bond with one or two people, being pretty standoffish with everyone else. Not aggressive, but for the most part they won’t socialize with children or strangers. When people they don’t know visit, they retreat to a back room or launch themselves onto a high place to watch the goings on, but be out reach.
They’ll want to play with those they bond and expend an amazing amount of energy, but F1 Savannahs are definitely not lap cats. Trips to the vet can be challenging. This can be combated by making at least one trip to the vet to get accustomed to the smells and be “oohed and aawed” over without any negative experience. A positive first experience vet visit will make future trips much less stressful for both the Savannah cat and owner.
F2 Savannah cat size: males are 16 to 25 pounds with some reaching 30+ pounds. They measures 15 to 18 inches at the shoulder and are 20 to 22 inches long.
Females range from 12 to 16 pounds. There will be a small percentage of F2’s, probably 20%, whose personalities lean towards that of an F1. The rest will be very social with their immediate family, including children. Generally they are not lap cats and do not like to be held, but will want to be petted and will play nonstop with you.
When strangers come into their home, they may initially hide, but will usually warm up to the visitors over the course of their stay. Some will allow your guests to them pet them, others will just stay in close proximity, checking out what’s going on.
F3 Savannah cat size: males are 14 to 20 pounds, stand approximately 14 to 17 inches at the shoulder, and are 18 to 21 inches long. This is still a very large frame for a cat.
Females range from 10 to 13 pounds. Almost all F3’s will be extremely bonded with their families and social with strangers who come into their home. Some will allow you to hold them and will want to sit on your lap. Extremely intelligent and highly athletic cats, if selective, you can get an F3 that maintains the extremely vivid, wild markings of the F1 and F2, but with a guaranteed great personality. We prefer the F3’s and highly recommend these kittens to many pet homes as they are the best combination of a wild look with a sweet personality and make a great family pet.
Savannah cat size: Males range from 14 to 20 pounds, stand 14 to 16 inches at the shoulder, and are 16 to 18 inches long.
Females range from 10 to 13 pounds on a tall, lanky frame. These generations are very similar to the F3’s in temperament. Even more hands on, they’ll want to be petted and played with often. Intelligent and energetic, social and outgoing, compared to a domestic cat, the F4 and F5 Savannah cats are considered much more intelligent and higher energy than a domestic.
The big decision has been made! Here are some things to expect when you bring home your new kitten.
Your kitten will be fully litter box trained. We suggest using the same litter and type of litter box that we use in our cattery when kitten first comes home. This helps to avoid any confusion or unwanted elimination behaviors. Also make sure your kitten is familiar with the locations of any litter boxes that will be available to them.
Your kitten will be fully weaned and eating top quality dry kitten and wet food. We will provide a small supply of your kitten’s current food. In the event you would like to switch your kitten to a different food, please do so gradually and after your kitten has had a chance to settle in to it’s new surroundings. This slow transition can help prevent unwanted tummy troubles!
Our kittens also will come with a small care package of goodies, to help them transition into their new home. Care packages may include a bed or blanket, toys, treats, and other fun stuff!
All of our kittens are raised in our home, so they will be accustomed to being handled by humans and everyday activities that take place inside a family home. Have other pets? No problem! Our kittens have been learning how to live around gentle dogs, other adult cats, and the occasional farm bottle baby. Plan on vacuuming sometime around your new kitten, no problem! Our kittens have been raised around all aspects of normal and sometimes noisy, household chores.
Your kitten will be spayed or neutered before they come home. They will also have 2 rounds of age appropriate vaccinations, have had a full schedule of deworming and will be microchipped before they come home. We also offer a generous health guarantee that applies to every kitten that comes out of our program (See below).
- Always discipline from biting!
- Small amounts of anxiety is beneficial for young animals!!! Stress tests/ things that would make them cry , example being in a travel carrier
- No concrete grounds until 4 months
- Bottle feeding – 4-5x a day until starts chewing nipple be very careful kitten doesn’t eat it
- Pet while bottle feeding
- Bond after feeding, let kitten lick you/ put near face
- Start leash training early as possible!!! They can learn but are stubborn
- Teach recall with treats – turkey sliced ham small portions
- At all times your cat should have a safe place , either a big dark kennel or preferably his own room as a adult
- When bottle feeding don’t let use claws
- Retract claws a lot and trim nails as they are young.
- Pet everywhere all the time head and belly too
- Scruff for teaching / punishing
- When bottle feeding make sure they are standing up and drinking slow so they don’t exasperate
- Early socialization is so important!!!
- **Introduce to as many people , children, cats and dogs as possible
- **Do not let free roam your house when you are not home!! Leave them in the crate otherwise they will develop their own personality.
- ALWAYS BE DOMINANT!
- a light smack on the nose is okay as if you were another cat
- Act like a cat!! Even purring can make your kitty purr , you want them to purr as much as possible as a kitten!
- Small amounts of anxiety growing up will give you a well rounded cat, caging, car rides, big animals, being high up so forth
- Challenge your kitten every day
- Do not let them climb stair railings they can break their leg.
- Kiss kitten a lot on the nose as they grow up as a method of calming
- They use Small boxes with little light as a place of comfort
- Kiss his face when he purrs!!! It associates positive behavior
- Pet while eating to prevent food aggression.
- Harness for leash training