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The Savannah Cat

The Savannah cat is a domestic cat with the looks of its wild ancestor; the African Serval and the temperament of its domestic ancestor.

The Savannah cat is an exceptionally graceful, well-balanced feline with striking color and pattern. It is both unusual and beautiful and it has many traits that make it stand out. The Savannah cat has a very long body, long legs, a very long neck and a thick, medium length tail.

F7 SBT Brown spotted Savannah cat Sittingpretty Hugo
Above: F7 SBT Brown spotted Savannah cat Sittingpretty Hugo

The Savannah cat has striking, large, dark spots and other bold markings that add to its distinctiveness. Perhaps the most obvious traits of the Savannah cat are its large, tall ears that are set right on top of its head. Another unique trait of the Savannah cat is it's hooded eyes that are flat across the top. This gives it an exotic look unlike any other breed.

The Savannah cat appears to be a very large or heavy cat but in reality the Savannah cat is simply tall and lean. Most Savannahs are just the size of a large domestic cat and weigh less than another cat of similar size.

F1 Savannah cat Hotspot Exotics Kazuri Of Spottydreams
Above: F1 Savannah cat Hotspot Exotics Kazuri Of Spottydreams (Photograph courtesy of Karen Mordecai)

The Savannah cat has a remarkable personality. It is a very curious, assertive and alert cat that seeks out adventure at every opportunity.

F7 SBT Brown spotted Savannah cat Sittingpretty Walter The Softy
Above: F7 SBT Brown spotted Savannah cat Sittingpretty Walter The Softy
Seeking adventure in the loft (Photograph courtesy of Jackie Emmett)

Savannah cats will often learn how to open doors and cupboards and anyone buying a Savannah will need to take special precautions to prevent the cat from getting into trouble. I often advise new owners to treat having a Savannah cat like having a small child.

Above: F7 SBT Brown spotted Savannah cat Sittingpretty Walter The Softy
Getting in to trouble with the window blinds (Photograph courtesy of Jackie Emmett)

The Savannah cat is well known for its jumping ability. They are known to jump on top of doors, refrigerators and high cabinets. Some Savannahs can leap about 8 feet (2.5 m) high from a standing position. It is also a very active cat that needs a great deal of interaction on a daily basis, either with its human family or with a companion cat.

F3 Brown spotted Savannah cat Sienna
Above: F3 Brown spotted Savannah cat Sienna
Sitting on the top of a door frame
F7 Brown spotted Savannah cat Sittingpretty Big Bear
Above: F7 SBT Brown spotted Savannah cat Sittingpretty Big Bear
Sitting on the top of a shower screen
F8 Brown spotted Savannah cat Sittingpretty Gorgeous George
Above: F8 Brown spotted Savannah cat Sittingpretty Gorgeous George
Sat in the refridgerator
Family of F6 Sittingpretty Savannah kittens
Above: Family of F6 SBT Sittingpretty Savannah kittens
Burning off energy on the cat wheel

The Savannah cat is highly affectionate and will bond strongly with its human family. It is not a lap cat but will show affection on its own terms. It will often greet family members at the door, following them around the house and giving frequent head butts.

F2 Brown spotted Savannah Cindy and F7 SBT Brown spotted Savannah Sittingpretty Dennis The Menace
Above: F2 Brown spotted Savannah Cindy and F7 SBT Brown spotted Savannah Sittingpretty Dennis The Menace
Giving me headbutts and washes

Savannahs are often likened to dogs for their loyalty and their enthusiam for walking on a leash with a harness. Most Savannahs love to play games such as fetch and many even love to play in water.

F6 SBT Brown spotted Savannah Sittingpretty My Fair Lady
Above: F6 SBT Brown spotted Savannah Sittingpretty My Fair Lady
Out for a daily walk wearing a harness
F3 Brown spotted Savannah kitten Sittingpretty Hamish
Above: F3 Brown spotted Savannah kitten Sittingpretty Hamish
Going for a dip in the bath
F7 SBT Brown spotted Savannah cat Sittingpretty Walter The Softy
Above: F7 SBT Brown spotted Savannah cat Sittingpretty Walter The Softy
Enjoying a drink of water from the tap (Photograph courtesy of Jackie Emmett)

Vocally, Savannahs may either chirp like their serval ancestors, meow like their domestic ancestors, both chirp and meow, or sometimes produce sounds which are a mixture of the two. However chirping is observed more often in the earlier generations. Savannahs may also hiss much like a serval. This hiss is quite different from a domestic cat's hiss and sounds more like a very loud snake.

The Savannah cat is a unique and amazing feline. Most people who own or have met Savannahs will say that they have never met a cat like them and become avid fans. The Savannah is not for everyone, but for those who seek a unique pet and lifelong companion, the Savannah fits the bill.

With their elegant, exotic looks and interactive personalities, Savannahs are now said to be the most sought after companion animal in the world today.

Sources: The International Cat Association (TICA) Savannah Breed Standard and Wikipedia

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