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Savannah Cat Breed… Everything You Need to Know at a Glance!

OK, we’ll admit that if all cats were the same, and choosing which one was best for you was simply a matter of deciding which cat looked the “coolest”, just about every household in America would have at least one Savannah cat in it.

After all…

Just who hasn’t at one time in their life wanted to own a miniature cheetah?  But just because these cats are beautiful, and just because the look like someone took a full-grown cheetah and miniaturized it for you home, this doesn’t mean that you should necessarily make one your own!

This is why…

In this article, we wanted to take a moment and discuss what it might be like to actually own a Savannah, so that if you’re ever fortunate enough to be given the chance to own one of these very unique cats, you’ll know for sure if it’s a good idea.

So, without further ado let’s dive right in.

Savannah Cat Breed Fast Facts

Country of Origin:  United States of America

Size:  Large

Weight:  17 to 25 pounds

Eyes:  Slightly “hooded” creating a “boomerang” appearance (green)

Shape of Head:  Triangular

Lifespan:  17 to 20 years

Origin of the Savannah cat breed

Despite the fact that these cats have somewhat of an “ancient” look about them, the truth is this breed really only dates back to the mid-1980’s when the first documented Savannah cat was born when a female seal point was bred with a male Serval cat.

The result…

Of such a union, was quite a surprise to see.  And a pleasant surprise at that because the kittens produced from this litter were truly magnificent.

The first-born kitten…

Was appropriately named Savannah after the grasslands that are homeward bound for the servals family. This beautiful cat became the first-generation hybrid cross.


Was then “used” to breed the second generation of what would ultimately become the Savannah cat breed.  Ever since, enthusiasts like Patrick Kelly (an early buyer of a Savannah cat) and others have been working hard to have the Savannah cat breed become “officially” recognized by the various cat organizations.

And while…

Some organizations such as the International Cat Association (TICA) have chosen to begin recognizing the Savannah as a separate cat breed other groups such as the Cat Fanciers Association have yet to do so.  But we here at IndulgeYourPet fell that it’s only a matter of time.


The first thing that you’re going to notice about these cat’s is their impressive looking coat. Which can be brown spotted, black, black smoke and black silver spotted. You’ll also notice that these guys will also have small spots that cover the legs feet and their faces.

The Savannah cat will also…

Stand out from the other cat breeds due to its large ears that stand upright on top of their head as well as a unique trait with these cat’s eyelids which will appear hooded with black tear-struck markings running from the eyes to down the sides of their nose very similar to that of a cheetah’s.

This adaptation…

Is believed to help take away the glare from the sun and has allowed better vision for their ancestors when hunting.  Savannah cat’s eyes will also change over time starting off as blue when they are kittens but ultimately ending up green once they are fully grown.

Savannah cat temperament and personality

Savannah cats are very curious and like to get into a little harmless trouble.  Which is why we here at IndulgeYourPet feel that they are best suited for those who live active lives.

After all…

These cats are very active and have loads of energy and tend to keep a “kitten personality” throughout most of their life.


Your Savannah will likely be nervous around strangers but soon warm up once they understand they are family or friend because at their core, Savannah’s love people.  These are the kind of cats that will follow you around the garden, while doing housework or just sit with you while reading a book they love company.

Their also…

Great cats around children who are probably the only ones that will be able to keep up with their energy levels.  This is why we’ll often recommend this breed for those who do have small children running around the house.

Savannah cat breed health concerns

So far, it seems that the Savannah cat breed is a pretty safe pedigree breed to date.  Now we say “so far” because it’s important to remember that this is a relatively new cat breed so the “verdict” is still out on how healthy it will remain as more and more breeders begin appreciating how special these guys are.

That said however…

For now, there doesn’t appear to be any hereditary diseases associated with this breed.  Which is great!  But that doesn’t mean that these guys will be immune from all diseases or injuries.  It just means that they won’t be at an increased genetic risk for developing any diseases or suffering from any injuries.

Which is why…

We’d like to remind folks who are thinking about adoption a Savannah cat to also think about purchasing a pet insurance policy on their cat as well.

Because there are…

Two things we know for sure about the Savannah cat.  The first is that they aren’t cheap to purchase and second, if they do get sick or injured, chances are, the vet bills to get him or her back into perfect health probably won’t be cheap either.

This is why…

We would encourage you to check out our Best Pet Insurance article so that you can see if purchasing a pet insurance policy might make sense for you!

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