Anyone living with a Savannah Cat in UK?

  1. Please get a cat from a rescue instead. People definitely get cats from rescues and these rescues are usually overflowing with animals. Please adopt, don’t shop.

  2. Rescues are definitely where I'll begin my search. But I am looking for a kitten. As long as there isn't a medical condition (because I won't be able to afford that kinda care), I won't care about what the breed is or isn't.....okay that's wrong I'm partial to short hairs.

  3. Your response is definitely the best here. Thank you so much for your detailed and educational response :)

  4. Savannah cats need a lot of space to run around. I had two F1 savannahs around 10 years ago and had a huge area outside for them. The area was fenced of with 10 foot fencing with a two foot overhang section at the top that stopped them climbing out. They will absolutely clear a ten foot fence without the overhang very easily. They are not a cat that should be kept indoors as they prefer a lot of space to run and jump about. They are also stupidly expensive and so are the vets bills that you will undoubtedly have.

  5. Oh yeah with a F1s I can definitely see that happening. Which is why I was considering the smaller ones.

  6. I would wish to say that there are both good and bad ones, and breeders are no better and no worse than people of any other kind. One needs to do a LOT of due diligence if one does not know anyone. It is always best (and in my longer comment, I say it's hard with Savannahs because they are unrecognised by the governing body) to ring around, to meet breeders at shows, and always always to visit the litter and check that the welfare and happiness standards are the very highest. Any pedigree kitten should be registered and the breeder should give the new owner lifetime support (there are often Facebook and other social media groups too, where owners of cat bred by X person can stay in touch). The ideal is that you make a lot of friends and the cats themselves are connected as "cousins" - we buy breed club calendars and often see cats we know and are fond of. It's very different from hading over some dosh and never having any contact again.

  7. Echoing other people - purebred cats are insanely £££ and many people don't let go outside because of how expensive they are. (Savannahs are also hybrids with a wild animal, so take that into consideration when thinking about space)

  8. No matter what cat I get, I don't want it outside. The only time I want my cat outside is when I'm taking it for a walk.

  9. It's not an alternative. Just an option. My priority will always be rescues first. Although I'm mainly looking for kittens.

  10. I have a friend with a F4 Savannah, they admit they regret getting it. They grow to be huge for a cat (think the size of a small Labrador), cost a fortune to feed and have a tendency to trash furnishings with their huge claws. Vets often don’t have experience of caring for cats like that either, and they cost a lot to buy from a reputable breeder.

  11. The lower the number the closer they are to Servals. The higher the number the closer they are to domestic short hairs.

  12. I have an f2 Savannah, I also know a few people with later generation Savannah's. Very playful and loving cats. Energy levels are above and beyond what you think or can prepare for. They also need a tremendous amount of space and walking (leash). If you do not walk them or exercise them, they will become destructive and aggressive... They are also very loyal and bond to the owner, so if you live alone I would not recommend it.... even for an f4.

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