F2 Savannah Cat Homing Instinct

by Dan Rogers
(Anderson, Ca, USA)

Well known F2 Savannah Motzie on a lead

Well known F2 Savannah Motzie on a lead

I'd like to get an f2 or f3. I have lots of land. I'm curious, how is the Savannah's homing abilities? Does it naturally come back at the end of the day, or will it seek the wild?

I saw a show about how one got away and was found almost 10 miles away. Do homing abilities change with generation?

I also have a Bengal cat. In my mind I'd like to think the two would get along wonderfully, any info on that?

Hi Dan.. Thanks for visiting and asking. I think this is quite an involved question. Please note that I am not a scientist.

F2 Savannah Cat Homing Instinct

The answer, I believe, is to be found in the competing influences of domestication of the cat and its wild instincts. All cats moggie or F2 Savannah have the wild cat in them but to varying degrees.

I don't believe, by the way, that there is such a thing a "homing instinct" in cats, wild or domestic.

When a domestic cat goes out and comes in (if it is an indoor/outdoor cat) the urge to come back is due to the cat coming back to its natal area, the place where its mother is. The domestic cat, F2 or otherwise is a perpetual kitten so hangs around its mother - us.

When a wild cat becomes an adult it leaves the natal area and goes in search of a home range. The size of the home range varies from species to species of cat. For a serval (the Savannah's wildcat parent) the home range is about 10 sq kms.

It seems that if an F2 Savannah (a cat with a relatively high level of wild in it - The F3 generation is 12.5% Serval) is allowed to roam in a large area outside amounting to tens of acres and more it may gradually or rapidly become an adult and lose the kitten/human parent relationship that keeps it domesticated.

It may revert to the wild (the innate wild cat inside taking over) and at that time would have no desire to return home. Some cats are less likely to do this, or will never do this - Persians for example as it seems they are wholly domesticated through breeding.

Reverting to the wild can happen with domestic cats sometimes. My mother had an ordinary ginger moggie and one day he went to live on the golf curse opposite her house and never came back until he was very old and infirm many years later. And of course feral cats can be tamed and then disappear.

I think that the bottom line is that even if all your land is fenced sufficiently to contain an F2 Savannah it may effectively disappear and it may suffer harm.

The F2 and F3 Savannah are expensive and glamorous. There is a lot of potential danger it seems to me.

Some cat breeds require more input than others. More benefit means more input. The F2 Savannah requires more input as it is more demanding, more inquisitive. Its inquisitiveness would also encourage it to explore and break its human relationship.

Martin and Kathrin Stucki who own and manage A1 Savannahs the premier Savannah cat breeder, always have a harness on their F1 Savannah in the videos that we made.

The have an F2 Savannah as a cat companion as I remember. You might like to ask them for their opinion. They are the world's more knowledgeable on this sort of thing. Just Google A1 Savannahs to find their website.

Bengal Cat Savannah Cat Companions

Yes, provided both cats are well socialised they should OK together. Cats have preferences and personalities. Some cats don't like other cats that are introduced. Or any cat that might be introduced but generally after a while purebred cats that have normal balanced personalities through good breeding practices should get along.

Hope this helps a bit.

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Feb 13, 2010 Don't run that risk
by: Finn Frode, Denmark

I agree. Keep them in a cat enclosure or inside. If running free somebody might mistake this strangely looking cat for a wild predator and harm it. Or somebody might recognise the breed - and steal it. Don't run the risk of losing it.

Feb 11, 2010 my expirience
by: kathy

I once had a Bengal cat who was not extremely socialized. She escaped outside one time and was very difficult to get back inside after that. The first time she got hungry and I lured her with food. The second time I had to get a trap. After that I was able to trap her one more time and after that she decided she wasnt coming inside any more. I definitly would not recommend letting your Savannah outside. Especially if you want it to come back. My Bengal came back for a while to eat. I would put food out for her every day. One day she didnt come to eat. I never saw her again. She did look beautiful out there running and climbing in all the trees. My Savannah is an F6. I would not take the chance of letting her outside. We just had to return our other Savannah because she was too aggresive for me to handle. This one is a full sister to the other one but her temperment is very different. She has all the Savannah characteristics without the aggresivness. I also have a Bengal. He is picky about who he likes. When we lived at my sons house my son had a cat that Lia would sometimes attack just out of the blue and for no reason. He seems to prefer female cats over males. He did however like my sons other cat Cash and they would play. I say keep them inside.


F2 Savannah Cat Homing Instinct — 2 Comments

  1. I have a cat fence for my savannah cat and Bengal cat. They originally were brought up by me in my apartment. Bengal was an adult when I introduced the savannah kitten. After a year my partner and I moved out to the country. I would recommend an outside enclosure for your cat, or if you can there are cat proof fences on the market. We enclosed our garden with a fence that allows the cat to climb the apple tree in the middle of the garden but she can’t climb over the fencing. Be warned though that if you have squirrels the netting may take a battering from them as it is cat bite proof but not squirrel bite proof. We had to patch ours here and there to stop the cats getting through holes the squirrel had made to try to get to his buried nuts in winter.

    Definitely do not let your cats roam freely. They risk being shot, stolen, killed on the road or railway, trapped in garages, contracting diseases, etc

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