I have done tons of research looking for the right breed for our family. I feel we could give a Savannah cat a wonderful home to live forever.
On our budget I wasn’t sure we could afford one, but just because I couldn’t have it right this second doesn’t mean I give up!
I have spent weeks digging and avoiding scams. I was aware that in some states I wasn’t allowed to have them, but there are several breeders in TX, so I thought I was safe.
I then found out that I cannot have a Savannah in a home at all in Texas, has to be kept in a separate enclosure?!?!?!?!?
I do not want to breed, just love. My husband is home all day, I work 2 miles away four days a week, our 7 year old has ended a friendship over a playmate not treating animals (a cat) in a respectful manner, and Wall-E, our 3 year old mini schnauzer just loves other animals.. .especially cats!!!
I have searched everywhere and I don’t understand why??? Can anyone answer this?
Hi Heather… thanks for visiting. I thought I knew where wild cat hybrids such as the Savannah were banned: Alaska, Hawaii, Mass and NY.
However, it seems I was wrong. Your post got me looking and I came up with the same things as you it seems. I checked because I could not believe what you were saying!
F5 Savannahs are true domestic cats.
Anyway, the law for hybrid animals in Texas appears to be the same as for the potentially dangerous animals of which they are hybrids.
The code (law) is section 822 and definitions are at 822.101. “Dangerous wild animal” included a serval. And the Savannah is a serval/domestic cat hybrid. Animals that are hybrids of the listed animals are also governed by this law.
Licensing etc. is required and there are heavy restrictions. Am I missing something? Have I got this wrong? I find it strange. You can see the law here: http://codes.lp.findlaw.com/txstatutes/HS/10/822/E
Some counties in Texas seem to have their own rules. This needs checking out.
One interesting point is that the leopard cat, a small wildcat that is the wild cat parent of the Bengal cat hybrid is not listed as a dangerous animal in this legislation. That would mean that the Bengal cat is acceptable in Texas. Bengals are wild cat hybrids just like the Savannah. I guess you know that. A high filial Bengal cat, say an F3, will have a character similar to the Savannah. You might consider that.
I will do further work on this subject over time. The reason why states are clamping down on wild cat hybrids is probably because things have been too slack and uncontrolled for many years and there have been problems (financial and animal health issues) with the keeping of large wild cats and other species of animal. Also there is the issue of conservation. Importing wild cats into the USA from their habitat (servals live in Africa) is not good conservation. Almost all the wildcats are under threat of extinction in the wild in the short or long term.