This is a page on the Savannah cat. It is written for children and people who like to read plain English.
The Savannah cat is a breed of cat. It is a wild cat hybrid and a domestic cat. “Wild cat hybrid” means a cat whose father or grandfather, and so on, is a wild cat while the mother is a domestic cat. There is some wild cat in the Savannah cat. The main pictures on this page are of two famous Savannah cats. Their names are Magic and Titan. Magic is a female and Titan a male cat.
Magic is the world’s tallest domestic cat. She is in the Guinness Book of World Records.
Both Magic and Titan had a father who was a serval. The serval is a medium sized wild cat from Africa. Because their father was a wild cat both Magic and Titan are called “first generation Savannah cats”.
This means that they are the first generation from the wild cat or the son or daughter of a wild cat. These are rare cats. Most Savannah cats are five generations from the wild cat.
The First Savannah Cats
The first Savannah cat was born on born April 7, 1986, in the United States of America. So, this cat is an American cat. The person who made this happen was Judee Frank. She set up a meeting between a serval wild cat that belonged to a lady named Suzi Woods and a domestic cat that was a Siamese cat. I think the Siamese cat belonged to Judee. The cats got on. They mated and produced a female kitten. The kitten was named Savannah. As the serval is from Africa, the name comes from the grassy places in Africa that are called “savanna”.
Then a person named Patrick Kelley and a lady named Joyce Sroufe worked together. They made sure that more Savannah kittens were born and so the breed began. Today, A1 Savannahs in Oklahoma is the best known breeder of Savannah cats today.
How the Savannah Cat Looks
The Savannah cat should look a bit like a serval wild cat. That means, long legs and a slim body with a wild looking but friendly face. The coat is spotted. The background color of the coat is a warm yellowish color. The ears are quite large.
The first generation Savannah cats are much larger than the average domestic cat. Most Savannah cats, though, are standard sized domestic cats.
What the Savannah Costs
Because servals do not usually mate with a much smaller domestic cat, it is difficult to get them to mate and have a Savannah kitten. That is why the first generation Savannah cat is rare. There are not many of them in the world. Because of this they are expensive to buy. They can cost over $20,000. The more usual 5th generation Savannah cat cost between about $1000 to $6,000. The price depends on how good the cat looks.
Savannah Cat Behavior
Basically, Savannah cats behave just like other domestic cats. The first generation Savannah cats are bigger and more wild but still nice domestic cats. Because they have some wild cat in them their behavior is sometimes a bit like a wild cat. They like water more than average domestic cats. They might join you in the shower in the morning. They can be quite active. If you own a Savannah cat you need to be a very good cat caretaker. If you keep a cat like Titan you’ll need to take him for a walk on a leash like a dog to keep him safe and let him have some fun.