I and my husband put off buying a savannah for years. As we settled we started researching for a savannah cat. We came across a breeder that sold us an f2 1/2.
We paid dear money for it and it’s frustrating to find out it is a Bengal cat of very low generation with feline herpes.
We can no longer bring another cat into our lives because feline herpes is contagious.
We’ve confronted the breeder and she’s never heard of it.
Please buy from reputable breeder and make sure you visit their home. The lady I bought my cat make me meet her at a store.
Hi… thanks for visiting and sharing an important point.
There is no such cat as a 2.5 Savannah cat. F2 means second filial or two generations from the wild cat (a serval in the case of the Savannah cat and a leopard cat in the case of the Bengal cat).
The breeder may have been referring to the fact that the cat is not purebred. If you have no certificates or paperwork to show that the cat is purebred you have not got a Bengal cat but a Bengal cat mix. Sorry if that upsets you.
On the face of it you have been conned. You have the right to sue for breach of contract. If you are certain that you contracted for an F2 Savannah cat and got a Bengal cat mix you have the right to get all your money back and to return the cat or keep the cat and get compensation which would be about 90% of the cost of the cat because purebred mix cats are in effect moggies (random bred cats) and are worth about $30 or some such figure.
Good luck. By the way feline herpes is a virus but it can be cleared up by the cat’s immune system and there is a vaccination for it. It is very common in breeding catteries and in the general cat population.