by Dan Rogers
(Anderson, Ca, USA)
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.