There is a celebrity cat on the Internet called Stryker the Cat. We don’t even know the gender of this cat but I will presume that she is female for the time being because she is on the small side, let’s say, for a serval. And she is a serval not a Savannah cat as stated by the owners. In fact, the owners are very secretive about the species of cats that they own. I believe that they know their cat is a serval but disseminate the idea that she is a Savannah cat. See male serval Morpheus to compare (opens a new tab so you stay on the page).
They give the distinct impression to the public that this cat is an F1 Savannah cat. But I am convinced that she is not judging by the appearance. The big tell-tale for me is the nose leather. Down the middle of the nose leather of a serval you will see pink tissue in a straight, vertical line. You do not see this in the F1 Savannah cat.
Further, the F1 Savannah cat has markings which are lower in contrast than on the serval. The white underbelly is quite noticeable on the serval but much less so on the F1 Savannah cat. And then there is the overall appearance, taken as a whole. This includes the white spots on the back of the ears which are much more distinct in the serval compared to the Savannah cat. And the size, too, is a factor. And the behavior is different. I have watched a video on Instagram and this cat behaves like a serval. Note: I have interacted with semi-domesticated servals so I know how they behave in captivity.
Note: videos on this site are typically made by people other than me and held on YouTube servers or the servers of other businesses (not the server storing this website). Sometimes the videos are deleted at source which stops them working on this site. If that has happened I apologise but I have no control over it.
Although the F1 Savannah cat is quite a big cat, it is smaller than the smallest serval. This cat is too big to be an F1 Savannah cat.
The fact of the matter is that it is quite easy for the public to mix up an F1 Savannah cat with a serval but the are completely different. The F1 Savannah cat has a father who is a serval and a mother who is a domestic cat. The serval is a medium-sized wild cat species. So the F1 Savannah cat is a wild cat hybrid while the serval is a pure-bred wild cat.
On the basis that I am correct, it may have an impact on the owners of Stryker the Cat. This is because they say she is a Guinness world record holder. If she is a serval she cannot be a world recordholder. This record must only apply if she is a Savannah cat.
There is no doubt in my mind too, that the prime reason why the owners of this cat wants to own the cat is because they can get some publicity for themselves and their cat on social media online. They have an Instagram page which is successful at 818,000 followers. They also have a YouTube channel with 38,000 subscribers. You can earn quite good money on advertising on YouTube videos. In fact, it is the best form of earnings through advertising on the Internet in my experience.
And it should be said that on their YouTube channel they clearly imply that this is a Savannah cat because they have a hashtag which states that: #savannahcat. But nothing else.
Why did I write this page? Because I like the truth and I don’t like people being misled. I also do not like the commercialisation of so-called celebrity cats on the Internet. Strictly speaking, celebrity cats are an exploitation of the cat for the benefit of the owner. Yes, I am sure that the cats are well looked after but the motivation for the whole project is celebrity. The owners get this vicariously through their cat!
And servals should not be pets. It is wrong. They should be running around the wild open landscape of Africa.
A genuine F1 Savannah cat – Magic
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