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Why can’t I have a Savannah cat in my house in Texas? — 18 Comments

  1. I own a Bengal. She has been such a joy in our lives. My husband and I wanted a Savanah some day, but we aren’t leaving Texas. We will get another Bengal. Our present girl is 15 y/o and she loves us so much. She does talk, but she knows many ways of communication. I’ve never had such a smart and lovable buddy in my life!!

    btw, I truly believe that a Savanah cat should be up to the individual families. Life, Liberty and the PURSUIT OF HAPPINESS!! That’s all I want to say 🙂

  2. I’ve been considering moving to Texas for a while until I found out about this ridiculous law. I own a F2 Savannah Cat who is very domesticated and gets along with 2 of my Pomeranians and 3 tabby cats. He would literally be terrified if he ever saw a rat… I’m not sure who makes these obsurd laws, but these cats are totally domesticated when kept indoors and raised with humans and other domesticated animals. I have guests with kids coming by on regular basis with no problems, he’s a big baby… it boggles my mind that they consider these cats a “wild animal”. Whoever makes up these laws is obviously not educated about this breed and knows nothing about these cats. I can’t imagine leaving him outside in a cage like he’s a cheetah or a lion, this baby sleeps in bed with him mama! Or in his cat tree like any other cat. I just don’t understand this. No thank you Texas!!! I love this state but I would never give up my baby for an ignorant law written by people who know absolutely nothing about these harmless cats.

  3. I believe it varies by county. I know in Jefferson county you can’t have them at all and although there are some restrictions in other counties your city and county officials can tell you just what those are. Some will allow f1 f2 with license and others just require permits and semi annual house checks. Most require that they are at least f3-f7. I’ve been doing a lot of research and they make wonderful owners because we all know they own us and not the other way around lol. The biggest fear I’ve heard of is the fear that if they aren’t contained they may wipe out lots of wildlife. I personally find that unbelievable due to what the other lady said, “they are primarily domestic now.

    • Thank you Gerri for adding to the article. Yes there is this fear that if they escape they’ll breed and create super feral cats which will wipe out native wildlife. It is a bit far fetched. The local authority decisions are somewhat political as well. The law makers feel they need to satisfy the concerns of citizens even if their views are misplaced due to ignorance.

    • The laws governing the owner, control, and/or possession of a any type of animal on the 822.101 is state wide. State statutes trump any law the county puts in place. Federal trumps state. Trump trumps federal, etc. 🙂

  4. Heather you might look at this before you spend your money on a Bengal this is the list for Texas. I received it from Animal Control for Llano Texas. Leopard is on the wild animal list.

      • So are they saying a Savannah that is a pet not for breeding, sell or bartering is still considered a wild animal? I’ve seen domestic cats that are just as wild when not given the love of a family.

        • Yes, I understand your point. The issue is that the Savannah has wild genes and is classified as ‘exotic’. It is closely associated with the serval. But that said it does not mean these cats are wild, dangerous or exotic. It is a bureaucratic decision.

  5. I got a savvanah cat. In the severe cold weather, he wanted cpme in to my home. But i just found out the Texas law. So I don’t want to him to get sick in this severe cold wrather. Should I take him to animal shelter

    • I find your comment confusing. Are you saying this Savannah cat lives solely outside? No one with a genuine Savannah cat would do that. I don’t believe this cat is a Savannah cat. It is probably a tabby cat (random bred). Did you buy this cat from a breeder? Do have papers showing pedigree? Don’t take him to a shelter if you own the cat. If the cat is a tabby cat stray cat without owner then you may have to take him to the shelter. Good luck.

  6. Hi, I wanted to know any updates on Savannahs. I also want to own one but Im now a bit confused. Please let me know anything on this issue. Thanks

    • Hi, I presume you mean updates on the law with respect to keeping a wild cat hybrid in a certain state in the United States. I am sure you know that the law on keeping so called exotic pets including wild cat hybrid cats varies from state to state. Certain states ban them.

      This page provides some information on that:


      However, things are evolving. There is a gentle shift in the USA away from allowing wild cat hybrids as pets in my opinion. The same can be said about keeping tame wild cats. So, as things are always changing, I would advise that you check the current law by going to the state’s website and dig around or phone someone. The law is constantly in flux. If you want certainty it is best to check the current situation. Hope this helps a bit.

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