The Savannah is a spotted long-legged cat resembling an African Serval, which is its ancestor. Considered exotic, they have a wild look to them, with specific patterns, and color markings similar to a cheetah around the eyes. Their rear ends are usually taller than the front. As a pet, they are intelligent and dog-like, playing fetch and enjoying a walk on a leash, as well as being devoted to their owner. They even wag their tail, and will puff it up as they say hello. They are not always good with other people, cats, or dogs though this varies with each animal depending on their early socialization. These cats have the ability to jump from a standing position to anything high. And they like being UP high! They are always curious and learn to open doors easily. They love water, playing in it and with it! They will chirp and meow, and mix the two as well.
Their medium length coat will need brushing a couple times a week. Their teeth should be brushed as well.
This breed can have a heart muscle disease. They should have a high quality diet. Breeders recommend they have a taurine supplement, as they require more taurine than a typical cat.
The Savannah would be best in a home with older children. They do not do well being home alone, so another very energetic cat or friendly
dog to play with would be good. No small animals or birds or fish should share the house with this cat. This cat needs interaction and activity to be happy. An experienced owner would be best, as this cat will always be turning on faucets, jumping to the tallest bookshelf, and clearing the dust from the top of cabinets if they aren’t inside one.
States and/or cities may have restrictive laws on owning this cat.