The Savannah Cat is the worlds tallest cat. It is also the largest domesticated cat. They are cross between a domestic cat and a wild African cat, serval. It is a medium-sized cat with large-ears. Mostly between the 1990s and 2001, this type of cats became popular. This breed is also registered with The International Cat Association (TICA). Savannah cats come in different colors and patterns. Their colors and patterns form the basis of their registration. Above all, they hold the Guinness book world record for being the tallest domestic cats.
The weight of Savannah cats ranges from 8–15 pounds. These cats are tall and slim. Their appearance gives them a look more than their weights. The coat of Savannah cat is usually spotted. They have tall wide and slightly round erect ears. They have very long legs and a slim body. Along with a long neck, they have a puffy nose and hooded eyes. These cats have a life span of 12 to 20 years.
As these cats result from breeding, health issues cannot be determined at the time of breeding. Only genetic testing can give results about the health of the cat breed. Time to time testing is required for this type o breeds. Consequently, there is a low rate of fertility. Hence natural reproduction is difficult. While some cats are entirely infertile, in higher generations up to 3 kittens are possible.
These cats are very mischievous. The natural curiosity of savannah cats proves their intelligence. Resulting in a high rate of activity, these cats demand active owners. They have highly alert senses. Proper socializing can make the cat-friendly. An ideal companion for these cats is both cats and dogs. These cats are loyal to the owners and alert towards strangers.
The savannah cat has the same nutritional requirement as other domestic cats. Good quality cat food is the ultimate nutrition for them. As these cats are crossbreeds filler foods damage their digestive system. Consequently resulting in weight loss, diarrhea, and other stomach diseases. Further, these cats grow at a fast rate, so nutrition plays an important role. A meat diet can be very beneficial, but they are not dependent on them.
Pattern And Colors
The dark spots cover the entire body. There are parallel stripes, on the back of the head till the shoulder and back. These spots cover the legs and feet as well. Black, brown, and smoke are standard coat colors of Savannah. It gets a buttery gold texture on its coat from African Serval. The jet black spots which are common in most of the savannah cats are also similar to African cats. Registered colors are Brown Spotted Tabby, Silver Spotted Tabby, Black, and Smoke.
Specific laws are governing the ownership of these cats. The United States has framed rules to govern the adoption of these cats. Also, the Australian government has banned the import of Savannah cat in Australia. The reason being the impact on other animals.