Have youe ever heard of the "Savannah" cat? cross between housecat& wild cats

the savannah cat - pic of the savannah cat
United States
May 19, 2007 9:03am CST
I had gone to the pet store to get a few things while waiting for my pet order in the mail.Anyway,I happened to look up at the cat fancy magazine and saw what I thought was the most beautiful tabby in the world. He seemed a little different and I saw a good reason for that.He wasn't all housecat.He was a cross between a house cat and the african wildcat the "servil".Turns out breeders are now cross breeding typical house cats with african wild cats. THe article was really great.I would think that they might be a little aggressive but turns our they are more friendly and affectionate then housecats. I also noticed that they have crossbred with bengel tigers. I went and googled the "Savannah" and boy are they are expensive.The cheapest was $1,500 and the most expensive was $10,000.I also saw on one of the sites that they were selling crossbreeds of leopards as well as black panthers.The price is a little steap but don't think I wouldn't be adding one of these magnicficent critters to my family if I could afford it!
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@ElicBxn (59618)
• United States
19 May 07
They are NOT actually cross breeding to the large cats, because they wouldn't successfully breed that way. Even the Lygers are sterile & thats between 2 of the large cats. The reason that there can be successful cross breeding with some of the small cats is because they haven't had the genetic drift that far yet. The cat they are breeding to look striped like a tiger isn't crossbred to a tiger, I don't remember exactly how they are going about it, but I read the artical. I'll just stick to my moogies, there are plenty of kitty-babies out there that need homes without paying $1000 or even $200 for them.
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• Japan
20 May 07
I heard about this long ago too. If I'm not mistaken, they put the fertilised 100% pure big cat's egg into the domestic cat. Its really old news been around since 2000. I'll have to do a double check online for the facts.
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@ElicBxn (59618)
• United States
20 May 07
That'd be like a Great Dane getting a chihuahua pregnant!
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@cipher2004 (1184)
• United States
20 May 07
They are beautiful cats.I used to work in a pet store.We had a Bengal kitten that I sold to a friend.She was very affectionate but as she grew older she started getting a little wild.But this could be due to her kids teasing her.They are very expensve cats.She had a problem keeping her in.It would cry all the time.But at that price I wouldn't let it out either.
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• United States
23 May 07
I'm with you there,I don't even let my regular cat out let alone an expensive kitty like that,lol
@aniez0906 (264)
• Indonesia
20 May 07
No... i never heard it. ohhh... i think it's so elegance. i like cats..., but i don't like to touch them..., because they can give us toxplasma, some of the dangerous disease by cat
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• United States
23 May 07
They are elegant. I have had kitties all my life and so far i have been safe,keep my fingers crossed.
@Sherry12 (2476)
• United States
20 May 07
I had never heard of it. That is interesting, but they sure are expensive. I still think I'd be scared to have one around, even if I could afford it. They do sound beautiful though.
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• United States
23 May 07
Expensive isn't the word. I'm sure there are a lot of people that would be scared to have them around. They are so beautiful and magnificent(don't know if I spelled that right)
@jennybianca (12919)
• Australia
20 May 07
I had a look at your photo & rated it & wrote a comment. It is a magnificant looking cat, very striking indeed. Do they say what size it is? It actually looks quite big in the photo. Occasionally we have wild cats breed with domestic cats, & they can turn out quite big. Whoever is able to breed these beautiful cats are going to make a lot of money.
• United States
22 May 07
I'm glad you liked the photo.They range in sizes. Most are just a little bigger than housecats but some do get big. I saw a pic on one site where the savannah had her front paws up on her mistresses chest and her bottom pawson the floor! Can you imagine how much it would cost to feed a cat that size! i would so love one though.Doesn't this one look sort of like a cheetah?
• United States
19 May 07
I think I've heard of these guys - I went to a website about Savannas and took a look. Nice looking, but no mention of the cats' actual temperament. Oh! And no mention of possible dietary and health requirements. I suspect they'd like people to believe that they are just like a house cat only bigger -- but I can tell, they will need more protein, exercise (they look high strung) and may tend to be wilder than a domestic cat. For the price tag, I wouldn't bother unless I was a breeder. I'm happy with my newest addition, Tribble, whose picture is my avatar. He's a tabby, but has California Star Spangled markings. His underside looks just like the Savanna's coat - light sandy and brown spotted. His paws are also highly defined, with black fur in between his toes and sandy fur on the tops. For all intents he looks like a "Water Cat". And he does like water, but not enough to jump in and start fishing! It must have been a serious undertaking to do cross-breeding. I"m thinking they did it by artificial insemination. Now that must have been...fun. ;)
• United States
22 May 07
Some of the savannahs were a little larger than regular cats but some of them were so huge! Tribbles sounds adorable. I wish my cat liked water .You should see him when it's rubber ducky time.He's worse than a kid trying to bathe,lol.
@Woodpigeon (3710)
• Ireland
19 May 07
I had never heard of the Savannah cat. How is it that they work out to be sweeter than the normal domestic cats? That's neat in a strange way. God they are expensive though, aren't they! I would not be brave enough to keep a panther as a pet! Can you imagine if it decided to start spraying? What a stench!
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• United States
22 May 07
Expensive isn't the word,lol! They didn't say why they were more affectionate but they are high strung and need plenty of toys or another savannah to work off the extra energy. It wasn't a big panther ,It was a crossbreed. It's amazing what they can do
@kgwat70 (13398)
• United States
19 May 07
This is the first time I have heard of this information about cats. They are certainly very expensive and not within my budge for sure. LOL But I bet that they are very beautiful cats and am glad that they are affectionate and friendly. Is that a picture of one that you have as your avatar? I would have to win the powerball to be able to get one of those types of cats.
• United States
21 May 07
They are very expensive but magnificent. They said the price includes shipping but how do you ship a cat? That kinda worries me about the poor critters. The grey kitty avatar is just a tabby.if that's what you were talking about.It didn't download right.the eyes were supposed to keep crossing and he's supposed to be giving the raspberries. The other picture is a savannah. Some of them are so huge.You should see the trouble they go throught to breed these critters.They were talking about f1's and f2's .they had me totally confused,lol!