Have you wondered what it would be like to share your home with a Savannah cat and more specifically an F1 Savannah Cat?
The F1 Savannah Cat is Extreme
F1 Savannah cats are, in one word, EXTREME in every sense of the word. Extreme in their wild look, color, body type, intelligence, athleticism, energy level and overall wow-factor. In general, the F1 Savannah cat is the largest of all Savannahs. With the greatest amount of Serval ancestry, the F1 Savannah cat most closely resembles its wild African Serval father. Like the Serval, they maintain the extreme leg length, svelte body physique and regal head and ears that sit atop a neck whose length is extreme in itself. F1’s can have between 50 and 75% Serval blood in them, while most will have 50-60%.
The Personality of an F1 Savannah Cat
Beyond the amazing look offered by the F1 Savannah cat, the dog-like personality is another truly amazing characteristic. Who doesn’t like to be greeting with a face full of love and admiration when they return home from a long day at work? Now envision that face belonging to an F1 Savannah cat that will give you head butts and purrs and will follow you from room to room for the rest of the evening. What happens when you get up from your show to grab a drink and the cat didn’t notice you leave? You will hear about it! The cat will start calling for you with their wild ‘chirp’ vocalization and start searching the house for you. Once they find you, you will see the look of relief fill their eyes and an expression that says “Oh yay you’re still home!”
Play time is also extreme with an F1 Savannah cat. They play hard and fast, leaving nothing on the table. They can leap up to eight feet in the air and run through the house to fetch, that’s right- fetch, their favorite toy. And water is no deterrent. F1 Savannah cats are known to jump in the tub or shower with you and especially love to hone their instincts when provided the opportunity to catch fish.
Things to Consider Before Purchasing an F1 Savannah Cat
All of this sounds amazing, and I can tell you first hand that it is. However, there are some ‘quirks’ that come with F1 Savannah cats that not everyone will tolerate. The most prevalent being their need for stability. All animals, including humans, thrive on stability. But the F1 Savannah cat needs it more than the average pet. A home that experiences a lot of changing factors is not ideal for an F1. They can get very set in their ways about their daily schedule and their set people they have relationships with. Deviation from this can cause undue stress and lead to behavioral issues. This is their way of letting you know they are stressing out. Change of environment or the addition of new pets can also be difficult for a mature F1 Savannah cat to get accustomed to.