1. Welcome to SavannahCatChat.com!


    The Savannah Cat Chat Community is a one-stop place for you to meet new people and share your love of Savannahs with like minded individuals, as well as a place to find answers to all of your Savannah questions. Register to post, ask questions and become involved with our awesome Savannah cat breed.

     

    Once you sign up, you will need to be approved before you can post. Usually this is a quick process.

    Already a member? Login Here!

     

What's the "typical" size...

Discussion in 'Savannah Cat - General Discussion' started by Cheshire, May 29, 2012.

  1. Cheshire

    Cheshire Savannah Child

    Messages:
    13
    Hi, all!

    My boy-kitten/*kitten will turn a year old in June. He weighs about 8 lbs. I'd like to know from any male F3 owners how big I can expect him to get. Is there a typical size for these critters?

    Thanks!

    Joe
     
  2. admin

    admin Paige Staff Member

    Messages:
    12,108
    Hi Joe,

    Not sure there is a typical size...he may get a bit bigger, but it is really more about long and lean vs. weight, which is why we often don't discuss savannah cats in terms of weight.

    And just an FYI - savannah babies are kittens...cubs are usually reserved for larger exotics. Even serval babies are called kittens ;)
     
    • Like Like x 3
  3. Trish Allearz

    Trish Allearz Moderator

    Messages:
    3,505
    I consider Savannahs the greyhound of the cat world! Tall, leggy, but not super heavy!
     
    • Like Like x 1
  4. Cheshire

    Cheshire Savannah Child

    Messages:
    13
    Cool. OK. I defaulted to "weight" but I'm clear with myself that I'm not looking for a bulky cat. :) I think what I'm asking is, when compared to a "typical" F1, what can I expect the full-frown "size" of my F3 to be? I can see that he's a very leggy kitten...is that an indicator of eventual full-grown stature?
     
  5. WitchyWoman

    WitchyWoman Admin Staff Member

    Messages:
    5,779
    Cheshire, the one thing that can't be predicted with much accuracy is size, stature. I have a fully mature 11 lb F6 who is who is 12" at the shoulder, one fully mature F2 who is 14" at the shoulder, and one 2 yr old F2 who is 16" at the shoulder. The tallest cat is also very long and he weights 20 lbs., the other F2 weighs 14 lbs and has a stockier body than the other two. My F6 is the leanest of all of them, long in body and when all 3 are standing together, the F6 appears larger than he really is because he is a lean mean savannah machine:big grin:

    We have folks here who have very large F3s and folks who don't. All 3 of mine leveled off on growth at about 1 yr old and then had a mini growth spurt at about 1.5 yrs where they put on a bit more height & length and added more muscle.
     
    • Like Like x 3
  6. Trish Allearz

    Trish Allearz Moderator

    Messages:
    3,505
    Yeah, I think you've really hit that difficult question for Savannah breeders (and owners!). How BIG is this kitten going to get? For me- for example- I have two F2s here right now. One is a monster sized boy- he is about 7 pounds now and only a few weeks older then Ani, his half-sister. She is barely pushing 3 pounds at this point. I think your best GUESS will be going after the parents' sizes, but more realistically- if you have older siblings of the same sex to compare your kitten to. Even then- there is size discrepancies as well.
     
    • Like Like x 1
  7. admin

    admin Paige Staff Member

    Messages:
    12,108
    I agree with Trish. Taj, an F6 is huge and Zuri, an F4 is not...
     
  8. Cheshire

    Cheshire Savannah Child

    Messages:
    13
    Ah, well. No worries. Just curious :)
    Thanks for the replies!
     
  9. Brigitte Cowell

    Brigitte Cowell Moderator Staff Member

    Messages:
    5,430
    I think we see too much variability in size to have a "typical" size for any generation... I have one very tall F3 boy who was taller than his 2 year old full brother by the time he was 6 months of age. Same genetics, just a huge difference in size.

    As they have said, he is a kitten not *kitten (and I know that sounds nit-picking but for those of us that have to go fight anti-hybrid legislation this terminology is important!)... but if he's almost a year and 8lbs I would not guess he'd get much more than 12lbs fully grown unless he gets really fat in old age, LOL! He could of course be about to have a huge growth spurt... but with any luck that 8lbs is all long lean legs and body which I will take any day over 15lbs of blubber!
     
    • Like Like x 2
  10. Cheshire

    Cheshire Savannah Child

    Messages:
    13
    Is there nothing to the claim that it takes Savannahs about 4 years to become full-grown? (I was told this by the person who sold me mine).
     

Share This Page