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Options for when you can't have a Savannah....

Pam Flachs

Savannah Super Cat
#1
So you've fallen in love with the Savannah cat breed, researched them exhaustively, pored over every breeder's websites, picked out a few names, and a cute kitten pic or two has stolen your heart....then you find that Savannahs of any generation are illegal in your town or state. What then are your options? Well, there ARE other spotted breeds that are every bit as gorgeous and are generally intelligent and high energy, too! These include: Egyptian Maus, Ocicats, Serengetis, Oriental Shorthairs, Bengals (be sure to check if they are legal in your area as well), and plain old Domestic Shorthairs. There are even longer-haired breeds with spots---including Maine Coon, Turkish Angoras, Highlanders, and others. I am amazed at how many spotted cats and kittens are available on Petfinder.com; some may indeed be purebreds, but most are likely a mix, with perhaps a spotted ancestor or two in their background. These kittens and cats are every bit in need of a loving home as much as that adorable Savannah baby :) If you are determined to have a spotted kitty in your life, your options are not quite so limited after all.....
 

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Paige
Staff member
#2
Thanks so much for this post, Pam! Just this weekend, I was remarking on the cats that reminded me of my Savannahs and the Oriental Shorthair won hands down because...I could close my eyes and hear Taj :)They are quite the talkers!

But there are many other breeds as Pam has said with spots and Savannah-like personalities. The Highlander is a spotted breed that is reminiscent of the Savannah and Patti has posted a video of her Highlanders under Non-Savannah photos/Videos.

PLEASE DO NOT purchase a Savannah if it is illegal in your county or state.
 

Patti

Admin
Staff member
#3
Thanks so much for this post, Pam! Just this weekend, I was remarking on the cats that reminded me of my Savannahs and the Oriental Shorthair won hands down because...I could close my eyes and hear Taj :)They are quite the talkers!

But there are many other breeds as Pam has said with spots and Savannah-like personalities. The Highlander is a spotted breed that is reminiscent of the Savannah and Patti has posted a video of her Highlanders under Non-Savannah photos/Videos.

PLEASE DO NOT purchase a Savannah if it is illegal in your county or state.
Thanks for the plug Paige! The Highlander actually comes in all colors except bicolor (e.g., tuxedo cats) and they are short haired or long haired. Some are polydactyl (extra toes) as well, but this is a nonstandard feature. They are a new breed so there is not a lot of information out there about them, but they have been perfect companions to my Savannahs :)
 
#4
PAM- I love your post!


ANDI agree- if you check out your local shelter- you might find a high energy spotted baby that isn't a Savannah, but will wrap you around his/her little paw as well!
 
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Kronos

Guest
#7
Here In Australia we can't have Savannah Cats but funny enough we can have Bengals so maybe a cat like this could be a option.
You could look for an A generation Savannah that used a bengal, form what I understand you can register that cross as a Bengal or Savannah :)
 
B

Breheart

Guest
#8
Yeah.. get a Bengal with a Savannah Parent, but have it TICA registered as a Bengal ;) Sounds good to me. My Keljin actually is a case of this, his momma is a Bengal.
 

casper75

Savannah Super Cat
#10
Or...fight for the right to own a savannah ;)
That's what I'm trying to do but what I find funny is that the Bengal is allowed Into Australia but the Savannah Isn't this is a pure case of discrimination because of the Savannah's genetic make up the government thinks that Savannah Cats are a big dangerous killer which is totally false.