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serval blood

#2
Can the amount of serval blood affect the temperment of a savannah kitten?
Sure, but I'm not sure what you're asking. A lot of people will ask this inferring a kitten with more serval are more "wild" but having know servals and all types of cats-- any cat can be wild or bratty or aloof or...

More serval means a bit more aware, a bit stronger in bonding, chirpy, etc, to me and more into their family versus strangers as adults.


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Brigitte Cowell

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#4
Can the amount of serval blood affect the temperment of a savannah kitten?
It can...especially at F1 level you find them a much more intense and determined kitty... the Serval influence is not "wild" as most people anticipate...most equate "wild blood" with "feral behavior" and that is not true. But there is an energy of the Serval that is different from the domestic. I say that they love and hate versus like and dislike...their reactions can be stronger and they can be much more persistent in getting what they want.

But does this Serval influence make a kitten more skittish or antisocial...no! As kittens they will be super-social...just look at Trish's recent posts of her Una. As adults F1s often strongly prefer their humans and not strangers (that love/hate thing) but as kittens the F1s I've known were always very social... I know you are not asking about F1s but in terms of what influences are Serval influences the F1 generation is probably the best gauge as the Serval influence would be strongest at that generation :)
 

Patti

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#5
The percentage of serval blood can certainly impact the personality and behavior of a cat as Trish and Brigitte have explained, and its specific influence on temperament is probably all good - servals are one of the most easily domesticated of the exotic cats, they are naturally social and interactive animals: this translates into confident, curious, and well socialized kittens - generally speaking of course, there can always be the exception kitty that is shy and needs more time bond with its human.
 
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KIM

Guest
#6
The percentage of serval blood can certainly impact the personality and behavior of a cat as Trish and Brigitte have explained, and its specific influence on temperament is probably all good - servals are one of the most easily domesticated of the exotic cats, they are naturally social and interactive animals: this translates into confident, curious, and well socialized kittens - generally speaking of course, there can always be the exception kitty that is shy and needs more time bond with its human.
I have the exception kitty, hes ultra shy and taking his time coming around! But I will prevail!
 
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KIM

Guest
#8
Ive never experienced such a shy baby so this is all new to me, and this site has helped me deal with it and give me suggestions on what to do. I love his dearly, and as long as it takes it takes!
 
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KIM

Guest
#9
I was asking about the amount of serval blood, not in the WILD sense of a personality, I mean as in more cautious or stronger willed or does it even matter. Just curious
 
#10
I was asking about the amount of serval blood, not in the WILD sense of a personality, I mean as in more cautious or stronger willed or does it even matter. Just curious
I don't think it really matters-- per se-- what matters is...

1. Parents' personalities
2. Breeder and their upbringing-- I think that is probably the MOST important thing in regard to kittens and their personalities as far as being really shy and reticent goes
3. Owners and their homes

Now-- none of this is saying that a kitten won't be born to super social parents to a super great breeder and not be painfully shy-- kids can be born to social parents and be antisocial-- why can't kitties? But I think those three areas really are what forms a kitten's personality as well as just plain ol-- every kitty is an individual.