Savannah cats have a lot of energy and are very intelligent. To prevent problematic behaviour, make sure your Savannah cat can spend his energy and gets the attention he needs.

First of all, your Savannah cat needs YOUR attention. But if you cannot be home all the time, it might be a good idea to buy a second cat. This does not necessarily have to be a (high generation) Savannah, but do choose a cat that can cope with the enthusiasm and energy of your Savannah.

From early on the Savannah cat has to be petted a lot and needs to be picked up regularly to become social. When the cat ages and you notice that your Savannah does not enjoy being picked up much, it still is important to keep picking your cat up once in a while. For example, you must be able to handle your cat easily when you want to take it to the vet in its travel basket.

Playing with the cat is important for socialization and to make sure the cat can do something with its big energyload. Some of my Savannahs love to fetch things. They also enjoy to search for hidden toys. Once in a while I use eating-games that you can buy at the pet store. With these toys the cats need to use their brain to retrieve the food. This stimulates the cat in its intelligence.

Choose robust toys for a high generation Savannah. It depends on the specific cat, but they can be able to destroy regular cat toys rapidly.

(Indoor) space is important for all Savannah cats. High generation Savannahs (F1-F4) need space outside as well. With some creativity and the correct materials, a balcony can even be converted into a Savannah outdoor area. Do choose robust materials that your Savannah cannot destroy with their teeth. A small hole is sufficient for a Savannah to escape.

It is also possible to teach Savannahs to walk with a cat harness, although that doesn’t replace the need for an outside area for high generation Savannahs.

Because of their exclusivity and price, it is not a good idea to let Savannahs out of doors without a harness. They could be stolen. It is also possible that the cat runs away and won’t be able to find his way back home.

As with all cats, Savannahs must be treated for worms and fleas regularly. See health of our cats.

Most Savannah cats eat dry cat food if they have been used to eat this from early age on. High generation Savannahs also like to eat raw meat on a daily base. Our cats are provided with minced chicken and rabbit, chicken wings, and pieces of beef. The food is supplemented with vitamins. Savannahs are crazy about water too, and not only to drink. In summer they will lie down and play in a shallow bath. They want to join you in the shower; but it also means they might make a mess of their drinking bowl as well!

The Savannah cat just needs that extra bit of love, care and attention, but you are rewarded with a very special and trusting pet! Also read: Suitable for you? and Preparations.