Savannah Cat Breeders Vary Widely So How Do You Pick The Right One?
Are you looking to adopt (in other words, buy) a Savannah kitten? If so, you'll eventually be dealing with breeders who specialize in exotic cats. You want to be sure you're talking to the one that is right for you.
Buyers who want to breed or show their cat may be interested in finding the perfect pedigree. Other buyers may simply want a beautiful pet with the wonderful intelligence and energy of the Savannah.
Choosing the perfect cattery may be as easy as picking the one closest to home (with a great reputation, of course). It can also be a great excuse to explore a part of the world you haven't yet visited.
Savannah cats may be purchased from a large TICA registered cattery with many awards and certifications and they may also be purchased from a private home where breeding is more of a hobby than a business.
Professional breeders require many years of experience and a significant financial investment to develop kittens that:
- retain the beautiful wild African Serval appearance
- have the personality, health and temperament of a domestic cat
So let's have a look at one cattery that typifies what you should be looking for in a top-notch Savannah cat breeder.
Top-Notch Savannah Breeder
Perhaps the most established and award-winning Savannah cattery is A1 Savannahs in Oklahoma, USA. It was formerly known as New Horizon Bengals.
A1 Savannahs was founded by Joyce Sroufe. She is recognized as the original founder of the Savannah breed and an expert in the breeding and care of exotic cats. A1 Savannahs:
- is USDA licensed
- is registered with The International Cat Association (TICA)
- has been accredited by the Feline Conservation Federation (FCF) for operating with the highest level of both facility management and feline husbandry practices
A1 Savannahs is a large, professional breeding business with over one hundred felines and three full-time employees in addition to the owners.
The cats are housed on a 40-acre facility in metal barns and buildings that are connected to outdoor runs.
Smaller Savannah Catteries
At an opposite extreme may be a cattery that does not list any professional affiliations but has:
- a reputation for providing healthy and beautiful cats
- a high level of service
- pride in breeding kittens in their home where their children help to socialize the kittens through lots of handling and playing before they (the kittens of course) are adopted
Most kittens will be sterilized prior to adoption unless specifically intended for breeding. Kittens sold for breeding purposes will usually cost quite a bit more than those purchased solely as a pet.
Like a larger breeder, even a smaller cattery requires an investment that is not trivial. The financials, along with the uncertainties that exist in cross-breeding, lead to pricing for Savannahs that is variable and generally not cheap.
Other Breeder Considerations
Very few catteries sell African Servals and those that do will generally charge a minimum of $8,000.
When researching Savannah cat breeders, in addition to the health, appearance and personality of your new kitten, you also must consider:
- Services included in the purchase price of a kitten. Does the cattery include vaccines, health guarantees, insurance, registration and possibly transportation?
- The cost of a CITES certificate when transporting the cat internationally.
- The cost of preparing for your new Savannah.
- The cost of feeding and caring for your new family member.
Professional breeders will be able to provide references from previous buyers. They should reassure you that your kitten will arrive healthy, well socialized, litter-box trained and ready to be a member of your family.