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The Personality Of The Savannah Cat:
Another Thing Buyers Cannot Resist

If you're looking to buy a Savannah cat, its delightful personality is one of the clinchers that will seal the deal. Whether your family is big or just you, your Savannah will not go unnoticed!

The Savannah cat is a unique and amazing feline. Most people who own or have met Savannahs will say that they have never met such a cat like them and they become avid fans instantly.

Savannah cat with personality
Savannah Personality

The Savannah is not for everyone, but for those who seek a unique pet and lifelong companion, the Savannah fits the bill. Its wild cat physical traits have a natural appeal to many people.

Savannahs are commonly compared to dogs in their loyalty and will follow their owners around the house like a canine.

They can be trained to walk on a leash and most love to play fetch with their favorite toy. They enjoy traveling, and many owners routinely take their Savannahs with them in the car.

Your Attention Please!

The Savannah is a curious, assertive cat that seeks out adventure at every opportunity. It is not a lap cat. The Savannah needs lots of activity either with its human family or with a companion cat or dog.

They do tend to be attention-hogs.

They love to play games and many love to play in water. Savannahs are intelligent and alert pets that like to hunt things down whether it is a toy hidden away or a light flickering through the window.

And they have an extraordinary ability to leap straight up with their very long legs and capture things that you thought were safely tucked away.

They have been known to stand on their hind legs and pluck meat right out of a sizzling frying pan on the stove. Some owners affectionately call their pets "Dennis the Menace."

The Savannah is also a very loyal cat that will bond strongly with its human family and will not adjust easily to moving residences or being rehomed.

Earlier generations don't like to be held and most find hugging far too constraining. The Savannah will show affection on its own terms, often by greeting family members at the door, following them around the house and giving frequent head-butts.

The Jumping Savannah

Jumping Savannah cat
Jumping Savannah Cat

Savannahs are widely recognized for their ability to jump, jump, jump. They've been known to leap on top of doors, refrigerators and high cabinets.

Because they're such intelligent, curious and energetic cats, jumping to get what you're hiding from them is part of the fun.

You're always part of their game!

Some Savannahs can leap as much as 8 feet (2.5 m) from a standing position. There is not a lot that you can hide from these beautiful animals.

The Intelligent Savannah

Intelligent Savannah cat
Smart Savannah Cat

Savannahs are very inquisitive and have been known to get into all sorts of things. They often learn how to open doors and cupboards.

Anyone buying a Savannah will likely need to take special precautions to prevent the cat from getting into things.

This is not a cat for people with precious and delicate objects on the mantelpiece. Savannahs will knock things over. They're really good at spotting what's fragile and valuable.

And you had better not leave your grocery bags unattended for too long.

You're very likely to receive some unwanted assistance unloading them... in a rather unorthodox fashion.

Savannahs like to carry things around the house... such as their toys, your dirty laundry, stuffed animals, food (not necessarily theirs), crumpled paper, pill bottles, your car keys, hats, mittens and almost everything else you have been looking for during the past week.

Did we mention Dennis the Menace?

The Sociable Savannah

Sociable Savannah cat
Sociable Savannah

Many Savannahs are reported to be very friendly with new people and with other cats and dogs. But others may run and hide or revert to hissing and growling when seeing a stranger.

Some of these differences can be explained by proximity to its wild past (the percentage of African Serval genes in the cat). More often it relates to the skill and effort of the breeder at socializing the kittens.

Some breeders involve their entire family including their children with the raising of the kittens.

Savannahs who are accustomed to the excited cries and handling of children and their friends are rarely anxious about the arrival of a stranger in the house.

But kittens born in a kitten mill with little human contact and possibly sold before they are sufficiently mature will have a very different reaction to newcomers.

Choosing your breeder carefully will help to prevent a lot of problems later.

The Playful Savannah

Savannahs have a number of playful behaviors that you just don't find in other cats. Many will give you a head-butt as a greeting when you come home.

Image of playful Savannah cat
This adult Savannah looks like a wild cat but seems to be greeting his play friend they way a dog would. Magnificent looking creature!

And they will fluff out the base of their tail in a greeting gesture... which is not to be confused with raising fur along the back and tail in fear. Savannahs will also flick or wag their tails in excitement or pleasure.

Many Savannahs will also puff their cheeks out when playing. In the wild, this may have been a warning sign to opponents, but at home this is more likely a display of who is boss in the particular game that is underway!

The Talking Savannah

Savannahs may chirp like their Serval fathers, meow like their domestic mothers or do both, sometimes producing sounds which are a mixture of the two. Chirping is observed more often in earlier generations.

Video Of A Talking Savannah Cat

Savannahs may also emit a Serval-like hiss which is quite different from a domestic cat's hiss. It can sound more like a very loud snake. This can be alarming to humans not expecting such a sound from a cat.

The Aquatic Savannah

Most Savannah cats like water and will play or even immerse themselves in water. Some owners even shower with their Savannahs and swim with them in the pool.

Presenting a water bowl to a Savannah will likely provide some entertainment as many will promptly "bat" the water out of the bowl until it is empty, using their front paws.

Savannahs will often put their toys into a bowl of water and practice "fishing." It's a good idea to keep all toilet lids closed as kittens are at risk of falling in because they may try to jump in.

In fact, they love everything to do with water so keep your drinking glasses out of reach if you don't want them knocked over.

They will also knock or drag around their water bowl if given the opportunity. A great way to avoid puddles of over turned water is to purchase a spill-proof bowl or a heavy-duty non-skid bowl used for dogs.

Savannahs are so intelligent that they can learn to turn on water faucets and even use and flush the toilet. Outdoor taps are equally attractive.

One owner reported that her Savannah repeatedly flooded her large outdoor run by turning on the garden tap. Of course, the cat hadn't learned to turn the tap off!

Video Of A Savannah Cat Swimming

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