EVERYTHING ABOUT THE SAVANNAH AND THEIR ANCESTRY
The Serval (Leptailurus serval) is a middle-sized, spotted wild cat whose home are the mountains and wide lands of the Savanna regions of the African continent.
A fully grown Serval reaches a body length of 70-100cm and a shoulder height of 50-60cm. Striking are his long legs and his relatively small head with big and erect ears. No other cat strain has longer legs than the Serval. He reaches a weight of 10-20kg and his slim and mesomorphic body make him look extremely elegant. Another spectacle is his spotted fur which highly resembles a cheetah – black round spots on yellow-orange-gold fur. There are – much more rarely – completely black Servals (melanistic animals), as seen in the highlands of eastern Africa.
The Serval is a very active animal which can jump three meters high out of a standing position. His prey are lizards, mice, partridge, squirrels and rabbits. Servals love water, are outstanding swimmers and even have specialised in hunting fish or small prey living in and around water. The Serval´s biggest enemy in the wild are leopards and lions. Held in a zoo they live up to 20 years old.
The Serval is not a good pick as a regular pet!!! Even though it can be observed that Servals grow very affectionate to their owners – much more than any other wild cat – his untameable will to always move, special feeding needs and his uncontrollable spraying behaviour make him a very inappropriate roommate in a conventional household. They are very sensitive to every subtle change in their environment and probably could only hardly bear a single change of owner in their life. In addition to that, keeping a Serval is connected to very strict regulatory requirements. Violations of those will result in high penalties and the confiscation of the cat.
A, B, C, SBT… WHAT DOES THAT MEAN?
The abbreviations are part of the registration code of the International Cat Association (TICA) which is responsible for registering every Savannah. The letters tell you how many generations of Savannah matings there are in the bloodline of a cat.
This abbreviation says that one parent is not a Savannah. A Savannah emerges out of the mating os a Serval and a domestic cat. These Savannahs carry the registration code “A”, because they are an offspring of different strains. That means that F1 Savannahs always have the registration code “A”. Because male Savannahs are not fertile until they are in the 4th or 5th generation (F4/F5), the females have to mate with non-Savannah cats or “outcrosses”, until the males become fertile. If a Savannah mates with a pure non-Savannah male the result will be an “A” registration, which also makes it possible to get “F2 A” oder “F3 A” (etc.) registration.
A crossing between to “A”-registered Savannahs gives you a “B”-registered kitten. “B” means that both parents are Savannahs but at least one grandparent is not.
If you cross two “B”-registered the result is a “C”-registered cat. So “C” means that both parents and grandparents are Savannahs.
If two “C”-registered Savannahs mate the outcome will be a “SBT”-registered kitten. This means that at least three preceding generations have been Savannah-Savannah crossings. So parents, grandparents and grand grandparents have been Savannahs. This registration is required to be eligible for the registration “Champion”.
(Female x Male = Kitten)
F1 A x F5 A = F2 B Kitten
F2 B x F5 B = F3 C Kitten
F2 A x F5 C = F3 B Kitten
F2 B x F5 SBT = F3 C Kitten
F3 C x F5 C = F4 SBT Kitten
F4 SBT x F5 SBT = F5 SBT Kitten
F2 B x F5 A = F3 B Kitten
F3 B x F5 SBT = F4 C Kitten
F4 B x F5 C = F5 C Kitten
F5 C x F5 SBT = F6 SBT Kitten
F5 B x F5 C = F6 C Kitten
F1 A x Outcross = F2 A Kitten
BARF FEEDING FOR GOURMETS
We exclusively feed raw and never had any problems with salmonellae, diarrhea etc.
Even a big litter of ten kittens produced a lightest one of 95 grams and a heaviest one of 127 grams. After three to four weeks our kittens start to use the feeding dish and really like the food. Once a year we make a complete blood count of our cats. Even our veterinarian who was not very thrilled by that in the beginning had to admit that all of our cats have a exemplary blood count and all of their teeth are healthy. The TIHO Hannover (apprenticeship- and research facility for prospective veterinarians) was impressed, too. One TIHO-instructor examined our food and is now feeding his cats the same way.
Some more tips:
You will find food here: http://www.futter-fundgrube.de (located in Germany)
You will find minced turkey and chicken the cheapest. In addition you will need three table spoons of oil (i.e. sesame oil, flaxseed oil or comparable), a pinch of taurine (you will find that the cheapest in pharmacies), three hands full of mixed dried vegetables (made from 1kg mixed dried vegetables for hamsters/bunnies and 1kg of kibble for dogs and a hand full of dried parsley stems. Mix everything in a bowl.
Mix 1kg of minced chicken with three hands full of your kibble-mix, taurine and three table spoons of oil. Add a cup of hot water and mix it in before serving. Have fun feeding!
By the way: Hybrids have a strong bone structure which is why you need to pay attention to giving the cats enough calcium. We have the best experiences with whole plucked chickens which are delivered already minced.