BodhiCats Savannahs

In-home  Breeder  of  High  Quality  Savannah  Cats

                                  Frequently Asked Questions



What does F1, F2, F3, F4 mean?


F stands for "filial" generation. In Savannah cats, this is used to show how many generations the cat is away from a serval.  An F1 has a serval parent, and has typically 50-60% serval. An F2 has a serval grandparent and is typically 25-35% serval. An F3 has a serval great grandparent, and so forth..  


Early Generation Savannahs are exotic and beautiful, but sometimes can be "to much cat" for some people and they get more than they bargained for. I recommend discussing ownership of early generation cats with people who have lived with them and raised them before diving in, and being fully prepared to take on this responsibility. 




What Does A, B, C, SBT mean?


The easiest way to look at this is, SBT means a pure-bred savannah cat. A,B, and C are 3, 2, and 1 step away from "Purebred".  It is really only important to know if you want to show, breed,  or if you want a "Purebred" cat.  Otherwise, the look and personality of the kitten is more important to most pet owners.


SBT is a TICA classification that stands for "Studbook Tradition." An SBT Savannah cat is considered to be a pure bred Savannah, in that there are no outcrosses for 4 generations.


Also,
Once you reach the SBT level, The F number is less and less important in determining type.  We have seen F7s as nice as F3 and 4s as far as type is concerned.

We only breed savannahs to savannahs, and pedigree and breed standard are very important to us in selecting breeders, as well as temperament and health.





How much do kittens cost?


There is variation in the price of our savannah kittens,

based on the above generation and  overall type.

Typical pet prices are as follows, but this can vary depending on the kitten:

F2:   4000-6500
F3:   3000-4000
F4-8: 1500-2500

Breeder prices are available upon inquiry, and only to approved breeding programs with references.


We do NOT Breed for F1 Savannahs at this time   (Serval to Savannah)





Why are these cats so expensive?


There are many reasons for this.  The Savannah line starts with an F1 female.   producing F1 Savannah kittens is complex, time consuming, expensive, and very tricky for many reasons.  Keeping a serval is no easy task, and neither is getting the serval to mate with a non-serval to produce kittens in the first place, so only a few are produced each year.  This makes the F1 kittens costly, as well as simple supply and demand economics, as they are highly desirable.  They can range typically from $10,000-$20,000.  Then from these F1's, only certain females can be used for breeding.  Starting a breeding program is therefore a very expensive and risky endeavor, and it can be many years before breeders can recover their initial investment if at all.   Early generation cats also typically have smaller litters, so only a few can be produced each year.  Breeding is also expensive; from high quality cat food bills - to routine vet visits for cats and kittens- to unforseen events, making the endeavor costly and risky.  Breeding should only be undertaken for pure love of the breed, because it is expensive and a lot of work :)



I want a really BIG cat... How big will my Savannah be?


There is no certain answer to that question.  I've found that F1s and sometimes F2s are larger than your average cat, and beyond that, size is not guaranteed.  Most savannahs are regular-cat-sized. Period. Sometimes they look bigger than they weigh because they are tall, long and lanky.  The TICA standard states that the goal is to capture the look of a miniature serval, but size is not at all specified.  As a general rule, Boys tend to be bigger than girls.  I cannot guarantee large size, although sometimes it does occur. 


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