What Is A Savannah Cat?

The Savannah cat is an enigmatic and intrepid cat. They are not easy to get if you haven’t had much experience with cats. They are very intelligent and curious but can be agitated and particular. Find out more on their origins and characteristics.


The history of the Savannah cat goes back to the 1980s. They were created through the breeding between domestic cats and the African serval, a wild cat living in the Savannah which inspired the name: Savannah Cat. It was in 1986 that the breeder Judee Frank created the breed through simple breeding of the two species. This first generation hybrid was the first Savannah cat in history.

African Serval:

African serval


They love to spend time with their owners making them act more like dogs as they can be educated. In fact, many learn to sit, lie-down, as well as many tricks. They are great at escaping as they can jump very high and have a tendency to fit in small places. Make sure to keep an eye on your Savannah cat to be sure it doesn’t run away. They are very sociable cats that can get on well with different kinds of animals and humans. Despite this good behaviour with people in and around the house, they are not considered true domesticated cats. These hybrids are classified with the letter “F” followed by a number. This represents the generation of domestication (F1, F4,…).

The character of a Savannah cat is very curious

Physical characteristics of the chat Savannah cat:

They have a wild and exotic appearance. The larger ones can grow up to 23 kilos in weight. They have very few health issues. They have an attribute called “hybrid vigour” signifying that they have a strong resistance to illnesses. Their life expectancy is about 25 years which is a lot higher than domestic cats.

Head : Of average size compared to its body. A large and long nose with average size, slightly rounded eyes,  in green, brown or yellow.

Body : long, tall and slim.

Tail : long, thin with dark circles going down the length of it.

Colour : accepted colours for this breed are coffee, orange, grey or silver with dark or black markings. 

Fur : this is the most visible characteristic, it is short, precious and soft to the touch.Savannah cats

What Does It Mean When A Cat Licks You?

cat licking paw

Have you ever wondered what does it mean when a cat licks you? Have you thought about what your cat wants to say when you are petting her while she is licking you?

Cats are famous for rarely showing an attachment to their owners, but the moments when they are more affectionate are priceless. The veterinarian Bruce Fogle is an author of many books about cats. In his opinion cats are connecting and socializing by licking. 

newborn kittens cat

In the first contact when a mother cat sees her kittens, she starts to lick them around the nose or the mouth. She is doing this to clean the kitten, but also to stimulate the newborn’s breathing.

Marking territory 

what does it mean when a cat licks you

The first feeling cats remember is the licking. It helps them to mark their territory and their belongings. Cats usually leave their scent on the bedding they sleep at, on the dishes they eat from and of course on you. This is a sign that she feels you as a friend and feels safe around you. Some experts believe that abandoned and thrown out kittens, which didn’t have a mother to lick them while growing up, tend to stay with the same behaviour. They often stay with baby behaviour until late in their age. 

What does it mean when a cat licks you excessively?

If your older cat never licked you before, but suddenly licks you excessively, pay more attention to her behaviour. It is possible that the cat is trying to show that something is not well with her health. If the licking is bothering you, try to distract her with a reward or a game. Alternatively, you can motivate her to dedicate her attention to something else like a new toy.

what does it mean when a cat licks youWhen the fur licking is energetic, this could be a sign for irritated skin, fleas, infection or an insect bite. You should bring your pet for a detailed check, so the right treatment can be prescribed. If the licking is not associated with any disease process, then don’t wonder anymore what does it mean when a cat licks you and be more patient.


Cat Shows

cat in its cage at a show

I had a neighbor many years ago sign her cat up for a show in our town.  So to show support we went to the show.  Her cat was all scared and spent its day trying to hide in the cage.  It never got a ribbon and she never took it to another show. Never thought much about it after that, other than feeling sorry for my neighbor’s cat.

We had purchased a pure bred lilac point Siamese kitten in Canada from my sister in-law’s friend.  My sister in-law told us that she had gone to a few cat shows and thought it was as she described it “a lark!”

So after I got back home and thought on it for awhile, we decided to give it a try.  We had a pretty nice looking cat and she just loved people, cats, dogs and did not mind riding in the car. We signed her up and sent in our funds.

Preparing to take a cat for a show is a feat of its own. Packing all sorts of stuff, reminded me of a day outing with a baby.  You need coverings for the cage, all three sides and something for the bottom.  You will need a cat carrier for transporting cat to and from the show hall.  Also, needed is a litter box (most shows provide the litter), bowls for water and food, cat food, litter scoop and a bunch of other stuff for grooming of the cat prior to taking it to the ring to be judged.  You must clip your cat’s claws prior to being shown, that is for the judge’s protection.  Even with that, I have seen some judges get pretty tore up.  And those cats do have teeth and will use them if they are not at all happy with the situation.  Some cats get better with the more shows they attend and I have seen others get more agitated the more they go.  On one occasion a judge had to go to emergency, because her hand was tore up so bad.

Upon arriving at the cat show in plenty of time we immediately set up our cage.  We now had time to wander around and check out the vendors.

When you enter your cat, for breed cats you are required to put down cat’s name, but also mother and father.  Siamese breeders knew the father of our cat’s cattery, but did not know my cat’s cattery.  One of the vendors did know and explained to the very suspicious group of breeders.  Once they got the connection, we were alright.  The father’s cattery immediately gave use some pointers on getting better points and helped us out to make our cat look more defined.  It is better for the breeder if we succeed.  More cats that get winners ribbons, the more they can claim a line of winners.  Which in turn makes their kittens more in demand, means they can charge more for their kittens or for stud fees.

We survived the first show, we did do okay, although no final ribbons.

Since Sammy really loved the shows it was fun to take her.  She would reach out at passing kids and talked to them.  She was also good for laughs in the judging rings.  When the judge turned his or her back on Sammy, she would let out a big meow, when she got their attention, she would talk softly.  She was always talking and caused lots of amusement for everyone.  It was always nosier at the Siamese rings anyways, but I think she is the most talkative cat I have ever seen at any show.

During the many cat shows, I also had my eye on a household pet category. Competition is not so ruthless and a cat could come in first in one ring and dead last in another.

Freckles seemed like a great candidate for the next show.  She was a Siamese/Persian mix, very unusual markings, with big blue eyes.  Freckles pretty much described her coat color.  One paw and her cheeks were freckled.  The rest of her feet, ears and tail were seal pointed, but not totally solid and her body was slightly freckled.  To do well in this category, you need unique coloring or a super personality, both is a plus.  But it becomes judge’s choice, so it could go anyway.  Freckles did well over her cat show years.  To be honest, I much preferred showing her.  I had lots of ribbons for her, many first place ones.

I think she would have rather just stayed home, but once she got there she really didn’t mind the attention.  She would go to the judge’s ring and if they spent the time with her they would have a few laughs.  She liked to be petted and if they would rub her chin she would end up with face down on the table and then they would rub her back and she would be up on her back tip toes. If they worked with this she would be back and forth in these positions, which would be lots of laughter from everyone.  Her fur  was really soft (you learn what to bathe them with and use a conditioner afterwards. Note: use only cat products.)  She never liked the bath, but without it she would not have done as well.  We showed her until she was 18 years.  They get extra notice for being older, healthy and showing up!

I have not shown cats in quite a few years, but the best time was with Freckles.

The cat shows are for the serious breeders and they enter many of them.  It is pretty tough going; to have a pure breed cat and make it to the top unless you have a great cat, also have plenty of time and money to spend going to shows almost every weekend. The breeders are trying to promote their breed and their catteries.  They are also putting on shows.  Getting involved on this level is very time consuming also.  I love cats, but my whole life is not centered around cats.  I did not have the drive, interest and commitment to have a working cattery.  I have never known anybody that made a living out of a legitimate cattery, they all seemed to work or have other means of income.  I am not saying there are none, but I have never met any of them.  If they make a living out of it, it would take them many years to build a reputation and a great line of cats.  I know that many great breed owners have gone on to be judges in the cat shows.  They are usually very heavily invested in time and money for them to have become successful.  This is just something you need to know if you feel like you would like to have a full time cattery.  Connection with other breeders is a must, with full dedication and plan on years of hard work and much expense.

So, for the fun, if you want to enter a cat in a cat show, go for the household pet category.