How big are Bengals and Savannahs?
Typically, Bengals are about the same size as a house cat, but more muscular. Males average at 10-15 lbs and females are usually 8-12 lbs. Savannahs are taller cats, but also muscular. Savannah males are 12-16 lbs and females are 9-13 lbs.
What does pet quality mean?
Every breeder has their own definition of pet quality based on their own cattery. People looking for a "pet" for their family usually do not care for the technical traits judged at shows such as ear placement, tail length, eye shape, length of muzzle, etc. Pet quality typically refers to kittens that vary from the breed standard to the point where it would not be competitive in the championship class.
Do Bengals and Savannahs get along with dogs?
We personally do not own dogs, but we have many clients that have successfully coexisted our Bengals or Savannahs with their dogs. Each cat is different, so you just never know. We recommend a slow introduction and unless the dog is aggressive, we do not expect to be any problems.
Do Savannahs require a permit?
All of our Savannahs are at least 3 generations from the African Serval and are not "hybrids" or "wild animals". According to our county's Wild Animal Regulations, our Savannahs do not meet their criteria as defined in their "wild animals" list and are perfectly legal in our part of Texas. Here is the link to Texas's Health & Safety Code 822.1: Regulation of Animals.
Can they go outside?
We strongly discourage allowing your cats roam outside freely for several reasons. Firstly, they are subject to disease from other animals. Next, they could get run over by a car. There are also night predators that could hunt them down as well. Plus, there's always a chance they run away and either don't return, or someone picks it up and keeps the cat. Bengals and Savannahs can be leash trained, so we recommend supervised outings with a harness and leash.
How are they with children?
Bengals and Savannahs are wonderful family pets. Don't be surprised if you find them sleeping in your child's bed! They are quite entertaining and athletic when it comes to play. Just teach your children that not only cats, but all animals are sensitive to sound and physical interaction. Children should be taught to be gentle and to not chase or scream at any animal.
What is the difference between a Bengal and Savannah?
Bengals and Savannahs are domestic breeds; however, Bengals originated from the Asian Leopard Cat and Savannahs from the African Serval. Both breeds have dog-like personalities. They follow you around the house, play fetch, hang out while watching TV, very curious, etc. Savannahs usually tend to bond to one person, but ours seem to like anyone breathing. Bengals are very social and talkative. Some are lap cats, others are couch potatoes, and some are cat tree perchers. We even have a few that will follow you in the bathroom! They all have their lovable moments with their humans. They are very athletic and can jump 2-3 times the height of an average house cat. If you have valuable, breakable items on a shelf, we recommend securing those items. They are beautiful breeds and they know it!
What does SBT, F1, F2, etc. mean?
Since both Bengals and Savannahs originated from a wild cat, they have generation signatures labeled by felials from the origin. So, an F1 is one generation from the African Serval in the case of a Savannah and an Asian Leopard Cat with the Bengal breed. F2 would be two generations, F3 three generations, and so forth. SBT is Stud Book Traditional and must be four generations and beyond. In order to show a Bengal or Savannah in TICA, they must meet the SBT requirement. For a quick reference to the most common abbreviations, check out this website.
Should we declaw?
Absolutely NOT. We have a clause in our contract that forbids declawing. Check out the PAW Project for additional information about declawing and why states are banning vets from performing the surgery. We have multiple 5-7 foot cat trees scattered throughout the house that we use to deter our cats from clawing furniture. They can be ordered Online, local pet stores, Costco, etc. We recommend that you can have them custom made and delivered to your house here in Texas by Fandango Cat Furniture.
Are they hypoallergenic?
Bengals and Savannahs are not hypoallergenic, but they do produce less dander than most cats. Many people that are allergic to the average house cat, are not allergic to Bengals or Savannahs. If you have a history of being allergic to cats, then I would visit the cattery to see if you have a reaction.
What do they eat?
Bengals and Savannahs should be on a high protein diet that is grain-free. The best diet is the raw diet. The recipe must be proportioned, prepared, and stored properly. If you can not feed raw, that's fine, just make sure you feed a quality brand of food, preferably wet.
How much do they cost?
Visit our Pricing page for our pricing and complete our Adoption Survey if seriously interested in one of our cats. Our price breakdown can be found in our Guide.