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Are Savannah Cats Hypoallergenic? Litter box trained? What is F, A, B, C, & SBT? Vaccines Needed?

Updated: Dec 8, 2020

Savannah Cats are Not Considered Hypoallergenic

Hypoallergenic means causing fewer allergic reactions.

There is no proof to my knowledge that a Savannah cat will cause fewer allergic reactions. The severity of allergic reactions may vary for each individual. If you have an allergy to cats, please understand that a Savannah cat is a 10-20 year commitment, and they are not hypoallergenic. Please consult your primary care physician prior to purchasing if you have known or suspected allergies to cats.

Savannah Cat Litter Box Training

Your Savannah kitten will learn their proper litter training  etiquette from their mother during their first 12 weeks of life and be accustomed to using the litter box when they arrive home. Your Savannah kitten will need to be in a small space such as a bathroom for their first 2 weeks in your home to get acclimated to their new environment and family. This will also allow your new kitten to learn where their litter box is in your home.

Please note that kittens can have accidents. When introducing them to your home, you will need to show them where their litter box is and use positive reinforcement to encourage them to use it. Once they are comfortable in that area of your home and consistently using their litter box, you can slowly introduce them to the rest of your home.

Savannah Cat Terminology

Explaining Savannah Cat F (Filial) Generations

F1: 1 generation away from the African Serval.

            *a parent is a serval

F2: 2 generations away from the African Serval.

            *a grandparent is a serval

F3: 3 generation away from the African Serval.

            *a great grandparent is a serval

F4: 4 generations away from the African Serval.

            *a great great grandparent is a serval

... and so on.

What does A, B, C, and SBT stand for?

A: 1 parent is a domestic outcross (not a Savannah Cat)

B: Both parents are Savannah Cats

C: All parents and grandparents are Savannah Cats

SBT: All Parents, Grandparents, and Great Grandparents are Savannah Cats

SBT (Stud Book Tradition) Savannah Cats are considered purebred and can compete in TICA cat shows. The F4 generation of Savannah Cats is the first generation that is capable of being SBT.

Savannah Cat Vaccines and Info

What Your Savannah Cat Receives Prior to Coming Home:

1st Set of Vaccines: 8 weeks

          *rhinotracheitis (herpes)



          *panleukopenia (distemper)

2nd Set of Vaccines: 11 weeks

          *rhinotracheitis (herpes)



          *panleukopenia (distemper)

*They will be up to date on dewormer


When Your Savannah Cat Comes Home Your Responsibility (Consult your vet):

3rd Set of Vaccines: 14 weeks

          *rhinotracheitis (herpes)



          *panleukopenia (distemper)

Additional Deworming

Savannah Cats can have Killed Vaccines or Modified Live Vaccines

Please consult your vet about the following vaccines in regards to using them with your Savannah cat. Many Savannah Cat Enthusiasts believe that there are extreme negative effects of giving these to a Savannah cat (including contracting the disease & death), please consult your veterinarian. Do your research, remember, Savannah cats are a cross between an African Serval and a domestic cat!

    *FELV (Feline Leukemia Virus)

    *FIP (Feline Infectious Peritonitus)

Savannah Cats are sensitive to injectable anesthetics:

    *Ketamine (do not use)

    *isoflurane gas (recommended)

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