Welcome to Starbrighter Savannahs
We are a small family cattery...small enough to truly love our cats and give them the personal attention they need. We are located up in the remote high desert of Northeastern California, away from city traffic and pollution.We are dedicated to breeding Savannah cats with the most prolific spots and the most loving, playful personalities.
About Savannah Cats
-What is a Savannah cat?
A Savannah cat is a cross between a domestic cat and a serval, which is a spotted African wildcat similar to a smaller cheetah. Savannahs are known for their big ears, slender wild body type, and most of all their exotic cheetah-like spots.
-What is an F1, F2, etc.?
Each Savannah has a number indicating its generational distance from the serval. For instance:
- F1: 50% serval or higher (1 generation from serval)
- F2:25-35% serval (2 generations)
- F3:12-20% serval (3 generations)
- F4: 6.25-10% serval (4 generations)
- F5: 3-5% serval (5 generations)
An SBT or "stud book traditional" Savannah is a cat with at least three generations of Savannah-to-Savannah breedings in its pedigree. Thus, an SBT must be no higher than an F4.
-Is it true that all Savannahs are larger than domestic cats?
No, not always. F1s and male F2s in particular tend towards being larger, but most of the lower generations are the same size as a typical domestic cat.
-What are Savannahs typically like in personality?
Some people will say Savannahs are not lap cats. From my experience, this is only partially true. Savannahs of course vary in the level of affection they need, but in general it's not so much that they aren't lap cats as that they often cannot sit still for very long. If there is one thing that can be said about Savannahs, it is that they are high-energy cats. They need to run around and play with anything they can reach. (And I do mean anything.) But every so often, most of them will indeed climb onto you of their own volition and demand to be petted. A Savannah will mainly bond to you and your family, and some of them will run and hide at the sight of strangers. Others, however, will seek attention from just about anybody. Especially if they have food or objects that can be torn up or played with.
Some Savannahs, surprisingly, enjoy playing with water. They will routinely slosh the water out of their water bowls, and if you run an inch or two of water into the bathtub they will have the greatest time.
-Do Savannahs get along well with dogs/children/etc.?
If they are introduced to other pets and people from a young age, Savannahs can easily adapt to all your family members.
-Does a Savannah cat require special food or vet care?
Savannahs typically do not have special food requirements; however, they do much better on a cat food with a higher protein content. At Starbrighter we feed our cats Taste of the Wild Rocky Mountain Feline, a cat food with a 42% crude protein content.
Often Savannahs do not respond well to anesthetic containing ketamine. It is best to specify that ketamine should not be used.
-Do I need to take special precautions to Savannah-proof my house?
First of all, know that Savannahs consider nearly everything a toy, including important paperwork, pens, jewelry, and earphone cords. Be forewarned, and be careful with anything you don't want destroyed.
Many Savannahs can also jump to great heights. The higher generations especially can reach the tops of bookcases, higher windows, and the refrigerator with very little problem. This means that those heirloom glass figurines and expensive crystal vases will just have to be packed up and put away, because there's really no place you can put them where the cat can't reach them.