Savannah cats are incredibly beautiful and interesting creatures. Because of their hybrid status — they are half wild serval, half domesticated cat — it can occasionally seem like they are quite different from your average housecat, and the way they bond is one of these differences.
Savannah cats tend to bond with one or two people at most. However, this tends to depend on what generation they are. F1s are closer to their “wild” side, so they tend to only bond with one person. F2s, F3s, and F4s can bond with about two people, though every cat connects in their own way.
Knowing your Savannah’s generation is incredibly helpful in truly understanding how many people they may bond with, as well as how they may interact with other animals in your home. Below, we dive into everything you need to know about Savannahs and their bonding process.
Savannah Bonding With People And Family
Savannah cats are often called cats with dog-like personalities — and this is completely true. Savannah’s have so many traits that make them seem more like dogs than like cats. They’re incredibly adventurous and very loyal. Much like dogs do, Savannahs will follow their owners around the house, ever a loyal best friend.
Savannah cats have also been known to run to the front door and meet their owner in greeting — with a meow and a fluffing of the base of their tail — when their owner gets home from work. Again, these cats are incredibly loyal to those that they love. So, don’t be surprised if your Savannah begins to follow you around. This just means that they love you!
However, with all this said, Savannahs still have some wild serval in them. And, just like domesticated cats, sometimes they really want to be left alone. You can see this loner side come out more often with the “wilder” generations, such as F1 cats. However, it isn’t just confined to F1s, as all Savannahs occasionally need their alone time.
Savannahs Bonding With People
For the most part, Savannah cats bond with one person, though sometimes they can bond with two people. Every cat is unique, so there’s no telling how many people your Savannah may specifically bond with. However, knowing your Savannah’s generation can really help you understand how they connect with people.
The closer a Savannah cat is to their wild serval side, the more likely they’ll only bond with one person. So, if you have an F1 Savannah, they’ll probably only bond with one person in your household. F2s, F3s, and F4s can all easily bond with two people. With all this said, F1s can still sometimes bond with two people! Every cat is unique, so it really just depends on your specific Savannah.
F3s and F4s are easier to socialize with and train than F2s and especially F1s. While all Savannahs have the ability to be very friendly cats (to both people and other pets), you might have a harder time getting your F1 cat tosocialize with others, especially if their breeder didn’t give them this chance. Therefore, F1s may not “bond” with people as easily as the other generations do.
Savannahs And Your Family
As we explained above, the closer your Savannah is to their wild serval side, the less social they’ll be. F1s, as they’re a first-generation Savannah, can sometimes be antisocial towards strangers and kids. They may also be more territorial than the other generations. Ensuring that your Savannah is well socialized with others when they are young can help avoid any severe antisocial behavior.
F2s, meanwhile, arequite sociable and actually do really well with kids. They love interacting with their immediate family (those that live in their household) and don’t mind strangers in your house. F3s also are very social and don’t mind when visitors come over. F3s are known to closely bond with their entire family and love being around them.
F4s (and all later generations) continue to be social creatures who love spending time with their family and don’t mind when visitors come by your house. All cats can be territorial, though, so don’t forget this! As long as all Savannahs are adequately socialized and trained when they are kittens, you shouldn’t have any significant issues later down the line.
Pairs May Not Always Be A Good Idea
When it comes to other pets, Savannahs tend to be quite playful and social. Savannah cats, regardless of their generation, are highly active and friendly creatures who do well living in households with both dogs and cats. However, this isn’t always the case. Once again, it helps to truly understand your Savannah’s generation to help prepare their living situation.
Train Them When They’re Young
F1s can be socially friendly, but they needproper socialization and training when they are younger. If they don’t have this, it could be harder for them to bond with other animals and sometimes even other Savannahs. F1s are known to be occasionally antisocial and really love their time alone. Therefore, some may not love having other pets in the house.
The later the generation, the more likely you’ll have a Savannah who will do well with other Savannahs or pets. This isn’t to say that F1s don’t do well with other pets; they do! They just might need some extra attention when you introduce a new animal to the house — and it might take a bit longer for them to truly come around to this new pet.
Savannahs Can Be Territorial
All cats are territorial to a certain degree, some more than others. The same goes for Savannah cats. Savannahs can be territorial — F1s slightly more than the other generations — and this could affect your living situation whenever you’re thinking of bringing a new pet into the mix.
As long as you slowly introduce a new pet to your Savannah, you should have no issues. It might take a while, so ensure that you’re truly taking your time introducing this new pet. Remember, Savannahs are territorial. They may not love having a new friend living on their turf.
A territorial attitude can also sometimes affect how Savannahs bond with their owners or others in their household. This is another reason you should always think long and hard about having a pair of Savannahs. However, as long as all your Savannahs socialize with other people or pets at a young age, you should have no real issue in this regard!
Strategies For Bonding With Your Savannah
One thing that Savannahs love to do more than anything else? Play. Savannah cats are incredibly active and energetic pets who absolutely love to play. They love toys, they love running around, and they can even be trained to play fetch! After all, they do have a dog-like personality!
Because of their love of playing, they tend to bond well with people and other animals when they play with them. So, if you’re having trouble bonding with your new Savannah, play around with a toy with them. Do something fun and interactive. This is a sure way to get your Savannah to start bonding with you.
The same goes for helping your Savannah bond with other cats or even dogs. Initiating a play session between your animals can slowly help your Savannah realize that they can trust their new friend — and that they have a new buddy they can play around with! Playtime can also be helpful when you’re trying to socialize your Savannah with a visitor to your home.
Take Your Savannah On A Walk
Savannah cats can actually be trained to walk on a leash, just like a dog would. This is yet another way these cats really act like dogs! If you’re looking for a way to bond with your Savannah, taking them on a walk is also a great way to do this! As they’re adventurous pets, they love going on walks.
Going on walks can also help your Savannah bond with the other pets in your house, whether they are other Savannahs or dogs. A group walk is a great bonding session for these animals, as they get to do something they love with their new friends. Just make sure all your animals are properly trained to walk on a leash before going!
Eventually, your Savannah will bond with the other animals in the house and feel more comfortable being around them. Playing and going on group walks is a great way for them to socialize and get to know each other. It might not happen at first, but consistently doing these two activities can truly improve their relationship!
Savannah cats are friendly creatures, but they need time to properly socialize with others and to be trained when they are younger to continue being friendly later on in their life. However, all Savannahs can form strong bonds with one or two people and are incredibly loyal cats. They can also get along great with other animals, as long as they’ve socialized with others in the past!