Do you already have a Savannah cat and are totally hooked and already thinking of adding another? You may be wondering if your current Savannah resident will take well to a new roommate, and whether or not Savannah cats get along with each other in general.
Savannahs cats do get along with each other. However, you as the owner must take the proper steps when introducing your new Savannah cat to your current one. All Savannahs and introductions between them are different, but if done right are likely to result in strong, lasting bonds between the cats.
This article will help you understand Savannah cat social behaviors and how they interact with one another as well as with other pets. Additionally, we will help guide you on how to properly introduce your new Savannah to your current resident Savannah.
Can Savannah Cats Get Along With Each Other?
Savannah cats can get along very well with each other,enjoying play time, nap time, and even mealtimes together. In fact, for earlier generation Savannahs, it is often recommended to have a second Savannah. F1 and F2 generation Savannah cats have a lot of energy, and having a friend around to help run that energy down is beneficial.
Savannah catteries have several Savannahs all living together in harmony. Breeders deliberately start interacting and introducing their Savannah kittens to people, other Savannahs, and even other pets. This practice is done to help socialize the Savannahs from an early age so that when they go to their forever home things can transition smoothly.
Socialization is a major part of ensuring that Savannahs will get along with one another as well as humans and other household pets. Again, this is especially important with earlier generation Savannahs who have a higher percentage of serval genetics and tend to have more “wild” tendencies. Under socialized F1 and F2 Savannahs tend to be more aggressive and less willing to sharing their space.
Servals in the wild tend to be mostly loners unless it is mating season, when they will seek out the opposite sex. Males leave the female immediately after mating and the female will raise her young on her own. Young servals will remain with their mother for up to twelve months and are then forced out. This is the longest they will stick together in the wild before starting a life of solidarity.
The Importance Of Socialization
This behavior in servals can be passed on to early generation Savannahs, making it crucial to socialize them from a very early age. There have been cases in which breeders have not done a great job at socializing, which in turn makes it very overwhelming for the adopter. This can lead to neglect or fear of the Savannah as they are very active and can become aggressive if not handled properly.
If this proceeds into adulthood it can be very difficult to reverse. Another reason it’s so important is to make sure you’re getting your Savannah from a reputable breeder and that you’re prepared to take care of a truly hybrid cat. If you are inexperienced in cat ownership, it is always recommended that you select a later generation such as an F3 or F4 which exhibit more domestic behaviors.
Overall, when socialized properly from the beginning, Savannahs are very social creatures and show a lot of loyalty not only to each other but to their human companion as well. Because they do have domestic genes they develop a pack-like mentality and grow accustomed to their immediate family. Just remember when introducing new members, whether a Savannah or otherwise, to take things slow.
Introducing A New Savannah To Your Home
Introducing a new Savannah to your home is much like introducing two domestic cats. It’s a slow and gradual process that requires patience.All Savannahs are different and can take longer to adjust, especially if they are the current resident and have been for a long time. Remember that Savannahs are very loyal to their owners and a new Savannah may seem like a threat.
Before you even bring your new bundle of joy home there are some things that you can do around your home to help prepare. For instance, you will want to add at least one additional litter box, so that you will now have one box per Savannah. Ideally, you may want to add a third just to be on the safe side, just like domestic cats Savannahs like to have their own space for their business.
Things To Provide
Providing some new cat furniture is also a great idea. Remember that your current Savannah is used to having full run of the house and their own personal space. Don’t expect them to be willing to share it so quickly, and so you need to provide your new Savannah with their own space.
Introducing a new Savannah to the home can be very stressful for your existing cat and that alone comes with its own challenges. You don’t want your current Savannah to feel as though they are being left out or replaced as this can cause a lot of anxiety that can lead to unwanted behaviors. This can include urinating in unwanted places, hiding, fear, aggression, and jumping on unwanted surfaces.
Create A Safe Space
When bringing your new Savannah home, make sure you have set up a space just for them that is isolated from your current Savannah. While they may not see each other initially, both will be aware of each other’s presence. This will be a very stressful time for both Savannahs, as your resident Savannah may feel invaded, and your new cat will feel overwhelmed by all the changes they are experiencing.
Remember your new Savannah will be dealing with their own anxieties of this new experience. They were just removed from the home that they grew accustomed to, driven in a car, and brought to a new space with new smells and unfamiliar surroundings. This in itself is very stressful, without adding the immediate introduction of your current Savannah.
Separation Is Key
You want to keep your Savannahs separated for the first few days without any visual introduction, but it is recommended that they can still smell each other on the other side of a door. This will help them become familiar with each other before having a full introduction. For some, this may have to go on for more than a few days and instead last a week or two.
This initial isolation from each other will depend on both Savannahs’ behavior. Use your best judgement to read their mood. You may notice your current Savannah acting more aggressively and they may even hiss or paw at the door to try to get to your new Savannah on the other side. In this case you want to extend the isolation before their first introduction.
Once comfortable, you can introduce your Savannahs but you need to take precautions. The entire introduction should be closely supervised and both Savannahs should have an easy exit strategy if they become overwhelmed. It will be normal for both cats to show some aggression in the beginning, through hard staring, hissing, fluffing up, or even swatting at one another.
Breaking Up Any Fights
If this aggression escalates, be ready with a squirt bottle or compressed air that should startle them and break up the fight. Once the Savannahs have separated, reisolate your new Savannah to their safe space until you are ready for the next introduction. You may have to go through this process several times for a week before you can confidently have them in the same room together.
Even once they seem like they have adjusted to one another, you should still keep a close eye on them for the first two months. If you think they are at risk of fighting when unsupervised, it is wise to place one of them into isolation when you are out of the house. This practice will eventually be unnecessary, but you want to be sure they are comfortable with one another to prevent any injuries.
Most Savannahs will get along just fine and adjust within the first month or two. However, in some cases things may take longer, especially if your current resident has never been around another animal or has lived in your home for several years. Cats get very comfortable in their domain and used to being in charge, and they can sometimes have a hard time accepting newcomers.
If your Savannah is taking a long time to adjust to their new companion, there are a few things you can try to help ease the tension. Cat pheromone infusers have been proven to help calm overly stimulated or stressed-out cats in the home and assist them in coping with new cats. Along with the infusers you can also purchase calming treats that will help your Savannah relax and adjust better.
Reward your Savannahs when they behave calmly around each other. For instance, if they do not show any aggressive behavior when the other Savannah is around, give your Savannah a treat or some affection. Many times, your existing Savannah will just feel neglected and need some extra attention to let them know you still love them.
This also works the other way around, as your new resident may also take it upon themselves to challenge your current Savannah. New residents can be just as aggressive or unpleasant especially if they feel threatened. Be sure to monitor their behavior just as you would your current Savannah and reward them when warranted.
If you notice aggressive behavior from either Savannah, you can put them in a short timeout in another room for 5-10 minutes – but no longer than this. After the timeout, act as if nothing happened and let them go on their way. This practice will help send a message that they are acting poorly and will break the behavior. Other discipline can include a squirt bottle or compressed air.
However, you never ever want to hit your Savannah as a way of punishment. While it can be very stressful to deal with your cats fighting all the time, physical punishment is not the answer. More often than not it will only induce fear into your Savannah and weaken their relationship with you and even make them turn aggressive.
Do Savannah Cats Get Along With Other Animals?
Just like with Savannah-to-Savannah introductions you can certainly introduce your Savannah to other pets. Just remember to always take things slow and steady in order to have a smooth transition. Be especially careful if you are introducing a Savannah and a dog as they are often of very different sizes and altercations can be dangerous if not supervised.
With that said, Savannahs are actually known to get along really well with dogs and will even play with them. Savannahs are pretty easy going as long as you respect their personal space and work at their pace when introducing them to new friends. This goes for human introductions as well!
While very loyal to their immediate family human or animals, new introductions take time and patience. Never force your Savannah into a situation they are clearly uncomfortable with as it will just send the wrong message. If they feel forced, they will ultimately feel uncomfortable around the new introduction, making adjustment difficult. Cats will come around in their own time!
Savannah cats do get along with each other, but only if you provide them with plenty of space and time to get used to each other. Introducing them to each other slowly at first is key, and they may require some further supervision. However, most will start to get along well within a month or two.