While many cat breeds are known for their independence, Savannah cats are known for their dog-like qualities. This means they are very loyal to their owners, and definitely love attention. But does this mean that Savannah cats get lonely?
The simple answer is, yes, they can actually get quite lonely when their owner is not around. Savannah cats are very loyal to their owners and will often follow them wherever they go. Left unattended for long periods of time, Savannah cats can get very bored and lonely.
As the Savannah is a hybrid breed, there is also the challenge of deciding which generation best fits the owner. Each have their own unique blend of traits, varying from more wild to completely domestic, but they all share that unique loyal quality Savannah owners love.
What Is The Typical Personality Of A Savannah Cat?
As stated above Savannah cats are a unique breed in that they are a hybrid, meaning they are a cross between both domestic and wild parents. In this case, generation one Savannahs are crossed with a Serval, a wild African cat know for its large ears. Savannah generations are ranked from F1 (first generation) and so on, with each carrying less “wild” genes, leading to a more domesticated cat.
The temperaments of each generation can vary slightly. F1s may have a lot more energy than others and tend to be a bit more mischievous. When left alone too long these cats are even known to pout, making loud meows when they miss their owners. Additionally, much like a puppy left unattended these cats can get into all sorts of things around the house, including inside your cabinets!
In contrast, generations F3 and lower, while still playful, tend to be a little more mellow. They will still maintain their kitten-like personalities throughout their lives like the earlier generations, but develop a more independent lifestyle. While no pet should be left alone for overly long periods the lower generations handle separation better than the F1s.
Savannahs raised from kitten age develop great temperaments, developing close relationships with their immediate human families. Some can be shy around newcomers but are often overcome by their natural curiosity. Like dogs, most Savannahs like to go for walks or even play in the water.
Whatever generation you choose you can be sure that your Savannah will be an affectionate and playful addition to your house. Just be sure to provide them with plenty of toys and high spaces. They are known for jumping up high, so having a cat tree or two is a great idea. That way when you do leave them unattended, they will be entertained and less tempted to jump on the fridge or cabinets.
Are They Emotionally Sensitive?
Because Savannah cats can feel lonely, they also tend to be more sensitive about being left out. Closing a door leaving your furry friend behind could result in a fit of meows, letting you know “You’ve locked me out!” Savannahs can be very vocal and have a variety of meows, sometimes even chirps, to tell you how they are feeling.
Although all the generations have that loyal quality to them, their sensitivity can still vary. In the higher up generations like F1s they can be more resistant to being held or picked up, even though they love to be by their owners’ side. They want to be included in things, but they like to maintain control over themselves.
Later generations such as the F4s are further domesticated. These Savannahs are the cuddle bugs of the breed and want to show their owners lots of love and affection. This can include sleeping in their bed under the covers, or even joining their human companions in the shower. They really want to be involved with their human companions.
Overall, Savannahs can be more emotionally sensitive than other cat breeds. Because of their dog-like qualities, they are more prone to feelings of abandonment but are also overjoyed when their human’s faun over them. They are highly intelligent and intuitive making them sensitive to their humans’ moods as well.
Are They Suited To Be The Only Pet?
Fine On Their Own
With a dedicated and caring owner Savannah cats will fare well on their own. Because of their loyalty towards their humans, to them they are family. Having a single Savannah can be challenging enough, rather than introducing two for the inexperienced cat owner, particularly if you are adopting an F1-F2. This is because they have much higher energy levels requiring a lot of time and dedication.
As we have discussed, Savannahs need a lot of stimulation, so if they are going to be the only pet in the house keeping them occupied is key. Even the older generations still maintain that mischievous behavior and love to explore all the nooks and crannies of their living space. This is why it is important to have a lot of toys that interest them.
Keeping Them Occupied
Having a safe outdoor environment for your Savannah is another great way to burn up all that energy. If you don’t have a safe space, teaching your cat to walk with a harness and leash is another option. A lot of Savannah owners love to take their cats out for walks, which is great exercise for both parties.
However, if you are looking to introduce other pets into the mix along with your Savannah they are known to get along with others. If raised as kittens they have plenty of time to bond with other Savannahs, other domestic cats, or even dogs. Adding a companion can help alleviate that loneliness Savannahs feel when their owners are away for longer periods of time.
While Savannah cats are prone to getting lonely when left for long periods of time, you will still be able to get some alone time yourself. As long as the cats have enough toys to play with, and perhaps other companions, they will be just fine. There are different generations of Savannah cats, each with their own temperaments, and so some are more prone to loneliness than others.