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Do Savannah Cats Purr?

There have long been questions about how Savannah cats act. Because of their hybrid nature — they are half wild serval, half domesticated cat — people often want to know more about these interesting pets. Many new owners wonder if their Savannah cat purrs.

Savannah cats purr just like normal domesticated cats do. They do not roar like big wild cats. Savannah cats tend to purr when they are feeling particularly comfortable, content, and happy. Often, if you’re petting or cuddling your Savannah cat, you will hear them purr.

Savannah cats can purr, as well as make many other regular house cat noises. Keep reading to learn even more about a Savannah cat’s purr, as well as everything you need to know about their purring habits!

Do Savannah Cats Purr?

Savannah cats do purr, just as any normal house cat would. While all domesticated cats purr, not every single cat does. For example, many big wild cats do not purr, and instead roar. For the most part, cats that purr cannot roar, and cats that roar cannot purr.

A Savannah cat is the offspring or descendant of a wild serval. So, where do wild servals fall when it comes to purring or roaring? Servals do not roar and instead have the capacity to purr. So, while all generations of Savannah have some exotic genes in them, Savannah cats cannot roar. Instead, they purr!

All cats purr in different ways and for different reasons. Your Savannah may purr very loudly and very often. Or, your cat may be the complete opposite, instead only purring quietly when they’re feeling particularly happy or content. All cats are different!

Why Do Savannah Cats Purr?

For the most part, Savannah cats tend to purr when they are feeling happy, content, or safe. Often, you’ll hear your Savannah purring when they’re cuddling up to you or while you’re petting them. When they’re with you, and when you’re giving them this attention, they feel happy and safe all at once. In these instances, purring tends to always be positive!

However, these aren’t the only reasons your Savannah may purr. Just like all the other noises they make, purrs can mean different things. As a cat owner, you’ll learn when your cat is happy and safe — and when they’re not. So, pay attention to how your cat purrs and get to know what this may mean for your cat specifically.

A Savannah cat’s meow is a similar case. Often, a Savannah will meow as a way to say hello, get your attention, or “talk”. In these ways, meows tend to signal positive or neutral emotions. However, meows in other instances can also be a sign that your Savannah is distressed or needs help in some way. Understanding your cat is the only way to really tell what’s going on in their life.

Other Reasons Savannahs Purr

Your Savannah cat may also purr because they’re stressed. Purring is a cat’s way of calming themselves down and destressing, just as a human may laugh, talk, cry, or distract themselves when they are stressed. If you notice your cat purring after a particularly stressful day — or after you’ve changed something major in the house — they may just be trying to calm themselves down.

If you have two cats, you may even see one cat purring beside the other when the other is sick, injured, or stressed. Cats have been known to try to help their housemates or other cats around them in difficult times. In this way, they are purring to help their friend destress and relax — and it actually works!

Cats may also purr when they want something. If your Savannah walks up to you and starts purring incessantly — and loudly — right around dinner time, this may be a sign that they’re hungry and ready to eat! So, cats clearly purr for all sorts of different reasons. Eventually, you’ll understand your Savannah, what they want, and why they’re purring.

When To Worry

Because Savannah cats can purr when they’re feeling stressed, this also means that they can purr when they’re stressed or worried over something such as an illness or injury. Sometimes, it might be hard to realize that your cat is feeling down or has hurt themselves. Unlike dogs, cats have been known to hide their injuries or sicknesses from their owners when they can.

Therefore, if you’ve noticed your cat hiding, keeping to themselves when they’re normally always around you, and purring quite a lot, they may have hurt themselves or they may be feeling under the weather. Keep a close eye on them to ensure that their issue isn’t a worrying one.

If your Savannah continues to act unusually, it’s time to take them to the vet to stay on the safe side. In this way, purring can be a great clue to realizing your cat is under the weather or injured. So, get to know how your cat acts when they are feeling happy and content. Then, when they’re acting the complete opposite (but still purring), you’ll know that something is definitely up.

Other Odd Purring Actions

Savannah cats can sometimes act a little strangely. So, sometimes, they do some odd actions that don’t seem to make a lot of sense. For example, have you ever been cuddling and petting your cat (while they’ve been purring) when all of a sudden, they give you a quick bite, and maybe even follow this bite by licking your hand?

This common action can mean a slew of different things. For the most part, this may mean they’d like you to stop petting them. It could also just mean they’re giving you a little loving bite. This bite could also be a signal that they’re ready to play again, and if they then attack your hand, fully in a playful mood again, you know that this is the case. Overall, this action is harmless, though!

Has your Savannah ever started purring whenever you walk into a room, maybe after returning home after being away for a while? This purring is a way that your Savannah tells you that they’re happy you’re home and with them. They missed you! While these actions may seem odd at first, your Savannah always has a reason for doing them!

How Do You Get Savannah Cats To Purr?

You can get your Savannah cat to purr in different ways. For the most part, Savannahs will purr when they are feeling particularly happy and content. Often, this will happen if they’re with their owners and getting the attention that they want. Sometimes, just spending quality time with your Savannah will elicit purrs!

Cuddle sessions are the most common way to get your Savannah cat to purr. As Savannahs are incredibly energetic and playful pets, getting them to cuddle is sometimes easier said than done. However, it can be done, even if your Savannah tends to shy away from a good cuddle session. Ensure that you’re exercising and playing with your cat throughout the day, and they’ll be more inclined to cuddle.

Therefore, the best time to get your Savannah cat to purr is at night, once they have gotten all their energy out for the day, and are ready to cuddle and go to sleep. Petting your cat is a great way to hear their purr. If they’re feeling very content and happy, your Savannah may even knead on you and purr at the same time!

Why Aren’t Savannah Cats Lap Cats?

For the most part, Savannah cats aren’t lap cats. That doesn’t mean that all Savannah cats aren’t lap cats. Every cat is unique in their own way. So, who knows! You just might have or adopt a Savannah cat that is a lap cat and loves cuddling with you all the time.

However, most Savannah cats aren’t lap cats and don’t like to be restrained in any way. Instead, they are incredibly active and playful pets that need to be stimulated physically and mentally every single day. Once they get all of this energy out, you might see your Savannah willing to cuddle with you, especially near bedtime.

So, while Savannahs might not be lap cats, that doesn’t mean they won’t cuddle with you if they’ve gotten enough playtime in! And, once they start cuddling with you and allow you to pet them, you’ll probably hear their purring. This purring lets you know that they’re happy, content, and enjoying this time with you.

Final Thoughts

So, Savannah cats can purr, but they can’t roar. For the most part, Savannahs will purr when they are feeling happy and content, especially if they’re cuddling with their owners or being petted by those that they love. However, there are some negative reasons Savannahs purr, such as when they are ill or injured, so always be aware of how your Savannah is feeling when they are purring!