Because of their hybrid nature, Savannah cats have many different physical appearance traits from both their wild serval ancestor or parent, and their domesticated cat parent. This has implications on their size and personality, but also on how much Savannahs shed.
Savannah cats do shed, but they are considered to be a cat breed that sheds very little. They may shed a small amount, especially when they are growing and losing their winter coat. However, proper grooming and daily brushing can minimize this shedding.
Keeping your Savannah cat’s shedding to a minimum is key for all Savannah owners. Below, we explain how much Savannah cats shed, along with some tips on how you can deal with your Savannah cat’s shedding.
Do Savannah Cats Shed Their Fur?
Savannah cats do shed. However, they are considered to be one of the cat breeds that shed the least, compared to other domesticated cat breeds. Obviously, this is great whether you have allergies or not! Nobody likes having a bunch of cat hair stuck on their clothes and furniture all the time.
However, it’s important to remember that Savannah cats do still shed, even if they only shed a small amount. It’s normal for all cats to shed. While there’s nothing to stop them from shedding completely, there are a few ways you can limit their shedding on a day-to-day basis, which we’ll dive into below.
Because of their low shedding rate, Savannah cats make great pets for those who have mild allergies. However, if you do have allergies, it’s important to remember that Savannahs still shed. So, you might still have allergy flare-ups. And if you have severe allergies, unfortunately, owning a cat (even a Savannah) may not be the best option for you.
A Savannah’s Winter Coat
Savannah cats can normally shed year-round, like many cats. This is natural and tends to only happen in a small amount, especially for low shedding Savannahs. However, when it’s time for them to lose their winter coat, your Savannah cat will probably shed a lot more than normal.
This is normal! All cats, even indoor ones, go through a process of growing and losing their winter coat. While many believe this has to do with the temperature, it actually has to do with the amount of sunlight your cat is getting. The less sun they get, the more their winter coat grows. Then, when the sun is out all day in the spring and summer, they lose their winter coat.
An indoor cat’s winter coat growing and shedding process is a little less extreme than an outdoor cat’s, simply because they don’t get the sun that an outdoor cat gets. However, they still go through the process of growing and losing their coat.
When To Worry
For the most part, you don’t need to worry too much about your Savannah cat’s shedding rate. However, if your Savannah seems to be shedding a lot more than normal, it might be time to investigate and find out what the problem is. Stress can make your Savannah shed much more than normal. So, if your cat is suddenly shedding more, they may be feeling some stress.
Has something changed in their life? Is there a new cat or dog in the house? Have you left them with a friend as you go out of town? Any change in your Savannah’s life could cause stress, as we all know how cats really hate change. Find out what’s stressing your cat out and try to make their lives better, eliminating their stress and their excessive shedding in the process.
If your cat is shedding so much that they’re starting to bald in some areas, it’s time to seek professional help. This could be a sign that something else is going on with your cat, and it’s always important to get expert advice and help in these situations. This could also be a sign that your Savannah cat has a skin problem, which should be dealt with immediately.
Cats Can Get Sunburned
Cats can get sunburned — and this can make them shed more. If your cat loves being in the sun and laying out to sunbathe, you might want to ensure that they’re not getting burned. If your cat is shedding much more in the summer after major sun exposure, they might have gotten sunburned. Therefore, you might want to limit their sun exposure from time to time.
How Do I Deal With Savannah Shedding?
There are a few great ways to deal with your Savannah’s shedding, though they do require some time and effort on an almost daily basis. If you’re looking to really limit your cat’s overall shedding — especially when they are shedding a lot as they lose their winter coat — try brushing them on an almost daily basis.
Now, this seems like this is easy, but the minute you try to brush your Savannah cat, you’ll realize just how difficult it is. There aren’t a lot of Savannah cats out there who will sit patiently while you brush them! Savannahs are incredibly energetic and playful, so it might be hard to get them to sit in one area for long. It might also be hard to get them to stop attacking the brush!
If you’re having difficulties, try using a pet shedding glove. Your Savannah might like this better. If all else fails, try only brushing them when they’re really tired at the end of the day and ready for bed. They might be slightly more inclined to let your brush their fur. Brushing also improves circulation on your cat’s skin, and therefore improves their overall health and coat!
Are Savannah Cats Hypoallergenic?
Unfortunately, no cats are truly hypoallergenic. However, there are many cats that naturally shed less, and therefore are great for those with allergies who still want to have a pet cat. Often, these cats are said to be hypoallergenic, which is technically incorrect. All cats shed to some degree, and therefore can possibly cause flare-ups for people with allergies.
However, Savannahs are considered to be a low shedding breed. Therefore, they are great cats to have for those with mild allergies. For people with more severe allergies, this might not be possible. So, if you have allergies and are thinking about adopting a Savannah, understand that Savannahs still shed!
Should You Bathe Your Savannah If You Have Allergies?
You may have heard the theory that consistently bathing your cat will help you if you have allergies. This isn’t necessarily true. First, it’s important to know that, because Savannahs are low shedding, they don’t have to be groomed as often as long-haired cats. However, because Savannahs really like to get into messes, they might have to be bathed more often.
Luckily, Savannahs love water. Bathing Savannah cats is much easier than bathing most other cats. But you should be wary about giving your Savannah too many baths! Yes, bathing your Savannah and brushing their coat often may help with allergies, but you can bathe your cat too much — and this could cause your cat’s skin to become irritated.
Cats enjoy grooming themselves and do it rather well. Bathing them too often can have very serious negative effects and it doesn’t really help with allergies in a noticeably beneficial way. Therefore, don’t bathe your Savannah too much (only when they really need it!) and let your cat do their own grooming by themselves. They know what they’re doing!
Savannah cats are naturally low shedding pets, but you can try to limit their shedding even more by brushing their coat. During the time period where they begin to shed their winter coat, Savannahs will naturally shed more. This happens to all cats. So, during this time, to keep excessive shedding at bay, try to brush them out almost daily. It’s well worth the effort!
Because of their low shedding nature, many people with mild allergies tout owning cats like Savannahs. However, it’s always important to remember that Savannahs still shed. So, the threat of allergy flare-ups is always possible. And always remember that if your Savannah is shedding so much that they’re balding in some areas, you should seek professional help from your vet immediately!