Savannah cats are hybrid pets and have both wild serval and domesticated cat as their parents or ancestors. There are different generations of Savannahs that impact the overall characteristics, appearance, and price of the cat, and F2 Savannah cats are one such generation.
An F2 Savannah cat is a second-generation Savannah, which means F2s don’t have a wild serval as a parent. Rather, their grandparent is a wild serval. However, F2s are still very large and have quite a few different personality and appearance traits related to their serval grandparent.
F2 Savannah cats are the second most expensive generation (with F1s always the rarest and most expensive). However, because they are slightly less rare than F1s, F2s are incredibly popular. Keep reading to learn everythingyou need to know about F2 Savannah cats.
The price of an F2 Savannah cat can vary, though prices tend to range from $5,000 to $10,000. Prices can vary based on the breeder — more experienced and well-known breeders sometimes charge more — as well as the current rate of demand for F2s for that specific year.
The overall price of a Savannah cat depends on the generation of the cat. F1 Savannahs are always going to be the most expensive cat, simply because they are incredibly rare, as well as because they have a wild serval as a parent. All later generations are naturally going to be somewhat cheaper, as they aren’t direct offspring of a serval, and because they aren’t as rare.
F2 Savannahs are the second most expensive Savannah cat, as they are second-generation cats. F2s are about 35% exotic (versus an F1’s 50% exotic percentage), so these types of cats are still relatively “wild”. This, as well as their size and overall personality, also influences their higher price point.
A Savannah cat’s rarity also affects the overall price of the cat. As we mentioned, F1 Savannahs are incredibly rare. It’s difficult to breed a wild serval with a domesticated cat, so there aren’t a lot of F1s being born each year. This makes F1s very rare, and very expensive.
F2s don’t necessarily present those difficulties, as an F2’s parents aren’t wild servals. However, they are still quite rare, though not as rare as F1s. It’s still difficult to breed Savannah cats, as infertility within the breed has become a major issue. Therefore, successfully breeding F2s isn’t as easy as breeding regular house cats.
So, while F2s aren’t as rare as F1s, they are still somewhat rare. Add the fact that there’s a huge demand for F2s but not a huge supply, and their rarity continues to go up. This affects the price and is one major reason F2s are still rather expensive compared to all of the later generations.
F2s might be somewhat cheaper than F1 generation Savannah cats, but they are still more expensive than the later generations. F1 Savannahs tend to cost about $16,000 or more. As we discussed, F1s are incredibly rare. It makes sense that these cats cost more than twice as much as some F2s.
Later generations are cheaper. F3 Savannahs tend to cost anywhere from $2,000 to $3,000. Compared to an F2 (which can cost anywhere from $5,000 to $10,000), F3s are much cheaper. But remember, F3s are much easier to produce and aren’t as rare, so they’ll obviously be less expensive. Plus, while F3s are quite popular, they aren’t as coveted as F2s and F1s are.
All later generation Savannahs will be less expensive. F4 Savannahs (and all later ones) can cost about $1,000. These generations have a less exotic percentage, are less sought-after, and are not as rare as all the earlier generations, hence their lower price point.
F2 Savannahs can reach 16 inches in height and weigh about 15 to 20 pounds. Very big F2s can even reach 25 pounds, but this is rare. Male F2 cats are almost always bigger (both in height and weight) than F2 females, but both genders can be two times as big as domesticated house cats.
Average house cats tend to weigh about 7 to 10 pounds, so an F2 Savannah cat can be almost twice as big as a regular domesticated cat. This bigger size comes from their 35% exotic side, as servals can weigh 26 pounds or more. Regular cats also only stand at about 9 inches. Again, F2 Savannahs are almost double this height.
While F2 Savannahs don’t have that direct serval parentage that F1 generation cats have, you can still see their wild genes affect their appearance when it comes to their height and weight. F2s are incredibly popular because of this bigger height and size. In comparison, F1s are only slightly bigger, standing at 18 inches tall, though with about the same weight.
Savannah cats have a very playful, energetic, and loyal personality. They are also known to have many similarities to dogs, so their loyal dog-like personalities make them different from your average house cat. F2 Savannah cats are much calmer than F1s.
While a bit more similar to domesticated cats, F2 Savannahs are still hybrids. They’re quite different from your average house cat, even if they do have many similarities. Because of this hybrid status, F2s still need a lot of time and affection from their owners — and a lot of playtime. F2s differ from F1s in that F2s actually enjoy a nice cuddle session from time to time.
Compared to F1s, F2s are much more laid back. They enjoy playing and need to be stimulated physically and mentally every single day. But you can also spend some time away from home and rest assured that they’ll be okay during this time alone (F1s don’t do well when left alone for 8+ hours). If you want an exotic-looking cat with an affectionate, chill personality, then F2s may be great for you!
Because of their hybrid nature, Savannah cats have quite interesting personality traits. As we’ve mentioned, many owners and breeders state that Savannahs have many dog-like qualities. F2 Savannah cats love to play in water and will go out of their way to play in their water bowl when they want to. This makes bath time much easier, which is always a plus.
F2 Savannahs are known to be incredibly loyal and will follow their owner (or favorite person) around the house, staying by their side whenever possible. While they do enjoy their alone time, just like any cat, expect F2s to be by your side constantly!
F2 Savannahs love to hunt. Because of their 35% exotic side, they’re incredibly good hunters and will go out of their way to hunt if they’re around small animals, such as fish, birds, or hamsters. So, it’s probably best to keep your F2s away from these types of small animals!
However, that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t help your F2 Savannah enhance their hunting skills. Just like any cat, allowing them to hunt helps stimulate them physically and mentally, which they need. There are so many interactive and fun cat toys that Savannahs will love, many of them dedicated to helping your cat hone their hunting skills.
F2 Savannah cats can follow a few different diets, depending on what their owner thinks is best. Many F2 Savannahs thrive on a regular cat’s diet, with a mix of wet and dry food, depending on your cat’s preference. Other F2 Savannahs also do well on a raw meat diet, as they need a lot of protein.
F2 Savannahs are very energetic and always like to play. Because of this, they’ll be moving around all day and burning a lot of calories. So, they greatly benefit from a high-protein diet and definitely should be on one. You don’t need to put your Savannah on a raw meat diet for this. There are many different high-quality cat foods out there that are made to be high-protein!
Every owner differs on whether their Savannah should be on a regular cat diet, or whether they should only eat raw meat. F1s and F2s may benefit the most from a raw meat diet, as they are so close to their serval parent/ancestor, but a raw meat diet isn’t necessary. They can still thrive on a regular cat food diet, as long as they are eating enough and staying healthy!
To understand what diet your Savannah will benefit from most, it’s important to talk with your breeder and learn what they’re feeding your F2. Even if you already know what type of diet you’re going to put your Savannah on, understanding what diet your cat will be coming from is necessary, as you never want to drastically change your cat’s diet overnight.
Savannahs, on average, may eat a little more than regular cats, but not by much. If you’ve ever owned cats before, you know that they tend to act like they’re starving all the time, even if they’ve already been fed enough for the day. Some cats just naturally eat more than others.
Savannah cats, because of their hybrid status, bigger size, and high-energy personality, can eat more than your average cat, but not by a lot. You might not even see a major difference between what your Savannah cat eats and what your regular cat eats. However, it’s important to ensure that you’re feeding your Savannah enough!
If you feel your Savannah is too skinny or isn’t eating enough, it always helps to talk with your vet. They might be able to specifically help you narrow down how much to give them to eat. You can also try giving them a bit more at dinner time. If they eat all their dinner in one go, then you might want to increase how much you’re feeding them until they begin to leave some food behind.
F2 Savannah cats can live for 12-20 years, depending on their overall health and heritage from their wild serval parent or ancestor. In comparison, the average domesticated cat can live up to 15 years, but most tend to live for 10-12 years. A wild serval, meanwhile, can live up to 20 years old.
Therefore, F2 Savannahs can live quite long lives. Of course, this all depends on how they are treated throughout their lives. To ensure that your F2 Savannah lives healthily for as long as possible, always keep them up to date with their vaccines and annual vet visits. You don’t want them to be plagued by illnesses that can be prevented!
It also helps to feed them a healthy diet and always keep them active. Savannah cats love playing around and are incredibly energetic. Help keep your cat youthful by playing with them and taking them on walks around your backyard or around a park. Ensuring that your Savannah is always healthy is a great way to help increase their lifespan!
F2 Savannah cats do shed, though not a lot. They’re considered to be a low shedding breed, which is perfect for those who might have slight allergies. They are not hypoallergenic. Just like with most cats, Savannahs only shed a lot when they are losing their winter coat.
However, there are many different steps you can take to help limit a Savannah’s shedding. Daily brushing is a great way to keep your Savannah cat’s shedding to a bare minimum. It also greatly helps your cat’s coat and overall health, as daily brushing helps with blood circulation.
Baths can also help limit shedding, but should only be done every once in a while. Excessive bathing can stress a Savannah cat out, as it removes their natural oils and scents. Savannahs (and all cats) hate when this happens, so only bathe your Savannah when it’s absolutely necessary.
You can get an F2 Savannah cat from breeders nationally or around the world. Because the interest in all types of Savannah cats has gone up in the last few decades, there are more breeders now than there has ever been. F2 Savannah cats are quite popular, so many breeders specialize in F2s.
You can find breeders by searching for F2 Savannah cats online. You can also check out social media to learn more about breeders or find individual sellers, as many catteries and breeders have taken to social media in the last decade. Once you find a breeder you want to work with, all you have to do is get in contact with them!
When it comes to F2 Savannahs, breeders may specifically breed only F2s, or they may breed a mix of Savannahs from different generations. Every breeder is different. If you’re specifically looking for F2 Savannahs, always ensure that you’re asking breeders for this and only this generation to keep things clear from the beginning.
F2 Savannah cats can be trained to do a variety of different things. They can be trained to walk on a leash outdoors, fetch a ball and bring it back to you, and even to follow certain commands (such as “No”). F2 Savannahs are incredibly smart, and are easier to train than domesticated cats.
F2 Savannahs can be trained to walk on a leash (with a harness), which is incredibly beneficial for both you and your cat. For your cat, they get to see more of your yard or the world while safely by your side. For you, this gives you a wonderful chance to continue to bond with your cat in a new and fun way. Savannahs can also be trained to play fetch, something they love to do.
However, as with training most pets, it’s best to start training them when they are young. While you can always try and train an adult F2 Savannah, it’s mucheasier to train a young kitten. They can learn quickly and without much difficulty, which is always a plus. So, start training your kitten young if you want to take them outside for walks!
F2 Savannah cats are not dangerous. However, if they feel they are not getting enough attention, affection, or playtime, they can become destructive. F2 Savannahs are incredibly affectionate and not at all dangerous animals, thanks to their domesticated parents.
Because of their incredibly affectionate nature, F2 Savannah cats do very well with kids of all ages. F2 Savannahs also enjoy cuddling. If they’re ever annoyed or don’t want to be around anyone, they’ll just leave to be by themselves, which is normal for most cats. They are never dangerous, even though they are quite big.
However, it’s always important for potential owners to understand that a bored or annoyed F2 Savannah cat can also be quite destructive. If your Savannah wants more playtime or affection from you and feels they aren’t getting it, they’ll just start being destructive and tearing up parts of your home. Keep them from getting destructive by paying attention to their needs!
F2 Savannah cats do very well with other animals. Savannahs enjoy bonding with other Savannahs (of all generations), as well as other regular house cats. Savannah cats even do extremely well with dogs of all breeds and all sizes. However, they may try to hunt small pets like birds and hamsters.
As with all pets, Savannahs do need a proper introductory period between them and their new housemate, whether it be another Savannah, a cat, or a dog. All pets need enough time to get to know each other. Sometimes this may take a few hours, and other times it might take a few days. In rare circumstances, it can even take a few weeks. Be patient and never pressure any of the animals.
Rushing your pets could have the opposite result to what you intended, and the animals could grow to resent being around each other. During this introductory period, always keep your eyes on all of your pets and never leave them alone in one room together without you or another person present.
Because of their very aggressive hunting nature, F2 Savannahs do notdo well with small pets, such as fish, birds, or hamsters. Remember, F2 Savannahs are 35% exotic. Their serval side comes out when they see small animals such as birds. So, they’re naturally going to want to hunt them! Therefore, it’s highly recommended that Savannahs do not live in the same household as small pets.
Even if these pets are kept in other rooms where Savannahs do not enter, you neverwant to even give your F2 Savannah the chance to try out their hunting skills on your small pets. Savannahs are incredibly smart, and when their hunting skills kick in, they’ll go out of their way to finish the job, regardless of any obstacles in front of them.
When you first adopt an F2 Savannah kitten, it’s important to know what food they are currently eating. It’s also important to realize that kittens will have a lot of energy and need enough affection and playtime throughout the day. Ideally, any training should be done during this time.
It takes about three years for F2 Savannahs to fully reach their official mature adult size and appearance. Therefore, when you first bring your Savannah kitten home, don’t be surprised if they continue to go through growth spurts that also change their fur, spots, colors, or other aspects of their appearance. This is completely normal and expected in a Savannah cat.
Other than that, treat your Savannah kitten like you would any other kitten or puppy. They’ll need extra attention when you first take them home, and all training should take place during this time. They’ll also need extra love and some time to play with you every day — but that’s the fun in having a little kitten running around the house!
F2 Savannahs, with their wild serval grandparent and 35% exotic genes, are incredibly interesting pets to have. While smaller and less wild than F1 Savannahs, F2s still possess the exotic appearance and loyal personality associated with the Savannah cat. Understanding the needs of an F2 Savannah cat will make living with and caring for them much easier!