Because of their hybrid nature — they have both a regular domesticated cat and a wild serval as their parents or ancestors — Savannah cats definitely differ from your average house cat. One of the main differences is the size of Savannah cats.
While a Savannah’s size can vary from cat to cat, on average a Savannah weighs anywhere from 12 to 25 pounds. A Savannah’s height can range from 12 to 18 inches tall. Their overall body length is about 20-22 inches. A cat’s generation (F1, F2, etc) greatly influences how big they will become.
On average, Savannah cats are definitely bigger than most house cats. The earlier the generation they are, the more likely they’ll be a bigger cat. Below, we’ll go into more detail about Savannah cats and why they’re so big.
How Big Is A Savannah Cat?
Savannah cats are very elegant creatures, but that doesn’t mean they aren’t big. As Savannahs are hybrids (part wild serval, part domesticated cat), they’re naturally bigger and taller than your average house cat. However, even though they are quite a bit bigger, they are incredibly graceful and elegant cats.
A Savannah’s generation heavily influences just how tall and big it will be. For the most part, the more wild genes a Savannah has, the bigger and taller they will be. So, an F1 Savannah, which has a wild serval as a parent, will always naturally be bigger and taller than the other generations of Savannahs.
Meanwhile, the later the generation is, the smaller it will be (though it will still be taller and bigger than a regular house cat, on average). So, an F3 and F4 cat are definitely smaller than an F1, as their great grandparents are servals, rather than one of their parents. Of course, every cat is unique, so you could get an abnormally tall F3 cat!
A Savannah’s Weight
First, let’s discuss a Savannah’s weight. On average, a Savannah cat will weigh anywhere from 12 to 25 pounds. Every Savannah is unique, and it’s hard to narrow down just how much they will weigh. You won’t see a lot of Savannahs that weigh over 20 pounds, but there are some (especially F1s) who are definitely closer to that 25 lb mark!
Again, it’s important to look at a Savannah’s generation to understand what their weight will be. The more wild genes they have, the heavier a Savannah will be, on average. So, F1 and F2 cats will naturally weigh a little bit more than an F3 or F4 cat, simply because they are naturally taller cats.
But that doesn’t mean an F3 or F4 cat isn’t big. They are, though they weigh closer to 15 pounds than the 20 that F1 and F2 cats weigh.
A Savannah’s Height
One of the most distinguishable features of a Savannah is their height. Most of the time, it’s the first thing a person sees when looking at a Savannah, as these hybrid cats are a bit taller than your average house cat. A Savannah cat’s height ranges from 12 to 18 inches tall. Again, a Savannah’s generation greatly influences just how tall they’ll be.
So, on average, an F1 Savannah cat is the tallest of the bunch, simply because it has a serval as a parent (whereas all the other generations only have a serval as a grandparent or great grandparent and so on). F2s are still pretty tall and stand at 16 inches on average. F3s, meanwhile, drop down to 12 inches tall on average. All later generations stand around this height or lower.
A Savannah’s Length
Just like with their height and weight, Savannahs also exceed average house cats in their overall length. On average, a Savannah is about 20 to 22 inches in length. This isn’t necessarily too much bigger than a domesticated cat, which on average can get up to 18 inches in length.
Savannahs mainly look incredibly big next to regular cats because of their height. But their weight and length also help them appear much bigger than other cats, even if the difference in the numbers isn’t actually so great.
Why Are Savannah Cats This Size?
Wondering why Savannah cats are a bit bigger than your average house cat? Well, they are hybrids! Having a serval as a parent or an ancestor greatly affects a Savannah’s genes, and therefore can make them quite big animals. Of course, servals may have a lot of similarities with their Savannah offspring, but they’re still incredibly big cats. And much bigger than your average Savannah.
On average, a serval can be anywhere from 17 to 24 inches tall. Considering Savannahs stand at 18 inches tall at most when fully grown, this is actually a big difference. Then, when considering that an average house cat stands at about 9 inches tall, the difference becomes even greater. As you can see, the earlier the generation, the more height a Savannah will gain from their serval parent/ancestor.
The same goes for weight and length. A serval, on average, weighs about 26 pounds, which is about the same amount a very large Savannah can sometimes weigh. Compared to an average weight of 9 pounds for house cats, that’s quite a big cat! Lengthwise, a serval averages at about 26-39 inches! Again, much bigger than a Savannah and incredibly bigger than a house cat!
Servals And Savannahs
As you can see, Savannahs get many defining appearance traits from their serval parent or ancestor. You can also see their serval parentage in their ears, as Savannahs have wider ears that definitely look more serval than domesticated cats’ ears. Their necks are also quite slender, another attribute they’ve gained from their wild side.
We’ve talked a lot about height here, as a Savannah is quite tall compared to other domesticated cats. They gain this height from their serval ancestor or parent, but they also have longer than average legs because of them as well. Their legs are, on average, longer than a domesticated cat’s and are yet another distinguishing feature of a Savannah!
How To Deal With Such A Big Cat
Thinking of adopting a Savannah cat as a pet? You should definitely know what you’re getting into! Savannahs, as we’ve mentioned, are much bigger than your average house cat. Yes, they aren’t as big as their serval parent or ancestor, but that doesn’t mean they aren’t sometimes hard to take care of because of their larger size, weight, and length!
Above all else, if you’re thinking of adopting a Savannah cat, remember that these interesting and unique pets are hybrids. They have either a wild serval parent or ancestor. So, in many ways, they are going to be slightly different from your average house cat. Ensure that you can handle a bigger cat in your home before adopting one.
Sometimes, it can be hard to feel like you can deal with such a big cat, especially when you add into it the fact that Savannahs are incredibly hyper and energetic pets. They always want to be moving around and always want to be playing. As long as you take the time to ensure your house is suitable for a big cat — and also play with them regularly — you should have no problems raising your pet!
Feeding Your Savannah
Savannahs are naturally bigger and taller than a domesticated cat. Plus, they love to play and run around. Because of their bigger size and energetic nature, they’re naturally going to eat more than a regular house cat. This is yet another thing you should consider if you’re going to adopt a Savannah.
Do you have the means to provide your Savannah with a sufficient diet, one that will consist of more food than normal? Some owners also like to put their Savannahs on a raw meat diet, though this isn’t mandatory or required. However, at the very least, Savannahs should be on a high-protein diet.
Compared to a regular house cat, Savannah cats are much bigger. Their weight, length, and height all exceed the averages of domesticated cats. However, the main distinguishing feature between a Savannah and a regular house cat is a Savannah cat’s height. Savannah cats are naturally taller than other cats, thanks to their serval parent or ancestor.