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Is My Savannah Cat Happy?

Like all cats, Savannah cats have a range of emotions, and they show them in a variety of different ways. However, because they are half wild serval and half domesticated cat, many owners are curious about the way their Savannah acts, and importantly if it is happy.

Savannah cats show their happiness in many different ways, through purring, kneading, meowing, and loyally sticking close to you. To keep your Savannah happy though, you must ensure that they are mentally and physically stimulated throughout the day.

Playing and socializing with your Savannah throughout the day is the first step to making sure that your cat is happy. If they aren’t getting enough physical or mental exercise, their happiness will quickly decline. Below, we explain ways to notice and increase your Savannah’s happiness.

Signs Of Happiness In A Savannah Cat


Savannah cats can show their happinessin many different ways, just like your average housecat. A cat’s purr is the first way to realize that a cat is happy, and the same goes for Savannahs. While cats can purr when they’re stressed or upset, a happy cat purrs when they are around or being petted by their favorite person.


Kneading is also another way Savannah’s may show their happiness. Cats only knead near or on people they love and feel safe around. They’re relaxed and content, and that means they’re happy. If your Savannah kneads on you, you know that they’ve had a good, fulfilling day.

Savannah cats also happen to be quite vocal animals. They love to meow and make all sorts of noises throughout the day, all of which mean different things. However, don’t be surprised if your cat meows when they see you. This means that they’re happy to see you! However, not every meow means they’re thrilled!

Savannahs Are Loyal Cats

Savannahs can also show their happiness — or their relaxation with their life or day — through small actions. Savannah cats are known to be loyal cats, and so many owners quip that they are more similar to dogs than cats. Because of this loyalty, don’t be surprised to see your Savannah follow you around all day.

They can also meet you at the door when you arrive back home with a meow and a fluff of the base of their tail, a little way they happily greet you. Through these loyal actions, you can see that your Savannah is happy. They love you, they love their life, and they just want to benear their favorite person.

If your Savannah isn’t happy… well, you’ll know that, too. More than likely, they won’t be around you and instead will be off somewhere in your house causing destruction. Savannahs, like many cats, are known to cause trouble when they aren’t being adequately physically and mentally stimulated.

Are Savannahs Lap Cats?

Savannahs may not show their affection in ways that other cats do. For example, some of them aren’t really lap cats. While every Savannah is different — and every cat has the chance to become a lap cat — many owners say that Savannahs don’t cuddle as other cats do. So, they may not easily show their affection in this way.

That doesn’t mean that Savannahs won’t sometimes cuddle with you. Every cat is different and unique, after all! More often than not, they may rub up against you or your legs as a sign of affection — and as a way to spread their scent on you and therefore mark you as their territory, lest you get to know any other animals. But hey, they wouldn’t be marking their territory if they didn’t like you!

So, some Savannahs may be cuddlers, though the breed as a whole aren’t classified to be lap cats. They’ll show their affection and happiness in other ways, such as through kneading, purring, and meowing. So, don’t be worried if your Savannah doesn’t like to consistently cuddle with you. That’s just the way some of them are. It doesn’t mean they aren’t happy!

Playing With Your Savannah

One way to ensure that your Savannah is always happy is to play with them every day. Savannah cats are incredibly energetic, active, and playful pets. They need this daily playtime. If they don’t get it, chances are they won’t feel like they’ve had a good day. And this could slowly make them unhappy over time.

Stimulation Is Key

Ensuring your Savannah is mentally and physically stimulated every single day is a great way to make your Savannah happy. Remember, Savannahs are hybrids. They are half wild serval and half domesticated cat. They’re more energetic and hyper than your average cat, so it can feel difficult to really take care of these beautiful pets sometimes.

Therefore, it’s important that you really understand what you’re getting into before you adopt a Savannah. Many owners state that adopting a Savannah is like having a toddler. They’re stubborn sometimes and can lash out when they aren’t getting their way or aren’t being played with. And when this happens, Savannahs can cause a little bit of destruction in your home!

Activities To Do With Your Savannah

Many Savannah owners state that the cats have dog-like personalities. They are loyal and follow their owners around the house, as we discussed above. But you can also teach them how to play fetch, just like a dog would! Playing fetch is a wonderful way to keep your Savannah happy, as these cats really love it.

But playing fetch isn’t the only “odd” thing Savannahs do. You can also teach them how to go on leashed walks around your neighborhood. Savannahs are very adventurous cats, so allowing them to safely go outside with you is a good way to both physically and mentally stimulate your cat. They’ll love seeing the neighborhood!

So, whenever you feel like playtime isn’t enough, try playing fetch or taking your Savannah on a walk. Savannahs can also sometimes get bored with the same toys, so keep a range of different types of toys in your house that they can choose from. All of these activities combined will surely keep your Savannah happy after a fun day!

Taking Good Care Of Your Savannah

To truly keep your Savannah cat happy, you need to ensure that you’re taking good care of them. As we discussed above, making sure that you keep them physically and mentally stimulated every single day is the best way to keep them happy. If they don’t get enough activity in, they’ll slowly become unhappy.

Not Good For Anyone

And an unhappy Savannah isn’t just unfortunate. They can lash out and start to destroy things in your house if they aren’t getting enough attention or exercise. Their overall health can also decline if they aren’t active enough. Therefore, to keep your Savannah happy and their health in great shape, you need to ensure they’re physically and mentally healthy.

If you’re ever concerned about your Savannah’s health and happiness and don’t know how to fix things, reach out to your Savannah breeder, other Savannah owners, or your vet to get specific advice. Savannahs are incredibly beautiful and interesting cats, and if you’ve never owned one before, it might help to gain some advice from those who have!

SocializingWith Others

Sometimes, it might help your Savannah to have a friend in the house. However, this isn’t always the answer. If you have a Savannah who is pretty antisocial, you should probably avoid getting another Savannah or any other pet. Savannahs are territorial and some (especially F1s) may not love having another animal around at first.

However, having a friend to play with could also be very beneficial for your Savannah. For the most part, Savannahs are very friendly and social creatures that get along with both dogs and other cats (whether they are Savannah or not). As long as they have a proper introductory period, you should have no issue introducing a new pet to the mix.

Savannahs who have previously socialized with other pets in their youth (whether through you or their breeder) will be fine interacting with other pets. To get your new pet to bond with your Savannah, initiate playtime between the two. Before you know it, your Savannah will never stopplaying with their new friend!

Final Thoughts

Savannah cats show their happiness and affection in many different ways, through purring, meowing, kneading, and being their loyal selves.Savannahs are incredibly active and playful and needto be mentally and physically stimulated every day. If they are not, they will quickly become unhappy and potentially lash out. Thus, regular playtime is key!