Savannah cats, because of their hybrid nature, tend to look slightly bigger than an average housecat. As they have a wild serval as either a parent or an ancestor, Savannahs are just naturally bigger than other domesticated cats, and this affects their weight too.
Savannah cats tend to weigh anywhere between 12 and 25 pounds. For the most part, you won’t find a Savannah that weighs more than 20lbs, though some larger F1 generations can go past 20 pounds if they are quite large cats. Different Savannah generations (F1, F2, etc) play a part in the cat’s weight.
As with character traits and other aspects of a Savannah, the closer the cat is to their serval side, the more likely they’ll weigh more (closer to 20 pounds). Below, we’ll go into more detail about why Savannah cats weigh so much.
How Much Will A Savannah Cat Weigh?
Every Savannah cat is unique. So, there’s no set way to determine how much a specific Savannah will weigh when they’re born. However, Savannahs do tend to weigh anywhere from 12 to 25 pounds, which is quite a large range. For the most part, this range is so big because each generation of Savannah differs from the others.
Savannahs are known to be quite big cats, though, especially when compared to regular house cats! On average, a regular cat weighs about 10 pounds, though of course every cat is unique, and some larger breeds definitely weigh more than this. However, if we’re just taking this average number, this means that Savannahs can weigh twice the amount of a regular house cat!
And that’s not the only area where Savannahs are “bigger” than domesticated cats. Savannah cats are also quite tall, something that is readily evident just by looking at them. This is another reason Savannahs weigh a bit more than other cats, as they’re just bigger cats overall. Therefore, it’s natural for them to have a little bit more weight on them!
Weight According To Generation
A Savannah cat’s generation heavily influences the average amount that they will weigh. The same goes for their height, their length, and even some of their overall personality. Even though they’re the same breed, every Savannah owner and breeder will tell you that an F1 Savannah is very different from an F4 Savannah, in just about every way.
For the most part, the more wild genes a Savannah has, the bigger the cat will be. So, an F1 Savannah, which has a wild serval as their parent, is the biggest and tallest of all the generations. F1s are closer to their “wild” side, so their physical appearance and their personality will take after a wild serval more so than the later generations.
Therefore, an F1 Savannah tends to weigh closer to the 20lb mark, with larger cats sometimes going past that threshold and reaching closer to 25lbs. An F2 isn’t that much smaller than an F1, though they tend to not go past 20lbs at all. Meanwhile, an F3 (and all later generations) tend to stick around the 15lbmark, or weigh even less than that.
What Goes Into Determining This Weight?
There are a few factors that go into determining the weight of a Savannah. As we’ve discussed above, a Savannah’s generation plays a major role in their weight.
The fewer wild genes a Savannah has, the more similarities they’ll have with their domesticated cat parent. For example, an F3Savannah cat has a serval as a great grandparent, so they’ll gain more traits from their domesticated cat parent than their wild serval great grandparent. The same can’t be said for F1s, who actually have a serval as a parent.
This doesn’t mean that F3s or later generations are small. They’re still a few pounds more than your regular house cat! They’re still a hybrid with some wild serval traits in them. They’re just not as big as an F1 or F2, though they’re still considered a big cat compared to other domesticated ones.
Servals vs Savannahs
The reason Savannahs are so big (compared to house cats) is because of their hybrid status. Whether they have a wild serval as a parent or an ancestor, all Savannah cats are just naturally bigger than other cats, and therefore weigh more than them. However, while Savannahs are truly big cats, they’re nothing compared to a real serval.
Wild servals tend to weigh anywhere from 18 to 40 pounds, with many settling around the 26-pound mark on average. Therefore, even the smallest serval would be the size of the largest Savannah. And compared to a regular cat, which weighs about 10 pounds, servals are much bigger.
Comparing the weights of an average serval to an average Savannah is helpful, as you can see what aspects a Savannah gains from their exotic parentage. Savannahs weigh so much more than other cats because they are a hybrid with exotic appearance traits. They might not weigh as much as their serval ancestor or parent, but that doesn’t mean they aren’t big cats!
A Savannah’s Height
This increased weight has nothing to do with Savannahs being naturally overweight. Rather, it has to do with the fact that they are much taller than other house cats.
A taller cat means they’ll naturally weigh more than other domesticated breeds. On average, a regular house cat is about 8 to 10 inches tall. A Savannah, on average, stands at about 12 to 18 inches. So, even the smallest Savannah can still be taller than bigger domesticated breeds!
Much like with weight, a Savannah’s generation has everything to do with their average height. F1s are (usually) always taller than F3s and later generations, and therefore, F3s usually weigh much less than the earlier generations, simply because they are usually smaller cats. Height and weight are connected when it comes to Savannahs. The taller the cat, the more they’ll weigh.
Other Notes To Keep In Mind
It’s vital to remember that a bigger and taller cat tends to eat more than regular, smaller house cats. Bigger animals need to eat more food. Savannahs don’t tend to eat a whole lot more than other house cats, so it’s not a total burden, but it’s important to understand that they’ll need slightly more food than normal if you’re thinking of adopting one.
Their energetic and playful nature also plays a factor in their weight. Savannahs are known to be one of the most energetic and adventurous breeds around. They love to play and are very hyper cats who need to be constantly stimulated both physically and mentally. As they’re so energetic, they’ll need to eat more food because they naturally burn fat and calories when playing around.
This is yet another reason why Savannahs tend to eat a bit more than other cats. If you’re thinking of adopting a Savannah, it’s important that you understand that the cats are truly big animals. They may not be as big as a serval, but sometimes they can weigh twice as much as a regular cat. Ensure that you can properly provide for a big cat before you ever think about adopting one!
A Note On Feeding
There is no specific amount to feed your Savannah. Just like with every cat, every Savannah is different, and all cats have different amounts of food they eat on a daily basis. So, while Savannahs tend to eat more than regular cats, they don’t eat an insane amount. To really understand how much your Savannah should be eating, talk with your breeder and understand what they recommend.
Talking with your vet can also help you find a good daily diet for your cat. The amount your cat eats can also change based on how active they are. A very active cat will naturally eat more, so you might have to fluctuate how much you feed your cat on a daily basis. Eventually, after a little trial and error, you’ll find the right amount to feed your cat that keeps them healthy and happy!
It’s easy to see that Savannahs are hybrid cats, mainly because they’re just naturally taller than your average domesticated cat. However, Savannahs also tend to weigh more than regular house cats. While a regular cat weighs about 10 pounds, Savannahs can weigh anywhere from 12-25 pounds. A Savannah’s weight greatly depends on their generation.