F5 Savannah cat

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The F5 Savannah cat is a hybrid breed resulting from the crossbreeding of an African Serval and a domestic cat. The “F5” in the name refers to the filial generation, indicating how many generations removed the cat is from its wild ancestor. F5 Savannah cats are considered to be the closest to domesticity while still retaining some of the exotic traits of their wild ancestors.

Although considerably removed from the wild ancestry, sharing your home with an F5 Savannah cat is still a fun and rewarding experience. Once again, there is considerable overlap between the F3, F4, and F5 Savannah cats in terms of size, body type and personality.

Size of an F5 Savannah Cat

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Like the F3’s and F4’s, the F5 females will fall in a 10-12 pound range and measure slightly larger than a typical domestic cat. They will be taller and lankier in their body type. Most F5 males will fall in a 14-18 pound range.

At Select Exotics, we do have a few lines that consistently throw substantial size, producing males that will mature to be in a 20-25 pound range.

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Again, like the F3’s and F4’s, F5 Savannah cats will tend to vary in terms of their body type. Some will maintain the leg length, refined head, and body type of the Serval, while others will lean more towards the domestic heritage and be more compact in their build.

Also, like with the F3’s and F4’s, this variation lessens with each thoughtful generation of breeding in the background. In time, this variation should become negligible.

Also unique to Exotic Cattery, we see a boost in substance in these F5 males, compared to the F4 male. They maintain the stouter structure and features, more like what our F2 males possess.

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F5 Savannah Cats Have Just a Touch of Wild Serval

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The percentage of wild blood in the F5 Savannah cat can vary from 3.125% on the low end to upwards of 12% on the high end. If a line were outcrossed to domestic blood all the way from the first generation the resulting offspring would be 3.125%.

If the females were bred back to Savannah males each generation the amount of Serval blood would be in the 10-12% range.

It is to be expected that an F5 with 3.125% Serval blood in it will not maintain the look, size or coloration as well as an F5 with 10-12% Serval blood. Buy F5 Savannah Cat Online

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Personality in the F5 Savannah cats is solid. They are comfortable in almost any home environment and easily adaptable to change. Most hardly know a stranger and will interact with anyone fairly quickly.

There will always be the outlier in any generation that is more or less social than is expected for that generation, but in most cases, buyers can ‘stab in the dark’ in terms of personality when choosing an F3, F4, or F5 Savannah cat.

At Exotic Cattery, we breed very few F5 litters. It is only when we are wanting to produce a male from a new genetic line to use in our own breeding or if we are breeding a litter for a client that has already purchased breeding females from Exotic Cattery. Because of this, the availability is very limited and the males are only placed into breeding homes.

Caring for Your F5 Savannah Cats

Owning an F5 Savannah cat comes with certain responsibilities to ensure their well-being and happiness. Here are some essential care tips:

a) Diet and Nutrition

Provide your F5 Savannah cat with a balanced and nutritious diet that meets their specific dietary needs. Consult with your veterinarian to determine the best food options and feeding schedule for your cat.

b) Exercise and Enrichment

F5 Savannah cats are active and energetic, requiring regular exercise and mental stimulation. Engage in interactive play sessions, provide climbing structures, and offer puzzle toys to keep them entertained.

c) Grooming

F5 Savannah cats have a short coat that requires minimal grooming. Regular brushing will help remove loose hair and keep their coat in good condition. Additionally, maintain their dental hygiene by brushing their teeth regularly.

d) Veterinary Care

Schedule regular check-ups with a veterinarian to monitor your F5 Savannah cat’s health and address any potential issues. Vaccinations, deworming, and preventive treatments should be administered as recommended by your veterinarian.