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Question : Can I come to visit you and look round all your cats and animals ? I would love to see them.

Answer :  Whilst we are very proud of our animals and faciltities, we simply do not have the time to give to people who just want a `day out`...The conditions on our DWA licence also prohibits us from allowing the public access......However.....arrangements can be made to facilitate those who have expressed a genuine desire to give one of our special kittens a new and loving home (deposit will be required)

Question : Do I require a licence for a serval or a savannah and if so where do I get one ?

Answer :  A Dangerous Wild Animal licence (DWA) is required in this country to keep an African Serval or an F1 Savannah. Lower generation savannah's do not require a DWA licence.
The licence is obtained from your local authority who will provide an application form.

Question : What does F1, F2 and F3 etc mean ?

Answer :  The `F` stands for FILIAL (the sequence of generations following the parental generation) and the numbers indicate how many generations the savannah is removed from the serval. Therefore an F1 savannah is the offspring of a mating between a serval and a domestic cat...An F2 savannah is the offspring of a mating between the F1 savannah and a domestic cat, the serval now being a grandparent..and so it goes on down through the generations..The desired mating is serval to savannah then savannah to savannah.

Question : Are servals or savannahs wild and dangerous ?

Answer :  Many people define `wild` as unpredictable, aggresive and dangerous and these attributes are NOT present in a serval or savannah that has been raised and socialised properly.
The African Serval is one of the most tamable of the exotic wild cats and is one of the most common kept in a domestic setting, not just today but as far back as ancient Egypt.
By crossing the serval with a domestic cat we can get a high energy, interactive companion that makes a wonderful loving pet, again, if raised and socialised properly.

Question : Why are high generation savannahs so expensive ?

Answer :  Because they are still so rare and difficult to produce.
The first hurdle is to get a serval that will mate with a domestic cat....Very few servals will do this.
The next hurdle is the difference in the gestation periods and chromosomes between the serval and domestic cat resulting in premature births and low survival rates without round the clock care and life support.
Developing this breed has taken an incredible amount of time, money and heartache..But the result is spectacular.
An F1 born and bred in this country is still very rare and we are one of the very few who have achieved it. (in fact we were the first in the UK to achieve this with the birth of our Amazing Grace)

Question : Is a savannah a lap cat ?

Answer :  No.....savannahs are Very affectionate and are always nearby but do not like being picked up or held, although they will put up with it for a wee while.  They do give headbutts, enjoy jumping onto your shoulders (as do the servals) or curling up beside you.

Question : Are servals or savannahs safe around small children or pets ?

Answer :  Servals and savannahs....IF RAISED AND SOCIALISED PROPERLY....are no different from any high energy domestic cat and bond well with children and other cats and dogs.
Our servals and savannahs interact with our grandchildren and quite happily sleep with our dogs in the dog beds and will groom the dogs.
Small children should be supervised around ANY dog or cat for the protection of all.


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