this is why I want one of these lol.. or a savannah cat would be cool too
Except neither a Savannah or especially a serval would make a good pet. They are aggressive, destructive, and have needs far beyond some housecat. Wild animals are not pets.
Jesus Christ look at the size of him. It’s easy to think of a serval as a “small” wildcat but when you look at one next to a human you come to realize that this is an animal that could take on most dogs and easily win.
Wild animals need really specialized care, especially ones as big as servals. They need large outdoor enclosures, special diets, specialized veterinary care, often special permits and are exceedingly expensive to take care of. Even at the end of all of that, there’s no guarantee the animal will even like you or enjoy your company at the end of all the work you put into it.
If you do really want a savanna, if it’s even legal for you to have one, be sure to have a spacious, escape proof outdoor enclosure built first (often a cost of upwards of $1-5,000) and adopt one from a breed specific rescue.
I really can’t stress enough though that these are expensive and DIFFICULT animals to take care of. More than a cat. More than ten cats.
Zooophagous being more eloquent than I can be at the moment. Too much cold medicine…
If I have a place for my animals that would be plenty of space and take better care of it than it would be at a zoo or anything.. the first place I even heard of Savannahs.was on Animal Planet about them.making good pets. I appreciate that you give a shit about the animals, but keep your comments to yourself, you know nothing about me, how, where, when, or why I would take care of it. Savannah cats are half domestic and have been domesticated all their life.. I’m guessing if I got a Serval it would have been around people as well. And a lot of wild animals are pets by choice also, so obviously it’s not all bad to get everything you want to be taken care of for wild beauties.
And I’m not too worried about the destrustiveness and food requirements, I have 4 pits.. just one more thing that would tear apart a toy in 5 seconds and needs excersise to vure boredom/detructiveness and a raw diet… things I already do in my life for the most part. Im sure when I get a place big enough for them to run I’ll have money to feed them all raw all the time.
Anyway, thanks gor the advice.
I may not “know anything about you” but what I do know is you are grossly misinformed about what these animals are. Savannah’s are not “half domestic.” Nor can they be domesticated within their lifetime. Savannah can be trained, but this is NOT the same as taming or domesticating. An F1 savannah will have a domestic parent and a wild parent(maybe that’s where you get the half from?), but their temperament will be nothing close to domestic and as such F1s are not legal in many states. Wild cat sanctuaries and rescues are constantly inundated with requests from people to take their Savannahs because they realized how poor of a pet they make. I have worked with Savannahs. They are not friendly.
I don’t know what you are trying to say with “wild animals are pets by choice,” but no matter how much time a serval spends around a person, they will be no less wild. I have worked with 20+ servals in a sanctuary, all former pets, and all hissy, swatty, and 100% aggressive. They have large claws and teeth for their size and they will not hesitate to use them. Servals are some of the most aggressive cats I’ve worked with, why people like to assume they can be made a pet is beyond me.
Also it is grossly egotistical to think you could ever provide “better than a zoo” for an exotic pet.
So I many not know YOU, but I know servals. And I know savannahs.
Number one: Animal Planet has turned into a complete shit hole. If your sole purpose for believing that an animal is right for you is that you saw a two minute soundbite on them acting pretty for the camera on a network that openly admitted it’s purpose isn’t educational any more, you’re pretty far beyond help.
Number two: You don’t have the budget of an AZA accredited zoo. I promise you, you don’t. Even if you did, you don’t have the teams of scientists, veterinarians and animal psychologists at your disposal. I get the feeling you think you’re “better than a zoo” because you’d treat this animal as a pet and give it hands-on interaction. This doesn’t make you better than a zoo, because as it turns out wild animals have pretty much been programmed to avoid humans as a whole and they don’t require hands on interaction from us to be at all healthier or happier.
Number three: It doesn’t really matter all that much if its been around people. Servals that have been around people have abruptly attacked people very viciously out of the blue, because they’re still wild. There was a chimp that was around people its entire life that ripped a woman’s face off. There have been multiple tigers that put the people who bottle fed them into hospitals. Raccoons become notoriously deadly and conniving after they reach sexual maturity. Zebras have bitten their owner’s fingers off. What makes you think that “being around people its whole life” is a guarantee of good temperament? there are DOGS that have been around people their whole life and hate almost everyone and will bite, and unlike servals, dogs have actually evolved to be fully dependent on humanity for their living. You think that you’re just going to change billions of years of evolution with the power of love like this is some fucking Care Bears movie?
Number four: what the fuck are you talking about some wild animals choose to be pets. No wild animal anywhere ever chose to be a pet and that serval sure as FUCK didn’t. You think he was out in the bush one day and was presented the choice from serval-god to live his life free in the wild or take up the mantle of a collar to go live amongst mankind? You think he knocked on the door and asked for food and asked to be tamed?
No, what happened was many many decades ago, his ancestors were taken from the wild snarling and spitting and put into cages and bred, and their offspring were taken from them and raised by humanity to be pets. There was no “choice” in the matter, they were born into that life, they never had any other options placed in front of them. They now have to live in captivity or die.
Number Five: Savanna cats shouldn’t even really be bred at all. Look at how big that Goddamn serval is, and then look at how big a normal cat is. See a bit of a difference? Why would a serval want to fuck something not even in its genus, especially when that animal is about the size of his dinner?
Turns out, a lot of servals don’t, and a lot of times they end up KILLING the cat they’re supposed to have mated with. The size difference is immense and it does take a toll on the domestic animal unwittingly tossed into the situation. Late-generation animals are a bit more of a grey area as far as breeding goes (an f6 savanna probably won’t kill a cat its bred to but an f1 sure as shit could.) But we’re not talking about domestic progeny of a serval ancestor, we’re talking literal servals, the real fucking deal.
The fact that you cop this big an attitude tells me a lot, namely:
1. You don’t know shit about animals. Especially the ones you want as pets.
2. You don’t know shit about zoos.
3. You cry like a whiny clown baby when people who are more educated than you weigh in
4. You stomp your feet like a Goddamn toddler told he can’t have a toy when told you shouldn’t have a serval, even though a serval isn’t a Goddamn Nintendo 3DS it’s a living breathing WILD FUCKING ANIMAL THAT’S BIG ENOUGH TO EAT YOUR GODDAMN FACE AND MANY HAVE TRIED AND SUCCEEDED IN FUCKING UP THEIR SHITHEAD OWNERS BEFORE
If you display this kind of ignorance, I’m not convinced you should have ANY cat, let alone a cat that’s illegal in most states, big enough to kill your neighbor’s dog, and more expensive to keep year round than it is to buy a new car every year.