Hybrid cats, dangerous pets?
1.the serval cat:
The servical is a hybrid animal resulting from the crossing between two African felines, a female caracal (Caracal caracal) and a male serval (Leptailurus serval). The only births reported are random. Its coat is light red with dark red spots. He has the big ears of the serval and the tufts of the caracal. The coat of young servicals is not spotted.
What happens when humans try to cross a male serval (of the feline race) and a female caracal (another feline living in the deserts)? They obtain a servical, a kind of feline with large ears surmounted by feathers.
The caraval is, in fact, a variant of the previous crossing. It has the same characteristics as the serval, in terms of ears, but its coat is stained brown and the offspring generally becomes larger than its parents.
The servical is a hybrid that can cross with their parent species. The list below shows the names of possible crosses between caravals/servicals and the original species. The only crossing that could be observed and documented is that of the sercaraval.
2. savannah cat
In the United States, the general public is particularly fond of these crossbreeds, giving them the impression of having a wild animal in their home. But specialists are beginning to regret legislation that is too lax about these felines. Animal protection groups, concerned about the consequences of the presence of such cats in homes, have launched a petition to limit their possession and breeding in the country.
Savannah cat appearance:
Its similarity to the Serval is its main characteristic. Indeed, the Savannah cat has inherited several characteristics of the wild cat: its body is slender and well muscled, its legs are long and it has large ears placed high on its head. Its tail, with a black tip, is thick and rather short compared to that of most other domestic cats.
The posture and finesse of Savannah’s abdomen are reminiscent of the greyhound’s silhouette. The Savannah cat’s dress is characterized by the spotted tabby pattern. Thus, there are several small round, oval or elongated spots on the body, belly, legs and head. Spots, commonly called spots, must always be black. The bottom of the dress can vary.
The background colour of the Savannah Brown spotted tabby cat ranges from tan to orange, with throat and off-white belly. The background colour of Silver spotted tabby is silvery while that of Black Smoke spotted tabby is charcoal, almost black. There is also the Black Savannah, which is entirely black; you can perceive the spots on its coat, although they are very subtle.
The size and weight of the Savannah cat will be more important in hybrids “close” to the Serval, i.e. in the first generations. Indeed, hybrids of different generations are born from the crossing between a domestic cat and a wild cat. If we go back to the very first breeding between a Serval and a domestic cat, we obtain the “F1” hybrids, i. e. the first generation. The second generation subjects, the “F2” hybrids, are considered as semi-wild cats, and so on.
The F1 and F2 generations can weigh up to 30 pounds. Remember that the Savannah cat is considered very tall. In particular, he holds the current world size record for a domestic cat, with a height of 43.43 centimetres at the withers.
Savannah cat’s origins
The Savannah cat is a recently admitted breed. The very first Savannah cat was created on April 7, 1986 by the American breeder Judee Frank following the crossing between a Serval, a South African cat belonging to the cheetah family, and a Bengal cat. She was primarily looking for a large domestic cat.
This crossing between a wild cat and a domestic cat then gave birth to a hybrid cat that the breeder named “Savannah”, hence the name of the breed.
In 1989, Patrick Kelly, a feral cat enthusiast, decided with other enthusiasts to start breeding Savannah cats in order to develop the breed and establish new lines. In 2002, TICA (The International Cats Association) recognized the new breed as a domestic cat, but only from F3 hybrids, i.e. only third generation cats resulting from mating with the Serval are considered as domestic.
The F1 and F2 generations cannot be accepted because they remain too wild. In 2007, the LOOF (Official Book of Cat Origins) allows the breed to be exhibited in the category “New breeds and colours”, but the breed cannot then compete. Since May 2012, TICA has finally allowed the Savannah cat in competitions.
Behaviour and character traits of the Savannah cat
Although it descends from a wild cat, the Savannah cat is sweet, sociable and friendly. It is highly adaptable; even first-generation hybrids are able to adapt to domestic life, such as litter. However, he inherited from his ancestors a great energy and a marked penchant for hunting. So don’t catch yourself seeing him jumping and climbing all over the place.
It is a very active and playful cat, which basically needs to exercise physically. Like a dog, he enjoys leash walks and brings back toys thrown at him.
The Savannah cat is also very intelligent, skillful and curious. He quickly understands how to open doors or taps, and is ready to do all kinds of things to achieve his goals. So be careful with this smart kid! Thanks to their liveliness of mind, this breed is easy to educate.
A characteristic that distinguishes him from other cats is his love of water. Indeed, he loves swimming and will not hesitate to jump in the shower or bath while you are at it.
The Savannah cat gets along perfectly with children and dogs, as the latter are his play partners. Despite all this energy, this animal also has a tender and affectionate side. He will appreciate the hugs of his masters, to whom he is very attached.