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Savannah Cats and Bengal Cats Make Bad Pets

Savannah Cats and Bengal Cats Make Bad Pets

*Why do Hybrid Breeders hate this video?

BCR is trying to educate the public before they pay $3,000+ for a cat. Breeders think they might lose money if people hear another view point. In our time, we have seen a number of unwanted hybrids.

Breeding down a wild cat with a domestic ruins any chance of the wild genes to continue on and save the species.(Seen with the loss of interest in the wild Amur Leopard Cat to the hybrid Bengal cat)

Let alone, why make another desinger cat when millions of domestics are put to sleep each year.

Big Cat Rescue in Tampa, Fl. provides a permanent home to over 140 exotic cats from Hybrids to Lions. WE DO realize people may love their pet hybrids (we see the videos here on You Tube), but it puts a demand on breeders getting servals and other smaller exotics to keep up with the exotic pet market, a market we are against.

Thanks for watching.

12 Comments

  1. You know, that is nice of you to offer that, but what experience and living conditions do you have that would make you think that savannah cares how willing you are? He would again have to be acclimated and be very upset with a new owner especially with behavior problems of a foster child. Trust me. It's not fair to the cat.

  2. Breeders that sell and buy these cats don't care about them at all. It's all about money and status. I agree about hybrid cats like these savannahs, bengals, servals that are bred with domestic cats and re named "Savannahs" I'm definitely not an expert in this field, but I learned from experience and research that these hybrid cats make bad pets. Being show cats is even worse. I purchased two Bengal cats 2 years ago. They were only 11 mo. old. I only took them because I have a cat habitat for my personal cats. I soon found out it was a mistake and why. They only cost me 40 dollars for both from a animal shelter that a couple left them because of there high energy and they lived in a trailer home. I wished I never took them but I would rather have them than they live in a shelter with domestic cats. It's difficult to raise hybrid cats with domestic cats unless your with them every day, which I am. They are very demanding and will destroy your home if left alone to long without someone there to care for them. They have a diet other than cat food. It's expensive and they are picky eaters. It's not wise to purchase a Bengal or Savannah and keep them penned in a house all day. They spray a lot and cause the other cats to do the same. They all stay outside now in there own little huts I built for them in the habitat. They are happy now and free to roam around in a secure area of a half acre. It's a miniature jungle I call "Little Cat Africa" Check it out on utube. I use my own money to feed, groom and make vet visits when needed. I'm not a cat rescue and limited on what I have. They are all fixed and I try to be attentive to all of them. It is a lot of work and dedication. In the summer when it is pretty hot they are allowed to come inside a separate room to stay cool and relax.

  3. Rebecca Sadler Of course you don't think that the fact that your pets are from a breeder is cruel. I have faith that if you thought it was cruel, you wouldn't do it.

    It's not cruel to the pets you have, it's cruel to the pets who needed homes that are still in a shelter because you bought v. adopted. And, believe it or not, there are hypoallergenic dogs in shelters. That's where one of my acquaintances got all of her dogs, and she loves schnauzers, too.

    No matter what your intention, your argument does not stand.

  4. That description sounds like any cat to me. In fact, it sounds like a toddler. They don't want to take a nap, get into everything, don't listen, break things, wake you up at night…

  5. If this guy knew ANYTHING about cat fancy/cat breeders, he'd know that most Savannah cats or Bengal cats that are bred close to their wild blood are generally kept for breeding only. This is considered F1 to F3 or F4 usually. Most breeders WILL NOT sell a close feral-blooded cat, especially a savannah, to a pet owner unless they are mostly domestic in their blood. The cats he's dealing with, are cats that shouldn't have been sold for pets.

  6. I have an F6 Savannah, and I wish I had never brought him home. They do not make good house pets. They never nap, they don't listen, and they get into everything. They will break things, they will tear into any food you leave out, and they will wake you up in the middle of the night. I would highly recommend any other cat, unless you plan on letting the Savannah live outside. Mine is sweet, don't get me wrong, but he is a huge pain in the butt. Buyer beware.

    • You should have known that these cats are athletic and very naughty from time to time. If you don’t want him, I will take him and give him a forever home. These cats can provide lots of love but are also a handful. But to me that’s the fun part.

    • I have an Ocicat that does similar behaviors that you’re describing. But I found that a lot of it was due to boredom. Make sure you have plenty of things to play with. These don’t have to be expensive either. Empty boxes with cut out holes will entertain a cat for hours, add tissue paper and it will entertain you for hours, sprinkle in some cat nip, family entertainment. :). A good diet of moist food daily & some good, vet recommended dry food in the bowl over night for the “munchies” so they will not tear open things because they are hungry. Cheaper dry cat foods have less protein, which does not stick around very long, resulting in hunger and possibly diabetes on down the road. Set aside play time with your furbaby an hour before bed, use a red light, or toy on a string that you’ve made and play for about 10 to 15 minutes or until kitty has lost interest. Once kitty is tired every evening, you both may get a little better rest. :). Btw, my boy is 11 this year, diabetic since age 6, and still loves to play. :). Best of Luck!!

    • You rock Danielle. I love people that rescue cats.

  7. I agree, and wish they wouldn't take more servals as well. I don't own a savannah cat myself, but have always wanted to since I discovered the breed. I think the problem is that people want F1s and Savannah's that are more closely related to their serval descendants. I hope to own an F5 someday which wouldn't be directly from a serval. All domestic cats at one point came from a wild cat but it's not as though breeders still seek out that wild descendant to produce more kittens. It's time to get away from servals too, and stick to breeding Savannahs with Savannahs. Other people can feel free to disagree but this is my opinion.

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