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Savannah Cat Legal States 2024

Savannah Cat Legal States 2024

Savannah cats are hybrid cat breeds. They are a cross between a domestic cat and a serval, a long-eared wild African cat. Breeders started breeding this crossbreed in the late 1990s. It has been an accepted breed by The International Cat Association since 2001.

Because the cat is a result of crossbreeding, each generation is slightly different. F1 generation Savannah cats are produced directly from a serval and a domestic cat breeding which results in an offspring that is 50% serval. F2 generation Savannah cats have a serval grandparent, making them at least 25% serval. F3 generation Savannah cats are at least 12.5% serval with a serval great-grandparent. This continues through the F4, F5, F6, and F7 generations, with offspring being one generation removed from a serval.

Do Savannah Cats Make Good Pets?

Savannah cats are loyal and playful which is exactly what many people are looking for in a pet. Some are anxious around new people and other pets, but many are social and friendly. Savannah cats like to jump and climb to high places. Some Savannah cats can even jump up to eight feet in the air! Unlike many other breeds, Savannah cats are not afraid of water and actually enjoy playing in it.

There is disagreement about whether Savannah cats have the same nutritional needs as other breeds. Most breeders agree that Savannah cats require more taurine, but there is no agreement about the need for special food like a grain-free diet. In fact, most veterinarians argue that a grain-free diet is not good for cats because of a poor balance of nutrients.

Is It Federally Legal To Own A Savannah Cat as A Pet?

This is a popular topic, but there is no clear answer. Four states have no laws on keeping wild animals as pets: Alabama, Nevada, North Carolina, and Wisconsin. On the other hand, four states have a complete ban on their possession in most counties and cities: Alaska, Hawaii, Oregon, and Washington. When speaking about a Savannah cat, it is important to look up its generation. Some states only allow fourth generations or later because these cats have been properly bred to eliminate most of their wilder instincts that could be dangerous to humans.

In What States Are Savannah Cats Legal?

Some states do not allow Savannah cats to be owned as pets. Georgia, Hawaii, Nebraska, and Rhode Island all ban pet Savannah cats. Delaware doesn’t allow ownership without a permit. In Texas, you are not allowed to own a Savannah cat in most counties. Aransas, Bell, Coryell, Ector, Guadalupe, Harris, Kaufman, Lubbock, Mason, Ward, and Montgomery counties allow you to own a Savannah cat with strict permitting rules.

Other states limit the generation of Savannah cats that can be kept as pets. As explained, the further removed from the original wild serval cat, the less likely the cat is to exhibit the behaviors of wild animals. Alaska, Colorado, Iowa, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, and Vermont limit ownership to F4 generations and later. New York allows for generation F5 and later. The only exceptions to this are the city of Denver in Colorado and New York City which ban any Savannah cat ownership.

In all other states, it is legal to own a Savannah cat. Still, there are some restrictions on ownership. In New Mexico, Oregon, and Indiana, some cities or counties may have their own restrictions on ownership or may require owners to obtain a permit. In Maryland, it is legal to own a pet Savannah cat as long as it is under 30 pounds in weight. Washington allows Savannah cats as pets, but they are banned within the city of Seattle.

Savannah Cat Legal States 2024

  • Savannah cats are a cross between a domestic cat and a serval.
  • The offspring of the initial domestic/serval cross is given the distinction F1 (filial 1), with successive generations labeled F2, F3, and so on.
  • Pet ownership regulations may change at any time, and county or municipal restrictions may exist even in states which permit a given pet at the state level. Prospective owners are advised to confirm pet legality with local officials before adopting.

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Savannah Cat Legality
AlabamaAll Generations
AlaskaF4 and later
ArizonaAll Generations
ArkansasAll Generations
CaliforniaAll Generations
ColoradoF4 and laterIllegal in Denver city limits
ConnecticutAll Generations
DelawareNone without permit
District of ColumbiaAll Generations
FloridaAll Generations
IdahoAll Generations
IllinoisAll Generations
IndianaAll GenerationsSome counties require permit
IowaF4 and later
KansasAll Generations
KentuckyAll Generations
LouisianaAll Generations
MaineAll Generations
MarylandAll GenerationsMust be under 30 lbs
MassachusettsF4 and later
MichiganAll Generations
MinnesotaAll Generations
MississippiAll Generations
MissouriAll Generations
MontanaAll Generations
NevadaAll Generations
New HampshireF4 and later
New JerseyAll Generations
New MexicoAll GenerationsSome cities require permit
New YorkF4 and laterNone in NYC
North CarolinaAll Generations
North DakotaAll Generations
OhioAll Generations
OklahomaAll Generations
OregonAll GenerationsSome cities/counties have restrictions
PennsylvaniaAll Generations
Rhode IslandNone
South CarolinaAll Generations
South DakotaAll Generations
TennesseeAll Generations
TexasNot allowed in most counties
UtahAll Generations
VermontF4 and later
VirginiaAll Generations
WashingtonAll GenerationsOwnership is banned in Seattle
West VirginiaAll Generations
WisconsinAll Generations
WyomingAll Generations
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