Savannah Cat Legal States 2022

In What States are Savannah Cats Legal?

Here is the complete list of the states and DC and their respective laws in regards to the possession of Savannah Cats:

  • Alabama Allows all generations
  • Alaska F4 and later allowed
  • Arizona Allows all generations
  • Arkansas Allows all generations
  • California Allows all generations
  • Colorado F4 and later allowed. Ownership is illegal in the city limits of Denver
  • Connecticut Allows all generations
  • Delaware Not allowed without a permit, fine for ownership
  • DC Allows all generations
  • Florida Allows all generations
  • Georgia Not allowed
  • Hawaii Illegal to own
  • Idaho Allows all generations
  • Illinois Allows all generations
  • Indiana Allows all generations; Some counties require permits
  • Iowa F4 and later allowed
  • Kansas Allows all generations
  • Kentucky Allows all generations
  • Louisiana Allows all generations
  • Maine Allows all generations
  • Maryland Allows all generations provided the cat is under 30 pounds of weight
  • Massachusetts F4 and later allowed
  • Michigan Allows all generations
  • Minnesota Allows all generations
  • Mississippi Allows all generations
  • Missouri Allows all generations
  • Montana Allows all generations
  • Nebraska Not allowed at all
  • Nevada Allows all generations
  • New Hampshire F4 and later allowed
  • New Jersey Allows all generations
  • New Mexico Allows all generations; some cities require permits
  • New York F5 and later allowed; Nothing is allowed within the boundaries of New York City
  • North Carolina Allows all generations
  • North Dakota Allows all generations
  • Ohio Allows all generations
  • Oklahoma Allows all generations
  • Oregon Allows all generations; some cities and some counties may have further restrictions
  • Pennsylvania Allows all generations
  • Rhode Island Not allowed
  • South Carolina Allows all generations
  • South Dakota Allows all generations
  • Tennessee Allows all generations
  • Texas Mostly not allowed, but is allowed in some counties with a permit. This includes (with a strict permit): Aransas, Bell, Coryell, Ector, Guadalupe, Harris, Kaufman, Lubbock, Mason, and Ward. Montgomery must permit 1st through 3rd generation; 4th and all subsequent generations are allowed.
  • Utah Allows all generations
  • Vermont F4 and later allowed
  • Virginia Allows all generations
  • Washington Allows all generations; cannot own in Seattle
  • West Virginia Allows all generations
  • Wisconsin Allows all generations
  • Wyoming Allows all generations

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

This topic has been asked many times, and there is no clear answer. Most states do recognize that savannah cats can be kept as pets with varying degrees of regulation. For example, 4 states completely have no laws on keeping wild animals as pets: Alabama, Nevada, North Carolina, and Wisconsin. Further, 4 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 their classification. For example, some states only allow fourth generations or further, which, by the definition of the savannah cat association, have been properly bred to eliminate most of their wilder instincts that could be dangerous to other humans.

It is extremely important to know whether or not you are able to keep one as a pet, as confiscation can cause an immense amount of hardship for your family and the feline.

Savannah Cat Legal States 2022