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The Serengeti Cat

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Breed Group:

Hybrid.

Size:

Medium. Average body.

Weight:

Lightweight Mouser. From 8-15 lbs.

Exercise Needs:

Professional athlete. Needs no exercise.

Ability To Adapt:

High. Quickly adjusts to surroundings.

Health:

Excellent. No health issues.

Average Lifespan:

From 10-15 years.

Need For Grooming:

Once a week. Moderate shedding.

Compatibility:

Great with children & other pets.

Potential For Playfulness:

Through the roof!

Breed Group:

Hybrid.

Size:

Medium. Average body.

Weight:

Lightweight Mouser. From 8-15 lbs.

Exercise Needs:

Professional athlete. Needs no exercise.

Ability To Adapt:

High. Quickly adjusts to surroundings.

Health:

Excellent. No health issues.

Average Lifespan:

From 10-15 years.

Need For Grooming:

Once a week. Moderate shedding.

Compatibility:

Great with children & other pets.

Potential For Playfulness:

Through the roof!

Breed Group:

Hybrid.

Size:

Medium. Average body.

Weight:

Lightweight Mouser. From 8-15 lbs.

Exercise Needs:

Professional athlete. Needs no exercise.

Ability To Adapt:

High. Quickly adjusts to surroundings.

Health:

Excellent. No health issues.

Average Lifespan:

From 10-15 years.

Need For Grooming:

Once a week. Moderate shedding.

Compatibility:

Great with children & other pets.

Potential For Playfulness:

Through the roof!

The Serengeti Cat is a recently developed medium-sized breed with a distinctive wild look. They have muscular and strong bodies, long necks and very long legs.

They have an upright posture and embody elegance and agility. The modified wedge head sports large roundly tipped ears, strong chins, rounded whisker pads and large rounded eyes.

Their short and glossy spotted coat that gives them the distinctive wild look.

Despite its wild appearance, the Serengeti is a friendly, vocal and high energy breed. These cats form deep bonds with their owners and like following them around offering useful advice.

They are highly active cats who love to jump on high places and to run through the house at full speed. This is a social cat that doesn’t like being left alone and prefers having company at all times.

Breed History

The Serengeti Cat was developed in the United States in 1994 by Karen Sausman. She was a professional conservation biologist and an owner of Kingsmart Cattery in California.

Being a conservation biologist, Sausman didn’t like that so many breeders used wild cats to create more exotic cat breeds. Therefore, she decided to create a breed that will resemble an African wild Serval cat without using wildcats as foundation stock.

After careful research, her efforts paid off when she crossed Bengal Cat with an Oriental Shorthair Cat. The newly developed Serval-looking breed was named Serengeti.

Although no wildcats were used in Serengeti’s development this breed is considered to be a hybrid. This is due to the breed’s Bengal ancestry since these cats were developed from breeding between leopard cats and domestic cats.

The Serengeti breed is still in the developing stages and is currently bred in the United States, Russia, the United Kingdom and Australia. The Serengeti Cat is registered by The International Cat Association and can be shown as a preliminary new breed.

Size Standards

The Serengeti is a medium-sized cat with an athletic and muscular body. It is a squarely built breed with a very upright posture and very long legs.

Despite being muscular, these cats should appear graceful and statuesque. The head is a modified wedge and topped with large ears with rounded tips. They are one of the distinguishing traits of these cats and should be equal to the length of the head.

The Serengeti has large rounded eyes which are set nicely apart and can be gold, yellow, hazel or light green. Their noses are moderately wide and form a straight profile line.

Male Serengeti Cats are slightly larger and weigh from 10-15 pounds. Females are smaller and weigh from 8-12 pounds.

This breed needs to maintain its ideal weight in order to preserve its elegant appearance. Hence, it is advisable to feed these cats with a high-protein cat food. To prevent weight gain, feed your cat with a few smaller meals during a day.

Additionally, make sure that you are feeding your cat based on her age and activity level.

Serengeti Cat Personality Traits

This is a friendly, confident and highly energetic breed. These cats may appear a little bit shy once they arrive in a new home. But once they settle in, they form strong bonds with their owners and make devoted companions. They like to follow their people around the house and to be helpful.

It is a very vocal breed that will talk to you about her day and offer useful advice and expect you to act on it.

The Serengeti is a highly energetic breed and likes being perched up high whenever they can. So get a tall cat tree that will give it a chance to observe their territory and discourage them from jumping all over your furniture.

These cats also like to run around the house at full speeds. So rearrange your furniture in a fashion that will provide ample space for your cat to run freely.

Furthermore, this fun and playful cat has a habit to hide under the furniture and then jump in front of an unsuspecting owner. So if you are startled easily you will have to carefully monitor your cat’s whereabouts in order to stay one step ahead of her!

This breed stays playful well into the old age and needs a variety of toys to be content. Furthermore, this is a curious cat that likes to investigate and observe everything around her. For this reason, a couple of window perches will satisfy your cat’s inquisitive nature and also provide comfortable napping areas.

This is a smart breed that can learn tricks and how to walk on a cat leash. It will enjoy exploring outdoors with its owner. They also enjoy playing with puzzle toys and are always up for a game of fetch.

The Serengeti Cat gets so attached to her owners that it doesn’t like being left at home alone. Thus, this breed is best suited for people who work from home or have other pets to keep the Serengeti company.

Adaptability

This breed adapts according to its owner’s needs. However, these cats may seem a bit reserved once brought into a new home and may need a few days to get used to everything.

Still, they adjust well to new environments and like meeting new people. Generally, as long as their meals are on time and they have someone to play with, these cats thrive in any environment.

The Serengeti is a highly energetic and agile breed. Therefore, it may seem that your cat is in perpetual motion jumping, running and playing in a few places at once.

Generally, they can keep themselves exercised playing with mice toys that help them practice hunting. However, they are social creatures that like interacting with their owners. So spend at least 15 minutes every day playing with your cat.

Health and Potential Health Problems

The Serengeti is considered to be a healthy breed that doesn’t suffer from any hereditary health problems. However, this may be due to the fact that this breed is still in developing stages.

To keep your cat healthy take her to regular check-ups and keep her vaccinated against feline transmitted diseases. Furthermore, keep your cat indoors only to protect her from fights with other animals or accidents.

If you feel that your cat needs to experience outdoors, get an outdoor playpen that will keep her safe in your backyard.

Lifespan

The Serengeti Cat has an average life expectancy of 10-15 years. However, with proper care and regular vet check-ups you can prolong your cat’s lifespan and keep her healthy in old age.

Use dewormer tablets regularly to prevent digestive issues, and keep your cat protected against skin parasites with a flea and tick collar.

Grooming Needs

The Serengeti Cat has a thick and short coat that lies close to the body. The coat has a silky texture that makes it soft to the touch and easy to maintain. Therefore, you will have to brush your cat only once a week to remove debris and dead hair.

Use a grooming glove to stimulate circulation and make the coat glossy. The Serengeti sheds moderately and will lose more hair during spring and autumn. So you may need to brush your cat twice a week during the shedding season.

Serengeti Cat Coat Colors

The thick and exotic looking coat is the breed’s most notable feature.

The coat can be gold or yellow with a pattern of widely spaced black spots. However, they also come in solid black with ghost spots, cold gray with black spots or white silver with black spots.

Compatibility with Children & Other Pets

The energetic and friendly Serengeti makes an excellent pet in homes with children. These cats love the attention they receive from kids who know how to handle and play with a cat.

Let your child dangle a feather teaser, and he and your cat will become inseparable friends. These cats get along with other pets and will enjoy having company.

However, they tend to assert themselves as the top animal in the household. Thus, make sure that your other pets are mellow enough conform to Serengeti’s rules.

This is a highly energetic, agile and playful cat that likes to hone its hunting skills in hunting games. Thus, get catnip mice and let your cat stalk, pounce and chase after them. These cats are smart enough to play by themselves if they have a lot of toys.

However, the Serengeti Cat is happiest when it is interacting with it’s owner. So try to spend at least 15 minutes a day playing with your cat.