Savannah cats are named for the African plains where one half of their lineage originated, from a wild cat called a serval.
The hybrid was created by breeders in the 1980s and became popular in the US in the 1990s.
These cats are mid-sized, with fur of various colors and patterns. Savannah cats are extroverts, playful and curious and very active; they will even get into the water.
They are also very loyal, and cannot be left alone for extended periods of time, though not much for curling up in laps.
Should you Purchase Insurance for your Savannah Cat?
Because of their unique origin, the Savannahs cat breed benefits from what breeders call “hybrid vigor.”
There have however been reports regarding two not uncommon feline health issues:
- Feline Cardiomyopathy: all cats are at risk for cardiomyopathy, which is a term that encompasses four related conditions in which the muscles of the heart become weakened or fail to function properly. Left untreated, cardiomyopathy often leads to heart failure and death. The condition is diagnosed based on a veterinarian’s examination for heart murmurs and other cardiac abnormalities. Treatment usually involves the administration of drugs that help to restore the heart’s normal rhythm.
- Feline Lower Urinary Tract Disease (FLUTD): a number of different problems can result in the chronic condition known as FLUTD, which causes cats to suffer from painful urination and other forms of discomfort. Ultrasounds and biopsies may be required to confirm the diagnosis, and treatment can involve anything from medicines to surgery.
A disease like FLUTD may be life-threatening, but can usually be managed successfully if detected early and treated aggressively.
The right pet insurance plan can make sure that financial considerations will never cause you to postpone seeking the treatment your cat needs.