No known established health problems exist with Savannah Cats, however breeding cats should be tested to prevent common feline health issues. All breeds of cat can get both Congenital Issues and Non-congenital Issues.
The main health issue faced by a Savannah Cat owners is obstruction due to ingestion of a small toy such as feather, piece of rubber or piece of plastic. Savannah Cat owners sometimes buy inappropriate cat toys that are easily destroyed and swallowed because they are cute, inexpensive and the cats enjoy them. Unfortunately such cat toys can be too small, lightweight and easily swallowed. Small domestic cats should not even have these seriously hazardous toys. Consult with your breeder if you have issues finding safe cat toys.
Congenital Health Issue
Congenital health issues are genetically inherited by linage. Many cats with congenital defects can still maintain a high quality of life. Treatment options for abnormalities vary as for any health issue. Defects can occur anytime in the developmental stages of the embryo or fetus. The cause of many congenital defects is unknown. Environmental circumstances during pregnancy may lead to a predisposition to certain defects.
- Cleft palates
- Polydactylism (extra toes)
- Extra vertebrae
- Liver Shunt
Non-congenital Health Issue
Non-congenital health issues are caused by none genetic related issues. Non-congenital health issues include fungal, bacterial and viral infections.
- Bacterial infections
- Urinary tract infection
- Viral infections
- Upper respiratory infection (URI)
- Fungal Infections
*Should you think your Savannah Cat might be sick you should immediately inform the breeder and your veterinarian. If you feel the veterinarian is not taking your concerns seriously it is never a bad idea to get a second option from another veterinarian.*