Savannah Cat Legal Status

To: Gregory Little <>
Subject: Savannah Cat Legal Status
From: Carl Clifford <>
Date: Fri, 13 Jun 2008 16:42:03 +1000
It seems that the authorities here regard the the potential ecological impacts are pretty much the same as for a normal cat, though I think they might be fooling themselves. There does not seem to have been any real ecological impact studies one in the USA either, although it is interesting to see that ownership of these cats is restricted still in some states over there.

At least the breeders in Australia are only selling kittens that have been spayed/neutered to the general public and restrict sales of entire animals to registered breeders. I think the price of $5000 for a spayed/neutered kitten will only appeal to a niche market, as I think there are much cheaper ways of getting your curtains shredded. I must say that the prospect of renting one for a week has a certain appeal to me, as there a couple of little yappy dogs just up the street that I would love to introduce an 11Kg moggie to as a new playmate ;)


Carl Clifford

Gregory Little wrote:

Followed one of your links, no information on the potential ecological
impacts of this cat.
Greg Little

Greg Little - Principal Consultant
General Flora and Fauna
PO Box 526
Wallsend, NSW, 2287, Australia
Ph    02 49 556609
Fx    02 49 556671

-----Original Message-----
 On Behalf Of Carl Clifford
Sent: Friday, 13 June 2008 3:32 PM
To: Birding-aus
Subject: [Birding-Aus] Savannah Cat Legal Status

Dear All,

I have just spoken to contacts in DPI and AQIS regarding the status of the the Savannah cats under the relevant state and federal legislation. The official view is that because of the level of back-breeding of the initial Serval X domestic cat hybrids with domestic cats, the Savannah cats are legally regarded as domestic cats and may be imported and kept in the same manner as a normal cat. Their size and appearance is not taken into account for the classification, much as it is not taken into account for the importation of dog breeds such as Great Dane, German Shepherd or Malemute.

People who do feel strongly about the importation of this cat breed should write to the relevant departments, such as the state DPI or equivalent, National Parks or AQIS, or probably your local state and federal members setting out your concerns and giving the link to the ABC


Unfortunately,after talking to my contacts, I got the impression that the importation is a fait accompli. Perhaps their popularity may wane once people find that they are more assertive than the average moggy, and I don't think I would like to see the result when one looses its temper with a toddler and does a slice n' dice of the kids face.

For those that would like to read up a bit more on the breed, have a look at <>


Carl Clifford

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