How to Groom A Savannah Cat

Reviewed by Grooming Expert: Clarissa Stevenson, CFMG

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Savannah Cat Characteristics

Body Type: Large

Coat Type & Length: Short

Coat Texture: The Savannah cat has a short, soft coat with a unique spotted pattern that resembles that of a wild African Serval.

Savannah Cat

Savannah cats are a unique breed that are a cross between a domestic cat and a serval, a wild African cat. They are known for their tall, slender bodies and distinctive spotted coats. Savannah cats are highly intelligent and active, requiring plenty of mental and physical stimulation to stay happy and healthy. They are also known for their loyalty and affection towards their owners, often following them around like a dog.

Due to their wild ancestry, Savannah cats require a specialized diet and may have different health concerns than other domestic cat breeds. Regular grooming is also important to keep their coats healthy and shiny.

Savannah Cats Grooming Tools

In order to groom Savannah Cats properly, you’ll need to have the following tools:

Grooming ToolDescription
Slicker brushGets rid of stray hairs, detangles minor knots, and preserves a glossy coat
Grooming glovesGently removes loose hair while providing a relaxing massage
Nail clippersTrims your cat’s nails carefully to hinder overgrowth and reduce the risk of injuries
Ear cleanerHelps reduce the buildup of bacteria, yeast, and other harmful microorganisms in your cat’s ears, thereby preventing ear infections
Cotton ballsEffectively absorb and remove dirt, debris, and excess earwax from the cat’s ears, contributing to better overall ear health and reducing the risk of infections
ToothbrushMaintains your cat’s oral health by cleaning their teeth and preventing dental concerns
ToothpasteCat toothpaste contains ingredients that combat bad breath, leaving your cat with a fresher, more pleasant mouth odor
ShampooCat shampoos effectively eliminate dirt, grime, and oils from your cat’s coat, while also neutralizing any unpleasant odors, leaving your cat’s fur clean, soft, and fresh-smelling

Savannah Cat Grooming 101

Brush Your Cat

Frequency: Brush your Savannah once a week

Technique: Use the slicker brush or grooming mitt and brush in the direction of hair growth.

Use a deshedding tool to remove loose hair and minimize shedding.

Bathe your Savannah Cat

Bathing a Savannah cat can be a bit of a challenge due to their active and curious nature. It’s best to start by getting them used to water gradually, by introducing them to shallow water in a sink or bathtub. Use a gentle cat shampoo and avoid getting water in their ears. Rinse thoroughly and dry them off with a towel or blow dryer on a low setting. It’s important to keep them warm and comfortable during the drying process. Regular grooming and brushing can help keep their coat clean and shiny between baths.

How Often Should I Bathe My Savannah Cat?

You should bathe your Savannah cat every 4-6 weeks to keep their coat clean and healthy.

Savannah Cat Nail Trimming

1. Start by getting your Savannah cat comfortable with having their paws touched. Gently massage their paws and reward them with treats.

2. Use a pair of sharp, cat-specific nail clippers to trim the tips of their nails. Be careful not to cut too close to the quick, which is the pink part of the nail that contains blood vessels and nerves.

3. If your Savannah cat is resistant to having their nails trimmed, try wrapping them in a towel or using a cat restraint bag to keep them still.

4. Trim your Savannah cat’s nails every 2-3 weeks to prevent them from becoming too long and causing discomfort or damage to furniture.

Remember, regular nail trimming is an important part of your Savannah cat’s grooming routine and can help keep them healthy and happy.

Savannah Cat Ear Cleaning

– Gather your supplies: cotton balls or pads, ear cleaning solution (make sure it’s safe for cats), and a towel.
– Hold your Savannah cat securely and gently lift one ear flap.
– Squeeze a few drops of the ear cleaning solution into the ear canal. Be careful not to insert the dropper too far into the ear.
– Massage the base of the ear for about 30 seconds to help the solution work its way into the ear canal.
– Use a cotton ball or pad to gently wipe away any excess solution and debris from the ear flap and surrounding area.
– Repeat on the other ear.
– Watch out for any signs of discomfort or pain, such as your cat pulling away or vocalizing. If you notice any of these signs, stop immediately and consult with your veterinarian.
– Avoid using cotton swabs or inserting anything into the ear canal, as this can cause injury or infection.
– Clean your Savannah cat’s ears regularly, about once a week, to prevent buildup of wax and debris.

Savannah Cat Dental Care

1. Start by getting your Savannah cat comfortable with having their mouth touched. Gently lift their lip and touch their teeth with your finger.

2. Once your cat is comfortable with having their mouth touched, introduce them to a toothbrush. Use a soft-bristled toothbrush designed for cats.

3. Apply a small amount of cat toothpaste to the toothbrush. Do not use human toothpaste as it can be harmful to cats.

4. Gently brush your Savannah cat’s teeth in a circular motion, focusing on the outer surfaces of the teeth.

5. Be sure to brush the back teeth, as these are the most prone to tartar buildup.

6. Brush for about 30 seconds on each side of the mouth.

7. Reward your Savannah cat with a treat or praise after brushing to make it a positive experience.

Recommended Frequency:

Brush your Savannah cat‘s teeth at least once a week to prevent tartar buildup and maintain good oral hygiene. If your cat is prone to dental issues, your veterinarian may recommend more frequent brushing.

Preventing Common Coat Issues

Pat yourself on the back for grooming your cat properly! That said, look out for the following:

Fleas and Ticks

– Use a flea comb to regularly check for fleas and ticks on your cat’s fur.
– Keep your cat indoors to reduce the risk of exposure to fleas and ticks.
– Use a veterinarian-approved flea and tick prevention medication to protect your cat from infestations.

Matted Hair/Fur

Savannah cats have a short, dense coat that is prone to matting if not brushed regularly. Use a slicker brush to remove any tangles and mats, and consider using a detangling spray to make the process easier.

Allergies and Skin Irritations

Savannah cats have sensitive skin and are prone to allergies. Regular grooming with a gentle brush and hypoallergenic shampoo can help prevent skin irritation.

How Often Should I Brush My Savannah Cat?

You should brush your Savannah cat at least once a week to keep their coat healthy and shiny. However, during shedding season, it’s recommended to brush them daily to prevent matting and hairballs.

Can I Use Human Shampoo on My Savannah Cat?

You should not use human shampoo on your Savannah cat. Human shampoo is formulated for human hair and can be too harsh for your cat’s delicate skin. It can strip their fur of natural oils and cause dryness and irritation. Instead, use a cat-specific shampoo that is gentle and pH-balanced for their skin.