How much are your F2 Savannah kittens? Why are they so expensive?

    There are several reasons Savannah cats are expensive. An F1 Savannah (the first generation away from the African Serval) is usually a cross between a male Serval, which is 20-40 lbs and a ~10-12 lb female Savannah/domestic cat. There is a big difference in size and not every Serval will mate with a smaller domestic cat. Additionally, not every domestic cat succeeds at carrying F1 offspring to term since the gestation period is 65 days for domestic cats and up to 77 days for Servals. This is why F1 Savannahs remain so rare and expensive.
     There are two main reasons F2 Savannahs are also expensive. Since breeders take on an extremely high cost for the F1 Savannah female with breeding rights (~$20,000) some of this cost is passed on to the F2 kittens. More importantly, there is increased difficulty producing the F2 kitten in comparison to producing later generations. Miscarriage is more common due to the difference in gestation time. F1-F4 male Savannahs are sterile. F5 males (first generation where SOME males are fertile) are much smaller than F1 females, and usually males need to be larger than females to be physically capable of breeding. This size difference causes mating difficulties. F1 females sometimes carry the pheremones related to the Serval instead of the domestic cat and often times the male is not as attracted to the scent. Since Serval females choose their mates, F1 females can be very choosy with what male cats they will breed with and may refuse several suitors. F1 females can have silent heat cycles that are hard to spot, so breeders can miss opportunities to breed, adding to the difficulty. Generally F1 and F2 litters are quite small (1-3 kittens).

F2 Top Quality Pet ranges between $6,000-$7,500

If you check other breeders you will see there are F2s being sold for more.

This price does NOT include breeding rights.

F1= First generation after the African Serval

                                        (Serval is a parent)

F2= Second generation after the African Serval

                                        (Serval is a grandparent)

Males are usually sterile until the 5th or 6th generation

F1A mother x F5A father = F2B Kittens
F1A mother x outcross father = F2A Kittens
F2B mother x F5B father = F3C Kittens
F2B mother x F5A father = F3B Kittens
F2A mother x F5C father = F3B Kittens
F2B mother x F5 SBT father = F3C Kittens
F3B mother x F5 SBT father = F4C Kittens
F4B mother x F5C father = F5C Kittens
F3C mother x F5C father = F4 SBT Kittens

F5B x F5C = F6C Kittens
F5C x F5 SBT = F6 SBT Kittens
SBT mother x SBT father = SBT Kittens

SBT= Stud Book Traditional (fully domestic)

BST= Brown Spotted Tabby

   Most of my kittens are reserved when they are 4-6 weeks old from people on my waiting list. Email me telling me a bit about yourself and pets and I can put you on the waiting list. When I have kittens born I update the waiting list, and when I have kittens turn 4 weeks old, I send out their photos and prices to the waiting list in order of inquiry for the opportunity to place a deposit on your kitten of choice. A $300 non-refundable deposit reserves your Bengal kitten of choice. A $1000 non-refundable deposit reserves your F2 Savannah kitten of choice. The deposit goes toward the price of the kitten. The remaining balance is due at pick-up or a week before shipping.

How do I reserve a kitten from you?

Comments from people who have adopted my kittens:

   For those who spend long hours at work or away from the house and are worried about their kitten/cat getting lonely or bored, giving your Bengal or Savannah a buddy to play with will help stimulate and entertain them. Although, there’s nothing like their owner’s love! If you get a second kitten from a future litter or the same litter, a discount ($100 for Bengal kittens and $350 for F2 Savannah kittens) will be applied at that time.

Rosette markings

(A desirable trait)

   Bengal kittens are individually priced according to desirable traits and age.

Kittens are evaluated based on the TICA standard of desirable traits (head shape, eyes, ear size, jaw/chin, whisker pads body structure etc.) as well as the coat pattern (markings, contrast, rosettes, rib barring, etc).

Bengal kitten prices generally range between $1,100-$2,200.

Pet Quality ranges between $1,100-$1,500
Top Quality Pet or Show Quality ranges between $1,600-$2,200.
These prices do NOT include Breeding Rights.

   Top Quality or Show Quality kittens are superb in desirable traits from structure to coat pattern to temperament. Show quality does not mean you need to show your cat.

    Now and again I show my cats to see firsthand what the judges are looking for. TICA registration paperwork will be given with proof of spay or neuter.

Please inquire for show/breeder or Breeder prices and information.

   Hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HCM) is the most common heart disease in cats, whether they are randomly bred or purebred.

   It is a heart muscle disease in which the papillary muscles (the muscles in the left ventricle that anchor the mitral valve) and the walls of the left ventricle become abnormally thickened.
   Genetically, HCM has variable expression; which means some cats are severely affected, others are only mildly to moderately affected, and the disease can present itself any time in the cat’s life. Some cats may not have physical evidence of the disease yet produce affected offspring. HCM is autosomal dominant, meaning one parent has to have the gene for their kittens to inherit it.
   Therefore, we have our parent cats repeatedly tested for HCM by a certified cardiologist specialist. These tests are very expensive (up to $600 per test, per cat, each time) but it is worth it to take all the precautions we can to avoid breeding a cat with an abnormal evaluation. We take all the precautions we can to produce healthy kittens, no matter the expense. Health comes first in our breeding program.

   Our goal is to produce healthy kittens, and we do everything in our power to ensure every cat and kitten in our cattery is in top health. When you decide on a specific kitten, I offer you a health guarantee which warrants against any fatal genetic defect for two years and guarantees your kitten is healthy when you receive him/her. Your kitten will come to you already vaccinated at least twice (FVRCP) and routinely dewormed.

   There are a couple options for letting your cat outdoors.

   A secure outdoor enclosure in your backyard for them to visit works great. (Do not leave your cat outdoors unattended for long periods of time for safety reasons.)
   Check your local hardware store (Lowes, Home Depot, ACE etc.) for large dog kennels. They make great outdoor enclosures for an ADULT Bengal or Savannah that has been spayed/neutered. Be sure to secure a top to your kennel so your cat does not escape! Galvanized steel fencing (fencing with squares, not chain link) works great! It can be cut to size and easily, tightly secured with zip ties.

Some choose to walk their Bengals or Savannahs on a harness and leash.

These are two safe options that allow your cat outdoors without the dangers of free-roaming.
   A word of caution: If you feel bad about not letting your cat outdoors when it wants, you will feel even worse when you find them hit by a car, attacked by a coyote, or terminally ill with a disease they contracted from one of the neighborhood alley cats. These things are COMMON with outdoor roaming cats. Your expensive exotic cat could also end up in someone else’s home... for good. Once you start letting them out to roam, they will always expect it.

   Several different aspects go into raising a confident, loving kitten. The kittens are raised from birth in an enclosure in our dining area where they hear voices, vacuums, dishes, kitchen appliances and everyday household noises people make. We start them out very close to their litter box, and once they are litter trained (usually when they start eating wet/dry food) they can start exploring the rest of the house. When kittens are solely raised in a back room, they are used to a quiet environment so they may be more easily frightened by loud noises or sudden movements. They are picked up and rubbed everyday from day one so they associate humans with their maternal bonding process. The kittens sleep with us from 8 weeks old which we believe strengthens the kitten-human bond and allows your kitten to bond with you sooner. Over years of breeding, we have developed a system of socializing kittens that works very well to raise confident, people-bonded Bengals that love attention and affection.

    Most Bengals get along great with children and enjoy their high levels of energy. Here at LeopardCraze, we socialize our kittens from an early age with children so they are familiar with them before you receive your kitten. Children need to be coached on how to approach a cat/kitten slowly, to not chase them and to be gentle. Toddlers should not be left alone with a small kitten. If you have children and a Bengal, is a good idea to trim the kitten’s nails on a regular basis to prevent accidental scratching. Just as you should with any breed of cat. 

If you have any other questions, please feel free to contact me at

How much are your Bengal kittens? Price range?

Do you ship kittens?   Yes!  Click HERE      

What are the ugly FUZZIES and how will my kitten's coat change?   Click HERE

My cat wants to go outside, should I let him/her?

How do you socialize your kittens to make them so friendly and bonded?

What is HCM and why do you test for it?

Do you offer a health guarantee?  Yes!

Do most Bengals like water?    Yes

Do you give a discount if I take a pair?  Yes!

Do most Bengals do well with kids?   Yes!

Have questions about kitten care? Click HERE

   Many Bengals actually bond with dogs. Although it is important that the dog does not chase or nip at your Bengal and that they are gradually introduced.

Is it true that most Bengals and dogs get along?  Yes!

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