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Serengeti

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Serengeti

The Serengeti offers a wild appearance within a domestic cat. They are medium-boned and resemble a long-legged African wild cat. The coat is yellow to gold in color with a pattern of widely spaced black spots. Some places on their bodies, including their stomachs, whisker pads, chin, throat and jowl, can be slightly lighter in color. The ears are very large, rounded at the tips and are directly on top of the head with black backs and an "eye-spot". The large, round eyes are gold to amber in color with green also being accepted. The neck is long and thick. The long tail rounds at the end. Although the Serengeti favors Serval cats, there has been no need to introduce Serval blood into the Serengeti cat.

Temperament The Serengeti is open, friendly and self-assured. They get along fine with other pets as long as they are introduced to them. This active cat is vocal, but not as much as their oriental ancestors. This breed loves to climb and chase toys.
Weight Male Weight: 10-15 lbs.; Female Weight: 8-12 lbs.
Health Problems The Serengeti is relatively free of serious health problems but make sure you purchase from a reputable breeder and that the breeder has screened for related health problems. Make sure you ask for a written health guarantee.
Living Conditions Keeping your Serengeti indoors and in a protected environment is your cat's safest recourse. If you take your pet outdoors, train them to use a lease or harness.
Exercise This breed is active and needs no coaxing to get it to exercise. Provide your cat with ample room to play and run. Make sure you provide a steady supply of interactive toys if it is kept indoors most of the time.
Life Expectancy 12-15 years
Grooming This breed requires very little grooming. Their coat is short, fine and naturally shiny. Brush weekly to remove any dead hairs.
Origin The Serengeti is the result of an experimental crossing of the Bengal and the Oriental Shorthair breeds. This new breed was created by Karen Sausman of Kingsmark Cattery in California in 1994. American Serengeti cats have larger ears than the UK breeds due to the ears that were inherited from the American Orientals. The Serengeti is accepted by TICA in the Traditional category.