What is a Serval?
The serval is the 5th largest cat in Africa and have a very special beauty. They seem to be magical creatures just like a unicorn but we have to keep in mind they are still wild animals.
Their size is approximately 24 to 26 inches at the shoulder, they weight between 20 to 40 pounds and in the wild have a territory that can go up to 4 square miles. They can jump 10 feet high without blinking and are a predatory specie. They can live up to 20 years in captivity.
Before adopting a Serval cat
The best way to feed your serval is to copy what they are eating in the wild and to give them a similar menu. Small whole prey aren’t inexpensive but this is what we recommend: quails, rabbit, mice, rats, chicks, chicken and fish.
They are not cats or dogs and needs to be treated accordingly, make sure your veterinarian has done his research on serval and exotics before doing any procedure that involves sedation, anesthesia or pain killers.
We train our cubs to use the litter box and we are using pine pellets as litter. We always recommend 2 boxes and training pads.
You need a completely secure and extensive outside environment for your serval. Their facility must include an indoor and an outdoor fenced area with trees and plants for natural shading and climbing. They need fresh running water all the time so a pond is a good idea.
Before committing to a serval you need to do your homework and do lots of reading and research. Servals are not lap cats and they eats a lot and takes a lot of time for their constant socialization and quality time. If you work a 9-5 job , serval is probably a bad decision for both of you.