A wild cat that isn’t: while bearing a striking resemblance to the wild African Serval, the Serengeti is all domestic. With their sleek, athletic build, leopard-like spots and a uniquely wild face, the Serengeti has obvious appeal. They’re considered a hybrid, but only because the breed was founded using the Bengal, a hybrid breed directly descended from the Asian leopard cat and a domestic cat.
Loving and loyal, the Serengeti is a trustworthy and dynamic companion. If you’re looking for a quiet fireside companion, this breed may not be for you. The energetic Serengeti will make your house a race track, and a fun game might be waiting just under the bed to pounce your feet when you walk by. But don’t mistake their inexhaustible enthusiasm for disinterest in you: the Serengeti has earned the nickname “Velcro cat” for their desire to stick by your side. Just be aware that whatever you doing looks like a potentially fun game to your Serengeti!
The Serengeti is the result of crossing a Bengal with an Oriental Shorthair. The idea was to create a breed of cat that looked like a Wild African Serval, but without the wild blood (as is the case with the Safari cat).
Appearance / health:
The Serengeti is a medium sized cat, long and lean with an upright posture. The legs are long and strong with medium oval feet. Their thick tail tapers slightly from base to tip and is medium in length. The neck is long and without taper from shoulders to the base of the skull. The head is somewhat wedge-shaped, longer than it is wide with a medium-sized muzzle and full, rounded whisker pads. The bridge of the nose is somewhat wide and forms a flat plane from forehead to nose-tip. Their ears are quite large proportionally, with a wide base and rounded tips. They sit upright and close together on the top of the head. The eyes are widely space, large and round. The eyes come in shades of gold, yellow, and shades from hazel to light green.
The Serengeti has a short, tight coat, dense, but with a silky texture. They are recognized in tabby, solid, and silver/smoke. The tabby coat may have a light beige or gold background with black or dark brown spots. The solid coat is only recognized in solid black, though very faint “ghost spotting” may sometimes be seen. The silver/smoke division recognizes black silver spotted tabbies, and black smoke. Though it is not officially recognized by the breed registries, the Serengeti has also been known to come in a snow spotted, or lynx point, variety.
Behavior / temperament:
Confident, athletic, and agile, the Serengeti is not for those desiring a quiet life. This very active cat seems to believe if somewhere is worth going, it’s worth getting their fast. They like to zip through the house, and they have a gift for leaping and climbing to the highest shelves and nooks. They are endlessly playful and will delight in interactive games like fetch or chasing toys.
Though the Serengeti is not a lap cat, they are loving and loyal once they get to know their families. The Serengeti will be ever by your side, inviting themselves to take part in everything you do. They’re something of a vocal cat, and will enjoy it if you take part in polite conversation with them. They will not do well if left alone for long periods of the day, and may benefit from similarly enthusiastic feline companionship. The Serengeti is bests with older children, as their exuberance and spontaneity may startle and frighten young children.
loving temper, lovely personality, wild look
There are so many misconceptions about raw feeding and I hope to quickly properly educate you so making an opinion for yourself is easier. I am a certified nutritionist for dogs and cats and the moment I finished my education I knew I needed to make better choices for my own personal dogs in regards to how I fed them. There are pros and cons to any feeding method so I cannot say it's going to be easy to know exactly what choices to make. The doubtful mind always says no, so anyone unfamiliar with anything is always hesitant. I see that a lot with other professionals in the field, specifically veterinarians. I am fortunate to have an integrative veterinarian who 100% supports this feeding method. Lets talk about the pros as there are many. There is no possible way to dispute that a dog's but especially a cat's digestive system and teeth are designed for a diet of animal tissue, they are carnivores. Having jagged teeth throughout their mouth and a very short digestive tract, their bodies are not equipped to properly process plant material. Think of a cow's or sheep's flat teeth, made for grinding plants, and their 4 chambered stomachs, made to digest and assimilate nutrients from plants. They are herbivores. Feeding a diet of dry dog food, which is very heavy in plant based ingredients of many varieties,synthetic vitamins, and taste additives reeks havoc on their entire body systems over time. Some say feeding raw is expensive and time consuming. I'm part of a group with thousands and thousands of raw feeders around the world and we completely disagree. If you can follow a simple recipe you can make raw food for your pet. Learning how to shop for ingredients on sale and making relationships with local butchers is all you need to make it affordable. I feed two dogs raw cheaper than I wold purchasing an average quality dry food. It CAN be done if your pet's lifetime of health is important to you. There are so many support systems out there for this approach, it truly couldn't be any easier. The shelf life of raw food is far longer than that of dry food. Did you know that the nutrients and quality of dry food diminishes with the passing of each day? My dog's food is kept in a deep freezer and put in the refrigerator for thawing each night, ready for the next day. Freezing locks in all nutrients and can be kept for years without spoiling. Does your dog suffer from chronic conditions like ear infections and skin issues? Did you ever think it could be food related? Well let me tell you that it is. I have assisted with completely eradicating a host of chronic health issues in dogs and cats with diet alone. To most recently include a chihuahua with disc disease and no use of his hind legs. He now climbs steps and runs. He is 12 years old. No other therapy than a raw diet, regular massage, and one veterinary acupuncture visit. Let's talk about the cons. Now, most freeze dried and premade raw can be expensive for the amount you get. Feeding freeze dried is mostly for convenience. I use it when I need convenience like a weekend camping trip. I enjoy making my dog's food. There a lot of satisfaction in it for me. There is so much talk about bacteria like salmonella and e.coli when someone references raw food. Can it be present in raw food? Of course! But, did you know that your dry food can and does have the same bacteria? Dry and canned pet food recalls are a very common for bacteria. I have 100% control over the ingredients, processing, and storing of my pets raw food. Proper handling and sourcing of raw ingredients can and does deeply diminish the probability of bacteria. What about parasites? Again, yes of course raw materials can have parasites. As can dry and canned mass produced pet food. And again, the proper handling and sourcing of these ingredients remove this concern. (As a note: I have been raw feeding for over 5 years and NOT ONE of my dogs or clients have been treated for parasites or bacterial issues) Proper formulation can be a con to raw feeding. Honestly, its ridiculously easy. But without the proper ratio of ingredients you can cause issues. Companies make you think it is hard. They want to make you buy their product. It's a marketing scheme that works and unfortunately affects our pets negatively. I hope this review can shed light into the seemingly scary world of raw feeding. Educate yourselves and don't be afraid to jump in head first. Your pet's health and quality of life will be all the proof you need to know this is without a doubt the best decision you have ever made. .
From Megan S 58 days ago