Servals do not make good pets. While they can form a strong bond with one human, they often do not transfer well to a new home or new owner. They are usually less social as adults than as juveniles and they can also be aggressive and prone to escape.
Servals have been kept as pets since ancient Egypt but remain essentially wild animals even if hand-raised. They need large, secure runs with plenty of space for exercise, places to climb and water for swimming. They also need special diets and health care. Black Pine Animal Sanctuary, a non-profit exotic animal sanctuary and education center, recommends that anyone considering keeping a serval should get advice from people who have owned servals for at least five years.