Is the Serval Cat a Good Pet?


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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.

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Is the Serval Cat a Good Pet?
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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.

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