states that allow Savannah cats

List of States that allow Savannah cats

Please check our list of states that allow Savannah cats before you begin your journey to own one.  Savannah cat legal ownership is very important to reputable breeders.  Many people ask, “is it legal to own a Savannah cat?”  Savannah cats are legal in many states because, after all, they are domestic cats once the cat is bred to a domestic per the USDA APHIS laws.  TICA (The International Cat Association) registers Savannahs and it is a domestic cat registry.  However, some states don’t allow ownership, such as Georgia.  In addition, other states as Texas allow them with very strict and almost impossible to obtain permits.

Many Texas breeders fly by the skin of their teeth and no Texas breeders can be a member unless we have their permit on record.  Consequently, we have no Texas members.  There are so many reasons why we are so strict about following the laws on states that allow Savannah cat ownership when placing one of our Savannah kittens.

One of the worst things that can happen to a Savannah cat is to settle in with its family only to be turned in and your cat is confiscated.  Consequently, many not-so-savory breeders will tell you not to worry and that Savannah cat laws are not really enforced.  Nothing is further from the truth.  In some states, a Savannah may be euthanized if confiscated.

Below is a short reference to the United States and if they allow, permit or ban Savannah cats.  Please take the time to look and also do further research.  Do not expect your responsible breeder to send one of their kittens to a home where ownership is not allowed.

Savannah Cat Legal Ownership State List

  • Alabama                  Allows all generations
  • Alaska                      F4 and later allowed
  • Arizona                    Allows all generations
  • Arkansas                 Allows all generations
  • California                Allows all generations
  • Colorado                F4 and later allowed,  ownership illegal in the city limits of Denver
  • Connecticut           Allows all generations
  • Delaware                Not allowed without a permit, fine for ownership
  • DC                           Allows all generations
  • Florida                     Allows all generations
  • Georgia                    Not allowed at all
  • Hawaii                      Ownership illegal
  • Idaho                       Allows all generations
  • Illinois                      Allows all generations
  • Indiana                    Allows all generations; some counties require permits
  • Iowa                         F4 and later allowed
  • Kansas                    Allows all generations
  • Kentucky                 Allows all generations
  • Louisiana                 Allows all generations
  • Maine                       Allows all generations
  • Maryland                 Allows all generations if the Savannah is under 30 pounds in weight
  • Massachusetts        F4 and later allowed
  • Michigan                  Allows all generations
  • Minnesota               Allows all generations
  • Mississippi               Allows all generations
  • Missouri                   Allows all generations
  • Montana                  Allows all generations
  • Nebraska:                     Not allowed at all.
  • Nevada:                        Allows all generations
  • New Hampshire:           F4 and later allowed
  • New Jersey:                 Allows all generations
  • New Mexico:                Allows all generations, some cities require permits
  • New York:                     F5 and later allowed; No generations allowed in NY City proper
  • North Carolina              Allows all generations
  • North Dakota                Allows all generations
  • Ohio                              Allows all generations
  • Oklahoma                     Allows all generations
  • Oregon                         Allows all generations; Some cities or counties may have restrictions
  • Pennsylvania               Allows all generations
  • Rhode Island               Not allowed at all
  • South Carolina            Allows all generations
  • South Dakota              Allows all generations
  • Tennessee                   Allows all generations
  • Texas                           Not allowed in most counties. Allowed in the following counties with strict permitting:  Aransas, Bell, Coryell, Ector, Guadalupe, Harris, Kaufman, Lubbock, Mason, Ward.  Montgomery must permit 1st through 3rd generation Savannahs; 4th and subsequent are allowed.
  • Utah                              Allows all generations
  • Vermont                       F4 and later allowed
  • Virginia                        Allows all generations
  • Washington                 Allows all generations; Seattle ownership is banned
  • West Virginia              Allows all generations
  • Wisconsin                  Allows all generations
  • Wyoming                   Allows all generations

To sum up, this information is provided as convenience and general information for LEGAL ownership.  Please, never try to sneak a Savannah cat into an area where it is not legal.


Check with your local, county, and state officials before you decide on a purchase of a Savannah Cat.  For further information and contact numbers please visit: Protection Status

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