Savannah Cat™ Care
Welcoming Your Cat Home
When it comes to raising F1 Savannah Kittens into adulthood the philosophy is to "Expect only what you put into your Savannah Cat". If you provide proper daily care of exercise, mental stimulation and positive reinforcement training while young, it will result into healthy well-adjusted adults.
If you're considering adopting a F1 Savannah Kitten you will need to preform kitten-proofing, obtain necessary care items and provide an additional room (optional). As a cat owner you also need crucial details on how to provide proper exercise that is both physically adequate and mentally enriching (tips below).
Before bringing home you kitten you will need to kitten-proof your home. This ensure your kitten's safety as well as your own. Kittens are lively and curious, which can lead them into serious trouble unless you take preventative measures. A kitten has a lower vantage point than yours, like a crawling baby, and may be attracted to things you do not see when you are standing.
After bringing home your new kitten you must quarantine. Quarantine is a time frame of 2-3 weeks of personal one-on-one time with new owner(s). Rushing the introduction process can result in a scared, skittish and unsure feline that can result in unruly behavior at your fault not the cat.
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Milk For Weaning Period or Bonding
Option #1: Zupreem Exotic Feline Diet
Option #2: Natures Variety Instinct Can Food
Option #3: Orijen Free Run Chicken, Turkey & Wild Caught Fish (grain free)
Option #4: We feed kittens a properly balanced raw diet once a day that we buy prepackaged (Ground chicken bones & organs) from HARE TODAY. We always leave out dry food. Providing a balanced raw diet is key otherwise raw is not a healthier option. Raw is the healthiest option for your cat. Switching to raw should not upset your cat’s stomach.
Supplements: Our Veterinarian recommends the Tomlyn Immune Support L-Lysine Powder Cat Supplement. It is a veterinarian formulated supplement that supports your cat’s immune system, respiratory and eye health. Taste tested and loved by cats and kittens, safe and effective for cats of all ages. Especially good for kittens going to a new home dealing with the stress of relocation.
Currently we are using Dr. W. Jean Dodd's vaccination protocol. This protocol is now being adopted by ALL 27 North American veterinary schools. Important to note that mom's antibodies are not completely gone till 16 weeks thus shots given earlier may have no effect. Shots are given 3-4 weeks apart, never give a booster shot when a cat shows signs of being sick.
Parasites are a common occurrence in cats as they are easily contracted through drinking water or simple touch of infected surfaces, some parasites can live weeks without a host with prevalence rates as high as 45 percent. The parasites can be worm-like (e.g., stomach worms, roundworms, hookworms, tapeworms) or one-celled (e.g., Isospora, Giardia, Toxoplasma) organisms. We recommend giving "revolution" which is a topical application given once a month to prevent, control, and treat parasite infections. The active ingredient is selamectin, which interferes with the parasite's nervous system. It is an effective heartworm preventive, killing the immature form of the heartworm. It kills adult fleas and prevents flea eggs from hatching for one month. It is also used for the treatment and control of ear mites and sarcoptic mange. Revolution also treats and controls roundworm and hookworm infections.
Exercise is where a cat can expend its pent-up energy. There have been more and more tests showing that cats kept inside can become bored and develop cat serious psychological problems. These issues can present themselves in many ways such as destroying furniture or not using litter boxes. We suggest a combination of real interaction (playing sessions with a cat wand, clicker training, harness training) and interactive toys (cat wheels, wall of shelves, cat trees).
Harness training a Savannah Cat is like training a puppy. Patience and perseverance are key, this will not happen overnight. Walking on a leash requires extensive time, patience and positive reinforcement to achieve. Never allow a cat to walk out of a door even on a harness, you do not want to teach a cat that walking out of a door will result in outside access. As soon as you get your kitten and they have settled in you should start with the following steps;
Best Friend Animal Society’s Dr. Frank has a fantastic video on YouTube detailing clicker training methods. After 9,000 years of living with humans, scientists state that all cat breeds remain only semi-domesticated. If you want your cat to obey your needs, you need to make training worthwhile.
Website Link: www.ClickerTraining.com
AdventureCats.org is the first and only resource for information on safely exploring the great outdoors with your feline friend. The site is run by a passionate group of outdoorsy cat lovers who want to challenge negative stereotypes about cats and their owners. Not all cats are content to simply watch the world through the window. Meet the fearless felines who accompany their humans on outdoor excursions and learn safe and fun ways your cat can become an adventure cat.
Website Link: www.AdventureCats.org
We use clumping cat litter (red color tidy cat) in a storage tote, preferably the large or extra-large size. The longer width, the better. Younger kittens get a low sided storage tote. We suggest you start with a low sided tote at first until the cat is established. We do not suggest lightweight tidy cat only because it gets everywhere and painfully clumps in-between toes.
Problems using litterboxes are often a sign something is wrong. Stemming from either inappropriate box size, box location, cleanliness of the box, litter type/feel on the foot, stress level, insecurity, dirty houses or even illness. Regardless of the cause you need to address the issue immediately to prevent on going issues and also the cat’s well-being.
Trimming your cat’s nails should be done weekly to every other week to avoid destruction of objects. Start young so your cat is used to the process. Run out your cat’s energy first and wait for him to be sleepy. Scruff the neck, bring the paw to the scruff and trim the nails with the other free hand.
Website Link: www.YouTube.com/watch?v=Ut886IEvn9w
The Cat Coach
Marilyn Krieger, noted Certified Cat Behavior Consultant known as The Cat Coach, is an internationally recognized cat behavior specialist and award-winning author. She offers on-site, Skype and Face Time consultation sessions throughout the world. Marilyn works directly with clients as well as through veterinarian referrals. Her intelligent, capable advice solves diverse behavior problems for all breeds of cats. Marilyn, a graduate of University of California, Davis and San Jose State University (MA), is certified through the International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants. She is the former chair of the Cat Division and former member of the board of directors of the IAABC.
Outdoor Cat Enclosures
f kept inside only an enclosure is not required to have a Savannah Cat. However no cat of any breed should be allowed to roam freely outside. Roaming freely is dangerous with a high injury and death rate. The Savannah Cat is not a very good hunter even though they may look the part, all cases of the breed found after being lost have been in very rough shape with low body score (Thin). Should your cat desire outside play it is suggested provide walling on a harness or to acquire a outdoor enclosure. Try to get or build an enclosure that has perches and room to play.
K9 Kennel Store
Offering a variety of wall shelves and cat enclosures.
Chewy has free 1-2 day delivery over a certain dollar amount. Offering many items including name brand foods at reasonable prices.
The Cat Connection is retail shop located in Texas but ships. Many cat wands options you can’t find elsewhere.
Kuranda offers cat beds and cat towers with a chew proof design. No fabric. Comfortable, easy to clean and made in the USA.
Kitty Holster® offers award-winning, difficult-to-escape cat harnesses. They are US-made, soft, comfortable walking vests that secure with ultra-strong velcro closures to keep your cat safe and sound.
Kitty Kasa offers stackable plastic cubes that are well made and easy to clean. Many colors.
The Refined Feline is to replace the unattractive, aesthetically displeasing cat furniture that is currently in living rooms with sleek, modern furniture that owners.
Walmart… wait did I say Walmart? Walmart online offers a cat tree brand called “New Cat Condos”. These trees often have free shipping and are as well made as pet stores you can visit locally.
Custom Cages offers high quality enclosures that are powder coated. They also offer a Single Safety Catch that attaches to any door way to prevent cats from escaping.
Cats On Deck offers PVC lightweight modular cat enclosures.
Hare Today offers hormone, antibiotic & preservative-free raw meats & treats.
RodentPro.com® has provided premium quality feeder animals to the reptile, birds of prey, aquatic and carnivore communities since 1993.
Cat Spaces offers DYI instructions building a cat enclosure.