Welcoming a Savannah kitten into your home is a lengthy commitment that may span 15-20 years. It will be a life-changing event, granting you the privilege of caring for a creature of dignity and self-respect. Following are some tips that will help make the transition to your kitten’s new home easier.
Bringing your Kitten Home
Being away from mom and littermates can be an unsettling time for a kitten so you must give your new kitten time to adjust. Keep his or her new surroundings as quiet and stress free as possible. It is recommended that you keep your Savannah kitten in a separate room such as a bathroom, where he or she can't hide under anything—complete with litter box, food, water, bed and toys. Allow your kitten to come out of the crate on his or her own. Some Savannahs will eagerly come out of their crate right away while others may require some coaxing with a toy or treat. Once your kitten comes out of the crate, you should show him or her where the litter box is, gently placing him or her inside. Offer some food and water and let your kitten explore on his or her own until you see that he or she is getting comfortable with her new home.
If you have other pets, a one week minimum quarantine period for your kitten is recommended. This protects your kitten as well as your other pets from passing on an unnoticed virus. Since kittens are stressed during a transition period, their immunity is generally weakened and they are more susceptible to illness. While it is common for an adult animal with a strong immune system to carry viral strains that don't affect them, a kitten with a weakened immune system, exposed to the same virus, could easily contract the virus. So keeping your kitten separate for a minimum of one week is very important. Once your kitten is comfortable in the small room, he or she can be allowed access to more of the house. When your kitten readily comes to you to play and socialize, you can permit him or her more run of the home. And once your kitten has run of the house, we recommend keeping several litter boxes throughout the house for the first couple of months. As your kitten starts to explore, be sure to sit him or her into the new litter boxes several times during the first few days. Even with multiple boxes available, we recommend you give your kitten time in his or her original room to encourage your kitten to take time to eat and drink, use the litter box, and rest.
Feeding your Savannah
Our kittens are weaned on a diet of boiled chicken with an added vitamin supplement. We also feed our cats and kittens Royal
Canin Baby Cat and Kitten dry food. Dry food is left out at all times for free-feeding.
It is best to feed your new kitten the same food that he or she has been used to eating. Any change
in diet should be done gradually, over a period of several days, adding a little more of the new food each day. This will prevent digestive problems.
The main goal of any feeding
program should be to obtain the optimum nutrition available for your kitten. When choosing dry or canned food, read the label. The first ingredient should be a meat or poultry
product. Even though this type of cat food is more expensive, your kitten will eat less since a smaller amount will satisfy her nutritional requirements. A serving of cooked chicken or
beef heart, kidney, liver, or other meat is a good snack. You'll be amazed at how much your Savannah will enjoy a treat occasionally. Treats are okay as long as they do not become a main
dish. Too many treats steal the appetite and keeps the kitten from getting the nutrients he or she needs from the primary cat food.
It is best to use the same litter your kitten is accustomed to using to avoid any mishaps. We use Tidy Cats clumping litter. If you
decide to switch brands, please do so after two weeks time and do it gradually. Sometimes a kitten will refuse to use the litter box if he or she doesn't recognize the litter.
Savannah cats and kittens love to play and they can be quite rough with their toys. Typical cat toys like fuzzy mice and feathered birds can be quite fun to chase around but since the Savannah likes to chew, we prefer that those toys are played with only under supervision. We like to give our cats and kittens toys that they can't chew apart. Small dog toys are very durable and work best for a Savannah.
Declawing is an inhumane practice and we do not endorse or recommend it. Declawing amputates the first joint of the toe. When cat furniture is available, your cat will use it. You can discourage your kitten away from the sofa or chair with a spritz of water from a spray bottle or by putting double-sided tape on the corners of the couch. Claws may be clipped every month or so, and a product called Soft Paws has been very successful in inhibiting undesirable scratching.
If you feel that you are ready to welcome a mamber into your family, then you have chosen well in selecting a Savannah kitten.
Savannahs get along very well with children and dogs as well as other cats. Your Savannah will be your best friend— preferring your company in whatever you are doing.
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