You asked all the right questions, you have picked out your kitten and waited what seemed like forever and you are ready to start loving on that cute little, purring fur ball. Here are some helping hints for Savannah kitten care.
Bringing your kitten home
Savannah kitten care for your new baby means quarantine. At first, your new kitten should stay in a small room, away from any other pets. It can easily find its food, water, litter, and get to know you that way. This is also your time to bond with your new fur baby. It is a good idea for the breeder to include a kitten care sheet with specifics regarding the above. Your breeder should also be able to recommend a pet insurance company, should you decide you want to insure your new kitten. Your new Savannah kitten can join you when they are at least 12 weeks old (TICA recommends a minimum of 12 weeks of age). This helps the babies in many ways. They are confident, have the time to socialize and are old enough to be away from their mother.
Your new Savannah kitten does not require any “special” veterinary care and should be up to date on all age appropriate vaccinations, wormed, and come with a certified veterinary health certificate and a FeLV, and FIV, test also called a SNAP test. In addition, a Savannah Cat Association breeder should supply fecal and respiratory PCR test results. It is also very important to know that your kitten, or the parents of the kitten (by parentage), are free from PK Deficiency (Pyruvate Kinase Deficiency), PRA (Progressive Retinal Atrophy). Also, have respiratory and fecal PCR’s. We also suggest noting your kittens file at your veterinarian’s office to include No Ketamine or Ketamine cocktails and recommend routine checkups, as with any pet.
Savannah Cats can eat the same food as any other domestic cat. Keep in mind that they should always be given good quality food whether it be a raw diet or a grain-free diet that you choose. Always transition your new kitten gradually if you choose to change their diet from what they currently eat. This is to help avoid an upset stomach.
Savannah cats are known for having a “dog-like” personality, and of course, a lot of energy! Take your Savannah for a walk with a proper harness and leash. Playing fetch, or simply let them chase a feather wand. are some ways to stimulate your kitten and don’t forget that some Savannahs love WATER!
Savannah cats are also very intelligent and we suggest childproofing your home so your new kitty doesn’t find enrichment in places he shouldn’t. Opening cabinets and even doors can be a breeze for some Savannahs. Monitor all your kitten’s toys for pieces that can be bitten or chewed off and remove them and discard when needed. Bells and stuffing are just a couple of things that can cause a nasty intestinal blockage in your kitten. Also, some plants are poisonous and can even be deadly to your kitten/cats so make sure your plants are safe for your new fur kids.
Savannah cats like their litter boxes to clean. Some even prefer two boxes, one for each task. Your kitten should come litter trained. Always transition him/her gradually if you choose to change their litter from what they are accustomed to. This will help to prevent unwanted accidents.
The most important Savannah Kitten Care
Finally, enjoy your baby Savannah and give him lots of love and attention. If you are away from the home many hours per day consider a playmate for your kitten.