For many people, bringing home their baby is an exciting and proud moment in the family. For cat lovers, and in this case, those who get their first Savannah cat kitten, it is as thrilling experience. To many people, this breed of cat is simply a hybrid house cat and African serval combined. To you, this is your new baby. This post is all about things you can due to prepare for your new Savannah cat.
Most important is that you want to be ready to take care of him through all his cat life cycles, from the first few days right up until he is a full grown Savannah cat.
If your new feline is a kitten or an adult, preparing for his arrival ahead of time is key to a smooth introduction to his new forever home.
Here are 7 Cat Supplies to Prepare You for Your new Savannah Kitten and Cat
Your new kitten should include raw food for his diet. Checking with a vet and also doing your own research is essential for designing his menu.
All cats like to pounce, climb and scratch and this breed cat is no different. If your new Savannah is a kitten, there will be different size climbing apparatus to consider (just like a house kitten).
A cat scratching post is perfect as a piece of climbing furniture for a baby.
But a full grown might need something more robust. When considering larger climbers, many cat owners incorporate a wall climber too so there is less clutter on the floor. Designing a full out cat amusement park can be fun, especially when you make it aesthetically pleasing for your home.
Cat Scratcher and Posts
Your new Savannah cat needs lots of places to scratch. You have so many great options these days including poles, cardboard and carpeted areas. He will be so grateful and so will your furniture! You can save some money and start out with a nice big one he can grow into.
Cat Litter and Cat Litter Box
This one seems so obvious but it is super important to bring up because you’ll want to get a big enough box plus litter that works for you and your home. Some cats (many) do not like scented cat litter because in their mind it draws attention to their enemies finding them. Cats cover up their droppings to hide the smell.
Cat Litter Scoop
A good hearty scoop is so important. You do not want a flimsy scoop for your new Savannah cat’s poops. I personally love the stainless steel one purchased right on Amazon and delivered to my door.
You will want to be sure and grab good cleaning supplies specific to cats and dogs. You can read about a few ways we recommend cleaning up cat urine in The Right Way to Keep a Cat’s Litter Box Clean. Or you can simply have a spoiler alert; the best is Rocco’s and Roxy.
Many cat behavioral problems stem from bored kitty cats and a Savannah cat will need even more stimulation than a regular house cat. Having lots of fun toys to play with is important. This breed of cat especially loves cat wands! Getting a starter pack can save you time and money. You can also interchange the different pieces to keep him stimulated. Plus, interchanging them will show you which one is his favorite for future stocking orders.
Are Savannah Cats Friendly?
You bet they are! But just like any cat, they need their own personal space. The friendlier you and your family are, the better chance of raising a wonderfully outgoing and loving pet.
To be sure your new kitty is comfortable, be sure your entire family is on the same page on how to tend to his needs. Everyone needs to get to know the new cat. This means adjusting their lives to the latest member of the family, lots of petting, feeding times, litter box training, more. Some preparation is essential and can make the transition and bonding with the family move a little faster.
Out of All the Cat Breeds, how are Savannah Cats Different?
Are Savannah Cats Aggressive?
Savannah cats have a lot of energy. For that reason, if they are not exercised regularly and provided lots of ways to act out their normal tendencies, they can be destructive.
While Savannah cats are domesticated, their personality is close to those of wilder cats that you would see at the local shelter. Having a more realistic expectation will help your cat behave in its first few weeks home. These specific cat breeds are intelligent and highly active and will need time to warm up to its new home and family.
If you know the filial generation of your Savannah cat, then this can help you plan. The lower this number, the wilder your cat will be. It’ll be closer in mannerisms to its ancestors. Though this isn’t a bad thing, your cat will need more exercise and more time to warm up to its new home. Your house, however, will need more cat proofing. Please do your best to plan for this as it’ll make things go smoothly.
Tips for a Smooth Transition
- Have extra time set aside for your new cat. These cat breeds need lots of exercise and attention the first few weeks it is home. This is essential and is considered a small price to pay over a shredded sofa. So, it’s best to bring a Savannah cat home over a long weekend so you can spend extra time with it and increase the bond between you both. If you are working a lot or have planned a vacation, this could give your cat a lot of anxiety and destructive behavior in the cat. A cat sitter or other family member can help greatly.
- Give them a small cozy spot to call their own. Small and confined spaces make a cat feel safe. It also gives them the newfound freedom to choose where they sleep. For Savannah cats, don’t feel offended if the cat needs some alone time. We all do at some point, and these cat breeds are no different. Create a cat-proof place that is small and even a little dark or a cat cave to help them out. Make sure it has the following things: Safety, privacy from small children or dogs, have accessibility at all times so they can go to it whenever they want and freedom of movement. Don’t assume that locking your cat in a crate will be adequate. This needs to be a place your cat chooses to go to and move around freely.
- A kitty quarantine is essential. It sounds like a weird thing to do, but if you have other pets, you should separate your new feline companion from the others for at least five days. This gives everyone a good chance to adjust. It will also reduce fighting and territorial issues that may arise. There is also the prevention of possible infections. Once this time is up, introduce your cat to the animals gradually. Make sure everyone can get away if needed, and all good behavior should be rewarded. Don’t leave them alone with the other pets unless they have spent many hours together already. This should be observed to see their reactions in case something bad happens.
- Plenty of exercise is critical. The more activity your cat has, the more well-behaved it will be. An unexercised cat gets anxious, and their behavior will get poor. This is double the trouble with Savannah cats as they come from a long line of wild cats.
- Cats love familiarity. They feel they’re most comfortable around any smells they find familiar. If you can bring something from their old home to the new one, this can help your cat feels safe. Some of these things can be an old toy, blanket, or another item. Even the old litter box is helpful.
- Your house should be kitten-proofed and yes, even cat-proofed. No matter where you plan on having your cat, they are, in many cases, feline Houdini’s. And they are very intelligent and curious. Though you may want to give your new friend the run of the house, follow some simple cat-proofing steps to make it easier.
- Keep a protective eye on your other family members. This can include your other pets and even your new cat. Also, if you bond well with your new companion, a Savannah cat is still an animal. Be cautious in its early months, especially around small children. Also, don’t allow them to have full access to other pets or let them sleep in the baby’s room. It would be best if you didn’t allow small children and your cat in the same room alone together. Everyone should have a safe place from the cat.
As a cat breed, Savannah cats are wilder than others. They are, however, fantastic animals that are loyal and beautiful creatures. They are high-maintenance and have a lot of energy that needs to be channeled properly. With your family’s help and proper exercise, and a safe place, your cat will become the perfect addition to your family. It won’t be long before binging your favorite TV show involves cuddles from your new cat and a bond that will last a lifetime.
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