SAVANNAHS IN CANADA

WildStreak Cattery in B.C. Canada

 Care of your WildStreak Savannah

When you pick up your kitten  you will be given a personalized care booklet for your kitten. It will outline the health history of your kitten and due dates for any booster vaccines or future health care. Savannahs should be handled differently when getting anesthetic and it is important to let your vet know when you take your cat for any surgery. We recommend you take the booklet with you to any vet appointments.

We do not recommend declawing a Savannah cat and give you guidelines for buying the proper cat scratch post and how to get your kitten to  used it. We also outline what to do in emergencies such as a house fire, losing your cat outdoors, encountering dogs while walking your cat and poisoning and how to prevent it.

When raising a high generation Savannah (f1 or f2) it is important to raise them the same way you would your own children. Consistency, fairness and love are the three things that keep happiness in a home. If a new owner runs into problems I am here to help solve them. Usually it is just a matter of a few basic rules and the cat and the owner are back on track again. Much like a 2 yr old child.. a savannah will try to push the boundaries and manipulate the owner into giving them everything they want !! This is ok if you are ok with that?? but most owners are NOT!

Diet

If you ask about the recommended diet for a Savannah Cat you will get a myriad of guidelines. The diet for a Savannah is one of the most controversial subjects!  Many Savannah owners like their cat on a diet that is all raw meat, some owners even prefer a diet of live prey like baby quail!

Here at WildStreak Savannahs we have found a plan that works for us. We don't ever use live prey and we feed raw food only occasionally. You should keep your new kitten on the diet we use when you first take him home. Then, later, if you want to become more adventuresome with his food just make any changes gradually over a couple of weeks.

We free feed all our kittens and cats a high quality dry cat kibble. The kibble is left down all the time and then twice daily we feed gently cooked meat to the kittens and cats. The meat is a  fairly large portion of their diet .

We are not comfortable feeding raw food and the management involved with it, so we briefly cook  either beef or chicken. for our cats We are advocates of using ethical meat ONLY for ourselves and our pets.Although we are meat eaters, we do not want to contribute to the unnecessary cruely associated with commercial meat productions. Please check our fledgling website for more details and distributors of ethical meat and dairy products in the B.C. Area.  http://www.ethicalmeat.ca/.

Once the meat is cool we add powdered vitamins and put out enough dishes so that everyone gets a chance to have their fair share. When the cats have eaten as much as they want and walk away from their bowls, we take the remaining food and refrigerate it. We do not leave meat or any other perishable food items at room temperature as the risk of spoilage and illness is a concern.

We will often mix vegetables or rice into the ground meat as it is cooking but this is not mandatory. We outline the brands of food and vitamins in our Kitten Kit when you buy your kitten. Our cats also enjoy treats such as a piece of raw chicken, some cantelope, cooked carrots, and even a piece of lettuce ! Be imaginative! If your Savannah seems interested in a food you are eating, give him a small amount to try. Never let treats be more than 10% of your savannah's daily food intake. It is important that they are receiving a proper balance of nutrients and vitamins.

Gali prefers to choose  her own "balanced diet" when we are not watching !