Dangers to your savannah cat

Dangers to your savannah cat

Savannahs are very inquisitive cats and can get themselves into lots of trouble (that’s why we love them so). There are a lot of dangers  to your savannah cat that should be watched for. They love to explore and can wander a long ways if outside. Indoors only is best for a cat of any breed. One thing Savannah Cats will do is eat things they should not. Below is a list of some stuff in the home that is a danger to all cats, not just savannahs

Dangers just outside your door

Dogs
Getting Stolen
Poisonous Animals like spiders and snakes
Roaming and getting lost
Accidents
Hanging or Choking from non-break away collars that get caught on something
Abusive people
Predator Wildlife
Other cats (disease and fights)
Parasites
Inclement Weather
Antifreeze that contains ethylene glycol
Cocoa mulch
Chemicals used on lawns and gardens,
De-icing salts used to melt snow and ice
Cans and garbage
Cars
Animal Traps
Rat and Mouse poisons and bait
Garden poisons and insecticides
Threats inside the house
Chocolate of any kind (can be fatal if enough is ingested)
Many house plants (especially lilies, ivies, and cactus)
Cigarettes (including butts)
Bread wire twists ties/plastic fasteners
Hair ties/ponytail holders (can cause intestinal blockage if not passed; consult vet ASAP)
Rubber bands
Staples, paper clips, thumb tacks
Thread, yarn, any string, dental floss (if ingested, do not pull out. Consult your vet)
Garlic, onion, salt, grapes, raisins, alcoholic beverages, coffee, tea
Essential oils used as fragrance or air fresheners
Cooked bones (can splinter easily and be swallowed)
Recliners (check to make sure kitty is not under chair or inside of it)
Plastic bags and paper bags with handles
Saran wrap and aluminum foil
Electrical cords
Mini blind cords Toilets
Washers and dryers
Sewing needles and pins, buttons, etc
Toothpicks
Cheaply made cat toys
Hot stoves and burners, wood stoves, refrigerators
Candles left burning unattended
Children’s small toys
Balloons
Cedar and other soft wood shavings
Insect control products, such as the insecticides used in many over-the-counter flea and tick remedies
Human medications, such as pain killers and vitamins
Poisonous household plants
String, yarn, rubber bands and even dental floss
Toys with movable parts
Rawhide dog chews
Holiday decorations and lights
Chocolate
Fumes from nonstick cooking surfaces and self-cleaning ovens
Leftovers, such as chicken bones
Savannah cats are like perpetual two year olds – so try to always remember the above list and keep your new savannah kitten or adult safe.

Tools for keeping your pet safe

If all of your precautions fail, and you believe that your pet has been poisoned, contact your veterinarian or emergency veterinary service immediately. Signs of poisoning include listlessness, abdominal pain, vomiting, diarrhea, muscle tremors, lack of coordination and fever.
ASPCA Poison Control Center

You can also call the ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center. Their hotline is 24 hours a day seven days a week at 888-426-4435 for a fee of $65 per case. If you call the hotline, be prepared to provide the name of the poison your animal was exposed to; the amount and how long ago; the species, breed, age, sex and weight of your pet; and the symptoms your pet is displaying. You’ll also be asked to provide your name, address, phone number and credit card information.

Pet First-Aid Kit

Here are some basic supplies you’ll need to keep on hand to keep your cat, dog, or other pet safe and healthy. Everyone who shares a home with a pet should have a basic pet first-aid kit on hand that is easy and quick to get to. Keep your pet’s first-aid kit in your home and take it with you if you are traveling with your pet.

One way to start your kit is to buy a first-aid kit designed for people and add pet-specific items to it. You can also purchase a pet first-aid kit from a pet-supply store or catalog. But you can easily assemble your own kit by gathering the items on our lists below.

Basic first-aid supplies

Absorbent gauze pads
Adhesive tape
Antiseptic wipes
Blanket
Cotton balls or swabs
Gauze rolls
Hydrogen peroxide (to induce vomiting—do this only when directed by a veterinarian or a poison-control expert)
Ice pack
Non-latex disposable gloves
Petroleum jelly (to lubricate the thermometer)
Rectal thermometer (your pet’s temperature should not rise above 103°F or fall below 100°F)
Scissors (with blunt ends)
Sterile non-stick gauze pads for bandages
Sterile saline solution (sold at pharmacies)
Tweezers
A pillowcase to confine your cat for treatment
A pet carrier

Pet-specific things to keep on hand in an emergency

Pet first-aid book: read the book several times in advance if possible
Phone numbers: veterinarian, the nearest emergency-veterinary clinic, poison-control center or hotline
Paperwork for your pet: proof of rabies-vaccination status, copies of other important medical records
Nylon leash
Self-cling bandage: bandage that stretches and sticks to itself but not to fur—available at pet stores and from pet-supply catalogs
Muzzle or strips of cloth to prevent biting: don’t use this if your pet is vomiting, choking, coughing or otherwise having difficulty breathing

Other useful items to have on hand

Diphenhydramine (Benadryl®), if approved by a veterinarian for allergic reactions. A veterinarian must tell you the correct dosage for your pet’s size.
Ear-cleaning solution
Glucose paste or corn syrup (for diabetic dogs or those with low blood sugar)
Nail clippers
Non-prescription antibiotic ointment
Penlight or flashlight
Plastic eyedropper or syringe
Rubbing alcohol (isopropyl) to clean the thermometer
Splints and tongue depressors
Styptic powder or pencil (sold at veterinary hospitals, pet-supply stores, and your local pharmacy)
Temporary identification tag (to put your local contact information on your pet’s collar when you travel)
Towels
Needle-nosed pliers

 

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What is the Savannah’s temperament like?

Savannah cats are intelligent, curious, loyal and very people oriented. They are high energy cats that need things to do, so lots of toys and places for them to climb are essential. Don’t expect your Savannah to be a lap cat or a cat that can sit still for long periods of time. They need regular interaction and exercise, and games that involve running and jumping. Many people say they are “dog like” but that is not quite correct. They are fairly easy to train to walk on a leash, like to play in water, follow you all over the house and can learn to play fetch but other than that, they act like cats. :) Socialization is very important for a Savannah Kitten. Most breeders do fabulous jobs of socializing their kittens. Continuing to socialize them with new people is a good idea.

Why is the Savannah Cat so expensive?

This is a question that many people ask. Savannahs are a remarkable breed and breeders had to overcome many obstacles to get this breed started. It is a fairly new breed (just over 20 years old) that was created by crossing domestic cats of various breeds with an African Serval. Pricing can depend on location (one close to you), the breeder and the quality of the cat as well as generation, color, pattern, sex, whether show quality and if a pet or breeder.

Creating the first generation (F1’s) is a very difficult endeavor. Only a handful of breeders have been successful. There is a gestation difference between the Servals and domestics. It takes a lot of work and a pile of money to find a domestic that can carry to term as well as finding a Serval that has an interest in breeding a domestic. Breeders have put a lot of time, care, financial investment and energy into creating an F1 program. The number of F1’s available each year is limited. The supply is low and the demand is high.

There is a lot of cost that goes into making F1’s. There is the price of a Serval that ranges from $4000.00 to $5500.00. Then there is the acquisition of the domestics and savannahs that are being used in the breeding programs. Raw food diets and vitamins for the Servals and high quality dry and wet food the females, as well as large enclosures that are very pricey to build and maintain factor in as well. Add vet bills and bottle feeding to the mix and you will see a lot of money going out the door before ever having the first F1 born. These costs have to be maintained for up to 2 years before a Serval might even begin to have an interest in breeding. If the male Serval doesn’t breed, a breeder will have to start over with a new Serval male.

How much do savannah cats cost?
Price depends on many, many factors so I will simplify the cost by making chart for a broad price range below. The higher the percentages of Serval blood in a generation, the higher the price. I have seen F1’s from 50 % to 78% Serval. Price range will include all percentages of each generation. The range will also include pet and breeder cats. Almost all F1 females are sold as breeders. The lower price is for pets only and the higher prices are breeder only. Some breeders may price kittens outside of this price range.

Are there other cost considerations when purchasing a Savannah?
Yes, there will be other cost. A few breeders will microchip kittens before leaving but most do not. You will have the cost of neutering and micro chipping once you receive your new forever fur baby. There also may be shipping cost if you are not close enough to drive. Shipping runs between $300.00 and $400.00 on average for all shipping cost (airfare, crate, health certificate, and rabies). Breeders will also require a vet visit within 72 hours of you receiving your new kitten for the health guarantee. Savannahs also require a higher quality food that is grain free. This food is more expensive
I have seen the same generation with a lot of different prices. Why is there a price difference?

There are many reasons for the price difference. Quality, coloring, male or female, pet or breeder and age are all factors. Quality should play the largest part in price in the way kittens are priced. A kitten that has large ears, golden coat, black spots and conforms to the standard should command a higher price. A kitten that has small ears, spots not well defined, with a ticked background coat and a round head would not be as close to the standard, therefore less money. It would be wise to for anyone wishing to purchase a pet or breeder to study the savannah cat standard to learn about type (head, ear, tail, coloring and body shape). Things such as a crooked tail, lockets (unwanted white spots), off colored (cinnamons, blues, reds etc), not conforming to standard etc are a few things that might reduce the price on a given kitten.

A breeder that pays top dollar for the best breeding stock will most likely be asking a higher price. The kittens that are closer to the breed standard and will of course cost more. Some kitten in the same litter can also be priced differently. Some may not be the expectations the breeders was looking for or be close enough to the breed standard to command top dollar. That does not mean the kittens will not be exotic looking or have any less than a great personality. Some Savannahs kittens may be priced higher but are not always a higher quality kitten. That means is the breeder is asking a top dollar and not taking quality into the quotient. It is imperative that a buyer do their best to research what a good quality savannah should look like. Check kittens on different pages that look similar and see what the pricing is. Contact multiple breeders and ask questions. You can join savannah cat lovers on Facebook as well. There are a lot of the top breeders there. You can ask questions and see the pics people post (there are lots and lots) and learn what you are looking for in a savannah.

Gary Fulgham
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