Savannah Cats Cattery
Tips for bringing a new kitten home
When you decide that Savannah will join your family, you should make the necessary arrangements before the kitten arrives.
1.Prepare a starter kit - before bringing your kitten home, you need to get some necessary accessories:
Litter box - should have a low edge/entrance so that the kitten can enter and exit without hindrance. Ideally, it would be also big enough for the cat to use it also when it will has grown up. If, however, you cannot find the right model then, it is worth to buy a small first and then a larger one. There are various models of litter boxes available on the market: high edge, low edge, covered or exposed, self-cleaning and others. In our home, our pupils use different litter boxes depending on their individual preferences.
Litter boxes should be as many as cats plus one additional. If we have a multi-storey house, each of the floors should have a litter box, despite having one animal. The litter box should stand in a secluded place, away from the door and passageways.
Blanket/bed - a soft blanket or a bed on which the cat, will sleep and leave its smell. The bed can never be too small. There are many types and models of beds, boxes and pillows available in stores. Put it in a quiet and peaceful place.
Toys - balls, mice, dangler poles, tunnels - everything that will allow your cat to relieve energy and satisfy instincts, and help you to better acquaint yourself and build relationships. We recommend a choice of hardy toys, such that the cat will be able to play, bite and scratch freely. Choosing toys You should also pay attention to their size - too small can lead to swallowing and choking (this also applies to toy components).
Scratching post - Savannah, like all other cats need a scratching area because scratching leaves their scent and cares for the claws. If you provide them a place to scratch your furniture should not suffer. There are carton scratchers and much more durable made of sisal string and sisal mats.
Remember that scratching is natural and important for all cats, so declawing is UNACCEPTABLE. It is a cruel and inhumane surgery as a result of which cat is mutilated!
Tree/shelves - cats in their nature have a need to stay at heights, often the floor level is unattractive to them which can lead to frustration and unwanted behavior. In case you cannot provide a tree, you should think about installing shelves on the walls, thanks to which the cat will be able to stay high and observe its territory.
Carrier - necessary during visits to the vet and trips. The best choice will be plastic carrier with a metal door. They are safe and universal. The animal is not able to get out accidentally, it is easy to keep it clean, and during the first days in a new home it can be used as a shelter. In addition, buying sufficiently large carrier it will survive for many years.
Water and food bowls - the best are ceramic, because it's easy to keep them clean and their weight prevents them from slipping. Each cat must have its own bowl. Cats often prefer that the water is away from food, so you should think about it by choosing its location.
Litter - many types and brands are available on the market. The most common types of litter are wood, bentonite, silicone. In our cattery we use mainly biodegradable wood litter.
Kittens leave our cattery with a kitten starter kit containing:
• Food for seven days
• Blanket or bed
• A portion of litter,
• EU pet passport, pedigree and TICA registration certificate, certificate of good health from a veterinarian
2. Before the kitten crosses your threshold, the house must be prepared properly.
First, make sure that all cleaning products, detergents, medicines and other potentially dangerous substances are removed from the cat's reach. If you keep plants at home - check that they are not poisonous for the cat (plant list). Also, protect all cables, because Savannah like to chew, and it may get an electric shock. It is worth to look around the house to find any places there are nooks and crannies in which the kitten could crawl and get stuck. We also recommend the use of security for windows such as nets and grilles for tilt windows.
It will be necessary to carry out the acclimatization process. During this period, the kitten will have time to find itself in a new place and get to know members of his new family. The omission of this procedure may adversely affect, not only to the kitten, but also to our entire environment.
Acclimatization should take a place in a room specially prepared for the kitten. On the first days of a kitten in a new home, it is worth preparing a small stress-free room for it, in which it will get used to a new place and will get to know You well. In this room, place everything that is necessary for the cat: food, water, litter box, toys, a place to scratch and a bed in which it can get shelter. Cat should spend in its room about 14 days.
If cats and other animals are already in your home, you should familiarize them with each other gradually. Never allow face to face interaction between cats that do not know each other. First you can exchange the smells between them. To do this, use a cotton cloth to rub the muzzle and the resident cat's torso and then, wipe the pieces of equipment in the room of the new cat with the same material. Repeat the procedure with the smell of the kitten on the resident cat's equipment. You can also initiate some activities like feeding them on opposite sides of a closed door.
Once a newcomer cat knows you already, you can allow him to make short, supervised exits to explore the rest of the house, while the other residents are in close. During this time, the kitten will be able to learn about the layout of the house and possible hiding places.
The first meetings should be short and limited only to eye contact. For example, placing cats on opposite sides of transparent doors, grille, nets, etc. You can repeat this activity several times a day. These procedures should be used until cats do not display aggressive behavior and tolerate mutual company. Physical contacts should be short and supervised. Never leave a cat without supervising until all controlled meetings run without aggression and the cats will have been completely calm in their company.
The advices provided here are only indicative, each animal is different and in case of doubt, always seek the advice of a veterinarian and/or animal behaviorist.