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Mixing cats

Discussion in 'Savannah Cat - General Discussion' started by Laura W, Feb 11, 2012.

  1. Laura W

    Laura W Savannah Super Cat

    Someone told me that hybrid cats do better with other hybrids, that they "speak they same language" and understand each other better than being with non-hybrids, i.e. normal everyday house cats. Does it make a difference if the other cats are male or female if they are all altered? I want Echo to have a kitty friend, but not sure if he would be okay with a regular rescue kitty if I can't locate another SV or Bengal friend for him.

    I wouldn't think it would make a difference, but you folks are much more experienced than I am with SV's.
  2. Pam Flachs

    Pam Flachs Savannah Super Cat

    Hi Laura,
    I think if Echo is used to being around other cats, you should not have a problem with a "regular" cat, as long as he or she is of the same energy level as Echo, and seems to be a good match personality wise. If the new kitty is laid back and Echo is not, (or vice versa) there might be an issue with the new cat not wanting to play or interact with Echo. Some breeds are known to like a quieter, more sedate life...Ragdolls are one. There are several high-energy breeds of cats that make wonderful playmates with Savannahs...my Ocicat is every bit as high-energy as my Savannahs, and is the perfect complement for them; Abyssinians and Siamese are others. I also have a DSH who is not so active, but fits in very well with everyone; she takes the energy level here in stride and sometimes joins in the fun. Almost every kitten I have placed has gone to a home with an older non- Savannah cat, with great results. I think for the most part, as long as they both are altered, it should not make a difference whether they are male or female. Some female cats, however, will not tolerate any other female in the house, even when spayed. Those cats seem to do best with an altered male. If you decide a friend would be good for Echo, be sure the new cat is healthy and quarantined at first, and introduce the two cats slowly after the quarantine period. You might consider a young adult cat or older kitten, rather than a mature (older than 5-7 years) feline who may be set in their ways. It may take a while for the cats to warm up to each other and become buddies. Don't be discouraged if that happens; but be willing to let the introduction period be as long as needed, several months even. I would also recommend not changing anything else in your household (decor, moving furniture, food, etc) when the introduction period is in effect, and be sure to add another litter box or 2, and it also helps to have a quiet safe area each cat can retreat to if they need to get away from each other. Good luck!
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  3. Trish Allearz

    Trish Allearz Moderator

    I like what Pam had to say!

    Honestly, my Savannahs interact just fine with my 'regular' (hahaha) kitties- but none of my kitties are Persian-type in personality. Even my Selkirk Rex can kick up his heels with the best of them!
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  4. Laura W

    Laura W Savannah Super Cat

    He was with a Bengal before he came to live with us. Never had a problem with introducing new kitties to each other, just wasn't sure about SV's and DSH getting along. Doesn't seem like there would be an issue.
  5. Brigitte Cowell

    Brigitte Cowell Moderator Staff Member

    I think most Savannahs do well with other cats of other breeds, but it can depend on the Savannah. Some early generation Savannahs (F1s and F2s) can be a LOT of cat for another cat to deal with... their intensity and determination can be off-putting.
    I personally think that a companion to a Savannah EITHER needs to be of similar energy to them (so another hybrid cat breed or something like an Abyssinian or Oriental) OR a very patient and laidback kind of kitty (like a Maine Coon or Pixie Bob. Also my British Shorthair does well, he's got enough self-possession to just not get bothered by the Savannahs. If he wants to play he knows where to find them, but if he's not interested he just ignores them. It's when you get a cat that is annoyed by their constant overtures of play that you can have issues, when they react to them or try to run away...

    I think when altered the sexes of the cats is less important, but find that more than two spayed females still can be tricky, but adding a spayed female to a household of neutered males often goes well :)
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  6. Per Lausund

    Per Lausund Moderator Staff Member

    An Abby would do it, provided the SV can reach that kind of energy level: an Abby would certainly keep the household awake!tri big grin:
    We have SVs with BGs, a DSH or two and a Siamese, gentle introductions and plenty of space and it all works out in my experience. But Pam has it all covered above! :up:
  7. admin

    admin Paige Staff Member

    I have two savannahs and my street boy, Cisco (his nickname, since I took him off the street at 6 weeks) and they all get along...as a matter-of-fact, Cisco adores Zuri and I often find them together. Cisco and Taj are both neutered males and Zuri is intact. So Cisco and Taj sometimes have a tussle or two, but all in all, they get along.
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  8. Kronos

    Kronos Guest

    My Ragdoll is not as high energy as my Savannah is, but they still get along great. It is probably because my SV is an F5, an earlier generation might tick the Ragdoll off even more. Because of my Raggie's size, he can really hold his own against the SV and kick his little rear end, and they play and cuddle and groom each other all the time. Most of the time when they are not playing, the Raggie will be sleeping or hanging out somewhere while the SV runs around the house or plays with toys. And the Raggie is definitely the dominant one between the two.

    I just wanted to share this experience because a mellow and a hyper cat can get along with the right personality match!
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  9. Laura W

    Laura W Savannah Super Cat

    Right now, anyone would be dominate over Echo since he's still adjusting. Will wait a bit, but gathering opinions. Doggie introductions have been today and it's going well. Just took the gate off his door and the dogs have just gone in and out through out the day and he has been out on the bed a few times. No hissing or growling on either part.
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  10. Anne

    Anne Savannah Super Cat

    When I brought Keegan home we already had a cat here, Trinity is 8 yrs and very much over weight (weighs in at 22lbs) and not very active at all. I was worried at first, but they get along fine, in fact Keegan has brought some life back into Trinity ... she will play with him, but she makes her feelings clear when she's had enough of him also... They don't cuddle with each other, but they don't fight either - they enjoy each others company :)

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