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Expert advise needed please

Hoosiermess

Savannah Child
#11
Nicole,

I am no expert but I have recently brought two Savannahs into my home, male and female F5's, so I thought I might weigh in. Hopefully my experience will add to your research rather than confuse you more :) My cats just over 10 months old at this point so they are likely not quite fully grown (I'm not sure how long they will grow yet) so take all of this with a grain of salt.

I was drawn towards savannahs because they have amazing markings and because I had seen pictures of long tall cats. I have always been a dog person but at this point in my life I live alone and travel too much to have a dog so I figured I would get a couple cats but if I was going to do that I would get "cool" cats or "huge cats". My mom feeds a bunch of cats at work so I'm used to having them around and seeing different personalities. Originally I wanted two males because I've seen more of them that were laid back and liked to cuddle, give and receive attention, and they seemed less standoffish. I ended up with a male and a female and now I'm happy I did. They are not "huge" cats but they are long and lean, I'm guessing 12ish pounds so far and now that I have lived with them and love them I wouldn't care if they were tiny little buggers. They seem to have more energy for exploring, playing, and getting into trouble than the cats I'm used to though, it's a great thing. They will run, they will chew on stuff (electrical cables), and they will break some things. I was worried that they might be a bit aggressive and mine are not. I shouldn't but I do occasionally let them chew on my fingers, they are gentle so it doesn't hurt (see my avatar). Funny thing is that my girl Tango is more of a cuddler then my boy cash, which is not to say he's cold or aloof since they both greet me at the door when I get home. She loves her belly rubs! Again they are still young and I can still see their personalities developing so who knows where they'll both end up.

I cannot speak of earlier generations because I've never spent time with them but if you want some of the fun without as much challenge (I'm guessing here and others can correct me if I misrepresent the truth) I would think F3-later might be a great start. You can always add to your family if you feel comfortable later.

If you already love cats, you'll definitely love a savannah, I only liked cats and I love mine. I learned a lot reading through this board and while everything has worked out well for me I think you're a step ahead for having asked for the thoughts of others before bringing a savannah home. They are truly wonderful, I wish you the best of luck in your search.

Just my $0.02
 
#12
Thanks so much everyone. This has helped me tremendously. Everybody has given me great advice! Thank you!!! As far as raising my future Savannah with dogs, I think that would be the best raising the smaller dog first then bringing in the Savannah and getting a larger dog after that. Still undecided on choosing a male or female.. I guess whatever the heart wants when the time comes. I'm estimating less than 6 months (making sure he or she has everything she needs and is baby-proofed) before he or she arrives. Any tips on potty training? I have a feeling this will be my go to site... Thanks again for being so insightful. Also, are we allowed to ask if anyone knows any reputable breeders? If so, that would help as well!
Cheers!
 

WitchyWoman

Admin
Staff member
#13
Thanks so much everyone. This has helped me tremendously. Everybody has given me great advice! Thank you!!! As far as raising my future Savannah with dogs, I think that would be the best raising the smaller dog first then bringing in the Savannah and getting a larger dog after that. Still undecided on choosing a male or female.. I guess whatever the heart wants when the time comes. I'm estimating less than 6 months (making sure he or she has everything she needs and is baby-proofed) before he or she arrives. Any tips on potty training? I have a feeling this will be my go to site... Thanks again for being so insightful. Also, are we allowed to ask if anyone knows any reputable breeders? If so, that would help as well!
Cheers!
My first 3 cats were female DSH's. Loving and sweet but also major diva's and drama queens. The rest of my cats since then have been males. Of my 4 SV males, one is dramatic about everything so I suppose he's in touch with his inner female. LOL. I prefer males who tend to be a bit more laid back at maturity than females. Depends on how spicy you want your life -- jabanero warm or 5-alarm fire habanero.

Your kitten will arrive potty trained. Just be sure that for the first month or so you use the same kind of litter and litter box that the breeder used. As the kitten grows, you can try different types of boxes (a lot of us here favor the clear or opaque sterilite storage boxes) and types of litter.

All of our member breeders are fully vetted so you can consider any of them with confidence that you're dealing with an ethical person. http://www.savannahcatchat.com/forums/savannah-cat-breeders/
 

Brigitte Cowell

Moderator
Staff member
#14
Any tips on potty training? I have a feeling this will be my go to site... Thanks again for being so insightful. Also, are we allowed to ask if anyone knows any reputable breeders? If so, that would help as well!
Cheers!
your kitten will come potty trained, it's something cats really do instinctively so if raised right they just are. Or do you mean using a human toilet rather than a litterbox?

Where are you located? If you want a local breeder that would be useful info. The breeders that participate on this forum are all very good choices. You can ask about breeders but most people here are not going to trash breeders but might direct you to threads that discuss some that ought to be avoided.
 
#15
Thank you! I will check that forum thread. I meant litterboxes, I have heard they can be trained for toilet... That probably would be a process! That makes sense to me. I am located in California. Not sure if there are many breeders here to be honest I haven't researched a breeder yet.
 

WitchyWoman

Admin
Staff member
#18
Here are some good breeders in California:
African Image Savannahs - Melissa Rodriguez - https://www.facebook.com/African-Image-Savannahs-148247491…/
Designer Spots Savannah Cats - Jennifer Malone
Halestone - Mike & Sandy Hale - http://www.halestone.org
Kirembo Savannahs - Brigitte Cowell - http://www.kirembosavananahs.com
Purrfect Geneses - Cindy Del Rosario - https://www.facebook.com/purrfectgeneses/
Spotlight Savannahs - Melody Waara - http://www.spotlightsavannahs.com
Storyteller Savannahs - Nikki LaCrosse - https://www.facebook.com/StoryTellerSavannahs/
Suvi Savannahs - Josephine Krokel - http://www.suvisavannahs.com
West Coast Savannahs - Shonnie Sneddon - http://www.westcoastsavannahs.com
WYLDTHINGZ - Kelly Sheppard - http://wyldthingz.net
 
#19
Here are some good breeders in California:
African Image Savannahs - Melissa Rodriguez - https://www.facebook.com/African-Image-Savannahs-148247491…/
Designer Spots Savannah Cats - Jennifer Malone
Halestone - Mike & Sandy Hale - http://www.halestone.org
Kirembo Savannahs - Brigitte Cowell - http://www.kirembosavananahs.com
Purrfect Geneses - Cindy Del Rosario - https://www.facebook.com/purrfectgeneses/
Spotlight Savannahs - Melody Waara - http://www.spotlightsavannahs.com
Storyteller Savannahs - Nikki LaCrosse - https://www.facebook.com/StoryTellerSavannahs/
Suvi Savannahs - Josephine Krokel - http://www.suvisavannahs.com
West Coast Savannahs - Shonnie Sneddon - http://www.westcoastsavannahs.com
WYLDTHINGZ - Kelly Sheppard - http://wyldthingz.net
Wow Thank you so so much. I will definitely look at this after work. That helps so so much. Thanks!