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New - with two F6 SBT silver savannahs

Alix Leclerc

Savannah Teenager
#23
Before you spend the amount of money I did on toys, beds, etc., arm yourself with two things. The first is Da Bird toy -- it is guaranteed to give you some peace and quiet (and cute, cuddly kittens) at night after a few good play sessions during the day. The second is a stack of cardboard boxes, especially if they had wine in them to start. It will keep them occupied for hours, and give you patience. :)
Done! We just moved house so I kept all the boxes and have wrapped a selection festively for them to rip to shreds, sleep in, jump on, hide behind... the list goes on, boxes are the best. I was about to buy a da bird toy when one of the presents my friend gave me for Christmas caught my eye... it's quite long, feels like a stick...and his other presents jangle... could it be? I thought i'd drop him a link and he casually remarked that I might want to wait to see what Father Christmas brings before I buy them any more gifts (or it's just a really long weird shaped chocolate he added to stop from ruining the surprise).
 

Alix Leclerc

Savannah Teenager
#24

Alix Leclerc

Savannah Teenager
#25
Agreed. It's pretty common for the OH to be won over by Savannahs, many that even stated they didn't much like cats become completely obsessed converts :)

I don't know of Felini, do you have a weblink for that one? I have used Mazuri supplements for years now, my cats were pretty fussy about supplements and hated the taste of many I tried but they are okay with the Mazuri... so I don't try any others any more!
Here is the link I found. http://www.zooplus.com/shop/cats/supplements_specialty_cat_food/fur_skin_supplements/155901
As a supplement to raw it seems pretty sound, and it's available to the UK which is a massive plus. The only downside I see is that it contains vitamin A and Calcium already, and i'd really prefer to give my cats both bone and liver (both are cheap and surely the vitamins are better sources directly from fresh meat). Saying that I don't see what would stop me occasionally feeding liver/bone and just leaving out the felini for that day. I think it would probably be cheaper buying the individual vitamins/minerals separately and combining myself - I just don't think I quite have the confidence yet to give them the exact right mix.
 

Brigitte Cowell

Moderator
Staff member
#27
Here is the link I found. http://www.zooplus.com/shop/cats/supplements_specialty_cat_food/fur_skin_supplements/155901
As a supplement to raw it seems pretty sound, and it's available to the UK which is a massive plus. The only downside I see is that it contains vitamin A and Calcium already, and i'd really prefer to give my cats both bone and liver (both are cheap and surely the vitamins are better sources directly from fresh meat). Saying that I don't see what would stop me occasionally feeding liver/bone and just leaving out the felini for that day. I think it would probably be cheaper buying the individual vitamins/minerals separately and combining myself - I just don't think I quite have the confidence yet to give them the exact right mix.
Ah, I forgot you were in the UK...this seems only to be for Europe which likely is why many of us have not heard of it.

What I like about the Mazuri supplements is that I have a "whole prey" formula and a "slab meat" formula...so if it is whole animal I can add one that is balanced for that, but if it is just meat I am feeding then there is one balanced for that too. Means I have to have two huge tubs of the stuff (and you can only buy it in huge tubs)...

And another thing that made me happy about my supplement choice is that this past year I had a sick kitten that involved me consulting a vet specialist in nutrition. He was pretty set in his ways about what supplement he approved of (Balance IT, it was designed by researchers at the UC Davis vet school), but when he compared the formulas they were so similar he could not tell me the Mazuri one was not okay. And he wanted to, because it was not vet tested even if it was designed for exotic cats. I did try the supplement he was pushing but the cats hated the taste of it...fussy beasts that they are...

I agree with your thoughts on the Vit A and Calcium but if it is only occasional bone and liver in the diet it may not make a difference. It probably depends on what proportion of their diet you end up adding the bone and liver. I guess that is to be worked out once you have the kittens and establish what they will eat and what works in your household. I find mine very individual in tastes... and not always what I think they should eat WILL they eat!
 

Alix Leclerc

Savannah Teenager
#28
They are just about settling in now after two days. The female is still a little cautious but the male comes and sits on my lap when I pat it and loves a good long cuddle. Fed them some scrambled egg this afternoon, the male loves it! Kept hissing at his sister whenever she came close :)