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Owning a Savannah

Becki

Savannah Super Cat
#23
I think all of this proves each cat is an individual. From a trend stand, however, Savannahs are more energetic and they do get into things because they are smart and they can. Earlier generations, on average, are more intense. As much as I don't think mine are fear inducing, I do remember the reaction from my trash collector, he wouldn't have reacted such a way to a Persian. Perhaps my bias in supporting these are no more dangerous than a Siamese has made me more defensive than is necessary. I have Savannahs because they do look exotic, I have f2s to maximize that look and one today will have an f1 just for this reason. I love that about them, otherwise I could have just gone with another spotted breed.

Edited to add: @il Gatopardo I didn't mean to be offensive to you, and hope the above explains where I was coming from. I don't believe you were neglecting your cat, your circumstances were beyond your control, and you certainly don't need added guilt on top of stress from a medical situation. You are passionate about Henry and the breed, as are we, and I have no doubt you would react strongly to discovering if someone was treating these guys less than perfectly. In fact, I think that was your original motivation, to ensure these cats don't end up being mistreated by someone unwilling to handle their shenanigans. I understand the emotion behind Alex's post as it was a response to the only facts he had available. The great thing about this board is the lack of drama, the sense of community and the support given. As humans, we will misstep, but rarely have I see where a person won't own up to their mistake and make amends. I look forward to hearing more about your Henry, because they are something else, aren't they?
 
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Mischief

Savannah Super Cat
#24
Whiskey and Mischief sounds like a self-fulfilling prophecy.
Let's just say that Mischief didn't get his name by being good. I had a 200.00 seashell lamp that he broke and he knew he did wrong because when I got home, he came creeping to me. But my attitude about material things is that they're just things. My home is not a show piece and it was meant to be lived in. I was more concerned about him getting hurt than anything.
 

John Popp

Site Supporter
#25
Totally agree and we have resigned ourselves long ago to anything that is important enough that you don't want a cat to destroy is important enough to be under lock and key. Sometimes it sucks when they graduate to new levels but it never takes long to admit ones own culpability.
 

tj_johnson

Savannah Super Cat
#26
Lots of what I am reading here - as someone who has a Savannah on the way - is just cats and the environment you provide for them. Our Fletch (in the avatar - not a Savannah to our knowledge) shreds the heck out of paper goods and has been clever enough to open cabinets and attempts drawers. We learned in the first month of having him that we couldn't keep tins of muffins on the counter because he would push them off the counter and eat the baked goods.

Fletch singlehandedly took down a mounted corsican ram's head from a height of 14' because he was smart enough to drag his dangling mouse toy and snap it back until it eventually wound itself around the sheep's horn. He went for the mouse, and when he did, pulled the entire ram's head off the wall, damaging both the mount and the hardwood floor. (He was fine, thank goodness).

All of this was our fault for not using common sense about where we put that dangling toy, and the access we gave him to other items. Since he's gotten a companion kitty, and since he's gotten a little older, he's mellowed out a bit, but we have learned to give him a lot more credit. Just individual cat personalities, I think.
 

Kristin

Animal Communicator
#27
Just thought I would pipe in, although my girl is a late generation....she is incredibly smart, (as are all animals) but she knows how to use it. It is an adventure I love (my parents would disagree, however). She has learned not to eat thing we are going to eat, but still eats out of the sink. She will knock things off the counter to eat, and if something is left open, of course she will eat it. As others have said, it is just about learning to move things around and not leave it out. Something my parent still need to learn (after a year and a half). Her new thing is getting into her brother's kibble...which is in a container. She learned to open the container (I should have known she would) so I put books on it. Well she learned how to knock the books off. So now it is in a separate room (hopefully people will learn to close the door).

I love seeing her intelligence, and her problem solving. That is why I was so attracted to the breed (other than the spots). Savannahs are definitely not the right cat for all people, and it is good to show the good and the bad, but for those that enjoy a challenge, there is no better reward than a savannah. And I consider Zeddie on the low destructive scale.
 

Diane

Savannah Super Cat
#28
Sorry, not to be rude but it's called "commom sense"....Should not leave any animal with run of the house when your away for any long time, or even a short time, especially savannah cats....they can probably get hurt chewing electric wires etc. or eating something their not supposed too or excessive damage to anything.... My cats go in their cat room when I just leave the house for a short time like work or running errands...they have everything in there they need...;)
 

Kristin

Animal Communicator
#29
Sorry, not to be rude but it's called "commom sense"....Should not leave any animal with run of the house when your away for any long time, or even a short time, especially savannah cats....they can probably get hurt chewing electric wires etc. or eating something their not supposed too or excessive damage to anything.... My cats go in their cat room when I just leave the house for a short time like work or running errands...they have everything in there they need...;)
I disagree. I think every cat is an individual. Zeddie never trashes the house, or gets into anything too naughty when we leave. I leave her when I go to work and school, and my parents are at work. She mostly just sleeps until I get home. She doesn't chew any wires at all, she chewed them once when she was a kitten and I sprayed bitter apple. Worked like a charm. As I said, Zeddie is fairly un-destructive though.
 
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Dantes

Guest
#30
After reading this thread, I am in doubt as to whether my F3 Duma is really a Savannah at all.