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Questions about new kitten.

Brandy DW

Missing Neka, Loving Sabriel, Nakaia, & Trance
#1
Hi all,

I just got my new kitten Sabriel on the 16th of October from A1Savannahs. She's around 3 months, was born on June 29th, and was spayed on October 2nd. She's a sbt savannah, so my guess is likely a F6 or something. I live alone and only have her for a kitten, no other pets. (*This is my second savannah, a "replacement' (i hate that word) cat after my first one Neka was put down on September 10th with lymphoma she was only a 1 and a half :( *) So right now I'm extra paranoid about what health issues could happen but also wanting to make sure that I get these little behavior issues handled when Sabriel is a kitten.

---So far she's been very affectionate on the ground but will not let me hold her for long periods of time, and she absolutely hates to be carried. When I first pick her up she nuzzles into me and licks my face but very soon wants to be put down. If I carry her upstairs or downstairs she's thrashing the whole time trying to jump out of my hands. Is there any way I can get her to let me hold her better?

---She's been very good with her litter box and actually on her trip here she must have been in her carrier easily like 7 hours and she didn't go to the bathroom in her carrier she held it the whole time and hasn't had an incident here once of not using the litter box.

---Now with her claws.. She will use her scratching posts however I've caught her a few times going to use the couch, an armchair and the carpet. I say "No" or "Hey" in a loud tone and she stops. Is there anything else I can do to try to get her to just use her scratching posts? Also I won't use double sided tape because when I had Neka she would chew at and try to eat the stuff.

---Play biting - This part slightly aggravates me. It is kind of cute now and doesn't hurt but I don't want my cute kitten the play bites to grow into a cute adult cat that really bites. Right now when she play bites me I say "ouch" or "no" like she's actually hurting me. Usually makes her stop and then she'll start licking me. I usually put her down when she bites me or redirect her to a cat toy for her to chew on. Is there anything else I should be doing?

Other than that during the day I have her in a cat safe room when I'm at work that has two cat trees, two cat beds, a litter box, a toy ball circle thing with a scratching thing in the middle, her carrier which has a hammock for her, her food/water bowl, and it has vinyl flooring. The cat trees both have scratching posts. There are also cat toys I trade in and out of there that are durable that she can't choke on that I put in there. Then when I'm home I do interactive stuff with her such as laser toy, throwing smaller toys for her, dragging stuff around, feather toys etc.

I was lucky before when I got Neka at 6 months, she never bit, never even play bit me. She was very affectionate and liked to be held/carried, she only used her scratching posts and didn't scratch any actual furniture (sometimes the carpet though). Essentially I want my new kitty Sabriel to be a lot like Neka was only without the health issues.
 

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Paige
Staff member
#2
Hi all,

I just got my new kitten Sabriel on the 16th of October from A1Savannahs. She's around 3 months, was born on June 29th, and was spayed on October 2nd. She's a sbt savannah, so my guess is likely a F6 or something. I live alone and only have her for a kitten, no other pets. (*This is my second savannah, a "replacement' (i hate that word) cat after my first one Neka was put down on September 10th with lymphoma she was only a 1 and a half :( *) So right now I'm extra paranoid about what health issues could happen but also wanting to make sure that I get these little behavior issues handled when Sabriel is a kitten.

---So far she's been very affectionate on the ground but will not let me hold her for long periods of time, and she absolutely hates to be carried. When I first pick her up she nuzzles into me and licks my face but very soon wants to be put down. If I carry her upstairs or downstairs she's thrashing the whole time trying to jump out of my hands. Is there any way I can get her to let me hold her better?

---She's been very good with her litter box and actually on her trip here she must have been in her carrier easily like 7 hours and she didn't go to the bathroom in her carrier she held it the whole time and hasn't had an incident here once of not using the litter box.

---Now with her claws.. She will use her scratching posts however I've caught her a few times going to use the couch, an armchair and the carpet. I say "No" or "Hey" in a loud tone and she stops. Is there anything else I can do to try to get her to just use her scratching posts? Also I won't use double sided tape because when I had Neka she would chew at and try to eat the stuff.

---Play biting - This part slightly aggravates me. It is kind of cute now and doesn't hurt but I don't want my cute kitten the play bites to grow into a cute adult cat that really bites. Right now when she play bites me I say "ouch" or "no" like she's actually hurting me. Usually makes her stop and then she'll start licking me. I usually put her down when she bites me or redirect her to a cat toy for her to chew on. Is there anything else I should be doing?

Other than that during the day I have her in a cat safe room when I'm at work that has two cat trees, two cat beds, a litter box, a toy ball circle thing with a scratching thing in the middle, her carrier which has a hammock for her, her food/water bowl, and it has vinyl flooring. The cat trees both have scratching posts. There are also cat toys I trade in and out of there that are durable that she can't choke on that I put in there. Then when I'm home I do interactive stuff with her such as laser toy, throwing smaller toys for her, dragging stuff around, feather toys etc.

I was lucky before when I got Neka at 6 months, she never bit, never even play bit me. She was very affectionate and liked to be held/carried, she only used her scratching posts and didn't scratch any actual furniture (sometimes the carpet though). Essentially I want my new kitty Sabriel to be a lot like Neka was only without the health issues.
Your new kitten is not going to be like your Neka...they are all individuals with different personalities.

Most savannahs do not like to be held or carried - nothing unusual there...I don't think there is much you can do about it...just allow her to be herself.

when you see her going to use her claws on the couch, etc., you can put her near the scratching posts..my kittens are now 13 weeks old and not one of them scratches where they are not supposed to...but that doesn't mean they didn't try...

we have many threads on biting/play biting...you can do a search for them and do some reading about how to curtail it.

Sounds like you are doing a great job though ;)

And you can also call Martin/Kathrin and discuss any issues you have with them.
 

Brandy DW

Missing Neka, Loving Sabriel, Nakaia, & Trance
#3
Well I'm trying and yes I know they have different personalities and that she won't be like Neka was and I don't want to change her actual personality because she is who she is. However I was hoping that there would be some way to get her to like being carried at least or at least not to thrash about when being carried...
 

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Paige
Staff member
#4
Well I'm trying and yes I know they have different personalities and that she won't be like Neka was and I don't want to change her actual personality because she is who she is. However I was hoping that there would be some way to get her to like being carried at least or at least not to thrash about when being carried...
Some kittens just do not like to be held or carried...how long have you had her?
 

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Paige
Staff member
#6
You've had her for a week? Be patient; I wasn't able to pick up my kitty immediately, but I can now pick him up and carry him around for a while. It might help to get a small amount of scruff when you pick her up.
I agree with you...I did not realize it has only been a week...but...I could hold and carry Taj and Zuri around as kittens, but once they got older, no way...
 

Nitro

and his servant, Paul
#7
I agree with you...I did not realize it has only been a week...but...I could hold and carry Taj and Zuri around as kittens, but once they got older, no way...
Well...it's starting to get a little more difficult, but that's mostly because he's 17 lbs now. Now my "normal" kitties seem to weigh as much as a feather.
 

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Paige
Staff member
#8
Taj is huge, so I pick him up and stretch him across both my arms...he doesn't mind being held that way for about a minute, but then he wants to get down...
 

Brandy DW

Missing Neka, Loving Sabriel, Nakaia, & Trance
#9
Yes see that's what I expected more of at least a chance that she'll eventually let me hold her. She's very affectionate when playing and with my feet/ankles nuzzling up to me and licking and such. Like I said when I first pick her up she nuzzles and licks my face and then wants down again soon. But with carrying her she's very anxious... I'll try the scruff thing to see if that helps. Thank you :)