Forget-Me-Not Friday

This week we’re honoring Zeela, the mother of Fluff and Fuzz (the First), and adoptive mother of Noah who was the mother of our current cat, Raina.

Zeela

 

 

Zeela was my grandma’s cat, adopted for the purpose of keeping down the mice and vole population around our house and yard.  She didn’t bond with anyone in particular and was very standoffish with everyone, including my grandma.  She would accept being petted, but didn’t seek it out.  Her very best quality was, as you might guess, her mousing abilities.  She was a fabulous mouser and she taught her kittens to be great mousers, as well.

She fell pregnant around the beginning of May in 2011 and gave birth in July on a part of the roof of all places.  There were three kittens, though we were afraid some might have fallen off the roof.  Thankfully, none did.  However, the third kitten was stillborn.  Between June and August, a tiny kitten was dropped off between our house and our neighbor’s house.  Patricia named her Noah.  When we saw the neighbor’s kid swinging Noah by the tail, we rescued her.  Zeela immediately adopted her as one of her own and nursed and nurtured her along with Fluff and Fuzz.

After all the kittens were weaned, Grandma took her in to the vet and had her spayed.  Soon after healing, Zeela took off and didn’t come back.  Perhaps it was because she didn’t bond with anyone.  Perhaps she decided there were enough cats in that territory and she needed to move on.  Or perhaps something drew her away.  Who knows why cats sometimes wander away and don’t come back.  Why she left will always remain a mystery.  Even though she didn’t bond with anyone, we still missed her and wondered where she was and hoped she was safe.

This post is in memory of Zeela.  May she never be forgotten.

Forget-Me-Not Friday is about pets we have lost, whether they’ve passed over the Rainbow Bridge, got lost and were never found, or had to be given up for one reason or another.  Please feel free to participate in this event to honor our pets by sending a picture (or a few pictures) and your pet’s story to FluffybuttsFamily@mycompanymail.com.  Tell me about your beloved dog, your adorable cat, your favorite horse, your silly goat, your pet pig, your mischievous ferret, etc.  I’ll post one picture and one story each week in memory of those pets.

If you want to participate in Forget-Me-Not Friday please send:

  1. a picture (or pictures) of your beloved pet
  2. a summary of their story
  3. the link to your blog and any links pertaining to that pet
  4. your name (doesn’t have to be your real name)

If it seems like I didn’t reply to your e-mail, please check your spam/junk folder.  If it still looks as if I didn’t reply, please leave a comment and I’ll do what I can to remedy the issue.

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If you loved this Forget-Me-Not Friday, please consider checking out previous Forget-Me-Not Friday posts!

Smokey:  https://fluffybuttsfamily.wordpress.com/2017/03/24/forget-me-not-friday-8/

Fluff:  https://fluffybuttsfamily.wordpress.com/2017/03/17/forget-me-not-friday-7/

Kaya:  https://fluffybuttsfamily.wordpress.com/2017/03/10/forget-me-not-friday-6/

Fuzz:  https://fluffybuttsfamily.wordpress.com/2017/03/03/forget-me-not-friday-5/

Tear:  https://fluffybuttsfamily.wordpress.com/2017/02/24/forget-me-not-friday-4/

Č’ert Dog:  https://fluffybuttsfamily.wordpress.com/2017/02/17/forget-me-not-friday-3/

Noah:  https://fluffybuttsfamily.wordpress.com/2017/02/10/forget-me-not-friday-2/

Coconut Baby:  https://fluffybuttsfamily.wordpress.com/2017/02/04/forget-me-not-friday/

Respect Your Cat Day

Happy Respect Your Cat Day!

How, you may ask, do we respect our cats?  Here are some ways to do just that.

First, respect that they are cats.  That means they want to catnap, they want to hunt, they want to play, they want to climb, they want to scratch, they want to sunbathe, they want to groom, etc.  Don’t discourage these things.  Instead, encourage them to do them in the proper place.

For instance, if they like to climb, make sure they have a cat tree and/or cat highways along the walls.  If you can’t afford those, at least make sure they have places they can jump up on like side tables, bookcases, refrigerators (if they’re allowed in the kitchen), fireplace mantles, window sills, and so on.  Our cats have one cat tree (I wish we could afford more), but they also have the window sill, the bookcase, the hutch, the backs of our couches, and several side tables they’re allowed to jump on to view the world from a vantage point where they feel safe.  It also allows them to get away from the dogs if they want.  Our dogs are great with our cats, but that doesn’t means the cats don’t want to get away from them sometimes.

Merlin On His New Cat Tree

Purchase or make scratching posts, scratch pads, scratch mats, and other materials they can scratch on without getting into trouble.  I would recommend having at least one in every room of the house, that way they have a place wherever they are to scratch as much as they want.

Scratching post

Buy them toys to play with and mimic hunting.  We have mouse toys with catnip in them that allows them to act like they’re hunting and catching prey.  We also have one fuzzy pink toy on a long rod that allows us to play with them where they can chase after it and jump around and pounce just as they would do with a bird, squirrel, or mouse if they were outdoor cats.  Remember, just because they’ve been raised indoors doesn’t mean they don’t still have those instincts to hunt.

Morgana and her mouse

Allow them the space to nap and sunbathe and groom without interruption.  These activities release endorphins in their brains, which makes them happy.  So if we allow them these activities without interrupting them, we’re letting them feel happy and content in their home.  A cat that grooms and naps and sunbathes is a very happy cat.  It means they feel safe.  It means they love their home and want to be happy there.

Merlin bliss face

Let them just be cats.

Second, if they don’t want to interact, don’t force it.  If they want space, give them space.  Let them decide if they want to come to you for petting and loves.  If they hiss or make unhappy sounds or flatten their ears, respect that they don’t want to interact right then and leave them be.  If they like being petted but not cuddled (like Morgana), pet them.  Don’t force them to cuddle.  If they like soft pets but not heavier ones, pet them softly.  If they like to play but only with certain types of toys, make sure those toys are available for them.  In short, respect what they like and not what you want them to like.

You can read all about forcing interaction in one of my earlier posts, here:  https://fluffybuttsfamily.wordpress.com/2017/01/26/forcing-interaction/

So let’s all respect our cats and not just on Respect Your Cat Day, let’s do it every day.  Happy Respect Your Cat Day!

How do you respect you cats?  Tell us about it in the comments below!

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Breed of the Week: Dachshund

This week our featured breed is the Dachshund, also known as the wiener dog.  Why?  Well, because my Pixie-girl is half Dachshund.

Pixie in the yard (2)

Note the long body, semi-floppy ears, barrel chest, and shorter legs.  Those are traits from her Dachshund half.

Dachshunds are scent hounds and were originally bred to hunt badgers, which I did not know.  Their name actually means badger dog.  Dachs – badger.  Hund – dog.  They do, however, have many nicknames such as Doxie, Dashie, wiener dog, sausage dog, hot dog, and (in Germany most especially) Teckels, Dachels, and Dachsels.

The Dachshund comes in three varieties.  These are smooth (shorthaired), wirehaired, and longhaired.  The most popular in the USA is the smooth coated Dachshund.

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Smooth Dachshund
Dachshund - longhaired
Longhaired Dachshund
Dachshund - wirehaired
Wirehaired Dachshund

Their cute and often comical appearance have made them the subject of many cartoonists and toy makers.  Yet they were bred for more practical purposes.  Their long body and short legs allow them to maneuver in tunnels made by badgers and other burrowing critters.  They are bold and brave with plenty of heart for the fight once they’ve cornered their prey.  This boldness and independence of nature can cause them to get into trouble as they dig and burrow after small animals in their owners’ backyard.  Indoors they are playful and active, engaging willingly in whatever game they best enjoy, although their idea of the game may be quite different from that of their playmate 😉

As long as neighbors are willing to put up with the Dachshunds often constant barking, they are ideal for apartments and dwellings without a backyard.  Given their barrel chest and large lungs, the Dachshund sounds like a bigger dog than it is, which can give quite a scare to new visitors, strangers, and would-be intruders.

Dachshunds bond closely with one person and may, if not properly trained and socialized, become possessive of their owners’ attention.  This can result in snapping, charging, and fighting with other dogs and pets seeking attention.

Often bred more for looks than temperament by some breeders (especially backyard breeders and puppy mills), if you are interested in purchasing a Dachshund be sure to find a reputable breeder.  My Pixie-girl came from the local shelter and showed many of the traits I was looking for in a companion.  She’s quieter than most Dachshunds and mostly prefers to lie beside me in my recliner, though she can get super excited and energetic when let outside to run in the sunshine.

Pixie bounding at park

I know she’s really excited and having a lot of fun when both of her ears stick straight up, as shown below.

Pixie excited

Today’s Dachshund is an ideal family companion.  Many Dachshund owners show them in conformation, obedience, agility, field trials, and earthdog trials.  Some also enter them in Dachshund races such as the Wiener Nationals, but this is not recommended as there are concerns that racing as such might cause injury to their backs.

Due to their long backs and short legs, one should be very careful about managing their weight.  Many Dachshunds are prone to putting on weight very easily, which can be extremely detrimental to their overall health and can result in severe injury to their spine.  Dachshunds are susceptible to slipped or ruptured discs in their backs that can, and often does, result in partial or full paralysis.

This is where I’m going to touch on an issue that really concerns me.  Over the past century or so, Dachshunds have been bred to have longer necks and backs, a jutting chest, and legs short enough their belly almost drags on the ground.  This troubles me.  Originally, they looked fairly different.  They had short but more functional legs, a less obtrusive chest, and a somewhat shorter back more able to support their spine.

Dachshund evolution

The breeding of Dachshunds for these highly disproportionate bodies makes them far more prone to arthritis at a younger age, injuries to their backs simply from jumping off furniture or falling wrong, and partial or full paralysis.  Dogs are extremely adaptable and can certainly do well in these situations, however, why are we deliberately putting them in those situations where they need to adapt like that?  Simply because we like the look of that long back and short legs?  For aesthetics?  What happened to breeding dogs that would live full happy and healthy lives?  Don’t we, as pet lovers, want what’s best for our dogs?  Why does that change when we’re breeding them?  It is my belief that we should breed them to look more like their ancestors.  Breed less for the shorter and shorter legs and longer and longer neck and back and more for their benefit.  Breed them for more functional, longer legs, a less elongated neck, a less protruding chest, and a shorter back more able to support them and less susceptible to slipped and/or ruptured discs.

You can find an article on this issue by Dr. Karen Becker, here:  http://healthypets.mercola.com/sites/healthypets/archive/2015/04/02/dog-breeds-1915-vs-2015.aspx

I manage Pixie’s weight very carefully due to her long back and somewhat short legs.  I know if she becomes obese it will put a lot of strain on her back and joints and can result in a lot of pain and even paralysis.  Why would I want to put her through that?  I don’t.  It would be cruel knowing what I know of her Dachshund half.  So, the answer?  Manage her weight carefully and keep her on the slim side.

If you want to purchase or adopt a Dachshund, please do your research.  They are, in general, a good breed for first-time owners with their ease of care and the way they bond deeply with their person.  They can, however, be independent-minded and obstinate, so start training and socializing them early on and continue training and socializing them throughout their life.

Fun Fact:  Originally a Dachshund named Otto was cast and filmed in the Wizard of Oz, however, due to a strong anti-German sentiment during WWII he was fired and replaced with Toto.

Do you or have you owned a Dachshund?  Please tell us about him/her in the comments below!  I’d love to hear about your experiences with the breed.

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Have a breed you’d like to see featured in our next Breed of the Week?  Leave your suggestion in the comments below!

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Forget-Me-Not Friday

On today’s Forget-Me-Not Friday we’re going to be honoring Smokey, one of Raina’s four kittens.

Smokey

Smokey was by far the clingiest of our kittens.  He loved being with us and any time we would try to leave he would follow us, meowing his little heart out.  Funnily enough, he was also the most adventurous barring Kaya.  He loved exploring the grass and garden and was one of the first to leave his mother and grandmother’s side.

However, just like Kaya, one day at about 8 weeks old Smokey went exploring and never came back.  We hoped and hoped he would turn up, but he never did.  To this day, I hope someone found him and took him in.  Whatever happened to him, we loved him and we miss him.

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This post is in memory of Smokey.  May he never be forgotten.

Forget-Me-Not Friday is about pets we have lost, whether they’ve passed over the Rainbow Bridge, got lost and were never found, or had to be given up for one reason or another.  Please feel free to participate in this event to honor our pets by sending a picture (or a few pictures) and your pet’s story to FluffybuttsFamily@mycompanymail.com.  Tell me about your beloved dog, your adorable cat, your favorite horse, your silly goat, your pet pig, your mischievous ferret, etc.  I’ll post one picture and one story each week in memory of those pets.

If you want to participate in Forget-Me-Not Friday please send:

  1. a picture (or pictures) of your beloved pet
  2. a summary of their story
  3. the link to your blog and any links pertaining to that pet
  4. your name (doesn’t have to be your real name)

If it seems like I didn’t reply to your e-mail, please check your spam/junk folder.  If it still looks as if I didn’t reply, please leave a comment and I’ll do what I can to remedy the issue.

Also, please consider becoming a part of our Fluffybutt Family and following us on our journey 🙂

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If you loved this Forget-Me-Not Friday, please consider checking out previous Forget-Me-Not Friday posts!

Fluff:  https://fluffybuttsfamily.wordpress.com/2017/03/17/forget-me-not-friday-7/

Kaya:  https://fluffybuttsfamily.wordpress.com/2017/03/10/forget-me-not-friday-6/

Fuzz:  https://fluffybuttsfamily.wordpress.com/2017/03/03/forget-me-not-friday-5/

Tear:  https://fluffybuttsfamily.wordpress.com/2017/02/24/forget-me-not-friday-4/

Č’ert Dog:  https://fluffybuttsfamily.wordpress.com/2017/02/17/forget-me-not-friday-3/

Noah:  https://fluffybuttsfamily.wordpress.com/2017/02/10/forget-me-not-friday-2/

Coconut Baby:  https://fluffybuttsfamily.wordpress.com/2017/02/04/forget-me-not-friday/

Who wants a puppy?

I do!  Do you even have to ask??

No, but in all seriousness, I do want a puppy.  I’m simply not in a place where I could get one and properly care for it.  So, no puppy 😦  However, today is National Puppy Day, which is definitely something to celebrate!  😀 😀 😀

So let’s see those puppies!

Here are mine.  First, Gidget and Gizmo, both purebred Chocolate Labs 🙂

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My Coco baby

My Coco baby2

Then we have Jack, a Border Collie puppy.

Sleepy Puppy

Eliza and Jack

Jack & Merlin Actually Being Calm & Civil

And last, but certainly not least, our Luna Lovegood who is a Boxer/Border Collie/Whippet mix!

Luna at the dog park2

Luna bring the ball back

Puppy party with my Ana4

Those are the puppies we’ve had (in most recent years, since pictures of the other puppies we’ve had got lost in one of our moves), how about yours?  Leave a picture, or pictures, in the comments below (though I’m still not entirely sure you can put pictures there) or link to one of your blog posts featuring one or more of the puppies you’ve had!  I’d love to see them!

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National Animal Poison Prevention Week

Happy National Animal Poison Prevention Week!!  For those who may not know, NAPP Week (as I’m going to call it because the whole thing is just far too long, lol) started this week on Sunday the 19th.

So let’s talk about things that are poisonous to our pets.

Treat Box Chocolate Snack Gourmet Candies Sweets

Most pet owners know there are substances out there that are toxic to our beloved four-legged fluffy and not-so-fluffybutt family members.  Chocolate is a major food toxic to both dogs and cats, not just because of the caffeine content, but also because of a chemical it contains called theobromine.  Neither of these substances can be broken down properly by either cats or dogs and so should be kept far away from them.

 

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Alcohol is another substance toxic to both dogs and cats.  Some people think it’s all fun and games to give a little bit of alcohol to their pet in celebration of an event such as Christmas or New Years and watch them wobble around acting drunk, but it’s not.  The consumption of alcohol by a dog or cat can cause vomiting, diarrhea, decreased coordination, central nervous system depression, difficulty breathing, tremors, abnormal blood acidity, coma, and ultimately death.  Alcohol poisoning in dogs and cats is becoming an increasing concern for vets around the world, not only because people are ignorantly and deliberately giving it to them, but also because many people don’t think well when drunk and leave their drinks down where an animal can get to it.  Dogs and cats are curious creatures and will, if given the chance, sniff at and taste or drink down a carelessly unguarded drink.

One woman’s story comes to mind:

Yorkshire Terrier Puppy Yorkshire Terrier Puppy Dog

Sarah Hendy, rescuer and owner of an abandoned Yorkie named Casey, tells of the tragedy of carelessly leaving her drink unattended on the floor.  It took little more than a second for Casey to sneak over and lap up the leftover alcohol.  She admits they at first found it funny watching Casey staggering around and being unable to jump onto the sofa.  However, “it stopped being funny very quickly.”  They’d looked on the internet to see if any dogs had suffered negative effects from being given alcohol.  All the stories noted the staggering about followed by a period of “sleeping it off.”  None of that could have prepared Sarah for the reality of what her little bit of carelessness caused.  Casey soon became floppy and couldn’t even hold her head up.  Sarah called the vet at 10 PM on New Year’s Eve.  Yet even the vet didn’t seem all that worried.  Jokes were made about partying too hard, but he suggested bringing Casey in just in case.  Following protocol for alcohol ingestion, the vet took some blood for testing and inserted an IV with fluids to flush the alcohol from Casey’s system.  They then settled the little Yorkie into a well-padded crate for overnight observation and Sarah Hendy went home, reassured that Casey would be fine.

By 12:10 AM, Casey was suffering from seizures.  The vets tried seizure medications and each seemed to work for a short time but ultimately couldn’t stop the seizures.

By 7:30 AM Casey’s chances for recovery were not looking good.  The vets called Sarah and put Casey under general anesthesia to give her brain and body a rest from the constant fitting.

Not long after, the vet called asking Sarah to come in to see Casey.  For a moment, there was hope.  Casey seemed to be doing a little better under the anesthesia, though her chances of full recovery were still slim.

9 AM the next day, Sarah woke and knew something was very wrong as she had not received the usual morning update from the vet.  Within a few moments of waking, the phone rang.  Casey was in a very bad way.  The fitting had started again, her temperature had sky-rocketed, her blood pressure had dropped, and her heart was racing fit to burst.  There had been no update because the vets had been trying to save Casey’s life or at least give Sarah and her family time to get to her to say goodbye.

Sarah woke her children with the news that they had to get dressed as quickly as possible so they could make it to the vet and say goodbye.  They spent a few moments with their beloved little dog and sat and watched over her as Casey breathed her last.

You can read the full tragic story, here:  https://www.facebook.com/cheesydiary/photos/a.584781511608408.1073741828.584690824950810/957391054347450/?type=3&theater

Take this warning to heart:  ALCOHOL IS POISON TO PETS!  Giving a pet alcohol is not funny.  It’s not a joke.  It’s not a game.  If you give your pet alcohol, you are gambling with their life.  If you suspect your pet of consuming alcohol, please, please, please call your vet immediately!

Other substances toxic to pets include apple seeds (dogs and cats), apricot pits (dogs and cats), cherry pits (dogs and cats), candy (dogs and cats), coffee (dogs and cats), citrus if consumed in large amounts (dogs and cats), grapes (dogs and cats), raisins (dogs and cats), gum (dogs and cats), hops (dogs and cats), macadamia nuts (dogs), moldy foods (dogs and cats), mustard seeds (dogs and cats), onions and onion powder (dogs only in large amounts, cats), garlic (dogs only in large amounts, cats), chives (dogs only in large amounts, cats), peach pits (dogs and cats), green parts of potato leaves and skins (dogs and cats), rhubarb leaves (dogs and cats), tea that contains caffeine (dogs and cats), green parts of tomato leaves and stems (dogs and cats), salt (dogs and cats), salty foods (dogs and cats), walnuts (dogs and cats), xylitol (dogs and cats), and yeast dough (dogs and cats).

Besides foods, there are also certain plants that are toxic to pets.  Some of the more common ones are Aloe Vera (dogs and cats), Autumn Crocus (dogs and cats), Azalea (dogs and cats), the roots of Cyclamen (dogs and cats), Kalanchoe (dogs and cats), Tiger Lily (cats), Day Lily (cats), Asiatic Lily (cats), Easter Lily (cats), Japanese Show Lily (cats), leaves and flowers of Oleander (dogs and cats), Dieffenbachia (dogs and cats), Daffodil (dogs and cats), Lily of the Valley (dogs and cats), the leaves and seeds of Dago Palms (dogs and cats), the bulbs of Tulips (dogs and cats), and Hyacinth (dogs and cats).

For a comprehensive list of substances, plants, and other things toxic to pets, visit http://petpoisonhelp.wpengine.com/poisons/

If you suspect your pet of consuming a toxic substance you can call the Pet Poison Helpline at 1-800-213-6680.  If your pet is already showing signs of poisoning, please take them to the vet!  They stand a better chance of survival if they get to the vet quickly; always, always better safe than sorry.

Happy NAPP Week!

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Breed of the Week: Savannah

This week we feature a breed that is in truth a hybrid between a wild cat and a domestic cat – the Savannah.  The Savannah is a mix between the Serval, also known as the African Serval, (shown below) and a domestic cat.

Serval
African Serval

The first Savannah, named Savannah, was a cross between the Serval and a Siamese.

Siamese
Siamese

In its early development, Bengal and Egyptian Mau were used to retain the breed’s spotted coat.

Egyptian Mau
Egyptian Mau
Bengal Cat
Bengal

Currently, the breed standard of the International Cat Association (TICA) allows for the cross of the Serval with the Egyptian Mau, the Ocicat, the Oriental Shorthair, and the Domestic Shorthair.

Ocicat
Ocicat
Oriental Shorthair
Oriental Shorthair
Domestic Shorthair
Domestic Shorthair

The domestic cats bred with the Serval should be brown-spotted tabbies, silver-spotted tabbies, black with black spots, or black smoke.  To prevent the passing on of undesirable genetic traits, the Maine Coon and Bengal cats should not be crossed with the Serval.  The purpose in breeding Savannah is to allow a person to bring something that looks exotic into the home without the dangers presented by owning the larger and wilder exotic big cats such as lions, tigers, and leopards.

As they are a mix of wild cat and domestic cat, the Savannah is marked by what’s called a filial number.  For example, an F1 Savannah is a first generation Savannah from a Serval and domestic cat, or else a Serval and Savannah.  Later generations with less Serval in their genetics are subsequently called F2, F3, F4, and so on.  F1 Savannah cats can be up to and even exceeding 75% Serval, though those that exceed 75% are often sterile.

There are ownership laws concerning the Savannah due to its wild heritage.  In the USA the laws vary from state to state and sometimes from city to city, so research what ownership laws exist in your region if you’re considering purchasing or adopting a Savannah.

Although their personalities and temperaments vary from one Savannah to another due to out-breeding with various domestic cats, they have two overlying traits – high energy and heightened curiosity.  The Savannah is suited to more active families as they require plenty of play time and exercise to help drain the energy their wild Serval ancestors would have used in hunting.  They are highly intelligent, which tends to get them into trouble as they learn to open cabinets and doors, turn on water taps, and find ways to escape their homes.  On the flip side, their intelligence can also lead to learning tricks like fetch and learning to walk on a leash.

If properly socialized, the Savannah can be very friendly toward people, even those outside their immediate family.  Savannah develop deep bonds with those they consider their people and become very loyal to the point of following their person(s) around the house and insisting on being included in all daily activities.  In general, Savannah do not fear water and, in fact, many like to play in it and may immerse themselves in it.  Some owners even shower with them!

The most notable and sometimes most problematic trait of the Savannah is its jumping ability.  Most Savannah can jump up to 8 ft. from a perfect standstill.  They’ll jump on top of doors, bookcases, shelves, refrigerators, and high cabinets.  Precautions need to be taken to prevent them getting into trouble or getting injured.

Serval jumping

With the right steps taken and the proper adjustments made, Savannah can be marvelous pets and can bring that exotic, wild flavor into their owners’ homes.

Please do your research if you are considering adopting a Savannah!  They need daily activity and socialization or they can become obnoxious and destructive.  Remember, they are part wild cat.  Their behavior may or may not reflect their Serval heritage more than their domestic cat heritage.  If you are not prepared to deal with a much wilder version of a domestic cat, don’t purchase or adopt a Savannah!  Instead, see about purchasing or adopting a domestic cat that more suits your lifestyle.

Fun Fact:  The Savannah holds the record for the world’s tallest domestic cat.

Do you or have you owned a Savannah?  Tell us about it in the comments below!  We’d love to hear about your experiences with this breed of cat!

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