SexySavannahs

Currently CLOSED

About the SexySavannahs Cattery


TICA


SexySavannahs is an underfoot, hobby based TICA registered cattery.  Our focus is to produce a small number of exquisitely stunning pet Savannah kittens each year.  We follow the TICA Savannah Breed Standard as closely as possible, as well as TICA Code of Ethics.



Look and Pattern


We aim to produce kittens with a light base-colour, featuring outstanding ink black spots and markings.


Visitors often agree:  Our kittens are the most exotic looking domestic cats they've seen.  Black noses (most kittens), huge ears, nicely contrast ocelli, long legs and body, with a long slender neck leading to a triangle shaped head retain the best Serval traits in our Savannahs.


 

Size


Our F3 male kittens generally reach a weight between 14-20 pounds, with females ranging between 10-15 pounds.  For the first 14 - 16 months, the growth will be structural, while taking up to four years to reach full size in terms of muscle and mass.



Serval Inherited Behaviour and Traits


Savannah cats have amazing agility and athleticism, unmatched by other domestic cat breed.

 

Their high hunting, athletic drive when it comes to playtime is fascinating to behold.  With a wand toy in action, the wild Serval genes in our cats really come out.  They will chirp, hiss, growl, wag their tails, and prowl accordingly.  Jumping Savannahs often leap five or six feet through the air!  

 

When lounging around they'll take an easy jump or two in order to reach the higher places in the home, such as the on top of a wall unit or refrigerator.  That is, if they are not seeking attention or having an intense playtime session.

 

While containing a good portion of the "wild" behaviour, our cats also display plenty of affection and loyalty within the home.  While Xena will be standoffish with strangers and may disappear completely if not staring you down (see note on standoff below), kittens happily show affection toward strangers.

 

The Standoff:  A rare Serval trait.  A Savannah cat may elevate themselves above an unknown person physically, and stare at them.  On occasion, they may let out a very wild sounding hiss in order to startle people into looking away, thus asserting themselves.  Although seemingly aggressive sounding, it is merely a bluffing technique.

 

Following owners around the house like a dog, Savannahs are always looking for ways to "help." Going inside a cupboard, doing dishes, showering, or many various activities, they simply want to be involved.  While ours do not dive directly into water, they do play with paws in a sink or the pond.


Our Savannahs chirp!  Chirping is a unique to Savannahs, as it is a Serval trait.  Our cats chirp every time there is cause for excitement.  Whether because they are chasing a wand toy, or watching birds outside the window, chirping is always pleasant hear.


Frequently they let owners know they're one of the "pride" by giving headbutts!  While frequent in nature, there's always a special feeling when it happens, as it is only a behaviour a Savannah would do.



Diet


We feed our breeding Savannahs raw quail along with some veal liver and chicken giblets.  Our kittens are fed Acana as a typical pet owner will not wish to feed a raw diet.  Acana is a high quality, protein focused dry food that is made in Canada.



Outdoors?  Not Quite!


Our cats never roam freely outdoors.  Unwanted illness, diseases, parasites, or never coming home are potential, unnecessary risks that are easily avoidable.

 

In lieu of going outdoors, we converted a portion of the garage into an enclosed, outdoor area. Tree branches, carpeted shelving, sono-tubing, greenery, a floor to ceiling scratch pole / climber, and a pond are the highlight attractions.  Between spring and autumn, the pond is regulated by a heater and water pump.  Feeder fish make for a natural cat stimulant.



Keep Those Claws


None of our Savannahs are declawed, because we feel it is unethical (amputation!), and because cats need their claws for eating, climbing and jumping.  None of Savannahs cats have ever used claws on furniture, and have always readily taken to scratch posts, cat trees, and the branches in our outdoor enclosure.



Litter Box


We opt to use a large tote bin instead of a standard litter box. This allows them not only more room, but no litter leaves the bin while digging and therefore contains the litter better.



Caging


We do not believe in caging our animals.  Breeding is done in a separate enclosure.  Kitten nursing is done in a separate room, where the queen will nurse her young in an undisturbed environment. Once kittens begin walking confidently at approximately four weeks of age, the kittens are given free run of the home environment, in the company of the remaining Savannahs.