Adopting A Savannah Cat Is Almost Like Adopting A Child
When you set out to bring a Savannah cat into your home, reputable breeders will not treat this like buying a cell phone that will expire within a year.
They treat it as an adoption that will add a new member to your family. They will want to know that you can provide a loving and lasting home for your Savannah for the next 15-20 years.
Here is an example of the questions you will be asked as a prospective parent of one of these wonderful cats.
- Have you checked your city bylaws to see if you are allowed to have an exotic pet?
- Owned or rented
- Length of residence in current home
- Present occupation of you and your partner
- Are you willing and able to make the investment in time and finances to care for and properly care for your new pet? (Caring for a Savannah will cost an estimated $2,000 a year or more.)
Household And Residents
- Reasons for wanting a pet
- Number of adults and children in the household
- Whether all residents of the household want a new pet
- Allergies specific to cats amongst household residents and close friends
- Other pets in the home
History With Pets
- Ownership of pets within last 5 years
- Vaccination history of current pets
- Whether you have relinquished any pets before
Care Of Your Savannah
- Veterinarian name, contact information and reference
- Where would your new Savannah be kept when you are home?
- Where would your Savannah be kept when you are NOT home?
- If kept outdoors, explain how your Savannah will be confined including:
- Type of confinement
- Total length of time
- Type of shelter
- Type of shade provided
- In a 24-hour day how long would the pet be left alone at any given time?
- Will your Savannah share a litter box with another animal?
- If yes, how many litter boxes will be provided?
- What is the location of each litter box?
- How often are they scooped?
- How often are they changed completely?
- How often are the boxes cleaned?
- Have you any previous experience with Savannahs?
- If yes, please explain including the age of the Savannah(s):
- What other information do you know about Servals?
- How much time do you need to prepare for your new pet before taking it home?
- Willingness to schedule a home visit by the breeder.
Many breeders will require you to answer questions similar to these and include your answers with a signed purchase contract.