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August 27, 2004

Friday Cat Blogging

I found a really great cat that I would get if I didn't mind a lot of work. A Savannah is a cross between my favorite big cat, the African Serval, and a domestic cat. You end up with a chow hound with big ears. Here's a picture, to the right.

Savannahs require a lot of extra care. They need raw chicken twice daily on top of their normal cat food. Plus, you can't get any new cats once you get a Savannah. They eat small animals, including other cats they have not been raised with. Maybe after my son goes off to college and we move in the middle of a large forest, I can get one. It'll be raised with our current cats so there'll be no danger of our critters becoming a midnight snack. Can't get cats after the Savannah, though. It'll definitely have to be an indoor cat, or outside with a leash. Gee, wouldn't it be a hoot for me to be responsible for mountain lion sightings. Heh. I get the impression that these cats are being bred so that their temperaments are more suitable for becoming your favorite lap fungus, so maybe the two chickens and keeping them away from strange cats in your home aren't necessarily the case for all of them now.

Posted on August 27, 2004 at 01:48 PM | Permalink


Do me a huge favor. When you move out to that perfect place, simply look for a serval rescue society, and adopt one that someone else has dumped. Don't put your money into the breeding of novelty animals. You may be the perfect caretakers, but most of the people exotic animals are sold to are not, and the breeders are after all interested in profit, not ethics, not animal welfare, no matter how well the animals are cared for. I hate to preach, but it really is a hit in the forehead with a 2x4 when you read something like this out of someone you respect on all accounts on family issues. Sounds like you've got time before then, so if you can, please look into it.

I got to help with an injured serval at a wildlife clinic. It was a gorgeous animal. Absolutely intoxicating. I can't blame anyone for wanting one BUT...there's more involved that just beauty and wanting to experience that beauty and grace daily. There's the animal, and all the other animals that went into the breeding of her. Believe me, you can still have her...but rescue her. All those exotic animals out there, and there are hundreds to thousands of each that are unwanted now.

Done preaching now... :)

Posted by: Caitlin at Aug 27, 2004 5:02:37 PM

Thanks, Caitlin. I didn't know there were rescues for wildcats. I'll have to look into rescue for Servals. I seriously doubt I'd get a Savannah or a Serval because I know what kind of work it would take to raise it. Another possibility is donating money to protecting servals in the wild. I know there are programs like that for lemurs. A Savannah probably be one or two generations from wildcat, and I know the kind of responsibility and expense that would entail. I know about the rescues for purebred cats and garden-variety cats. I got Mulder from a cat rescue. She was one day away from being euthanized. Now she spends all day falling off my shelf, at least she did last week. She's 11 years old. She's huge now. You should have seen her when she was a kitten. She looked like Ren Hoak from Ren and Stimpy.

I've thought about someday getting an applehead siamese or a snowshoe, like my deceased cat, Koala. He was a snowshoe. I know there is a siamese/snowshoe rescue in this general area. I'd go to a rescue to get any future cat.

Posted by: Trish Wilson at Aug 27, 2004 6:13:51 PM