Health Essentials for your Strikingly Beautiful Savannah Cat
You’ll want to celebrate the beginning of a new season in your home when you bring an exotic, spotted Savannah cat into your life. You certainly don’t want to let any minor health problems with your kitty-kat deter you from enjoying your new feline friend.
The Savannah is a hybrid cat breed – a cross between a Serval and a domestic cat and considered a generally healthy cat with no known genetic health issues. As with all cats, this breed will still need his regular vaccinations, parasite control as well as ongoing health checks.
Having your Savannah kitten properly vaccinated will protect him against diseases which could prove to be fatal. Your cat’s health, his age, risk of exposure and lifestyle will all come into play when determining the vaccines your cat should get.
These particular vaccines are imperative for your furry friend’s health –
Rabies Vaccine: The rabies virus comes from the bite of an infected animal. Rabies isn’t curable, so it is imperative to have your cat vaccinated.
Feline Distemper Vaccine: Known as feline panleukopenia, this disease is contagious and can result in the death of a young cat.
Feline Leukemia Vaccine: The disease compromises your cat’s immune system so that he isn’t able to properly fight off infections. Vaccination is essential.
Feline calicivirus and feline herpes virus are the top culprits and can be transmitted from cat to cat through coughing and sneezing. Common feline respiratory diseases can be prevented through vaccination.
Hydration and Your Savannah
Water is an essential nutrient for maintaining health, and while your Savannah will get a certain amount of water from the food he eats, he’ll need a fresh supply of cool water to remain hydrated and avoid serious health issues.
Unlike other cats, Savannahs love water. This trait of theirs should be encouraged as playing around in water regulates body temperature and lapping it up removes toxins and assists with absorption of nutrients and digestion. Don’t be surprised if your Savannah, attracted to the sound of running water, decides to join you in the shower! Your Savannah doesn’t like standing water and this causes them to drink too little, resulting in disorders of the urinary tract. Your Savannah is part Serval and these cats are used to drinking moving water from streams and rivers. You want to ensure your cat has a constant supply of fresh, running water as nature intended. If you don’t live on a farm, vets have come up with a solution, and you can invest in a cat drinking fountain which encourages your Savannah to drink lots of fresh water the way he loves to.
General Grooming for Health
The Savannah’s coat is short and to keep it healthy, it will simply require is a brush twice a week so as to get rid of loose hairs. Check your Savannahs teeth and speak to your vet on how to remove tartar build up from his teeth.
With such striking good looks, you want to ensure your Savannahs health and happiness. Your love for your extraordinary pussy cat will be complete when you take every step possible to ensure he continues to sparkle with purrrrfect health and contentment.