TICA recommends taking a Savannah kitten to a new home at the age at least 12 weeks. The move, which is always a stress for a kitten, may adversely affect the Savannah’s health. To help you to ease your Savannah kitten’s transition into your home, a strange, new environment, we have compiled a list of recommendations for your kitten’s first couple of weeks in a new home:
- When you bring your kitten into your home, do not take it out from the carrier immediately. Encourage the kitten to walk out him/herself. During first one or two weeks we recommend to keep the Savannah kitten in one room in order to establish a bound.
- If you have other pets, do not hurry to introduce the kitten to them. Wait until the kitten feels more comforted. We highly recommend waiting until the end of a quarantine period.
- Make sure your Savannah kitten knows where his or her food and water is kept and check to see he/she is eating and drinking enough. Remember to show them the litter box, especially after waking up from a nap or overnight.
- Keep the Savannah kitten on the same food it was on prior to coming to live with you. If you are going to change food, make the change very gradual.
- Equip the sleeping and playing areas. Have plenty of toys and a scratching post available. All toys shall be safe.
- Never yell, scream or spank your kitten. Please do not make the kitten feel threatened in any way. They are there simply to love you and don't always understand our way of life. Savannah cats don't always back down if you become abusive with them. Re-directing their attention is the best form of disciplining your new kitten.
- Take all necessary steps to make your home safe for a kitten. Small household items (pins, needles, paper clips), cords, household chemicals should not be available. Keep toilet lids closed.