When raising Savannah kittens, it is important to know what to feed them. As a hybrid species they are going to be a little different from your average domestic kitten. In order to keep your Savannah kitten healthy and strong, you need to know what to feed them.
Savannah kittens like to eat high-quality meats, with a similar diet to what they would consume in the wild being essential for their growth and development. You can also supplement their food with extra nutrients, and making homemade jerky treats is also a good idea.
While Savannah kittens will rely on their mother’s milk from an early stage, you will need to know what foods to supplement this with and how to get the best foods for your Savannah kitten. Below, we will talk about how to do this, along with some tips for choosing healthy cat treats.
What Do Savannah Kittens Like To Eat?
Depending on your situation, the diet of your Savannah kitten may vary. In some cases, Savannah kittens can be born premature, especially in the early generations (F1-F2) and may need special attention and care. This will require a team up between your Savannah mother and yourself in order to make sure the kittens are well fed. A combination of nursing and bottle feeding will be needed.
If your Savannah mother is able to produce milk, you want your Savannah kittens to get as much of it as possible. Mother’s milk is packed full of life supporting nutrients and is essential to the development of the kittens. As mentioned previously, these nutrients will help build strong immune systems which will protect your kittens from common diseases that can occur.
In other cases, you may just be the lucky new recipient of a mature Savannah kitten. Like most felines, Savannah kittens are ready to be adopted when they are just 8 weeks old. By that time, they have established their immune systems and are weaning off their mother’s milk. However, they are still kittens and will require a special diet.
A Good Mix
Although every cat deserves a high-quality diet, being a hybrid species means Savannah kittens demand high-quality foods to maintain a healthy lifestyle. Having Serval bloodlines means their digestive systems are still quite feral and won’t tolerate fillers or by-products. Most Savannah kittens will need a mixture of wet and dry foods. Wet foods can be canned, homecooked, or even raw.
In the wild, cats get most of their water content from their prey along with their recommended dose of fiber. Ultimately, cats are carnivores and are naturally supposed to consume a diet of raw meats high in moisture and protein and low in carbohydrates. For this reason, some owners will not even use dry foods. If you decide to feed your kitten dry food, it is important it is only part of their diet.
A Balanced Diet
It is important to note that your kitten needs a certain balance of vitamins, minerals, and amino acids. In other words, just filling their bowl with ground chicken or other meat sources is not going to cut it. When they eat prey animals in the wild, they are also consuming bone, marrow, and the nutrients that animal consumed. Well sourced food is key as we will discuss in the next section.
How To Find Good Foods ForSavannah Kittens
Ask Your Breeder
A great place to start finding answers to where to get your Savannah kittens for is to consult your breeder. The breeder where your Savannah came from will be able to guide you as to what will be best for your kitten. Some breeders may even sell premade raw or cooked food that is then frozen. That way you may not even have to go through the process of making it yourself.
If not from your breeder, there are plenty of companies out there that sell prepacked raw and cooked food. There is also the option of purchasing high-quality canned foods that are still a healthy option for your Savannah. High-end dry foods can also be used but are the least recommended. Just remember the fresher the food and the less processed it is, the better the quality.
Holistic Pet Stores
If you are purchasing premade foods in any of the forms mentioned, I recommend searching for local holistic pet stores. Although some generic pet stores have started to sell high-quality foods, their staff may not be well trained in pet diets. The holistic stores are generally going to be able to better answer your questions concerning your Savannah kitten’s diet.
Once you know what brand of food you’ll be purchasing, another great option is to order online. Many online stores allow you to purchase in bulk which can save you a lot of money in the long run. It also allows you to search out small batch companies that may not show up in stores. These companies are great because small batch recipes are generally more consistent and of a higher quality.
If you have decided to make your own raw or home cooked recipe there are a few options to consider. Firstly, you will still want to consult your breeder and veterinarian. They will be able to provide you with the right nutritional values you need to make the best recipe. This will include the meat but also the added vitamins and minerals you will need.
Savannahs, like other cats, cannot produce all of their required amino acids and vitamins, similar to how humans cannot produce their own vitamin C. Most cats in the wild get these from their diet, which includes wild prey. Most domestic livestock are fed a grain diet which will cause them to lack some of these vitamins and amino acids. This is where supplements come into play.
When making your kitten’s food you will want to purchase powdered supplements to add to their food whether it is raw or cooked. If cooked, add these after the food has cooled so you don’t denature the nutrients with heat. Supplements can be bought at most holistic pet stores or online markets. Additionally, until your kitten is older and able to consume bone you will want to purchase bone meal.
Quality Over Quantity
There are also several sites that specialize in raw food cat diets and will provide you with recipes with the proper amounts of key nutrients. When purchasing your meat, you can use any variety of poultry, beef, pork, fish, or even game meats. The important thing is to find fresh high-quality meats, preferably organic or at least grass fed.
While shopping for your different proteins you want to keep in mind muscle meat accounts for only 85% of their diet. You want to make sure to include different organ meats such as the livers and the hearts which make up another 10%. The last 5% would be the bone meal and eventually edible whole bones once your kitten is at least a year old.
Tips For Choosing Healthy Cat Treats
Bonding And Training
Similar to selecting your kitten’s food there are a couple of options for treats. Treats are a great way to bond with your Savannah as well as using them for training purposes. However, you want to make sure your treats, while tasty, are also healthy. Treats don’t have to mean “junk food” for them to be a special snack.
The same places you will find high-quality cat food for your kitten will also have treat options. These will be tasty snacks for your Savannah while also promoting health and wellness. Many treats are great for teeth, coats, hairball prevention and more. Some treats may also offer a way to supplement those nutrients we talked about in the previous section.
Additionally, you can choose to make your own treats if you have time available. Some Savannah owners will make homemade jerky from a variety of different meats. If you can find a source for deer, elk, or similar game meat these offer great lean protein and are good for your Savannah’s teeth. Jerky is probably best suited for Savannah cats that areat least 6 months old.
Jerky can be made using a dehydrator, but others have had success using their ovens at low temperatures. Having your jerkya little moist is actually good for young kittens. It is also an easy snack to store either in your cupboard or refrigerator. Other homemade snacks can be done by blending fish and eggs into a paste and popping it onto a baking sheet and placing it in the oven.
Often A Cheaper Option
As mentioned before there are a lot of web sources on raw and home cooked diets, and many of them offer recipes for treats as well. Making your own treats can save you money and give you peace of mind that it’s a treat you trust giving to your kitten. Plus, it can be fun experimenting with different flavors and seeing what your kitten prefers.
The most important thing to remember when it comes to feeding your Savannah kitten is that it is food of high quality. The better the food the better the life of your kitten will be, and the stronger they will grow. High-quality meats and even homemade treats are the best sources of food for your Savannah kitten.