If you are looking to adopt any cat, it is helpful to know how old they need to be first. However, many looking to adopt Savannah cats in particular may be wondering when a Savannah kitten can leave its mother.
Savannah kittens can leave their mother when they are 12 weeks old. To keep them healthy and happy, a kitten should notleave their mother any sooner than this. Mothers help teach their kittens how to take care of themselves. Plus, a kitten’s immune system may not be prepared to leave yet.
Savannah kittens learn a lot during these 12 weeks, and it’s vital they learn everything they need to before leaving their mother. You should always ensure that your kitten is as happy and healthy as possible, after all. Below, we will go into more detail as to why these 12 weeks are so important.
Why Is It Important?
It’s essential that you do not take your Savannah kitten away from their mother too early. As we mentioned above, anything before 12 weeks is definitely too early. However, there are some breeders who allow their kittens to be adopted before this 12-week mark, though you should always know whyyou could experience problems if you adopt your Savannah too early.
It’s important to wait until this 12-week period because Savannahs, like all cats, learn from their mothers. They learn how to groom themselves, how to play, how to hunt, and so much more. They don’t learn about hunting until they are about 9 weeks old. At this point, they’re much more inclined to pounce on their littermates and “hunt” them.
If you adopt them before this time period, they might not have some of these hunting instincts down, as they don’t really grow accustomed to them until they’re nine weeks old. As you can see, in just this one instance, it’s important to ensure that you’re not taking your Savannah kitten home too early. They still need to learn from their mother!
First Vaccines and Spaying/Neutering
Another thing to consider is the first set of vaccines that your kitten will need to get, as well as their spaying and neutering procedure. Their first vaccines should not be given until they are at the very least ten weeks old. However, some breeders wait until the twelve-week mark and get their vaccines done at the same time that they are spayed or neutered.
It’s highly recommended that kittens get their vaccines and spaying/neutering done during the same visit, if possible. This helps keep Savannahs from getting too scared whenvisiting the vet and it can save a lot of time. Once all of these vaccines and surgeries are done at 12 weeks, and once they have healed from the surgery, they can be adopted.
You should never have your Savannah kitten get their vaccines done earlier. The same goes for neutering or spaying. They must wait until they are 12 weeks of age, as they’re still growing in all sorts of ways. You don’t want to harm them, and early vaccines and surgeries can potentially do just that.
Therefore, your Savannah should be past 12 weeks old when you take them home. Again, 12 weeks is the minimum age where a Savannah should be adopted, and many prefer somewhere around 13-16 weeks of age! You always want to ensure that your kitten has the necessary vaccines and surgeries already taken care of when you take them home with you.
A 12-Week-Old Cat
By 12 weeks, a Savannah kitten is looking more and more like an adult cat. By this time, they should have all of their baby teeth, their eyes should be slowly changing to their permanent color (though this does vary from cat to cat and may take a bit longer), and they’ll be growing more muscle. They won’t necessarily have a crazy growth spurt after this, but they’re still growing!
During this time, they’re also much more excited to interact with other people and other cats. Before 12 weeks, there’s not too much interacting going on. As we mentioned above, they are also learning more about hunting and are happy to pounce on their brothers and sisters during this time! Plus, they’ll finally start reacting to catnip and cat grass for the first time.
At this time, they should also be litterbox trained and fully weaned. If you bring a Savannah kitten home before this time, you run the risk of your Savannah not understanding all of this. That can really affect their overall happiness and health in a very negative way. And if they do not have all of this learned, then they aren’t truly ready to leave their mothers just yet.
What Problems Can It Cause?
As we mentioned briefly above, there are many problems that can arise if you take your Savannah kitten home and away from their mother too soon. They learn just about everything from their mother, including how to take care of themselves. Without this knowledge, you can greatly impair your kitten’s overall lifestyle and health.
Still Very Shy
They learn a lot from their mothers during this time — but they also learn a lot about themselves. While many things are learned from their mother and litter, they also have the time to truly discover their own personality, which doesn’t happen until after 12 weeks. By comparison, a Savannah kitten around 7-8 weeks can be more timid. They don’t yet have the confidence they need.
As you can see, taking home a Savannah kitten early can really hinder their overall confidence and personality. Instead of taking a kitten home at 8 weeks, wait until the 12-week mark when they have more of an understanding of their own confidence and needs. This can help ensure that your Savannah is healthy in all ways, both physically and mentally, and that’s extremely important.
An Undeveloped Immune System
Savannah kittens don’t have a fully developed immune system until about 12 weeks of age. This is why many breeders wait until 12 weeks to get their first round of vaccines, as well as to have them spayed or neutered. The last thing anyone wants is for a kitten to potentially get sick as a result of getting their vaccines too early.
Unfortunately, this can happen, and if you take a kitten home too early, this can also result in their undeveloped immune system causing them to become sick easily and severely. This is just another reason you want to make sure you don’t take Savannah kittens away from their mother before they are 12 weeks old.
When Should A Kitten Leave Its Mother?
Taking a cat away from their mother too soon could potentially harm their overall health, as they might not understand how to groom themselves, take care of themselves in basic ways, or hunt. Therefore, you shouldn’t take a kitten away from their mother before they are at least 12 weeks of age. While a few weeks seems like nothing to us, it really does make a huge difference to growing kittens.
While some breeders will let you take them sooner than this, you should be wary of the potential consequences of doing so. It is far safer to take them when they are around 13-16 weeks old, have had the chance to develop their immune systems and personalities, and have had their vaccines and been spayed or neutered.
You shouldn’t take Savannah kittens away from their mother until they are at least 12 weeks old. This is enough time for them to develop their immune systems and personalities, and to learn everything they need to from their mother. It is also when they are old enough to have their vaccinations and to be spayed or neutered.