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We are Pedigree Bengal Cats and Savannah Cat Breeders located in the UK.  We fully understand that there are many levels and type of cat ownership and to create an appropriate loving bond with a new kitten will take time and accurate knowledge.  Here are some frequently asked questions and answers to help you become accustomed to your High Quality Pedigree Savannah cats or kittens.

If you require any further assistance or advice, please contact us.

Strawbell HarleyWhat should I consider before owing a Bengal Cat or Savannah Cat or any animal in the UK?

How much does it cost to look after a Pet Cat for the duration of it's life?

Could our Family catch germs from Cats?

Is it true cats can lower high blood pressure in humans?

Do I need to tell my Vet anything special about owning a Savannah Cat?

What do I need to buy before my new Savannah Kitten comes home?

Do I need to get a Scratch Post for my Bengal or Savannah Cat?

How do I give my Savannah cat medication such as pills prescribed by my Vet?

My Savannah Cat is overweight, what should I do?

Has my Savannah Cat got Ear Mites?

What is the best Savannah cat to buy if I have allergies?

How do I know if my Savannah cat has Kidney problems?

What is cat Cancer?

How do I know if my Savannah cat is a Diabetic?

I want to bond quickly with my new Bengal or Savannah Cat or Savannah Kitten, what should I do?

What Savannah Cat clubs can I join to find out more about Savannah Cats?

Is Cat Nip good for my Bengal and Savannah Cats and Kittens?

How do I get the Bengals or Savannah Cats or Savannah Kittens to use the litter tray?

My Savannah Kitten is using the litter tray but she is still messing on my bed.  How can I stop this?

I saw my Savannah cat spraying the table leg - how do I stop this?

How should I stop my cat who was spayed from spraying?

How do I brush my Savannah Cat's teeth?

My Savannah cat has bad breath - should I be concerned about this?

Do I need to groom Bengal Cats and Savannah Cats?

Will my existing Savannah cat accept a new Bengal or Savannah Kitten?

What should I feed my new Bengal or Savannah Kitten or Savannah Cats?

What should I do if my Savannah Cat or Bengal cat stops eating?

What plants are poisonous to my Bengal or Savannah Cat?

If my Bengal or Savannah Kitten or Savannah Cat remains indoors how should I exercise it?

I do not want my Bengal or Savannah Cat or Savannah Kitten to have fleas - how do I prevent this?

Do Bengal Cats and Kittens or Savannah Cats and Kittens need worming, if so how often?

Where did the Bengal Cat originate?

What sort of care is required for the Savannah Cat or Savannah Kitten?

Why is the Savannah Cats and Savannah Kittens the most desired Cat?

What is the TICA Standards for the Savannah Cat?

Are Children safe around Savannah Cats and Savannah Kittens?

Does Savannah cats get on well with other animals in the household?

Does Savannah cats and Savannah Kittens eat ordinary cat food?

How big will my Savannah Cat grow?

What are the colours of a Savannah Cat?

What is the Savannah Cat's Coat Texture?

Can Savannah Cats be trained like Dogs?

What regular health treatment does Bengals or Savannah Cats require?

Is it true Savannah Cats and Savannah Kittens like to play in water?

Should I let my Bengal Cat or Savannah Cat live out doors?

What is FIP?

Could Savannah Cats get Diabetes?

What does Pet Micro-Chipping mean?

How would I know if my Savannah cat is deaf?

What should I do if my Savannah Cat, Savannah Kitten or Bengal Cat goes missing?

Why does my Savannah cat fight with other cats?

What is Osteoarthritis in Savannah Cats and how can it be treated?

How soon should I neuter my Savannah kitten?

What are the prices of a Savannah Cat or Savannah Kitten from Strawbell Pedigree Cats


What should I consider before owing any cat including Pedigree Bengal Cats or Savannah Cats or any animal in the UK?
    The Animal Welfare Act 2006 that applies only to England and Wales imposes a duty of care on all UK Animal Owners.  Each of us will need to consider the welfare of animals in our care.  For example, as owners of Bengal Cats and Savannah Cats and all other animals that reside at Strawbell Pedigree Cats, we have an obligation and a duty of care to ensure that they do not suffer unnecessarily and that we take reasonable care to ensure their needs are met.

What are theses obligations and needs?  First of all it is important to remember that we all have a duty of care to any animal that you own, so let us read on:-

The Act says that an animal’s welfare needs include:

-          a suitable environment (how it is housed);

-          a suitable diet (what it eats and drinks);

-          the ability to exhibit normal behavior patterns;

-          any need it has to be housed with, or apart from, other animals; and

-          protection from and treatment of illness.

Do remember the law can now act before an animal suffers.

Please contact your Vet for further advice on the specific needs of animals in your care.


What are the prices of a Savannah Cat or Savannah Kitten from Strawbell Pedigree Cats

Savannah Cat prices are approximate and based on sizing and how close in proximity each Savannah Cat and or kitten relates to the Serval.  Price ranges are:-

F1 Savannah Pet Female                =   F1 £12,500
F1 Savannah Breeding Female     =   F1 £12,500
F1 Savannah Pet Male                     =   F1 £5000  (F1 Savannah Male Kittens are infertile)

F2 Savannah Pet Female                =   F2 £4500
F2 Savannah Breeding Female
     =   F2 £6500
F2 Savannah Pet Male                     =   F2 £4500  (F2 Savannah Male Kittens are infertile)

F3 Savannah Pet Female                =   F3 £3500
F3 Savannah Breeding Female
     =   F3 £4500
F3 Savannah Pet Male                     =   F3 £3500  (F3 Savannah Male Kittens are infertile)

F4 Savannah Pet Female                =   F4 £2000
F4 Savannah Breeding Female
     =   F4 £3500
F4 Savannah Pet Male                     =   F4 £2000  (F4 Savannah Male Kittens are usually infertile)

F5 Savannah Pet Female                =   F5 £1500
F5 Savannah Breeding Female
     =   F5 £2500
F5 Savannah Pet Male                     =   F5 £1500
F5 Savannah Breeding Male          =   F5 £2500


The Savannah Cat is a result of breeding an African Serval with a spotted domestic short hair cat. 

These Savannah cats are popular for their large ears, long slender body and dog-like loving personality.  We can definitely confirm that.

The Savannah Cat is a new and uncommon breed of cat in the UK and well sought after.

It takes a great deal of time to mate a Serval Cat to a Domestic cat for the production of an F1 Savannah Female Kitten.  It is the F1 Savannah Female Cats that is needed to start the Savannah breeding process.  

The process of producing a strong healthy and compassionate Strawbell Savannah to Savannah bred kitten takes time, hard work and a lot of persistence.  Strawbell Pedigree Savannah to Savannah mated cats and kittens will receive first class care from Feline certified and Qualified Carers from birth until you collect them at the tender age of 13 weeks old. 

 This will include:

    -  one of the most important aspect of their life which is their first and second protective injections

    -  24 hour supervision from birth up until collection of your Savannah kittens

    -  fed the best diet available for your Savannah Cats and Savannah Kittens before they leave

    -  a diet menu for you to follow when your Savannah Cat or Kitten reaches its new home

    -  micro-chipped so your Savannah Cat or Savannah kitten could easily be identified as yours

    -  4 weeks free insurance from the date you collect your Savannah Cat or Savannah Kitten

    -  socialisation of your Savannah Cat or Savannah Kitten intermingled with a loving family life

    -  fully trained to used the litter tray 

    -  Savannah Cats or Savannah kittens that are free from fleas and worms

    -  fully examined and checked by a Vet twice for good health

    -  a full Pedigree Certificate detailing four parent generation

    -  wormed twice before leaving Strawbell Pedigree Cats 

    -  TICA Litter registered

Savannah Pet Kittens have varied price ranges.

Savannah Breeding Queens have varied price ranges.

Savannah Breeding Studs have varied price ranges.


How much does it cost to look after a Pet Cat for the duration of it's life?

For an average healthy Pet Cat, the cost of care, vet bills and pet insurance could total more than £10,000 over a Pet cat’s life.  Savannah cat costs varies.


Do I need to tell my Vet anything special about owning a Savannah Cat?

Savannah Cats carries varying amounts of Serval and domestic cat out breeding enhancement. As far as we know, there are currently no established Savannah breed-specific health issues.

According to Wikipedia:-

Strawbell Mir a Savannah Kitten we are proud of."Some veterinarians have noted that Servals have smaller livers relative to their body size than domestic cats, and some Savannahs have and could continue to inherit this. For this reason, care is advised in prescribing some medications. Lower doses per weight of the cat may be necessary. In addition, the blood values of Savannahs may vary from the typical domestic cat, due to the Serval genes.

There is much anecdotal evidence that Savannahs and other domestic hybrids (such as Bengals) do not respond well to anaesthesia containing Ketamine.  Many Savannah breeders request in their contracts that Ketamine not be used for surgeries.

Some (but not all) experienced Savannah breeders believe strongly that modified live vaccines should not be used on Savannahs, that only killed virus vaccines should be used".

Could our Family catch germs from Cats?

If everyone owing animals follow some simple hygiene rules we could all avoid transmitting un-necessary germs.  It is a good idea to make the following a habit:-

  1. Always wash your hands after playing with all pets
  2. Make sure your pets do not lick you and or your family on the face or hands
  3. Always wear rubber gloves when cleaning out litter trays, stables or doing your garden
  4. Do ensure your children wear protective clothing and shoes when playing outdoors
  5. Ensure your Cats and Kittens are wormed every two weeks until it reaches three months of age old, then every month until it is 6 months old, and thereafter every three months. 
  6. Do seek advice from your Vets on a regular basis on your current pets.



I want to bond quickly with my new Bengal or Savannah Kitten, what should I do?
Whilst every genuine Bengal Kitten, Savannah Kitten, or Serengeti Kitten or cat owner' goal is to give them a safe, happy and healthy life, it is good to bear in mind that you are a stranger to a small kitten and it is riddled with fear and uncertainty of its future until it adapts to trusting you.  Forming a good bond with your new Bengal, Savannah or Serengeti, kitten will assist in preventing future nervous and behavioral problems as the kitten grows older.

When collecting your Bengal, Savannah or Serengeti Kittens from Strawbell Pedigree Cats, we will give you our perceptions on each individual Bengal, Savannah or Serengeti Kitten.  Added to that, you will be provided with on-going advice and support from us following the collection of your kitten.  Remember, your kitten may cry for a while on the way home and for the first day away from its usual environment.  It will naturally be missing it's surroundings and siblings, so please be patient.  We have had some kittens that settled in straight away and some that needed reassurance - what ever the outcome, we will contact you to ensure your Bengal, Savannah or Serengeti Kitten has settled in well.

After the journey home with your Bengal, Savannah or Serengeti Kitten, it will certainly be tired, so do try to allow it to sleep in a small room or sit and observe it's surroundings for some time.  The time span for this may take a complete day or two.  We ask that you t
ry to spend good quality time with your Bengal, Savannah or Serengeti Kittens and observe it's behaviors such as it likes and dislikes for your self.  Given sufficient time, your kitten will soon settle down and start to play with you.  When playing with your new kitten, get as close to the level of your Bengal, Savannah or Serengeti Kitten as possible and talk with very gently tones whilst approaching and touching the kitten calling it by name.  This is a great aid in removing fear from kittens.

At first, the kitten is likely to flee until it figures out you mean it no harm, but still gently coax the kitten until it comes to you.  Remember Bengal, Savannah or Serengeti Kittens are not so much afraid of you, but unsure of the current unfamiliar situation.  Reward it when it responds to you with a treat - the reward could be gentle petting with praises.  If the kitten refuses to come, leave it for a while and try again, but don't give up.

You will be amazed at how quickly your Bengal or Savannah kitten will get to know your tones and respond accordingly - with a purr!

What Cat clubs can I join to find out more about Savannah Cats?

The very first Savannah cat club in Great Britain is the Savannah Cat Club of Great Britain here www.savannahcatclubgb.com.

Is Cat Nip good for my Bengal and Savannah Cats and Kittens?

    The smell of dried Cat Nip is loved by most cats and kittens including Savannahs Cats and Kittens and Bengal Cats and Kittens.  They usually find great pleasure in rubbing their heads in it, purring loudly and rolling around where ever you place the cat nip.  The effects of cat nip does not last very long and it is great to know that it is not addictive.

Some cats may not show visible signs of responding to cat nip.  We are yet to meet them!

What do I need to buy before my new Kitten comes home?

    You will need to prepare for your new Bengal Kitten or Savannah Kitten coming home.  We suggest having the following in place:-
  1. A cozy cat bed and warm blanket.
  2. Some toys and an empty box.  (I know, our cats love to play in empty boxes!)
  3. Some food and water bowls
  4. At least two litter trays
  5. Cat litter (contact us before collecting your kitten to find out the best litter to purchase for your Bengal or Savannah Kitten).  We recommend not using clumping cat litter for kittens - it may stick to their paws when digging in the litter tray and they will try to lick it off.
  6. A Scratch Post
Do I need to get a Scratch Post for my Bengal or Savannah Cat?

    We believe it is essential for Bengal and Savannah Kittens and cats to be equipped with an excellent quality scratch post.  You will find your Bengal or Savannah cat will stretch as soon as they wake up and then look for somewhere to use as a scratching pad.  We have a good supply of scratch pads so that they can use and they love them.  These scratch posts (rope type pads or posts) also deter your cats from declawing on your furniture.

How do I give my cat medication such at pills prescribed by my Vet?
Please see this video we found it useful in giving cats pills.  It does work!
Has my Cat got Ear Mites?

Ear mites which are parasites are extremely common in cats.  In some cases the cat will exhibit no signs of discomfort.  Ear mites can lead to otitis which is a painful infection in the cat's ears.  If your cat begins to scratch it's ears, shake or tilt it's head, take a look inside the ears.  If it contains a yellow, brown or black sticky discharge in one or both ears, we would advise that you take it to the Vet for an accurate diagnosis and or treatment.

We also found that soaking a garlic clove over night in olive oil and placing just a few drops in each ear once a month is a good preventative measure from these parasites.


What is the best cat to buy if I have allergies?
    We have a number of allergy sufferers in our household.  During the research to find cats that are reasonably tolerable for humans with some allergies, we eventually selected the Bengal Cat.  We were correct in doing so as we found the Bengal cat's coat like silk and suede, soft to the touch with little or no shedding and glitters like gold.  Our allergies sufferers usually fall asleep with our Bengal Cats on their laps without any complaints!  We made a good choice in selecting the Bengal Cat.

How do I know if my cat has Kidney problems?

    Take a look at this Video for further information on Cats with Kidney Problems.

What is Cat Cancer?
  • Take a look at this Video for further information on identifying Cats with Cancer and other information below.
  • Identify why Cats get Cancer.
  • Detect Cancer early.
  • Diagnosing Cancer.
  • Making Treatment decisions.

How do I know if my cat is a Diabetic?

Please view this Video.


Do I need to groom Bengal Cats and Savannah Cats?

  Bengal Cats have short, soft, silky fur that glitters like gold.  It will not matt like the coat of some long haired cats.  We find our Bengal Cats love being stroke with our hands or a soft brush and start this grooming process as soon as your cat reaches home.  Grooming your cats will help them to settle in to their new homes and speed up the bonding process between you and your new kitten.

Our Bengal Cats identify the grooming process as a great treat, not a punishment.  When we pick up the brush, they will approach willingly.  A small tooth comb will be excellent for preventing and removing fleas in your Bengal and Savannah Cats.  Grooming is also a good opportunity to check over every part of your Bengal Cats or Savannah Cats body.  Be extra cautious when brushing their back legs and personal areas.  They will alert you by either growling or trying to get away from you if you touch on any tender areas of their body.  If this happens, stop grooming the cat and seek advice from a Vet if the cat seems to be in any discomfort.

The overall grooming procedure of your cat should be a happy experience for you both.  Enjoy!
How do I get the Bengal or Savannah Kittens to use the litter tray?
If kittens are left with their mother for a healthy period of time (13 weeks) the mother will usually show them how to use the litter tray and clean themselves.  We will always ensure our Bengal or Savannah kittens are fully litter trained before they are collected.  If when a kitten reaches home and it is does not use the litter tray, it could be for a number of other reasons:

Avoid changing the litter the kitten previously used and ensure that the litter tray is clean, in a small quiet area and away from high volume house traffic.  Try not to move the litter tray once you have introduced the kitten to it, as this could result in confusion for the kitten.  Place sufficient litter in the tray so that your Bengal Kitten or Savannah kitten can spend some time digging and covering - Bengal Cats and Kittens and Savannah Cats and Kittens just love to dig and thoroughly cover up in their litter trays!

If you have collected two Bengal Kittens or Savannahs kittens, or a Bengal and a Savannah Kitten and you can afford it, buy them each a litter tray.  From our experience, our Bengal cats and Savannah cats prefer not to share a litter tray.  We prefer to keep the litter trays free of soils at all times as we find both cats and kittens are extremely clean creatures.

NEVER physically punish a Bengal Cat or a Savannah Cat even if they accidentally do not use the litter tray. They will never understand this type of punishment.  Bengal and Savannah cats are extremely clean creatures and if an accident does occur, there must be an underlying reason for it.  This behavior needs to be addressed with respect for your cat as a living creature.  We strongly believe in the "kindness always pays off" strategy.  Do take some time out to find out what is causing the undesirable behavior.  If you cannot resolve it, talk to your Vet about the situation.  Responding in an angry or physical way will encourage your Bengal or Savannah cat to get stress, be fearful, and withdraw from you.
My Kitten is using the litter tray but she is still messing on my bed.  How can I stop this?

  Your cat appears to be showing signs  of Middening.  Middening is usually done in a prominent spot and is repeated by cats to mark and advertise their continued presence. Sometimes Middening is done in a spot that a human dominates.  We would advise you to take a trip to the Vet to confirm this condition. If the Vet does confirm that your cat is Middening keep her in a small confined space like a large dog cage with a litter tray and lovely soft bedding until your cat feels more secured that she has her own private quarters and you are satisfied she is displaying appropriate behaviors.   Then gradually reintroduce her back into the open environment.

How do I brush my Cat's teeth?
We found this Video useful in showing us how to brush our cat's teeth.

Will my existing cat accept a new Bengal or Savannah Kitten?
In most cases and from our experience, it does take time for an existing cat to accept a new cat or kitten.  Your cat will most probably feel that the new kitten will take over its territory and it will take steps to prevent that happening by instilling fear into the new cat or kitten.

Another major reason is that cats may resent the smell of a new cat.  To help your existing cat to accept a new comer, try to rub and cuddle the new kitten in one of your old previously worn unwashed jumpers that has the smell of you and your home.  Place the new kitten in a pre-prepared room and leave it to settle in for a day or so before introducing it to your existing cat.

Place your existing cat in another room and take all reasonable steps to prevent it from entering the room where you have placed the new kitten.

Swap the rooms over the next three days by placing the new kitten in the room where your existing cat was residing and visa versa.  Do this for the next three days and then leave the doors ajar so that the kitten and your previous cat can gradually meet on their own terms.  If any aggressiveness occurs, then separate the cats and reintroduce the cats again the next day or so.  At some point in the day, go into the room and start to play with the kitten by throwing scrunched up paper.  They should both try to run after the paper.  They will forget their problems and start to socialise more with each other.

Another point to remember is that aggression varies from cat to cat within each household.  A lot depends on how a cat viewed sharing territorial areas within their previous environment with other cats from an early age.  For example, a cat that shared an environment with other litters from an early age would be far more tolerant to being introduced to other cats.  You may get the odd hiss or so, but they will settle in before you know it. 

However, it is highly likely that a cat previously kept on its own as a kitten and introduced to another cat at a later stage in its life may not know how to interpret communication signals appropriately and may view friendly overtures from another cat as a threat. 

Always try some distracting techniques such as waiting until they are all hungry and feed them together.  A pheromone diffuser is usually affective and keep a water spray aimed at the offender to deter aggressive behavior.  Also take a visit to the vets to review the cats behavior and retain his advice. 
What should I feed my new Bengal or Savannah Kitten?
Please review our
Feeding Cats page.

What should I do if my Savannah or Bengal cat stops eating?
All cats can go off their food at times especially if they are recovering from an illness.  Avoid giving your Bengal or Savannah cat food direct from the fridge without warming it very slightly.  If your cat refuse to eat at all and this behavior continues for a few days, please consult your Vet to identify the cause.  Plain boiled chicken served with some of the water that it was boiled in usually goes down a treat!
What plants are poisonous to my Bengal or Savannah Cat?

    Click here to find a list of plants that could be dangerous for cats.........................

If my Bengal or Savannah Kitten remains indoors how should I exercise it?
Exercise is crucial for Savannah Cats and Bengal cats and kittens.  It is a great aid in strengthening their muscles, reduces stress and endurance levels.  Try your best toCats exercising at Strawbell Pedigree Cats invest in a cat tree/large cat scratch post with a slope where they can run and jump around.  If you cannot invest in some cat toys try an old recycled envelope scrunched up and thrown into the air.

Every one in the room, both humans and cats will join in the throw and fetch game!  Especially if you have Bengals cats or Savannahs cats - you are in for a surprise with the fetching!!!

We also found this cat wheel fantastic.  Our cats really make us chuckle when they speed on it - it is fun!  If you are finding difficulty getting one we can obtain one for you.
I do not want my Bengal or Savannah Kitten to have fleas - how do I prevent this?
    To confirm that your cat may never have fleas is a desire.  However, your cat may come into contact with and or contract fleas by general attendance at the Vet, Cat Shows, bringing in a new pet or just walking in the grass in your garden.

Always seek advise from your Veterinarian when treating a pregnant or sick cat with any flea medication.

Never treat your Bengal, Savannah Cats or any other Cats with dog flea products or products containing pyrethrins & pyrethroids which may be poisonous to your cat.

Fleas can be kept at bay by shampooing cats with flea shampoos and the option of a vast array of appropriate flea control medications.  We prefer to use an all natural preparation called Flea-Away placed on the back of the neck of our cats every month.  We believe this really works.  Although we can find no evidence of the existence of fleas, we still lean on the side of caution and apply the natural preparation.

Do Bengal Cats and Kittens or Savannah Cats and Kittens need worming, if so how often?

    Yes, Bengal and Savannah Cats and Kittens do need worming, in fact it is very important for kittens to be reviewed by your Vet and wormed if necessary.  As far as we know, there are four types of worms that cats can become infected with: 1) hook worms, 2) whip worms, 3) tapeworms and 4) roundworms.  In general, all kittens often attract worms from their mothers and we would recommend that you seek advice from your Vets on what medication kittens should receive and how often they should be medicated.

A general warm soapy wash will remove and kill fleas and larvae from cat's bedding.
Where did the Bengal Cat originate?
The Bengal Cat originated from mating a domestic cat with an Asian Leopard Cat read more......

What sort of care is required for the Savannah Cat?
    We can and should treat Savannah Cats and or Bengal Cats just like any other domestic with no special treatment required.  Their dietary and medical requirements are all the same.  If you have any concerns at all on your Bengal or Savannah Cat's feeding habits, please consult your Vet.

Do bear in mind that Savannah Cats and Bengal Cats are very active and they need plenty of exercise, love and attention to maintain their health.

From our experience at Strawbell Pedigree Cats, Savannah Cats really do love ALL the attention you can give them, they thrive on it and in return they are really loyal four legged friends.  Both the Savannah and Bengal cats are very intelligent.  We believe the Savannah cat is more observant though - sometimes they try to presume what you will do and rush ahead of you to do it.  We use this as a good tool to train them. 

Why is the Savannah the most desired Cat?

    Servals are beautiful creatures and humans admire their beauty.  They have excellent markings with clear black spots on a bright golden background coat and it is rear to find a Serval in a general house hold in the UK without an appropriate wild animal license.

The next alternative to owning a Serval is a Savannah Cat.  The Savannah Cat is a Hybrid of the Serval Cat.  Savannah Cats are smaller and more manageable to reside in your home.  They require no special diet.  They are as beautiful as a Serval and domesticated.  Savannah Cats are the largest hybrid feline available and are excellent with other pets and children.  Savannah Cats are extremely intelligent and often respond when spoken to them.  They create strong bonds with their owners.  Savannahs Cats are considered the exotic feline of the 21st century!
What is the TICA Standards for the Savannah Cat?

The TICA standard for the Savannah Cat can be found here.

Does Savannah cats get on well with other animals in the household?

Savannah cats should be properly socialised before they reach home.  With a good established socialised foundation, as they grow into fine adult cats, they should be friendly with most other animals, with the exception of hamsters and birds deemed as related food of that kind to all cats in their wild habitat.
Are Children safe around Savannah Cats?
    As far as we know right from the first generation of Savannah Cats, (F1), it has been reported that these cats are a pleasure to be around.  In general though, as with all animals, we would recommend that all children under the age of five must be supervised and not left alone for any length of time with any cats both for the benefit of the cat and the child. 
Does Savannah cats eat ordinary cat food?
    When it is time to collect your kitten, we will provide you with a list of the current diet your Savannah cat and Bengal Cats are on which we recommend you maintain.

Savannah Cats and Bengal Cats will eat ordinary cat food.  Please do remember, each cat will have its own personality and you will need to observe your Bengal and Savannah Cats likes or dislikes.  Both Bengal and Savannah Cats are domestic cats and should be provided with good quality food.  Our cats eat both wet and dry foods and a fresh bowl of water is always available and refreshed three times a day.  Water is an extremely important part of all cat or kitten's diet.

They also really love whole slightly boiled chicken legs placed near their beds at night.  Some of them prefer it raw, that is why it is a good idea to observe your cat's behaviour at the early stages.  We will also tell you when you collect your cat all about its previous diet.

We avoid giving our cats snacks and stick to a feeding routine.  We have certainly observed that cats respond positively to routine treatment at feeding times.  See here for feeding tips.
How big will my Savannah Cat grow?
    The size of a Savannah cat is reliant on the generation of each cat.  The filial one generation (F1) Savannah cat (which is only one generation removed from the Serval) is the biggest of the Savannahs and usually weighs around 15 to 20 lbs.  Preceding generations will reduce slightly in size until the third and fourth generation where the size shows some uniformity.  An F5 or F6 Savannah should still have the long body and long legs making them appear larger than they really are if their breeding was Savannah to Savannah mating.

Because the Savannah Cat is a relatively new breed it would be uncomfortable for us to provide its definite exact size and weight.  So, until the Savannah Cat breed is fully established and predictable, we can say that it is a very tall, long and slender cat and will grow for three full years.  It will take two years before they reach their full height and then they will still put on muscle for another year.
Can Savannah Cats be trained like Dogs?
    Savannahs cats are immensely sharp and can be easily trained.  You can teach them to walk on a leash, sit, lie down, fetch, and other uncomplicated tricks.
What are the colours of a Savannah Cat?
    Savannah Cat colours according to The International Cat Association are Black, Brown Spotted Tabby, Silvery Spotted Tabby and Black Smoke only.  There are other colour variations allowed which are the gold to orange ground colour with bold dark marking, the silver ground colour with bold dark markings or solid black.

The lip colour of all Savannah Cats should be black.

Savannah Cats also boasts prominent black tear duct lines on the inner sides of each eye. 

On the Spotted Savannah Cat the nose leather can be either brick red, solid black or black with a light red or pink line running down the centre.  In Black Savannah Cats, the nose leather must be solid black.

The Savannah Cat paw pads in all colour variations should be deep charcoal or brownish black.
What is the Savannah Cat's Coat Texture?
    The Savannah Cat's coat texture should be medium in length with a slightly course feel to it.  In most cases, you will find that it is a coat that has outstanding body and texture with stronger courser guard hairs covering a softer undercoat.
What regular health treatment does Bengals or Savannah Cats require?
    All Strawbell Pedigree Bengal and Savannah Cats will go home with a full Vet health check at 12 weeks of age and appropriate immunisation.  We also recommend that you take your new kitten to meet your Vet and to get it registered in preparation for annually check ups and immunisations.  Your Vet will provide you with any further advice if required.

We recommend that you carry out basic routine daily grooming to all your pets such as a quick comb or brush with a soft baby brush.
Is it true Savannah Cats and Kittens like to play in water?

    Savannah Cats and Kittens find water fascinating.  Servals loves to play in water and they have passed on this trait to Savannah Cats and they enjoy it too.
Should I let my Bengal Cat or Savannah Cat live outdoors?

Strawbell Pedigree Cats' aim is to take responsibility for all sorts of animals in their care and that includes knowing their whereabouts and behaviour at all times.  We believe it is impossible to constantly follow a cat around out doors trying to monitor its whereabouts and safety.  Hence, all of our Cats are safely kept indoors.

However, for those of you who are up for the run around and challenges of allowing your Bengal Cats or Savannah Cats to live outdoors, please consider the following:-
- It is a good idea to provide a safe and comfortable place for your Bengal Cat or Savannah Cat to rest and enjoy a good sleep from any harsh outdoor elements. A reasonably sized cat house equipped with an easy escape is recommended.  The floor of the cat house can be covered in straw or a nice clean warm blanket to help the cat stay warm in the winter.  If you do decide to use, straw bedding, it will need to be changed periodically.  Otherwise it can become moldy creating a variety of skin and respiratory problems. 

In the winter, some areas do use salt to help prevent slips and falls caused by slippery icy.  If your Bengal Cat or Savannah Cat do come into contact with and or walk on salted covered surfaces, some of the particles can become trapped in the fur on their feet.  When your Bengal or Savannah Cat then starts to carry out their routine grooming they can ingest the salt resulting in gastrointestinal upset.  Salt can also be caustic to the pads of the feet.

Feeding - Bengal Cats and Savannah Cats are typically quite active.  It is imperative that they are offered adequate nutrition.  Make sure the food offered is a good quality cat food. Offer food at least twice daily. Be aware that you may end up feeding a number of other outdoor cats besides just yours. Always provide fresh clean water. Snow or ice is not proper alternatives for water sources.

Health Concerns - Outdoor Bengal Cats and Savannah Cats do face a greater risk of distressing injury.  Being hit by a car, attacked by another animal or hurt by malicious people can result in serious injury or even death.  It is very difficult to prevent these injuries.  If your dust bins are not properly sealed, ingestion of rubbish can lead to gastrointestinal upset.  Keep all automotive items away from your cat. Many people change antifreeze in the spring and fall. . Exposure to antifreeze can be deadly to Bengal and Savannah Cats.  Make sure all toxic or dangerous chemicals are safely stored away.  Herbicides, fertilizers and other lawn and garden supplies can pose a health threat to your Bengal or Savannah Cats as well. Keep these products safely away from your cat. 

Not to mention the hurt both you and your Bengal or Savannah Cat or Kitten will have to deal with if it is stolen.

During the winter, when you return home, your car's engine is quite warm and cats may find this a comfortable place to rest in the bitter cold.  Serious injury occurs when the car is started while a cat is sleeping on the engine.  To avoid this, honk your horn before starting your car, to give the cat a chance to escape.

Vet Care - Annual physical exams are very important to the health of any outdoor cat.  Prompt diagnosis and treatment of illness is likewise vital.  Make sure your outdoor cat is adequately protected from disease by vaccination.  Have your cat checked for intestinal parasites and properly de-wormed. Discuss flea and tick prevention alternatives with your veterinarian.  Heartworm prevention is also very important in the outdoor cat.
What is FIP?-
    Here is a great source of information on this topic from the FAB group.
What does Pet Micro-Chipping mean?

A Pet micro-chip is a tiny metal chip cased in surgical glass about the size of a grain of rice. The glass is static, will not dissolve, corrode or interact with living tissues and holds a ten digit number.  No other information is included on the chip.  When a scanner passes over the chip it displays the chip's number on a scanner screen.

The Micro-Chip can be inserted into your Bengal Cats or Savannah Cats or Kittens by a Vet.  The Vet will usually inject the chip under the loose skin between the shoulder blades of your Cat.  It does not need batteries to operate and remains inactive except when it is scanned.

The Micro-Chip ID number and barcode is unique to each pet and owner - information of which is entered on the data base of the Chip Provider.

Most Vets will have a Micro-Chip scanner, and  most lost pets should eventually end up at a place where a scanner is used.  Micro-Chipping may cost around £20.00 per chip.  Prices may vary from Vet to Vet.  Your Vet can advise you more on Micro-Chipping.


How would I know if my cat is deaf?
    This link will identify all you need to know about Deaf Cats.
Could Cats get Diabetes?
  Although we have not yet experienced it in any of our cats, we understand cats can get diabetes which results from genetics transferred from generation to generation.  Cats with this type of condition may get symptoms such as extreme thirst and recurrent urination.  If this symptom persists in your cat, we recommend you seek the advice of your Vet immediately.
What should I do if my Savannah Cat or Bengal Cat goes missing?
    When your Savannah Cat or Kitten or Bengal Cat or Kitten reaches home, we recommend that you take a photo of your cat if at all possible so that you would have one to hand in the unlikely event that your cat or kitten should go missing.  This photo can be used to make a poster showing the physical description of your cat.  Try to update the photograph every three months as kittens grow up quickly.

If your cat should ever go missing - keep calling it and shake a tin with dry food in it.  We never gave up calling one of our Bengal Cats named Sabrina who went missing for over two weeks.  I believe this is what kept her close to home.  If your kitten is new, then it will try to seek shelter anywhere and even wonder into the nearest convenient open door.  This is where your poster with the photograph of the kitten will come in handy.  Ensure to include your contact details and include on the poster that the cat is micro-chipped.  If you have collected a Savannah Kitten or Bengal Kitten from Strawbell Pedigree Cats, it will be micro-chipped.

Distribute these posters in every letterbox in your surrounding areas.  Ask your local pet shop or any local shops if they would be kind enough to put the poster in the shop window.  Contact your Vet to notify them that your cat or kitten has gone missing and keep searching.  Do not give up.

Why does my cat fight with other cats?
    Some cats may fight if they sense a threat of another cat invading its territory and or if they (two male cats) detect sexual rivalry.   Try to intercept any aggressive fighting from cats or kittens by showering them with a strong and harmlessly powerful water spray.

What is Osteoarthritis in Cats and how can it be treated

Osteoarthritis is inflammation of the joint where by the normal cartilage that generally cushions the joint has worn away leaving the bone exposed, hence discomfort.  Other causes of Arthritis are, Genetics, injuries, Obesity, and Acromegaly (which is usually hormonal and diabetes related).

Your cat may have Osteoarthritis if the following symptoms occur:-

  1. If your cat is finding it difficult to jump onto furniture and is not as active as it used to be.
  2. It be begins to sleep in an easy accessible spot.
  3. Keeps missing the litter tray and finds refused to continue to use a high raised litter tray.
  4. Grooms less often that it used to and it's coat is getting uncared for and matted.
  5. Paying particular attention to a particular join and constantly licking it.
  6. Changes in temperament.
  7. Not showing an interest in what it used to do.  For example, fetching, playing with string and more often than not retreating to a comfortable spot to sleep.


If you are concerned about any of the symptoms above, please do contact your Vet for further advice.

If your cat is diagnosed with Osteoarthritis, loving care can include the following:-

  1. Clean soft bedding where your cat can retreat for comfort in a quiet low traffic area.
  2. Provide adequate litter facilities by lowering the sides of the litter tray box, access to a litter tray indoors placed in a low traffic area.
  3. Trim claws regularly as your cat will be spending much of its times sleeping and will not be using its claws to the full, so you will need to intervene and trim them.
  4. Your cat will love a bed next to the radiator when it is cold.
  5. Groom your cat regularly.

Get your cat checked regularly by a Vet.


    How soon should I neuter my kitten?
    The traditional age of neutering a kitten of both Male and Female is from six months.  It is becoming increasingly popular for individuals responsible for cats (especially in feral environments) to neuter them at an earlier age and even as early as eight weeks. 

We would always direct pet owners to refer to their Vet for advice on neutering their individual cats and or kittens.

Please bear in mind that if your Female cats are not in a specific breeding program and you fail to neuter them before they come into season, they could end up with an unwanted litter of kittens.

Female un-neutered cats could also pick up infections from wondering Male cats which could also be passed on to their kittens.

Un-neutered Male and Female cats will display unsocial behavior.  These behaviors could include spraying indoors with some male cats (if not all) wondering away from home (some of them do not return).  In the process of their travels, not only could they cause harm to themselves but also to other road users. Some individuals have definitely reported never seeing their cat again.

When the un-neutered male meet another rival male cat they will almost certainly fight causing damage to each other.

It is always a good idea to seek advice from your Vet as soon as you take on responsibility of any cat.

    I saw my cat spraying the table leg - how can I stop this?

Cats that spray are displaying its normal behavior.  When a cat spray an object, be it table or chair legs or any part of your furniture, it is not the same as them going to the litter tray.  Spraying is performed standing up and aimed at vertical objects.  If the spraying cat is within a multi-cat household, it will spray to integrate into the multi-cat zone.  If it is a male cat it will spray to identify the area as his own.

When you have identified that a cat has been spraying in the home, clean the area as soon as possible with a solution of warm biological washing powder.  We understand biological washing powder should remove protein that is deposited in urine.  Rinse clean and rub some Surgical Spirits over the cleaned area and leave to dry completely before allowing the cat to enter the area again. 

How should I stop my cat who was spayed from spraying?


We notice this happens with most of the cats when we changed the garage roof, put in new cupboards or if a new tom cat moves into the area.  If a Tom cat simply passes through the garden – our cats go on the defense and starts spraying.  They go into territorial mode and even started to fight with each other, become insecure and spray the place especially at the doors or windows to deter entry to foreign cats.  They spraying is the equivalent to our fencing ourselves off from neighbors or predators. 

It is possible if they go outside infection could occur anytime.  Get a bottle of Feliway diffuser and plug it in the home nearest to their duration.  Give this product time to work and I would keep then in the centre of the house (from windows or doors ) for a while.  In the meantime, wash where he sprayed with a 10% solution of washing powder.  Preferably a biological or enzymatic, leave for 20 minutes or so before wiping off.  Allow to dry then spray with surgical spirit and leave to dry, don’t wipe it off.  It took a month for this to work – however, it did work.  We now keep the cats in a special room now if we are going to do any house changes or building work and they are not affected any more.  It would be beneficial to ring the Vet again and ask him to prescribe some anti-anxiety tablets for the cat or kitten if he has investigated and find nothing wrong then I believe it is anxiety – they should calm him down until the Feliway kicks in.

Is it true cats can lower high blood pressure in humans?

Studies have shown that sitting with a cat on your lap and gently petting it not only secures a bond between the cat and its owner it also lowers the blood pressure of the individual petting the cat.  Research has also shown that owning a cat may also improve a cat owner's psychological health by way of providing emotional support.  When you are petting a cat, we usually approach the cat in a calm and gentle manner, this calm approach usually automatically lower stress levels and in turn lower blood pressure levels.

Andrea Looney and Anna Glazer conducted a test that proves that the cat after being stoked for five minutes had lower blood pressure by 25 points.

    My Cats is overweight - what should I do?

  The first think to do is to have your Cat checked by your Vet who can advise you on feeding quantities and the type of food your cat should be on if your Vet confirms that your cat is overweight.

Try at all cost to avoid giving your cat extra bits and pieces of food from your dinner plate or when you go to the fridge.  

If you have more that one cat try to feed them separately and monitor the cat that is overweight to ensure that it will not bully it's companions for their food.

Educate everyone that cares for the cats in your household on what each cat should be fed on daily, how frequently and the quantities.  Make up a feeding chart and pin it in the most obvious place so that each member of your household can see it.

If your cat is over weight, try to avoid giving it additional carbohydrates such as rice and pasta!  Some cats do eat it!

If your cat's overweight is due to a specific disease, do follow your Vet's advice and instructions.

In general, cats should be fed with a food that contains the highest protein and the lowest carbohydrate content.  Your Vet should be able to advise you on this.
    My cat has bad breath - should I be concerned about this?

Bad breath in cats should always be checked at your Vets as it is generally signifies dental problems.  Also look out for signs of inflamed and or bleeding gums which could prevent your cat from enjoying a good meal.


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