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Bringing a Savannah Kitten or two into your home can be an exciting event. The long anticipated wait on your kitten when they finally arrive can be fun and it can also be stressful for some. Although adorable, these little innocents are vivacious bundles of curiosity, eager to explore their environment. Savannahs love to test their world and to learn and grow with their new families. It is important to also keep in mind that you will need to do certain things you may not have thought of to make sure your home is safe for your kitten(s) by kitten proofing your home before they arrive so they can stay out of trouble.
Make bathtubs and toilets safe
Most Savannah kittens really enjoy playing in water. This means if a toilet has a lid up, you may find either your kitten placing toys in it to see if they can swim.. or your kitten trying to swim in the toilet him or herself!
A bath tub could also be a challenge as well. Because they are slippery, and depending on the individual kitten, it could be nearly impossible for them to climb or jump out. Placing an object to climb on in the tub can help, but it needs to be something that can’t flip over and trap a kitten underneath.
Savannah Cats are very curious animals and it won't take much for a kitten to slip through an unsecured window or door screen. Check all of the screens in your home; fix any tears and securely fasten the screens to the frames, so that little paws and heads can’t dislodge them.
We have noticed that Savannah kittens sometimes just can’t resist playing with cords or strings or any sort of wire.. especially cords that are attached to curtains, shades and shutters. Be very careful and secure the curtain cords out of reach and make sure they don't enticingly swing or dangle. They can be very dangerous. A kitten can get caught in them and be seriously injured or strangled. Many products made for child-proofing are perfect for kitten-proofing.
Electrical, computer cords, and phone charging cords can be irresistible to chew and wrestle. It would be best to either cover them with cord protectors or group them together and put them in conduits. An easy and fast solution is to thread them through PVC pipes.
Check dryers and other enclosed spaces
Savannah kittens are notorious for exploring and napping in hidden, enclosed places. Some kittens may prefer a nice nap in a warm dryer or behind drawers that aren’t safe. Always check dryers and drawers before closing them and be extra careful.
Stash items that can be swallowed out of reach
Kittens, are similar to toddlers in many ways. If a kitten finds a small object he or she may find that exciting and want to play with it and chew on it or swallow it. Plastic tops, hair ties, cotton tips and pipe cleaners aren’t playthings. Don’t encourage the little ones to bat and chase them.
Choose toys carefully
There are cat toys that are developed to appeal the buyers instead of cats and kittens. Although they may be pretty and cute, some toys have pieces that a kitten's sharp little teeth can chew off and swallow. Keep an eye on teaser wands at all times so it does not end up around your kitten's neck. Other toys may not stand up to the Savannah kittens’ mauling. Check toys carefully before bringing them home. Choose ones that are durable and without ears, tails, eyes and other parts that can be chewed off and ingested.
Remove toxic plants
Kittens are very curious and if anything is in reach of an active kitten, everything, including plants, has a good chance of being rubbed, batted and chewed. Unfortunately, most household plants are poisonous. These include ones that are potted or dried along with pretty cut flowers and the water they sit in. Although, not all plants are toxic, be cautious and remove plants and flowers from your home.
List of Toxic Plants for Cats:
Peace Lily Angelica Tree Moss Rose
Tulip/Narcissus Bulbs English Holly Locust
Oleander Lemon Grass Bazilwood
Sago Palm Buttercup Oleander
Chrysanthemum Eucalyptus Daffodil
Azalea/Rhododendron Buckeye Parsley
Autumn Crocus Fig Nightshade
American Holly Bay Laurel Ragwort
English Ivy Leek Ribbon Plant
Buddhist Pine Butterfly Iris Winterberry
Cyclamen Arrow-Head Vine Sago Palm
Castor Bean Saddle Leaf Fern Palm
Amaryllis Florida Beauty Tobacco
Pothos Spanish Thyme Lavender
Schefflera Privet Onion
Kalanchoe Yucca Oilcloth Flower
Yew Laurel Hydrangea