Letters from our Babies Families
Regarding Menes - Male Egyptian Mau Kitten from his Mom Evy
"He has definately won my heart.... he is so precious... he plays with all his toys he loves to run all through the house and he usually does that as he is carring a toy in his mouth.... He is not one to share... he will run to me with his toy in his mouth and growl like crazy when I try to take it to toss it for him.... I went on line to see if that was normal for his breed, and sure enough it is.... He makes me laugh....He does favor one toy more then the others so I am going to go back to Petco and buy them in stock..haha... He loves his fresh water fountain... he loves attention and he is so jealous that I am typing right now and not petting him.... thank you for this wonderful kitten.... I can't wait to get home from work each night to see him.... "
More on Menes
He has a wonderful disposition, and loves my attention. He is full of energy.Maggi (my daughters cat) was a rescue kitten, whom has become over weight, the vet put her on a strict diet. We have decided that the two of them need each other, so at least once a week, Maggi and Menes have a play date. Menes to use his extra energy and Maggi to exercise. They are the best of friends and Menes willingly gets in his carrier now, cuz he knows he is off to play with Maggi. Needless to say our little scheme is working brilliantly. Menes sleeps like a rock on these nights and Maggi is losing her weight and becoming more and more active again.
From Lysa about Zulu F-1 Savannah
From Michelle on Jamba F-1 Savannah
He is such a love to have around and cuddly, he loves to give hugs and
kisses. He still yearns for his bottle and wants to speak to me when I
talk to him. He follows me around, he's very much a momma's boy still.
He wants to jump in the tub when I take a bath, only when I'm in the
tub he tries to get in, otherwise he doesn't care much for the water.
Strange that he does that but I guess he just wants to go where momma
More from Michelle
Jamba is just like having a sweet serval that uses the litter box. He
looks and acts just like one. When friends see him they go WOW what
type of cat is that? He is definitely not your typical cat. Jamba is
such a sweetheart. He still wants his bottle. He is 11 pounds at 17
months. He stands 15 inches at the shoulder so he's a very lean and
tall cat. He likes water and will get in the tub from time to time.
His favorite toy is one of those gong dog rubber indestructible toys
that he fetches and chews on all day and night. Of course his other
favorites are boxes and the dish rag in the sink which I find on the
floor covered in his hair from nuzzling on it. He loves to nuzzle our
fresh clean clothes. He wakes me up with Savannah kisses to the face
and loud purring. He is not afraid of new people that come in to the
place and he's very social and interested when we go to the vet for
check ups. He is not afraid at all of anything and loves to
investigate every little sound and creek that goes on. I love
watching him and I can just picture him in the wild chasing birds and
other little creatures every which way. Jamba is the best and I
wouldn't trade him for the world!
From Mike Regarding Dakar
Our Genius F-1 Savannah
Dakar's favorite toy right now is his snake (made, according to the
label, by Ethical Products, China.)
This snake is sold at the one dollar store as a cat toy. There was
something in the head that I assumed was a rattle. Dakar bit the head so
many times, the plastic parts inside broke into little nuggets and
started protruding trough the snake's head. I cut a hole in the snake and
fished the pieces out to the trash can. I was quite astonished that the
parts proved to be a spring-powered vibrator wound up by a pull in the
snake's tail. The mechanism was broken from the start and one has to
wonder if this item really was ever designed to be a cat toy. So much for
ethical. I gave the now eviscerated snake back to Dakar. A few minutes later I
heard some weird sounds from the location of the trash can. I found the
snake draped over the edge of the trash can and Dakar had fished the
vibrator out along with a lot of the plastic shards. He was trying to
reassemble the snake!
Every other month or so I put some feeder fish in the bathtub for
enrichment. Dakar has figured out how to pull the plug to herd the fish
to his end of the tub. So I removed the ring on the plug. He still pulls
out the plug with his claws. Today I put an inverted dinner plate over
the plug. He scooted it aside. Scary. And smart.
More on Dakar as an Ambassador By Lynn Culver
The FCF booth featured a variety of feline photos and a message ³Your
feline is your connection to the wild Friday and Sunday, Dakar, an exotic half-serval, half-Siamese, was on
display compliments our editor, Mike Friese. This was my first close
encounter with a Savannah and it was certainly not your ordinary cat. Not
gold like a serval, but a rich dark grey with large inky black spots, a
black nose and bridge, and characteristically long serval legs holding up
a delicate, lean body which appeared much heavier than his reported
weight of only 7.5 pounds. Dakar spoke serval, with hisses and grumbles
and gave typical head butt greetings. When he was back home in his
element, he strut about Mike¹s home and then repeatedly stood up on his
hind legs to exuberantly rub his face and full body against each of our
legs, his tall body reaching well past our knees.
The FCF message is about conservation of nature¹s felines. Dakar is an
artificial man-made creation, only a shadow of the creature that
naturally evolved in Africa, but he served as feline ambassador to draw
thousands of domestic cat lovers into our booth where we could engage
them in dialog about real servals, pass out our new brochures, and talk
about the FCF and our ongoing project to help save the Andean cat.
After the expo, Lynn Culver came over to the house and saw Dakar in his
relaxed state. She said he seemed like a new species to her. She said
Dakar acted and vocalized just like a serval but was smaller and the
wrong color. She said, "Mike, you truly have an exotic cat."
From Romie on Zuko Male Egyptain Mau
Abe and I just wanted to update you about Zuko. Again, we want to thank you both for raising such a wonderful creature...he is magnificent. On the way to Atlanta, Zuko did not meow a lot nor poop which he was just a real champ about the trip. Once we got him home, of course he was very timid about coming out of the carrier which we just gave him time to adjust. Today, he was a little shy this morning. By mid morning..oh my god..he was all over the place. He just played and played until he need a little nap on my chest and stomach which he stayed there for about an hour. He now follows and stays with us in every room we go. We truly love him, and will love him even more with each passing day.
About Gracie F-1 Non Standard Savannah from her mom Judy
She loves the kitchen towel or a wash cloth.
She carries it, loves on it, and plays with it for pretty long periods. She
really likes a wadded piece of paper or a plastic bag she can get into or
catch in mid air if we throw it up for her. She likes being outside as long
as we are with her. She wants to be where we are, no matter if outside or
inside. I had to be away on a retreat this past weekend, and she and Chris
really had a good time together. He really thinks she is something
From Darlynne on Dega Our Savannahrama Queen
Dega is doing great, she is still a sweetheart, except for food. She has become extremely food aggressive in trying to steal people food. No aggression to the other cats, but she will latch on to a loaf of bread and if she isn't quick enough to run into the living room with it, she will dangle in the air while I try to pry her loose! It was kind of cute at first when she stole things off our plates at a dead run, but I now have to confine her to the laundry room while I eat. She's a very smart girl, and usually just one display of the spray bottle turns her away from mischief, except for this food thing. She gets plenty of cat food, and it's not one particular type of people food she goes after. It's everything from fruit to pizza, to beer. She will come at the run as soon as I walk in with grocery bags, dive in and grab the first thing she can, and off at a run. It's funny and frustrating at the same time, as I have to come up with new ways to defeat her. She can open just about everything in the kitchen except the fridge and the microwave now. It's like living with my F2's only more so. She is much more active and mischievous than my serval ever was, LOL!