Fat Cats!!!!



I feel it I necessary to remind owners that Egyptian Maus and most cat breeds are “Easy Keepers” (require very little food) as they have evolved as street and feral cats and can live on almost anything. As a result it is very easy for loving, over indulgent owners to create “Fat Cats”.


All “Fat Cats” of any breed are at risk for a myriad of horrible health conditions. Just like people can they develop type 2 diabetes, arthritis, fatty liver issues, and accelerated renal failure. A fat cat just like a person is a cat that is 20% or more overweight. That is, if your cat should weigh 8 pounds but weighs 10 it is almost 25% over weight and subject to all the above health issues. More often I hear from owners who’s 8 pound cat weighs 12 pounds (50%) over weight or even more, 16 pounds (100%) over weight. Just think, if your ideal weight is 150 pounds but you weigh 225 how much of an impact that would have on your health or worse still if you weighed 300 pounds!! Now being a rather portly woman myself, I can attest to what it has cost me and my health. As I type this I am recovering from double knee replacement. That joint damage was my own fault and I know it is self inflicted. It is, however, unfair to allow your cat to suffer from an issue that you as an owner can control and prevent entirely.


Don’t let your cat get fat or, if he/she already is, put him/her on a diet and get it under control before your cat suffers. It is impossible to explain to your beloved pet that the pain they feel in their joints could have been prevented by a healthy diet. Worse still is having inject your best friend with insulin because you allowed them to destroy their pancreas and they can no longer produce enough insulin.


Fat cats die from diabetes, fatty liver disease and pancreatitis. They suffer long painful years with badly worn out joints and slow kidney failure. Fatty liver disease is especially insidious as when the cat’s owner finally decides to put Fluffy on a diet and Fluffy stops eating because they do not like their new food, they rapidly go into liver failure and die in just a few days. Crash diets also kill fat cats. If you put your cat on a diet you must be sure that your fat cat continues to consume a basic level of calories or you could lose your cat in as few as 3 days. Be sure to consult your veterinarian about how to institute an appropriate diet. Never let your fat cat go more then 2 to 3 days without eating!


Most commercial cat foods are full of fillers which generally are carbohydrates. Don’t necessarily accept the idea that grain free is better since, in lieu of grain, the food is full of cranberries and sweet potatoes etc. Cats are obligate carnivores; which simply means that they evolved to eat meat and animal body parts only! Commercial foods are designed to in some ways mimic a natural diet by way of processing meat, meat by products and various additives but there is no easy replacement for whole prey (raw dead animals). Because processed meat results in small quantities, (volume) of food, most foods have added carbohydrates for necessary nutrients but also to make a bored cat feel full. That sleepy fat cat on your couch is not how it was evolved to be. Natural cats generally sleep up to 20 hours a day and then spend the other 4 hours hunting for their food. That is 4 hours of serious activity, not walking from their bowl to the bed, to the couch, to the counter top. If your cat does not get 4 hours of activity a day (almost none do) then you need to adjust their diet. There are low carb, higher protein diets available that, if fed in appropriate qualities, can give your cat a healthy diet and insure a long and healthy life. If you are willing to put in a little extra effort, feeding a raw diet is not as complicated as many believe.


Feeding raw is not just dumping a chicken thigh is Fuffy’s bowl! Since cats eat whole prey they are unable to create all the nutrients and minerals they need. Many of the amino acids that cats must have to live cannot be synthesized in the cat’s body and must be consumed in their diet. Taurine is found in the blood of their prey, many other nutrients are found in the partially digested gut content of their prey, calcium comes from eating whole bones, etc.  There are excellent supplements available that, when added to raw meat, make a complete diet without adding unnecessary carbs that simply fatten your cat. It is not necessary to grind raw meat or bone. On the contrary most cats prefer to chew their food which means chunks of meat or meat with bone are accepted well and help to keep their teeth clean too. Supplements are simply sprinkled on their meat! Some cats require a slow introduction to raw or lower carbohydrates diets but with a little effort your fat cat can be transitioned to a healthy diet.


Many are concerned with raw being a vector of bacteria like listeria or salmonella. Cats have a very acidic gut so they can eat lots of bacteria that would make people very, very ill with no problem. If they are healthy and not immune compromised, they often eat carrion (dead stuff) in the wild. If your cat is permitted to go outside unattended, which we discourage strongly, you can bet they eat really yuck stuff everyday! Most pet food recalls for these type of bacterial contamination are because people handle cat food and people can get sick, not the cats. Feeding raw does mean you need to exercise good hygiene for your own protection. Not just in the handling of the meat, but also in the feces as raw fed cats can shed more virulent bacteria in their feces.


In summation, if you love your cat don’t, kill them with kindness. Play with your cat, don’t just feed them. You can control what your cat eats. Exercise good judgment. Cats can’t open cans and over eat without your complicity. Don’t be complicit in your cat’s early demise. Don’t have to explain to your cat why you have to take blood samples and inject them with insulin. Don’t have to stuff pain killers down their throat for those over used, arthritic joints. Don’t deliver your cat every couple of days for fluids as their kidneys fail at an early age. Don’t have to visit in the veterinary hospital as your cat hovers between life and death with fatty liver disease. A proper diet for your pet is easily attained and, although you may think they will resent you not over feeding, they will be happier and healthy for it!

It’s Savannah Mania at Belle Hollow!

We have an amazing selections of available and affordable savannah kittens at this time. F-2s, F-3s and F-6Bs and SBTS and in a rainbow of colors. If you don’t see the kitten you are looking for please Contact us to see if the kitten you desire is not yet posted or if we expect that kitten in the near future!


A little bird told me we will be offering 4 stunning little F-2 Savannah babies in the next few weeks.

Are Savannah Cats “other pet” friendly?

I get this question all the time!  Savannah Cats are generally very gregarious in nature and if properly introduced get along well with other pets. As kittens Savannah Cats like all kittens are pretty pliable and will learn to fit into most families and enjoy the companionship of other pets as well as people. That said, you should consider the disposition of the pets you will be introducing your new kitten to.  Dogs, that have never had cat friends, maybe inclined to chase small kittens. Older cats may be a little territorial about having a new kitten invade “their space.”  Talk to your breeder before selecting a new kitten. Sometimes the sex of the new savannah kitten my have an impact on what would make the best match for your home. Take your dog to a friends home who has cats and see how they behave around dog friendly cats. Your new savannah kitten will adapt to your pets, the real question is will your pets adapt to your new kitten?


How much do Savannahs cost?

That’s a great question! Because savannahs can be Early Generation (F-1 through F-3) or later generations (F-4 through F-8) and come in several standard and many, many non standard colors the pricing can vary greatly.

Generally speaking the closer (lower the number) the kitten is to the African serval the more expensive the kitten. F-1 kittens are very hard to produce, have a high mortality rate from prematurity and require intensive care they are the most expensive of savannahs.  That said the price for a healthy quality pet can vary from breeder to breeder by thousands of dollars.  Here at Belle Hollow we strive to keep our pricing reasonable and our kittens are frequently more affordable than other breeders. We are able to accomplish this by having lower overhead (we already live on a farm), our daughter and my best friend are our two Vets so we are able to keep our veterinary bills in check and we don’t need to make a whole year’s salary on each kitten.

A savannahs price is not necessarily an indicator of quality just an indicator of what a breeder thinks their market will bare. We have seen many, many breeders come and go over the years thinking they could make a huge profit on just a few Early Generation kittens. We are more interested in placing our quality kittens in quality homes and maintaining our excellent reputation, than making a quick buck on a high dollar sale. See our pricing page for our pricing guidelines but keep in mind all kittens are priced according to their individual attributes.

Is a Savannah right for me?

Black on Black savannah kitten

Black on Black savannah kitten

Savannahs are generally a high energy cat. Not your Mom’s couch potato, they enjoy interaction, play and are very intelligent. If you want a “Doglike” pet without the dog, Savannahs maybe the perfect kitten for you. Easily trained, savannahs can walk on a leash, ride in the car, go camping or participate in any activity you introduce them to as kittens. I have bred kittens that live with long haul truckers, run 5K marathons and love to bath with their people. Unlike many fully domestic cat breeds this cat really likes it’s family and is a true companion animal.

F-6SBT Brown Spotted Savannah loves her family's fish!

F-6SBT Brown Spotted Savannah loves her family’s fish!

Merry Christmas and a Blessed New Year

This year comes to close with so many more beloved kittens and their families. We have been blessed to place them in loving homes where we hope they will make their new families lives richer with love and companionship. Stan and I, want to wish all our Belle Hollow families and friends a very Merry Christmas and a Blessed New Year.

Betsy and Stan Whitlock

Belle Hollow 2015

Belle Hollow 2015

Belle Hollow goes to Hollywood!

One their way to Hollywood!

One their way to Hollywood!

Our two beautiful silver Egyptian Mau boys are on their way to Hollywood to star in a new commercial and star their lives as working cats for a Hollywood Animal Training company.They will will be living with their trainers and well loved as beloved pets when in in the studio.

Christmas is Coming!


Silver F-6 Savannah Male

We have 6 stunning F-6 savannah kittens that will be ready to go home on or after 12/17/15. We still have 2, F-2 kittens that will also be ready to go before Christmas. Now if you want the most special “Lump of Coal”, consider Petunia, a melanistic Geoffroy’s Cat kitten who will make the most unusual Christmas kitten ever.

Melanistic Geaffroy's Cat kitten Petunia

Melanistic Geaffroy’s Cat kitten Petunia

We expect another litter of Maus which won’t make Christmas but will be a great way to start the New Year.

News from some of our Babies

As a breeder I love to get these kind of emails from owners. I have 2 full siblings of these boys available now, 1 male, 1 female.This is from Nicholas who purchased 2 F-6SBT boys from me last fall.

Kenya has taken on a rusty colored belly and has well proportioned spots. Quite the athlete, he plays well and is only at times skittish. As he matures he has become very loving. He never bites or claws his people even when the kids chase him around the house or tug his tail. Very much the gentleman cat.

F-6SBT savannah Male Kenya

F-6SBT savannah Male Kenya

Congo, is the ham of the two. Never afraid and loves to get in the middle of things. He lives for petting and affection. He also never bites or claws and is very tolerant of our boys. He has a busier spot pattern and a lighter belly. He likes to jump up on your back and lay around your neck like a scarf.

F-6SBT savannah Congo

F-6SBT savannah Congo

Here they are together. They really love each other and I’m so glad I got the two of them so they could have each other.I’ve never had cats that are so easy going with their people. Usually every cat has a place that you can’t pet or touch or else get bit. Not these guys. That has been a super plus for our small children.
Their curiosity and adventurous spirit has no bound which makes them so entertaining.

Congo and Kenya, F-6SBT littermates

Congo and Kenya, F-6SBT littermates