Kittens are tiny. I actually forgot that. Isis was 6 months old when we got her from the rescue corner of a TICA cat show. Reeses was 1.5 years old when she was discovered by us at PetSmart. Nimar came to us at 16 weeks, but he was 4.5lbs at the time, and also, that was 10 years ago and he was SO big for so long that I just for got what it was like to hold a tiny kitton!
So yes, Siada looked so bitty to me when she came home. Not only because she was a baby, but she already was forming that lanky, lean Savannah cat build and just looked fragile. (Note that she certainly does not act fragile as she goes blazing through the house bouncing off of things!) She was 2.3lbs, we learned, as we took her to the vet on June 3rd just for a quick kitten check up.
And she had no fear at all at the vet. She stood proud in her little ferret harness (as all the kitten and puppy ones were just far to big on her little kitton self) while the vet examined her and listened to her heart.
Oh, and the harness? We had no issues putting it on her. We tried for years to get Nimar to wear one. We tried pretty much everything and that little dude could Houdini right out of any contraption, toss it back at you and flip you off as he stroll out of the room. Even after he got sick and became much more laid back, it was just a no-go with him.
We had made it our mission to work her into it early. Get her into it (rewarded with treats) and would let her wear it for just a short span of time a day. She surprised us by taking instantly to it. She rarely fusses over it and does all her normal cute kitten things while wearing it. This is just delightful because it means traveling with her is (so far) no stress at all!
She was not done with the surprises though, she apparently is a total lap (or shoulder, or belly) cat! On the very first day she pretty much passed out on her papa's shoulder! Savannahs are well known for being independent and totally stubborn. The early generations often bond very strongly with one or two people, and can sometimes be hesitant with strangers. Nimar was very good with people, but we were definitely THE people in his world. Even so, he was not a lap cat. He did have to be near you (and always sat next to his papa on the sofa), but not much for laps. Siada, on the other hand, seems to prefer the warmest seat in the house for her naptime.
Savannah Caretaker who is honored to do the job.