So it is happening.
We are ready for another big, beautiful boy. We talked about getting an F2 later this year, but a few things moved up the timeline. One is that Siada will need knee surgery this summer to correct a luxating patella, and she will be laid up for 6 weeks. No one in our house would survive a bored Layla. So getting another kitton now, rather than later, is a decision born of necessity (and me needing to preserve my sanity).
We thought that an F2 would be be perfect, as we wanted the bold markings and potential size. Nimar could be very hard to handle at times, but we are wiser now, and more experienced so we figured that between that and one more generation between our kitton and the wild ancestor might be the perfect harmony. I was even talking to some breeders about the lovely kittens they had this winter. (This is another area where years of experience, and participation in the online Savannah communities comes in handy. I know who the reputable breeders are, and have even seen some of their kittens growing up via photos online. There are many scammers out there, so if you are considering getting your first Savannah, I highly recommend seeking out some of the online forums where you can learn more about these beautiful cats, but also can get an idea of who is producing kittens that have the look or personality that you are seeking.)
And then the other thing happened to move this forward.... I fell in love with an F1 kitton. He is adorable and perfect. Yes, we run a higher risk of having another complete butthead cat (I say that lovingly), but in reality, Layla is such a total maniac that I think she got more than her fair share of the 23% wild that she is mathematically supposed to have. Seriously, her adorable muppet-self is more than a handful.
OIC Spots Savannahs has a litter of F1 kittens and Boy #2 just grabbed me. I talked to the breeder, Teresa, and learned about her cattery and I learned she has been breeding Bengals for decades and she also breeds beautiful F1 Bengals. Nimar was perfect, but his breeder was inexperienced and not as knowledgeable as she could have been. I know better now. Working with Select Exotics was fantastic, because Holly and Dale have many years experience breeding and Dale has an education in animal science that helps with their operation. I enjoyed talking to Teresa of OIC Spots about her kittens and we made a deposit on our new boy. I cannot wait to meet him next month!
Below are the photos that won me over. (Photo credit to OIC SPots, used with permission.) Look at that SHORT FAT TAIL. Just look at it! Tell me you are not in love with that squeezy kitton face already, I dare you to try! I think there might still be one boy left in the litter if you act fast... https://www.facebook.com/teresa.caudell.3/
Savannah Caretaker who is honored to do the job.