Let's try this again!
Work interfered heavily with my life in December in January, making little time for updating the crazy antics of my gals. Siada and Layla have bonded well, though Siada can be a total brat at times. Layla just acts like a puppydog and follows her (or any one else) from room to room to cause trouble.
And Layla is getting big. She will be 6 months old in two more days and just hit 7lbs (Siada is only 8lbs at nearly a year old). I think the most common phrase uttered in the house is "LaylaNO" or its companion exclamation "NOLAYLA". My BF was even yelling at her in his sleep last night! Siada gets into trouble, but is not as rambunctious as her marbled cohort. Siada is fearless, but also smart, which helps mitigate the level of drama coming from her. Layla is very haphazard (such as getting on top of the curtain rod and then wondering what to do once up there), but also an absolute lover. Her personality reminds me more of Nimar than anything else.
What is most amazing though, is that Isis, who is long known to bot be a fan of Savannahs, decided very quickly that Layla was just so cute that she would accept her. No hissing, no growling (which both Siada and Nimar got), but there is a great deal of curiosity and Layla sometimes trots after Isis the way she does the rest of us.
Reeses of course, has no interest in these other cats. This old gal was recently diagnosed with stage three kidney disease. We have switched her food, and are taking in for regular bloodwork and so far, she is holding her own. We will do our very best at loving her and giving her special time and treats as long as we can.
And Layla has already gotten her spay! As with Siada, we used the Suitical suit which helped so much with keeping her calm for at least a few days during recovery (it did not work as well to sedate her as it did, Siada, but it definitely was better than a cone and it gave us a few days ease with the whole procedure).
To read more about Siada in the Suitical, you can go here: https://themerryrosette.weebly.com/blog/recovery
Quite a few folks on my Savannah forums are using the suits now. I think most have had good success with them, but the one question that always comes up is size, and what size to purchase. When Siada went in for her spay, she was six months old, but very petite for a Savannah. She wore the XXXS (on the left below). I think this would fit most similarly aged kittens going in for a procedure. Had we waited another month, I might have had to extend the straps on the bottom to make it fit, because she was long and tall even though small.
Layla is a bigger kitten, we got her the XXS (on the right below) and while it was a little loose in the body, the length was good at the smaller setting. Even a larger Savannah kitten would probably be just fine with that size.
There are, of course, more updates. Lots of them, including one about BK#3, and that will be coming very soon!
This post is to announce Bitty Kitton #2! Yes, Siada is getting a sibling (well, technically it is a cousin...). Siada is active and LOVES to play and cuddle, and she is very sad that the big cats at home want less than nothing to do with her antics. We have chosen a little marbled F3 Savannah, also from Select Exotics, that shares the same Serval Great-Grandfather with Siada. I so very much look forward to welcoming the new little girl next weekend!
Kitton quarantine is mostly over, and so far, everyone is still alive.
Recommendations vary for introducing a new feline member to your family. Most of them include quarantine for a period of time. This allows the kitten to feel safe (in a small area) while making the adjustment to a scary new place and people. It also serves to protect other pets, in the event that the new kitten brings parasites or some other cooties into the household.
Siada was confined to the back bath and hallway when we got her. For the first several weeks I slept with her her there. Isis got used to her smells and noises from the other side of the door. Siada, well, she doesn't really seem to be phased by most so this particular Kitten Quarantine was less about her than it was about the sanity of everyone else in the house.
She still is in exile while we are at work (there are way, way too many potential targets for Savandalism if she were to roam free and unsupervised all day), but the last two nights she has been allowed free. There has only been one minor feline explosion each night (can I add that Reeseses seem to be the natural enemies of Savannah cats everywhere, lol), and the three of them seem to be taking turns sleeping with me (one of the aforementioned explosions took place on top of me... now that screech of a pissed off Reeses will wake you out of a coma even).
Despite my lack of sleep over it (why do I alway seem to be experiencing a cat-induced lack-of-sleep???), the transition seems to be going well.
Savannah Caretaker who is honored to do the job.