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!
Savannah Caretaker who is honored to do the job.