WHEN CHOOSING A SERVAL KITTEN
When choosing a serval kitten hoping to obtain a domesticated, kind and gentle pet, it must be purchased in household nurseries, rather than in institutions with outdoor cages. Starting from 2-3 weeks of age, the serval kitten must be in constant contact with a person, otherwise it will grow wild, and it will be impossible to teach it to live in a house together with people. You should take a serval kitten only when it is able to eat meat alone, house-trained and received all the necessary vaccinations. We don’t recommend buying a kitten younger than 8 weeks, since it is a big risk.
First, you should decide whether you buy a kitten for breeding or as a pet. If you want the serval for a pet, you must timely sterilise it, better at the age of 5-7 months, otherwise there definitely will be problems with spraying. If the animal is purchased for breeding, get ready to the fact that the serval will start marking its territory – both males and females do that.
Do not buy animals from “second-hand dealers” – they often acquire animals from “illegal sellers”, poachers or from zoos with no official document package, therefore the animal will be socially unadapted, untrained to use the litter box and possibly sick.
Such animals do not fit for living in the house, especially if there are children in the family. Absence or partial absence of the necessary documents issued by official State bodies for the acquisition, keeping and the origin of this species is punishable by law.
Such animal should be confiscated. Remember that servals are listed in the International Red Book (Category II) as “endangered species threatened with extinction”. Do not purchase a serval if your children are less than 5 years old or have not yet learned to be good to animals.
Do not purchase a serval if you have a small living area. A private house with a pen attached to it and a free entrance is an ideal dwelling for the serval. Minimum enclosure size should be 15.0 sq.m., height – 2.5 m.
FOOD FOR SERVALS
The serval is a predator and needs relevant and special food to receive all essential nutrients. There are various options for feeding the serval: chickens, beef, poultry, fodder rats and mice, rabbits, fish, frogs and sometimes raw eggs. You can also use high-quality cat food for feeding. Never feed it raw pork. This can lead to Aujeszky’s disease, which can be very dangerous for a cat. Never add salt and spices to the cat’s diet. Ensure more varied and balanced meals. For 3 years, the serval must be introduced with vitamins and calcium in its diet.
THE AMOUNT OF FEEDSTUFF FOR THE SERVAL
The adult serval needs daily intake of meat about 3-5% of its own weight. Thus, daily intake of meat for the 10 kg serval is 300-500 g. During its growth, the serval may need a larger dosage. The cat’s appetite is often not that great during very hot days, whereas it is much better in the cold time of the year.
FEEDING THE SERVAL
Usually, there must be one or two feedings per day. Feeding should not be at the same time every day, since animals will adapt to this time very quickly. The serval must feel hunger sometimes and should not have permanent access to the feed in any case, as some owners of cats allow it to have. Meat should be of room temperature.
The leftovers should be removed after feeding. Possible remains of feed also cannot be left available.
For adult servals, it is advisable to give no food at all for one day every 8-14 days.
THE SERVAL’S NATURE
The owner should bear in mind that servals are playful, sociable and intelligent animals. Playing with the serval is a communication and an education at the same time. Hunting games with suspension and the ball are always loved by servals. Activities can last as long as they are interesting to servals. They love to swim, run for the ball and bring it to you and they walk on a leash with ease.
They are like dogs by nature and in the games, but they have the grace of a cat. They purr and lick you at the same time. Their meowing sounds like a pleasant and quiet chirping of a bird. When the serval has had enough of running, it breathes rapidly with its mouth open like a dog. These animals will suit both cat and dog lovers. It was for such an unusual temper typical of cats and dogs they were nicknamed “cat-dog”.
Servals excrete to the litter box, leaving their droppings on the surface of litter and not digging them in as domestic cats do. Our servals sleep on beds with us and with our children. They are not aggressive, even to strangers. But if the cat is accustomed only to its family and it has no experience with other people, it likely wouldn’t allow them to touch it. The serval will run away scared and if cornered it will start hissing. If a stranger is not backing down and continues to pull hands to the serval, the cat will begin to fight back with its paws.
The animal itself will never attack a person. If you want to teach it to communicate with strangers without problems, it needs to be taught to interact with the society from a young age – communicate and play with various people as often as possible. They get along well with domestic cats and dogs.
The serval mustn’t be punished and forced to do anything. This is a very clever and noble animal and will remember offence for its entire life.
TOYS FOR THE SERVAL
It is necessary to ensure that toys do not pose a hazard to the health of the animal. Most of the common cat toys are not suitable for the serval; they are very small and fragile for them. Plastic and foam balls are dangerous, because their parts can be swallowed.
It is better to give them durable and natural toys for dogs. There is one rule for all the games: toys should be available only for the limited time and hidden after that, otherwise the serval will quickly lose interest in them. Servals are very curious, so they always rejoice when something new appears for them to examine. After a couple of days, the old toys become new and interesting again.
You should play with the serval with toys only and not with hands or feet. Hands should be used for petting only! For all wishing to buy a kitten in our cutekittens4homes.com nursery, we provide detailed information based not only on our knowledge and our personal experiences, but also on the experience of famous European household nurseries with 15-19 years of experience in breeding servals exclusively in families for living with people.
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