Serengeti Cat and Kitten Information

Serengeti Cat and Kitten Information

The Serengeti cat is a cross between Bengal and Oriental shorthair cats. This breed is still evolving but the idea is to get a Serval looking cat without the wild genes. Serval cats are not used as part of the breeding. These cats are large boned with large round ears and have long legs.

The coat of the Serengeti is short and thick with distinctively spaced black spots that give this breed the look of a wild cat. The weight of an adult male can range from between ten and fifteen pounds. Like most cat breeds, adult females can weigh between eight and twelve pounds.

The Serengeti is not a quiet cat but rather enjoys playing. They can be quite vocal and enjoy the company of other pets in their environment. These lovable felines are graceful and love the company of their human companions.

The Serengeti is a relatively new breed having been developed in the mid 1990s. The breed is recognized by The International Cat Association in solid black, ebony smoke, tabby and ebony silver. They are recognized as a developing breed and breed standard has been established.

The ancestor of all domestic cats is the African Wildcat, the genus Felis Lybica. This genus is comprised of smaller cats. Cats are thought to have been domesticated with the advent of farming and the storage of grain. The grain attracted rats and other vermin which naturally attracted wild cats. As time evolved, certain of these cats were domesticated for the mutual benefit of both cat and man. The African Wildcat has certain features which is obvious in the housecat of today.

Cats who reside in the house should generally visit the veterinarian yearly, unless health problems are evident. Cats who enjoy the outdoors may need to see the vet as many as four times a year. When you take your cat to the vet, be sure to bring along a fresh stool sample so the vet can do a fecal exam to check for worms such as tapeworm, round Worm, whip worms and hook worms. The vet can also check for fleas and other external parasites such as lice ticks and ear mites. Decisions about vaccinations can be made at this time. Maintaining a regular schedule of required vaccinations is essential to good feline health.

Any vet check should include a comprehensive dental examination and a cleaning if necessary. Cats who are eight years plus are considered geriatric and additional blood and urine tests may be necessary to catch any health problems. At about six months of age, the kitten should also be examined for sexual maturity and decisions about birth control should be made.

The Serengeti is relatively rare but might be found for sale as kittens. Kittens are generally available and the price depends upon bloodlines color and markings. Unlike puppies, kittens should not be separated from their mother until twelve to sixteen weeks of age. Some very important developmental stages occur during this period including emotional, mental and health. Curtailing this development may lead to any number of medical and behavioral problems.

Kittens that are separated from their mother at too young an age often fail to gain weight fast enough, have immune system problems because they have not had enough mothers milk. The may also develop eating and eliminating problems, and can have problems socializing with other cats and with people.

Every cat and kitten is an individual so not everything in this information may be correct for your cat or kitten. This information is meant as a good faith guideline only.