What gear do you need for your serval, and where do you get it? This page provides a good shopping list.
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So what equipment will you need in order to care for, manage, and train a serval? Here are some realistic suggestions.
- Care and training books from reading list
- Pet Proof Putty or museum putty
- Harness and leash
- Exotic cat vitamins
- Cat Litter (Nutrena Chicken Layer Crumbles, purchased from your local feed store, work great).
The Scat Mat issues a automatic static correction to keep your serval off counters, shelves, entertainment center, etc. When Sirocco started peeing on my bed, I purchased four of them and used them to cover my bed during the day. This solved that problem! I also have a Scat Strip on top of my bookshelf; a Scat Strip on the top shelf of my entertainment center, and one in a corner of my bedroom where he likes to pee from time to time. These things are invaluable to a serval owner.
Serval-Sized Litterbox(s). Second Nature makes DOG litter pans that are sized appropriately for servals and caracals. You need to scroll down the page a bit to see the actual pans as opposed to just the litter, and make sure you order the largest one. You can also find interesting bins and containers for this purpose at home improvement places like Home Depot.
DirectStop Animal Deterrent Spray This painless citronella spray was developed to halt dog attacks, but has many other uses. I used it to teach Sirocco not to jump on my back and grab me from behind, and I use it when he starts play-biting too hard. It can also be used to break up fights and keep other animals from attacking your cat if you have him out on a leash. This stuff belongs in every animal-owning household in my opinion as a dog trainer and serval owner.
Travel Crate sized appropriately for an adult serval. I suggest mounting wheels on the crate and attaching something that can be used as a handle to pull it. Trust me, you don't want to be dragging a crate containing a 30-40 pound cat!
Large Wire Crate, to be used for housetraining and containment when you can't let your serval run around the house! Servals are very active animals and should not be expected to stay in a crate for long periods of time (like while you are at work), but a crate is a very useful thing to have around. I like the design of this crate because it allows the cat to watch household activity. However, I do not reccommend wire crates such as this for travel, because they don't provide the cat enough visual shelter.
Feliway Behavior Modification Kit Feliway is recommended by some owners to reduce or stop spraying in servals. The results are somewhat variable; it doesn't work for everyone. I recoomend buying it from PetSmart or another store with a money-back guarantee so you can return it it it doesn't work for you.
This is the site for the Kong company, which makes tough rubber dog toys suitable for servals. You get a special discount by ordering through this link.
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I also get a commission on all items you order through this link. Jeffers caters somewhat to exotic pet owners, selling sturdy toys, canned and dry serval food, and specialized milk replacement formulas. They even sell WildTrax vitamins.
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