New Zealand's import ban

New Zealand's import ban

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Sarah

Chelmsford, UK

#1 May 19, 2010
Hi all, What breeds of cat look similar to savannah cats? So i can circumnavigate New Zealand's savannah cat import ban, this problem has arisen because my employer wishes me to temporary relocate there, thanks Sarah
Mindless automaton

United States

#4 Jun 16, 2010
Sarah wrote:
Hi all, What breeds of cat look similar to savannah cats? So i can circumnavigate New Zealand's savannah cat import ban, this problem has arisen because my employer wishes me to temporary relocate there, thanks Sarah
To be banned it has to be, and maybe its not??? Why not take it to a different vet for a check up, say you got it from a shelter and ask what breed he thinks it is, there's a good chance he will reckon its a breed other than shavvanah cat, get him to fill in the documentation and bingo next stop new zealand, of course you need to remove or re-register any breeders microchip.
van

Hamilton, New Zealand

#5 Apr 24, 2011
bengal cats are so much alike!
Rita

Colchester, UK

#7 Apr 30, 2011
Sarah wrote:
Hi all, What breeds of cat look similar to savannah cats? So i can circumnavigate New Zealand's savannah cat import ban, this problem has arisen because my employer wishes me to temporary relocate there, thanks Sarah
Do the identity swap many UK vets are either STUPID or just in it for the money,

For example about 3 years ago I took onboard a stray cat, I fed & sheltered him up until two months ago when i noticed a deterioration in his health. I took him to the vet and he was diagnosed with BAD teeth following his dental there was complications with the anesthetic which required a 3 day stay at the vets. when i eventually was able to collect him he seemed listless and lethargic after a few days I took him back to the vets and he was diagnosed with KIDNEY FAILURE this was confirmed by another vet and sadly he had to be put to sleep. I was GUTTED days were lost with the misdiagnosis not to mention over £400 pounds of unnecessary treatment.
Warne

Kansas City, MO

#8 May 5, 2011
Sarah wrote:
Hi all, What breeds of cat look similar to savannah cats? So i can circumnavigate New Zealand's savannah cat import ban, this problem has arisen because my employer wishes me to temporary relocate there, thanks Sarah
You should keep the savannah cat in the United Kingdom, there is more than enough normal sized cats destroying our wildlife without trying to illegally import larger cats
STINKCAT

Colchester, UK

#9 May 11, 2011
Warne wrote:
<quoted text>You should keep the savannah cat in the United Kingdom, there is more than enough normal sized cats destroying our wildlife without trying to illegally import larger cats
Grow a brain, Its all mindless regulation nobody is going to purchase an expensive cat and let it roam, are they?
Chris

Whangarei, New Zealand

#10 Sep 5, 2011
STINKCAT wrote:
<quoted text>Grow a brain, Its all mindless regulation nobody is going to purchase an expensive cat and let it roam, are they?
Yes people do in New Zealand all the time, rare and endangered species are know to live on city fringes, as we have low populations and large numbers of parks. Native NZ birds, lizards and Weta have not had millions of years to develop with carnivores such as cats. The only mammals native to NZ are bats. So it does not matter where they roam, the moment they are outdoors they will go into their natural hunting mode.
Glenis

Auckland, New Zealand

#11 Nov 21, 2011
I have a silver chocolate spotted Ocicat that looks almost identical to the Savannagh cats, except they are smaller. I live in NZ and they are readily available from several different breeders in NZ. Ocicats were accidently bred in USA by a woman who was trying to breed an Aby pointed Siamese, the kittens turned out to be spotted. They are 33% Abbysinian 33% Siamese and 33% American Shorthair. Their nature is dog like in that they like to always be around the family and they notice everything that you do and want to investigate. They are very loving and smoochy and very playful. You can teach them things easily and they like to play with water. Even though they are smaller than the Savannagh they are a large breed of cat, mine is 3 years old and is 6.2kg and not a bit fat, its all bone and muscle, they have long legs and long bodies.
Kevin

Wellington, New Zealand

#12 Feb 22, 2012
Get a bengal
Ash

Auckland, New Zealand

#13 Sep 6, 2012
Although the Savannah cat is illegal in New Zealand, which I wish they weren't. After all you can train your Savannah and depends on the generation your cat is as well. But because they fear for the wildlife and because they haven't studied the Savannah's behaviour due to the fact it's a mix of wild and domestic; it's not worth it. Would of been cool if they allowed it after all the Bengal is allowed here.
pete21

London, UK

#14 Sep 8, 2012
Ash wrote:
Although the Savannah cat is illegal in New Zealand, which I wish they weren't. After all you can train your Savannah and depends on the generation your cat is as well. But because they fear for the wildlife and because they haven't studied the Savannah's behaviour due to the fact it's a mix of wild and domestic; it's not worth it. Would of been cool if they allowed it after all the Bengal is allowed here.
My neighbor has a enormous savannah cat it cost her a fortune so she walks it on a lead like a dog, I cannot see anyone letting such a expensive animal loose.
Ash

Auckland, New Zealand

#15 Sep 10, 2012
pete21 wrote:
<quoted text>My neighbor has a enormous savannah cat it cost her a fortune so she walks it on a lead like a dog, I cannot see anyone letting such a expensive animal loose.
I would of loved to seen that but both New Zealand and Australia don't allow the Savannah. After all the Savannah can be trained, it's loyal like a dog and is just so gorgeous!. But I agree, why would anyone let such an expensive animal loose.
batman

Wellington, New Zealand

#16 Aug 11, 2013
My cat only eats fresh gecko and kiwi
robin

UK

#17 Aug 12, 2013
batman wrote:
My cat only eats fresh gecko and kiwi
You're lucky my cat only eats expensive stuff..
fishstix

Wellington, New Zealand

#18 Aug 19, 2013
Mindless automaton i hope you never have the please of visiting NZ.Sarah, you're looking to break a decent law for selfish reasons, stay home.
Charlotte

Auckland, New Zealand

#19 Aug 20, 2013
Sarah wrote:
Hi all, What breeds of cat look similar to savannah cats? So i can circumnavigate New Zealand's savannah cat import ban, this problem has arisen because my employer wishes me to temporary relocate there, thanks Sarah
My Sister is the opposite, about 4 years ago she moved to London UK for a job opportunity and has acquired 10 kilogram of stunning F2 savannah. After visiting my sister some months ago I was amazed seeing this huge cat in person. On return I was deeply disappointed to find our stupid governments misguided ban on these wonderful creatures.. I am hoping the ban will be lifted soon.
Kay

Australia

#20 Aug 21, 2013
Charlotte wrote:
<quoted text>My Sister is the opposite, about 4 years ago she moved to London UK for a job opportunity and has acquired 10 kilogram of stunning F2 savannah. After visiting my sister some months ago I was amazed seeing this huge cat in person. On return I was deeply disappointed to find our stupid governments misguided ban on these wonderful creatures.. I am hoping the ban will be lifted soon.
I cannot see New Zealand's ban on these large cats been lifted anytime soon . If you want to legally own one maybe you should emigrate to the UK with your sister at least the UK's wildlife has evolved around wild cat species.
Dr Mc Clains Office

Pittsford, NY

#21 Sep 8, 2013
Sarah wrote:
Hi all, What breeds of cat look similar to savannah cats? So i can circumnavigate New Zealand's savannah cat import ban, this problem has arisen because my employer wishes me to temporary relocate there, thanks Sarah
Best way would have been just before departure a ordinary moggy gets accidentally pregnant and it happens to be a hybrid offspring.
sean parsons

Auckland, New Zealand

#22 Oct 4, 2013
Dr Mc Clains Office wrote:
<quoted text>Best way would have been just before departure a ordinary moggy gets accidentally pregnant and it happens to be a hybrid offspring.
I'm astounded at the ignorance of people that selfishly want to bring more carnivore species into NZ. Even a tiny bit of research would inform them how vulnerable NZ's native species are when it comes to mammalian predators. Bengal cats should never have been allowed inso there presence here is not justification to allow in Savannah cats. If you want a big cat , live somewhere else.
Charlotte

Auckland, New Zealand

#23 Oct 10, 2013
sean parsons wrote:
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I'm astounded at the ignorance of people that selfishly want to bring more carnivore species into NZ. Even a tiny bit of research would inform them how vulnerable NZ's native species are when it comes to mammalian predators. Bengal cats should never have been allowed inso there presence here is not justification to allow in Savannah cats. If you want a big cat , live somewhere else.
Typical response from the old ban it all brigade, People manage to keep dogs of all shapes and sizes without them harassing wildlife, I cannot think of a sensible reason why I cannot keep a Savannah cat on my property here in NZ. The fact is this banning law worshiped by the uneducated was conjured up with pure ignorance by the terminally stupid politicians.

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