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African Serval Kitten Care, Diet & Training

Servals are difficult to own as house pets & a large out door enclosure is recommend for all Serval cats.

Most commonly Serval cat's diet recommended of raw, meat, fish and bone-in poultry, supplemented with  vitamins calcium made for wild felines. The foods that can be included in a Serval Cats diet:
  • Chicken: necks, thighs, wings, and ground
  • Ground turkey or select turkey parts
  • Hard boiled eggs
  • Beef, cuts, ground beef
  • Rabbit meat
  • Fresh fish filets, salmon, tilapia, tuna
  • Canned salmon
  • Premium natural canned cat food, 90% or more meat.
  • Bananas
  • Strawberries
  • Cheese
  • Beef jerky
  • Liver jerky
  • Cottage cheese
  • Cherries
  • Tomatoes
  • Serval Cats need to eat between 1 & 3 lbs of meat a day.


Some breeders feed commercially prepared diets by Mazuri , Zupreem , Central Nebraska Packing (308-532-1250) and Dallas Crown. (Developed specifically for wild cats). "Mazuri" and "Zupreemcan" can often be special ordered. It is pretty much universally agreed on that feeding a raw meat & supplemented diet is much better for a African Servals long term health than Serval cat picturesany commercially prepared diet...

African Serval Cat Diet, Training, and Care


Litter box training a African Serval kitten is much like housebreaking a dog only more difficult. Some Serval Cats easily house train & other are never completely trained.

Crate training involves keeping your Serval confined whenever nobody is around to supervise him, thus preventing him from thinking he can get away with messes in the house. 

A Serval kitten should be kept under constant supervision when loose in the house so that he or she can be prevented from making potty mistakes. Crate training also involve showing him to his litter box at regular intervals, and rewarding him or her when it is properly used for elimination.

Put the litter box in a place that your Serval will not have to go out of his or her way to find it. When you see your Serval kitten using the box, praise him or her then reward with a treat or nice scratches.


If you catch your kitten in the act of eliminating outside the box, you may correct him with a sharp “No!” or a squirt of water.

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