Welcome to our Siberian Kittens Cattery page!
There are two kinds of people in the world: those who love cats, and those who think cats are hypocrites, egoists, and self-involved – better-known as dog people.
Most dog people think that all cats look the same: big eyes, whiskers and a cute little nose. Nevertheless, there are many different cat breeds and each breed has a unique personality. There are thousands of articles and lists online about the most beautiful cat breeds in the world, where one breed is featured in almost every list: the Siberian Cat – one of the most impressive-looking cat breeds worldwide.General Information:
Height/Length: about 13 inches, medium to large length
Weight: male: 12-16 pounds; female: 8-12 pounds
Lifespan: 12-15 years or more
Coloring: any color or pattern; tabby and tiger are most common
Area of Origin: Russia
Similar Breeds: Norwegian Forest Cat
Breed History and Origins:
As the name implies, the Siberian is a Russian national cat from the taiga of Siberia, which is a forested area that has a subarctic climate. The climate has contributed to the thick, long, protective coat of the Siberian. This breed has been documented in Russia for many years and is mentioned in children’s books and fairytales. The first Siberians put their not-so-little paws in the U.S. in 1990. Later, in 2000, CFA accepted this breed for registration. However, it wasn’t until 2002 that the first Siberians arrived in the UK. This breed has quickly become very popular due to its reputation for being hypoallergenic.
Today, the Siberian cat can be found everywhere in the world, except for Antarctica. The number of catteries around the world is getting bigger and bigger; there are catteries in South Korea, South Africa, Japan, Europe…. This breed has won the world in a second, and it’s safe to say it’ll likely hold its position for quite some time.
Size and Physical Characteristics:
Known as exceptionally agile jumpers, the Siberians are powerfully built and strong cats, with large, well-rounded paws and strong hindquarters. They have medium-sized ears and broad foreheads. Their size is medium to large with weight from 12-16 pounds for males; and 8-12 pounds for females. Although their facial expression is super sweet, they have excellent balance, alertness, and power. The eyes of Siberians vary in color from green to gold and all shades in between. Some have blue eyes, which is quite rare, and some even have different colored eyes. The eyes are probably the most unique physical characteristic of this breed because they’re very large and soulful.
As previously mentioned, Siberian cats reflect the Siberian climate with their dense, water repellent, rich triple coat that’s accented with fluffy britches, a ruff around the neck, and a big, bushy tail which is always carried up with pride. Their glorious fur comes in different colors, as well as different color combinations, but brown tabbies are the most popular. Some Siberians have white markings, some don’t. However, their coat is tangle-free and only requires occasional brushing (more on this later).
Everyone knows that cats and water don’t mix, but that’s not the case with the Siberians; they enjoy playing in water. If bathed often as little kittens, they might really enjoy their bathing moments when they’re older.
Their bodies are muscular, but they need up to five years to reach their full size and mature coat. They also have a slight arch to their body, and their hind legs are a bit longer than their front legs. This is the reason why the Siberians are incredibly agile and athletic. In general, female cats are smaller than male cats.
Personality and Temperament:
Siberian cats are very personable, playful, loyal, and affectionate, and they want to be their human’s best friend. Siberians are one of the most fun-loving breeds ever, as they’re very energetic and always in the play mood. Because of that, some people say this breed has a ‘dog-like’ personality.
Their personality is perfect for couples or families with members who are dog people. Siberians are loyal to their owners; they’re always there to play with them, cuddle them, and greet them when they walk through the door. They won’t be waiting with coffee and lunch ready on the table, but their human getting back from work will be their highlight of the day. The Siberian will ‘help’ with their human’s daily activities: reading (sleeping on books and newspapers), essay writing (typing with their paws on the keyboard), meal preparations (climbing on their human’s legs), and so on. Siberians aren’t shy, so their humans’ guests won’t be strangers; they’ll be their guests, too!
Siberians are also very intelligent, meaning they don’t need much time to learn how to open doors or how to get their toys from hiding spots. The favorite spot of some Siberians is their human’s lap, while others want to show themselves as more independent, so they prefer sitting next to their human on the sofa. Either way, these cats simply love interacting and playing with people. Due to the fact that they’re very gentle and friendly, they especially enjoy the company of children. They’re very understandable as well: it’s like they somehow know when their moral and psychological support is needed, so they turn off the playing mode and turn on the cuddling, purring mode.
Nutritional and Exercise Needs:
Needless to say, nutrition is a vital part of every cat’s life. The food your cat eats has a big impact on their health. That’s why learning and understanding how the digestive system of the Siberian is set up is a ‘must’. When talking about cats and nutrition, two types of food come to mind: dry food and canned food. Dry foods contain about 10% water, while canned foods contain almost 80% water. Which one is healthier? Normal prey for a cat contains 70-75% water, so that amount gives the correct answer here. Canned food is more similar to the Siberians’ natural diet since it’s better suited for meeting this breed’s water needs. However, reading the ingredient listing of every food is mandatory for every Siberian cat owner because not all canned foods are equal in ingredients, especially when it comes to the levels of proteins and carbohydrates. Ocean fish might be contaminated with mercury, which can deplete the thiamin levels of the Siberian, so feeding them too much fish is not a good idea. Raw foods are beneficial for Siberians as well, as they help with energy, proper digestion, reduced stool odor, natural weight control, healthier coat, better urinary and dental health, and so on.
As for their exercise needs, Siberian cats are always looking for some sort of an activity. Ogden Nash has said “The trouble with a kitten is that eventually it becomes a cat.” Luckily, that’s not the case with Siberians; they retain their kitten-like temperament throughout their whole life. It doesn’t matter whether Siberians are kept as outdoor or indoor cats; they need exercising. Not ‘putting the cat on a treadmill’ exercising, but it is necessary to spend some quality time with them in order to fulfill their daily exercise needs. Once they lie down to grab the toy or just stare at one dot doing nothing, they are done.
Grooming and Upkeep:
Although Siberian cats don’t require a lot of grooming, daily brushing and combing is recommended. Despite its length, their coat is easy to groom since it doesn’t tend to tangle and mat. The regular combing stimulates their skin and keeps their coat healthy and clean. Instead of brush, using comb is recommended since it better reaches the skin. Some cat owners happen to forget to groom their Siberian for a longer period, so their fur becomes matted. Using scissors to get rid of the mats is a big ‘no’ because their outer skin layer is really thin. Gently picking the mat using a Greyhound comb will solve this problem.
Some owners notice their carpet almost changes colors overnight. That means that their Siberian has blown their coat off – something that happens with the seasons, especially in spring and fall. Most cat breeds shed small amount of fur, which is not the case with Siberians – they shed more than most other cat breeds. They get rid of their undercoats quickly. In moments like these, Siberian cat owners need to buy a special comb for Siberian cats; different models of such combs can easily be found online.
When it comes to bathing, the Siberian breed loves water. Baths aren’t needed regularly, but still, they help in reducing the allergens.
Trimming the nails and checking the ears once a week is recommended. The ears’ condition show if there is some sort of infection. Coat brushing, teeth brushing and nail trimming are the chores every cat owner must do.
Characteristics Unique to the Breed:
When googling “cats are jerks”, Google spits back millions of pages saying that cats are… well, jerks. Yes, they’re soft, lovable, cute and an endless source of memes and gifs, but they are selfishly indifferent to their owner’s wellbeing, and they think that their human is their pet. Luckily, that’s not the case with adorable Siberian balls of fur. They have a bold temperament and great friendly characteristics that make them a great choice for a family with children and other pets. They’re happy to live with other animals, as long as everyone in the house recognizes that they’re the one in charge of everything. Cats usually ignore their humans, but Siberians follow them around the house and try to take part in all their activities. While most indoor cats hate the outside world, Siberians are comfortable when driving in cars or walking on a leash.
Siberians are never lazy and are one of the most athletic breeds. Their ability to leap surprising distances both vertically and horizontally makes them truly unique.
Physical fitness for this breed is mandatory! The level of physical exercise directly affects their lifespan. Every owner must make sure that their cat will stay as fit as a fiddle.
Some breeders claim that the fur of a Siberian cat is hypoallergenic, but there’s no scientific evidence to prove this. More on this subject follows in the next sections.
|One of the most hypoallergenic cat breeds||Many potential health issues|
|Kitten-like demeanor through adulthood||Sheds a lot|
|Loves water, making bathing easier||May follow you around the house|
|Good with children|
|Very friendly, outgoing personality|
Health and Wellness:
All cat breeds have potential for developing genetic health problems, just like humans can be prone to inheriting a particular disease. So, when getting a Siberian, avoiding breeders that don’t offer a health guarantee is a must.
Siberian cats are generally healthy, but several health problems have been seen in this breed. The most common problems fall into five categories:
HCM – heart disease
PKD – kidney disease
FLUTD – urinary crystals
- HCM, or hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, is the number one health problem in the Siberian breed. It’s a heart disease with the potential to affect different breeds of domestic cats, and Siberians aren’t immune to it. This disease causes some areas of the heart to become thickened and enlarged. The symptoms have a rapid onset, so the cat might become severely ill in a short period of time, which is why regular vet visits are highly recommended.
- PKD, or polycystic kidney disease, affects Siberians in later life. It’s a disease that manifests itself as a slow condition that gets worse over time. Cysts are formed in the cat’s kidneys, slowly increasing in size. The treatment for PKD is done through special diets in order to reduce the kidneys’ workload. If not treated on time, PKD might lead to terminal kidney failure.
- FLUTD, or feline lower urinary tract disease, is another common disease in Siberians that covers different urinary tract conditions, like kidney stones, blockages, and infections. The veterinary science can’t fully understand if this disease is a hereditary condition; more research is needed to determine the cause of FLUTD.
- Hereditary cancer seems to affect the family line of white Siberian cats. Same as FLUTD, further research needs to be done in order to determine whether or not the cancer is common in other families as well.
- And last but not least, tooth and gum disease remains common in Siberians. The only relief from the consistent tooth or gum pain is removal of the tooth that causes the pain.
Technically, there aren’t 100% hypoallergenic cats, but some breeds produce fewer allergens than others. FEL D1 is the glycoprotein found in cat dander. It’s present in all cats, but it’s found in lower levels in Siberians.
8 Interesting Facts about Siberians:
- While usually cats ignore humans, Siberians follow their human around.
- Siberians love to play fetch.
- Their brains are agile, so they’ll enjoy the times when their humans are teaching them tricks.
- They love their humans’ friends and other pets, even dogs.
- They have a low level of FEL D1, making them hypoallergenic. This is great news for people who are allergic to cats.
- Siberians become ready for reproduction earlier than other cat breeds.
- Siberians mature very slowly.
Why Choose a Siberian?
Siberians are known for quickly becoming their owner’s best friend, problem solver, confidant, and house clown. Ideal human companions to Siberians are families with children and other pets, active households, and first-time cat owners.
They’re smart, agile, interactive, playful, affectionate, loyal, and entertaining! They’re great with strangers, children, and other pets, and can even be tolerated by cat allergy sufferers. It’s no wonder why Siberians are known as the most beautiful cat breed. They’ll capture their owner’s heart in no time and it’ll be impossible for the owner to imagine their future without their cat. When choosing a Siberian kitten, opting for a kitten that’s playful and looks healthy is recommended.
Siberians offer years of happiness, loyalty, and love. Depending on the preferences, new cat owners might have to wait half a year for the Siberian they want to be available. Usually, breeders don’t release kittens to new owners until they’re between three and four months of age.