History of Siberian Cats
The Siberian is a cat breed which originates from Russia. These cats are domestic, meaning that they will happily live with humans. They have been present in Russia for at least a few centuries and some consider it to be an ancient cat breed, perhaps the ancestor of all modern long-haired cats. It’s full name is actually the Siberian Forest Cat and has many similarities with the Norwegian Forest Cat. It is also the national cat of Siberia.
Despite its long history in Siberia, this cat was not imported into the United States until around 1990. Although it is quite a popular cat, these are quite rare to find in the United States.
Siberian cats have long been loved because of their sweet temperament. A Siberian cat behaves much like a dog does. They are very friendly and get along well with other animals, including dogs. They also can get along with young children. Siberians are smart and energetic as well.
These cats are great rodent hunters, in fact, they were imported into St, Petersburg, Russia in the 1940’s to assist with a rodent problem.
Like many cats, they are fascinated with water and love to drop toys in it–however, don’t expect them to jump into the bath come bath-time!
They are a talkative breed. They make many noises beyond the typical mews from most cats.
They have unique triple fur which is suited for colder climates like their native Siberia. They enjoy the outdoors and can often be found under a deep pile of snow.
Physical Aspects of the Siberian Forest Cat
The Siberian Cat is considered a semi-long haired cat. Their fur, as mentioned earlier, contains all four types of feline fur–which is extremely rare. This includes guard hairs, awn hairs, an down. This thick coat helps them survive in the harsh winters of Siberia. Their coat is textured and glossy, and easy to care for. Usually, you should brush twice a week.
It has been debated for many years as to whether Siberian Cats are hypo-allergenic. It has never been proven, but many breeders and owners claim to have had no trouble with allergy sufferers owning Siberian Cats.
Siberian Cats are ready to reproduce at an earlier age than most cats–sometimes even as early as 5 months is normal. This might be due to the fact that these cats are close to their feral relatives. In the wild, cats do not live very long and therefore need to breed at a younger age in order to preserve the species. A litter will have, on average, five or six kittens, though litter sizes can range form one to nine kittens.
Taking Care of a Siberian Cat
Siberians, like most other felines, are carnivores. Make sure to read the ingredients list on any food you provide. Many cat foods have a ton of carbohydrate fillers which is not good for a cat’s health.
Siberian cats are very playful. Make sure to play with them every day. Many Siberians enjoy outdoor walks and can use a leash well.
Obtaining a Siberian Cat
There are very few breeders of Siberians. If you can, choose a reputable breeder who lives close enough to you that you can go visit and choose a cat you get along with. However, in many cases, you will not be able to do this because the closest breeder will live too far away. In this case, you can often trust the breeder to choose a cat with the qualities you request. A great list of Siberian cat breeders can be found here.
Check out this cute video of a Siberian Cat:
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