About Siberian Cats
The Siberian cat is probably one of the most luxurious and extravagantly looking felines on the planet. With their long plush fur and strong muscular physiques. They really are from Russia with love.
Siberian cat breed history
This wonderfully fluffy breed of cat is thought to have been around a thousand years old. Originating from Siberia, a mainly forested area with sub-zero temperatures, which is credit to their fluffy, insulating coat.
Originally the cat was hailed a miracle for mice hunting. Kept by shop keepers and farmers to keep vermin away from their stores and livestock. This breed of cat also has a special place in Russian folklore and fairy tales, stories of cats with magical powers thought to have protected children and open mystic gateways to unknown realms.
The Siberian cat has been noted and pictures in books dating back as early as 1889 and where exhibited at cat shows in England and New York in the early 19th century.
Siberians were first brought to the United States in 1990. As part of a trade deal exchange between a Russian breeder and America breeder Elizabeth Terrell, who in exchange gave some Himalayan cat breeds in return.
Siberian cat appearance
Siberian cats are extremely fluffy with a thick plush tail. Often the Siberian is compared in looks to the Maine coon and the Norwegian Forest cats. But he has a slightly more rounded body and head.
Another stand out point for the Siberian breed of cat is his thick neck ruff. Siberians cat colors can vary and come in a variety of colors and shades with the brown tabby being the most common. They are also available in color point.
Siberian cat breeds are powerful in structure and alert. He has big, round and strong paws with tufts of fur.
Siberians usually have greeny / yellow eyes with dark black pupils. They have thick fur around their neck and shoulders as well as having tufts of hair on their paws and elbows.
Siberian cat size
Typically, they grow to between 8 – 17 lbs.
Siberian Cat Personality and characteristics
Siberian cats are among one of the most affectionate and mellow breeds of cats. They love attention but don’t beg for it. They are happy following you around and can keep themselves entertained when you are away.
The Siberian is a real people lover and will get along in households with children, just make sure he has his safe space to retreat back to. Thanks to his ancestors he isn’t a shy cat, you may often find him talking away or telling you about his day.
Siberians enjoy playing in water, you may find your showers aren’t as lonely as they used to be. Also, don’t be surprised if you find him splashing away in his water bowl. Siberian cats are highly athletic and love to be exercised.
Siberian breeds of cat love to climb, it will probably be a good idea to have a high cat tree for him. It will keep him entertained when you are away but also giving him a high seat to watch over his kingdom.
Siberian cats have a calm and loving nature. They make great therapy cats and are happy to snuggle down with you when you need some love and attention. They also have patience and will wait for you to be free.
Siberians are clever cats and enjoy being stimulated mentally and physically. Don’t be shy when it comes to choosing challenging toys to stimulate his brain and keep him alert. They enjoy playing fetch with their favorite toy and are naturally curious.
Overall the Siberian cat breed makes a fantastic house cat.
Siberian cat health
Generally speaking Siberians are a healthy, strong breed of cat. Genetically though they ‘may’ have a hereditary health issue – Hypertrophic cardiomyopathy.
Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy is the commonest form of heart disease in felines. The hereditary disease can cause thickening of the heart muscle. An ECG can confirm whether a cat has HCM, you should avoid breeders who claim to have HCM free lines of Siberian cats.
No one can guarantee their cats wont develop this disease, any cat which is found to have HCM should be removed from breeding programmes.
Remember to keep your cat active and don’t over feed them. Like humans over indulgence can be the cause of many health conditions.
Don’t forget to get your cat insurance, cover your feline friend from accidents, illnesses and diseases for minimal monthly payments.
Siberian Cat Life Span
11 – 15 years.
Because of the Siberians thick coat, it is recommended to groom him twice a week minimum. His coat is a triple layered water and cold resistant power house.
Don’t let this put you off though, it isn’t hard to groom and doesn’t tend to tangle or get matted. During shedding seasons spring and fall it is recommended to brush them every day.
In the shedding season clumps of dead fur is coming off, so it’s best to keep it brushed every day to stop any knots and tangles from forming.