If you want to know all about the Siberian cat you’ve come to the right place. In this article you’ll discover a little bit about the history, appearance, personality and much more.
Whether you’re just curious about the breed or you’re thinking about getting a Siberian cat this article will give you the information you need.
History of the Siberian Cat
These beautiful cats have their origins in the Siberian region of Russia. With such long harsh winters the Siberian cat evolved into a hardy breed built to withstand icy winds and blizzards.
With their sturdy bodies and thick, waterproof, fur, Siberians had plenty of protection to keep warm. As a matter of fact it’s believed these hardy forest cats are the ancestors of many of today’s long haired breeds.
As a matter of fact, they’re very similar to the Norwegian Forest cat and Maine Coon. In addition, there are others including the Ragamuffin and Ragdoll that sport the same luxurious long locks!
If you’re wondering how far back Siberians can be traced, you’ll be surprised to learn they can be found as long ago as 1000 AD! As highly skilled hunters it wasn’t long before they were being used to keep rodents at bay.
In fact they became so popular in Russia the Siberian became the National cat! You’ll be surprised to learn though that Siberian cats were exclusive to Russia up until the end of the Cold War.
It wasn’t until 1990 that Siberians began to arrive in the United States, though they’re not so common in Europe. However, as popularity increased, the breed achieved TICA recognition in 1992.
You can’t mistake the Siberian by it’s long, luxurious coat. This breed can be found in a variety of colors and patterns including tabby and tortoiseshell.
Other colors can include red, silver, and blue. As a matter of fact, you can even find black as well as pure white Siberians.
One outstanding feature though is their oval shaped eyes which sre set fairly wide apart. Though all kittens are born with blue eyes, these usually change color by eight weeks.
Siberian cats can be found with a range of eye colors. These include copper, green, amber, as well as blue. Though if a kitten reaches 10 weeks old and still has blue eyes, chances are they’ll remain that color.
Siberian cats have a muscular, sturdy build with large paws. You’ll also find tufts of fur between the toes, as well as a blunt tip to the tail.
Compared to the average domestic kitty, the Siberian is quite tall at around 13 inches. Also you may find this breed fairly heavy to pick up.
Males can weigh anything between 15-20 pounds, and females, 10-15 pounds. Of course, all that hair probably adds a few pounds in weight!!
Is the Siberian cat hypoallergenic?
This is a question often asked by those with pet allergies. I’m sure you’re expecting the answer to be a resounding YES with all that long hair.
However, you’ll be surprised to learn that despite its thick fur and heavy shedding, the Siberian is fairly hypoallergenic. The reason for this is the low amount of Fel-d1, a chemical known for triggering allergies.
Cats can produce severe reactions in some people, with symptoms including sneezing and wheezing. However, there certain breeds including the Siberian that produce very low levels of Fel-d1.
About The Siberian Cat Personality
If you’re looking for a cat that loves cuddles, the Siberian could be the perfect match. These cats are highly intelligent as well as being sweet natured.
If you think cats are cold an aloof, the Siberian will prove you wrong. Actually, most cats if treated with kindness are warm, loving souls.
Siberians love nothing better than spending time with their human family. From cuddling on your lap to greeting you at the front door, a Siberian cat will show you loyalty and love.
In addition, many owners find Siberians to be empathetic with an ability to sense feelings. Whether you’re upset over a break up or just feeling sad, your Siberian kitty will provide emotional support.
I’m sure you won’t be surprised to learn these forest cats are fearless in nature. This is probably due to their tough Siberian origins.
Surviving in some of the harshest conditions on earth it’s no wonder these cats evolved into fearless hunters. In fact, they’re often noted for their dog like temperament.
One rather odd trait is the Siberian’s love of water. While most cats run a mile at the slightest drop, these cats will happily play in it!
Whether taking a shower or enjoying a soak in the bath, Siberian owners often find their kitties joining them! This could come as a shock to those unaware of this curious trait.
There are actually a few other breed of cats that like water and enjoy playing in it. Don’t expect your average moggy to join you in the shower anytime soon though.
Do Siberian cats get bored?
If you’re thinking about getting a Siberian you should be aware these cats get bored very easily. If you think your kitty will happily sleep all day, think again!
As previously mentioned, these cats are highly intelligent and need plenty of mental stimulation. I’m not talking about challenging your kitty to a game of Chess, or the latest video game!
All you need are a few interactive cat toys and a bit of imagination. There are plenty to suit your playful feline but you have to discover her favourites.
Just like kids, every one is different with their own likes and dislikes. Games such as rotating balls can fascinate some cats, while only serve to scare others.
Cat trees can provide great entertainment, especially if placed near a window. You can get trees especially made for larger cat breeds. In fact, many have sturdy perches made for holding large weights.
As long as your cat is behind a closed window, you could attract local wildlife with bird feeders. This would provide hours of fun and similar to us watching TV.
For the ultimate in comfort, you could also invest in a hammock style window bed. These are often made for larger cats and provide a cosy place to rest and survey the outside world.
Do Siberian cats get along with dogs?
If you already have a multipet family with dogs you may be wondering if a Siberian cat is a wise choice. After all, these are big hefty kitties.
Fear not though, as these cats often form close bonds with their canine companions. As a matter of fact, the Siberian dog like nature makes this the perfect choice
Whether you have dogs or other cats, the Siberian’s gentle and playful nature will help them get along. Also, they make wonderful pets if you have children.
Believe it or not, it can actually take up five years for a Siberian cat to reach full maturity. This may come as surprise, but you’ll be pleased to hear this cat never loses it’s kittenish behavior.
Do Siberian cats shed?
As I’ve mentioned previously, Siberians have long, thick, triple layer coats. If you decide to get one of these beautiful cats you’ll need an industrial strength vacuum cleaner!
Shedding occurs all year round, but more so in Spring and Autumn. This is when hair sheds in Spring for a lighter coat, and in Autumn for a thicker, warmer coat.
Of course, this applies to all cats, but Forest cats such as the Siberian have particularly thick coats to withstand cold winters. However, one thing to note is if you keep your Siberian cat indoors, you may notice a reversal in shedding.
Typically, most people use central heating in winter to keep warm. In some cases homes can become so hot it triggers shedding.
If you keep your heating on all night, your best bet would be to turn off the radiator in the room your cat sleeps in. Though of course it would be unfortunate if that was your bedroom!
If that doesn’t work, just be prepared for winter shedding.As long as you groom your cat regularly you should be able to keep on top of it.
How to groom a Siberian cat
If the thought of grooming such a hairy cat fills you with dread, fear not. Despite its dense, shaggy coat, the Siberian only requires weekly grooming sessions.
You will need to groom daily though during shedding. Don’t be put off as grooming shouldn’t take up too much of your time.
Get a decent brush such as the slicker which is great for de shedding. This helps remove loose undercoat as well as matts and tangles.
In addition, a wide tooth comb is ideal for easing apart stubborn tangles. NEVER pull at tangles, just as you wouldn’t with your own hair.
The best and easiest way to brush your cat is to wait until she’s sitting on your lap. Ideally, she’d be facing forward, but you could always gently move her into the right position:)
Begin by stroking your cat from head to tail so she feels relaxed. Mine always purrs when I do this:) Simply work your way along the cat’s body, feeling for any knotts.
You can get conditioning spray especially formulated for cats. In a similar way to using conditioner on your hair, a light spritz may help tease apart tangles on your cat’s fur.
As you work your way over your cat’s body, feel for any unusual lumps or bumps. Most will be benign, but being aware of changes just as you would for yourself can save lives.
If you’re wondering about any health issues, you’ll be pleased to learn Siberians are for the most part a healthy breed. However, there are a few potential health problems you should be aware of.
One of the most common is hypertrophic cardiomyopathy. This is a type of disease where heart muscle becomes thickened.
As a result the heart has to work harder, and over the long term could prove fatal. That being said, many cats who suffer from this disease can live long lives.
Other health issues such as kidney disease and dental problems are common to all domestic cats. As long as you take her for annual health checks, and keep up with vaccinations you should be fine.
Now you know a little bit more about the Siberian cat I hope I’ve answered some of your questions. As you can see, these cats are a fair size, and very active.
If you’re thinking about adopting a Siberian you need to consider your lifestyle and whether or not you work from home.
As long as you don’t leave one of these cats alone all day you’ll be ok. Do so and be prepared for a home makeover!
I’m not talking about the best type of makeover either lol! As I’ve mentioned previously, Siberian cats are highly intelligent and very active. They’re also very sensitive and hate being alone.
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