The Siberian cat is quite an institution in its native Russia. Together with the Maine coon and the Norwegian Forest Cat they form the triad of ‘ forest cats ‘, so called because historically they have been used as rodent hunters in constant contact with nature.
This snow cat has a majestic and robust bearing. However, until relatively recently its existence in the West has been a secret under the Soviet Union’s ban on keeping pets.
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Characteristics of the Siberian cat
Their complexion is compact, a quality that is fueled by their semi-long fur, which is even longer around the neck, chest and on the tail. The extreme temperatures that it is used to withstand explain the reason for its triple coat of hair.
|Weight from 5 to 11kg males and 4 to 8kg females|
|Medium long, dense and soft hair. Brindle, blue, white, black, or silver|
|Triangular shaped head with rounded contours|
|Open at the base and proportionate to body size|
|Large, oblique eyes in shades of blue, green or amber|
|Long, hairy tail. It narrows as we get closer to the tip, where it is rounded.|
|Estimated longevity of 10 to 16 years|
|Difficulty taking care of it medium|
Character of the Siberian cat breed
This breed corresponds to an independent and loving feline in equal parts. His past abroad, giving free rein to his hunting instinct is not incompatible with his need for affection. In fact, he thoroughly enjoys the company of humans .
Brushing is a climactic moment for him, as he loves to be caressed and cared for. He is calm, intelligent, curious, and gets along well with children, as well as other pets.
He will be very grateful if you can provide him with a cat tree, as he needs to climb, climb and exercise on a daily basis. If you have a garden, it will be the happiest cat in the world. Did you know that water games also entertain him?
Recommended care for Siberian cats
Especially in shedding times such as spring and autumn, and emphasizing the abdomen area, you should brush it 2 or 3 times a week. Use a long, metal bristle brush to avoid damaging her skin by removing the accumulation of dead hair.
Do not hesitate to offer cat malt to facilitate the expulsion of hairballs and thus prevent possible intestinal obstructions that these can trigger.
You don’t want to bathe him frequently , even if he doesn’t resist. Its fur consists of a triple layer of fat to make it waterproof and to enable it to withstand the freezing temperatures of its natural habitat.
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If you find yourself in the need to bathe it, do it dry. It will not cost you to find a specific product on the market for it. Your ears, teeth, eyes and nails also claim their moment of cleansing. To do this, use a gauze moistened in water or physiological saline.
Siberian cat health
The Siberian is a cat with no prevalent diseases of consideration. Apart from hypertrophic heart disease, there are no notable pathologies in this breed. Keeping your vaccination schedule updated and going to a veterinary consultation twice a year is essential.
History of the breed and fun facts
The first written document about this breed dates from 1889. In the book ‘Our cats’ by Harrison Wier a feline with similar features to the Siberian is described. It comes from the East Asian area of Siberia, in Russia, where it has been very popular for more than 1,000 years.
Historically they have been in charge of keeping monasteries and farms free of rodents. In the time of the Tsars they were equally required for these tasks. Its spread throughout Europe took place after the fall of the Berlin Wall.
It is considered to be the result of the crossing of the European cat , also called the Roman cat, and the wild cat of the Siberian mountains. Given the former Soviet Union ban on owning pets, farmers used to hide them.
In 1987 the World Cat Federation (WCF) officially recognized the breed. In 1990 the USA, Germany, France or Spain fell in love with the beauty of these cats.
Do you know that the Siberian can be considered a hypoallergenic cat? Although no breed is completely exempt from producing allergies, this one has been found to produce less FelD1 protein, which is responsible for 80% of allergies.
Another curiosity that deserves your attention is that up to 3 months of age their hair is short. If you do not resist having a specimen of this breed and it is a female, extreme precautions, because in mating season they show an escapist attitude.