Introducing Siberian Cats
The Siberian cat originates in the cold wilds of Russia and as a result has a thick, insulating coat that developed to keep the cat warm. Siberian cats look somewhat similar to Norwegian Forest Cats although they are a little bit smaller. Siberians are good natured cats that have retained their wild looks from their ancestors. They make great family pets and are very playful and lively making them great fun to have around children.
History of the Siberian Cat
Siberian cats have been around for a long time. No one is quite sure how long, but they have lived in the cold wilds of Russia long enough to adapt well to the harsh climate. They have probably been domesticated for centuries, perhaps being kept to catch rats and mice.
The breed was imported into America in 1990 and the breed was recognised by The International Cat Association (TICA) in 1998. The breed is still quite uncommon and you may have to be prepared to wait to find a good Siberian kitten.
Siberian Cat Description
Siberian Cats are very large, heavy and powerful looking. Although not quite as large as a Maine Coon or Norwegian Forest cat, this breed has a massive appearance. They have compact, well muscled bodies with very muscular legs and huge, round paws. They have a broad, triangular head of medium size, with large, almost round eyes. Their eyes can be green or yellow, with colour points always having blue eyes. Their ears have a rounded tip; with long fur on the inside and preferably tufts of fur on their tips.
Siberians have a distinctive waterproof, oily long coat that has developed to protect them from the harsh weather climate of Russia. They have a well furnished ruff around their neck and a dense, thick undercoat.
Siberian cats come in many colours and coat patterns, including black and blue, tabby patterns, bicolour and colour point. Siberian cats do not come in chocolate brown or lilac.
Health of Siberian Cats
All breeds of cats are affected to some degree by hereditary health conditions. Siberian cats have been known to be affected by hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HCM), a hereditary heart condition that causes thickening of the heart muscle. Responsible breeders will try to ensure that their kittens are free of the disease by testing the parent cats for the condition.
Personality of Siberian Cat & Kittens
Siberians are a lively breed of cat that have a lot of energy and are well suited an outdoor life. If you do not wish to give your cat free-roaming access then consider having a cat proof outdoor area built so your Siberian can enjoy the outdoors. They love to have space to run and climb, and need lots of physical activity to keep them happy.
They are an affectionate breed of cat that get along well with other cats and make great companions for respectful children. They tend to get very attached to one particular person and have soft, quiet voices.
Siberian Cats take a long time to mature and are around 5 years of age before they reach their full size.
Grooming & General Care
Siberian coats are easy to groom as they do not tend to matt or tangle. A good brush once a week will keep your Siberian in tip top condition, although it will need brushing daily during the shedding season as they shed heavily.
As with all other breeds of cat, Siberians will need their teeth checking and their claws clipping regularly.
Siberian Cat & Kitten Gallery
Below are some Siberian cat pictures including examples of some of the different colours and patterns. Please feel free to contact us if you would like to contribute any photos of your own Siberian cats and kittens, we would love to include them!