The Siberian cat is known not only for their glamorous outer look, but also a great personality. Coming from such a subarctic climate of Siberia’s taiga, this breed is adorned and complemented by a thick and long coat.
Siberian Cat History
This cat is indeed a native breed of the taiga of Siberia. In fact, this cat has been known for more than 1,000 years in Russia and they have been part of legends and folktales as well. This cat born a hunter and were favorite in homes and shops for their great work. It was in 1990 when they were taken to the US for the very first time. In 1996, The International Cat Association recognized them. In 1999, The American Cat Fanciers Association accepted and then it was in 2006 when the Cat Fanciers Association did the same. One of its great benefits is the fact that they are hypoallergenic though it actually depends on a person’s individual.
Siberian Cat Size
As far as their weight is concerned, this cat commonly weighs around 8 to 17 pounds and yet they can actually gain more.
Siberian Cat Personality
This cat is not at all cold inside. In fact, they are known for their loving and affectionate nature as well as their warmth attitude towards others. They love to be with people and will follow you around to help you do things. They enjoy their grooming and will be happy to be on your lap. This cat is very friendly and gets along with new people well. Moreover, this breed is also very energetic and enjoys playing things like games and tricks. They are very smart which will make them absorb new things faster. They do not shy away from water and actually like it. The forest dweller in heart is very fond of hunting not only rats and mice but also fishes.
Siberian Cat Health
Both pedigreed cats and mixed-breed cats have varying incidences of health problems that may be genetic in nature. Siberians are generally healthy, but one problem that has been seen in the breed is hypertrophic cardiomyopathy.
A hypertrophic cardiomyopathy is a form of heart disease that causes the heart muscle to enlarge. It is found in pedigreed and non-pedigreed cats. Siberians are one of the breeds that may be affected by this disease.
Siberian Cat Care and Grooming
Since the cat has such a beautiful, long and thick coat, you are expected to do more brushing and combing. It should be done several times every week because it will get matted and tangled easily. They do not shed but only during spring and fall seasons and you should do more brushing at those times. The coat is actually water resistant which means you will hardly need to bathe time at all. Brush their teeth at least once a week and trim their nails every a couple of weeks. Clean the corners of their eyes and their ears. This cat is at the peak of their growing process in their first year and a half of life so make sure you supply them the best nourishment during that time. Keep their litter box clean and never allow them outdoor without your close watch.
Siberian Cat Coat and Colors
Siberian cat is blessed with great triple coats namely guard hairs (the outer coat), awn hairs (the middle part of the coat) and a downy undercoat. The highlight is a great amount of ruff around their neck. When the weather gets cold, freezing, their undercoat will get even thicker. You may find them in almost all colors and combinations with or without some accents of white. They have a beautiful pair of eyes in hues like green, gold, green-gold, or copper. In addition, the white ones may own blue or odd eyes.