The Siberian Cat is the “Aboriginal Cat of Russia.” “From Russia with Love” says it all. The Russians and the World have fallin in love with the glamorous Russian Siberian — the native cat from the taiga of Siberia. Siberians have been known in Russia for some 1,000 years with records dating back to the 13th Century. Exportation Russian Siberian Cats to the USA began in the late 1996, however, it was not until 2002 that the first Siberians put their paws on British soil. Siberians were recognized by The International Cat Association in 1996. The American Cat Fanciers Association accepted the Russian Siberian breed in 1999, followed by the Cat Fanciers Association in 2006.
Activity and noise won’t bother this breed. The Siberian’s calm nature gives it great potential to be a therapy cat. If nothing else, the Siberian will be happy to snuggle with you when you’re down with a cold or other illness; and although this breed loves attention, it is not needy and will wait patiently until you have time to devote for cuddling or play.
The Siberian Cat is intelligent, mindful and laid-back. After breakfast, they enjoy napping throughout the morning until mid-afternoon; and then become lively and playful in late afternoon until late evening. We often awake to find all four pride members laying at the foot of our king-size bed waiting to greet us for a new day.
Siberian Cats have an unsurpassed beauty. Their full manes, long ear tuffs, long curved whiskers and eye lashes, hair as soft as silk with a triple fur water-resistant coat that does not readily shed or mat, makes them stand out above other breeds. They are known for their dog-like devotion and personality. Although the Siberian has a beautiful long coat, they are very low maintenance. Siberians “blow” their coats twice per year. Other than those times, they shed very little. During the times when they are blowing their coat, you may notice large amounts of hair being lost by just petting them. At those times, for about a week or two each spring and fall, you will want to brush your Siberian a few times a week.
Don’t be surprised if you catch your Siberian Cat playing with water. This can be attributed to the days when they roamed the taiga of Siberia fishing for supper. Don’t be surprised if your Siberian splashes you in the tub, drinks from a fountain or faucet, or makes puddles by batting its paw in its water dish. This breed loves to interact, play, cuddle, and sleep with each other and their human companions. They are affectionate lovers of people and gladly join their human companions for couch cuddling, TV viewing, and computer browsing. They will greet you at the door when you return home, “come” when called, and follow you from room to room purring to let you know how grateful they are to be near you. Guests find the calm, loving and attentive Siberian to be a genial host as this is not typically a breed that is shy in the presence of strangers.