Hi, my name is Tunie (my nickname since I was a little girl) I have always wanted a cat, but I have severe allergies to cats and was never able to have one. One day I searched “allergy free pets”. What I found on my search was a beautiful breed of cats called Siberian Forest Cats. To my amazement, I found that Siberian Forest Cats are not only gorgeous, they do not cause an allergic reaction in most “cat allergic” people. about us >>
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- About Siberian Forest Cats
- Living With a Siberian Cat
- Things You Should Know
- History of Siberians
- The Look of a Siberian
- Quick Facts About Siberians
My family and I were looking for the perfect pet and we found it – the Siberian Forest Cat! The Siberian is the national cat of Russia and has been a North American cat only for the past 20 years.
Well suited to any home with people who will love them, the Siberian is differentiated from other cats by having a more rounded body and head. The body is solid and muscular, supported by medium-length legs and big round feet adorned with tufts of fur on the toes. They also stand out with their large yellow-green or blue eyes, tufted ears and neck mane.
Physically, they are adaptable to almost all climates, but owners keep them indoors to protect them from becoming hurt or sick. The Siberian is a cat who matures slowly, sometimes not reaching their full physical development until they are 5 years old. Some males can reach up to 25 lbs.
The Siberian is faithful and loving. They love their family, but aren’t excessively demanding of attention. This is a special breed of cat that is able to get along with everyone including kids, dogs and other cats. They will greet you happily after you’ve been gone and sit in your lap late at night.
Very agile and powerful, the Siberian can easily leap and reach high places, including top of refrigerators and even doors.
This is truly a gentle giant who enjoys the company of people and pets of various species. Mellow and quiet, the Siberian is very loving and devoted.
When resting in your lap, they love to chirp and purr their pure contentment. They are very quiet and tend to chirp and emit soft mews.
The Siberian coat actually becomes thicker during winter, even living indoors. During fall and spring shedding seasons, you will need to brush the coat daily.
This is a very hardy breed that is not linked to any congenital health condition.
Many people allergic to most cats seem to be able to tolerate the Siberian without a single sniffle or sneeze. Some breeders contend that the Siberian possesses naturally low levels of the Fel d 1 protein identified to trigger allergic reactions.
This breed has been in existence for at least 1,000 years and proudly serves as the national cat of Russia. Siberians were among the first breeds competing in early cat shows held in England in 1871.
The first Siberians arrived in the United States in 1990. Today, it is not uncommon to have waiting lists to adopt litters from this rare, but cherished breed.
Today, the Siberian is ranked 23rd in popularity among the breeds listed by the Cat Fanciers Association and earned championship status in 2006
Keep in mind that this breed originated from a cold place – Russia. That explains its thick, rich medium-long coat that comes in just about every color of the rainbow.
The eyes are round, large, and expressive – and usually gold or green hue, but they can also be blue.
The Siberian looms as the largest cat breed. Its build is stocky and sturdy. It has large paws with tufts of fur poking out between each toe and the tail is blunt at the tip.
Siberians are slow but steady growers, not reaching their full stature for five years. It is not uncommon for a fit male to weigh up to 25 pounds. In general, females weigh between 12 to 15 pounds and males weigh between 15 and 20 pounds.
Some Quick Fast About Siberians
- Male – weight: 15 – 20 pounds
- Female – weight 10 – 15 pounds
- Height: about 13 inches
Siberian’s Ideal Human Companions
- Families with children
- Singles with other pets
- First-time cat owners
- Active households
- Big and powerful
- Possesses dog-like devotion
- Extremely personable
- Athletic and energetic
- Gentle around children
- Reputed to be hypoallergenic