Wednesday, August 15, 2018

Siberian Cat Breed: The Great Forester And National Cat Of Russia

Personality, history and care tips beneath this triple coat of Siberian beauty!


Long hair Cat breeds have always had a hold on Cat lovers, it's tough not to appreciate all that fluff. Similarities of the Siberian Cat and other long hair breeds like the Norwegian Forest can often be confusing— but that isn't the only reason why breed standards of the Siberian isn't the same universally.
Beautiful Face of a Siberian Cat
via ScottyTheSiberian on Instagram
Why is the Siberian Cat so well loved?

The Siberian Cat


Renowned as the national Cat of Russia, Siberian Cats are a naturally cultivated breed, adapted with its habitat, and unaffected by other breeds or species. Efficient Rat-hunters to farmers and shop-owners, the Siberian Cat went on to be developed and selectively bred as an official Cat breed of its own, with standards derived from 1980s. As an ancient Cat breed, Siberian Cats are also believed to be the ancestral root to most modern Cat breeds with long hair. The first mention of a Siberian Cat was in a book written by Harrison Wier— this book housed information of earliest Cat shows in England which dated from 1871.
Siberian Cat in the snow
via LovelyCats on Imgur
Although popularity of Siberian Cats rose rapidly, the costly importation of one from Russia caused rarity of this breed in other countires. Because each Siberian Cat club in Russia had its own standards, folks in other countires were soon confused— depending on which part of Russia a Siberian Cat was from, physiques varied slightly. Its close similarities with the Norwegian Forest Cat has led many to confirm that these two breeds are indeed related. 

Fun Fact #1      The Siberian Cat is also known as Siberian Forest Cat, Moscow Semi-longhair and Siberian for short.


Siberian Cat Appearance


Size — This is a strong-built medium to large sized Cat weighing from 3.6 to 7.8kgs. With muscular hindquarters, Siberians are known to be excellent jumpers with more robust bodies than most Cat breeds.

Features — Prepare to be mezmerized by large round eyes on this triple-coat-floofy kitty. Pair those with round paws and a soft, full tail, there is an overall cuteness you just can't deny. 
Siberian Cat with Blue eyes
via ScottyTheSiberian on Instagram
Fun Fact #2      Did you know, the triple-coat of a Siberian consists of Guard hairs (top layer), Awn hairs (middle layer), and Down (undercoat). Awn hairs are predominant throughout and serve the purpose of protection and insulation. The coat of a Siberian is also believed to be hypoallergenic! ☺

Colours A myriad of variations are available for Siberian Cats, such as Lynx-point, Seal-point, Tabby, Solid, Bi-colour, Mackerel, and Torbie. Colours include Red, Blue, Whitem Golden, Black, and Creme.
Smoke Grey Siberian Cat
via FrankieLeeMorris on Instagram
Fun Fact #3      The adorable and unique markings on certain Siberian faces is referred to as  Neva Masquerade.


How To Groom A Siberian Cat


Known for its glossy nature that deters matting and tangling, the triple-coat-floof of a Siberian Cat isn't difficult to maintain. It does however, require consistency with regards to brushing and combing— keep this to a minimum of once or twice a week. Watch out for shedding periods and especially heavy ones during hot seasons! Increase the number of times you brush per week to speed things up a little.
Cute Siberian Cat
via PitterPatterFurryFeet on Instagram
Water baths are only necessary if your Siberian Cat has been outdoors. Trim their nails whenever they are starting to get long, and swab out any build-up on their eyes and ears with a Vet-approved cleanser and cotton ball.

If you are unsure how to perform any of these tasks, approach a trusted Groomer for professional service(s)!

Fun Fact #4      If you didn't already know, the coats of a Siberian Cat are highly water-resistant, so you may have to spend a little longer just to ensure their coats are carefully soaked with water, for efficient shampooing!



Siberian Cat Personality And Behaviour


Warm, friendly and affectionate by nature, Siberian Cats are the companion(s) of choice to many— and they too, enjoy being in the company of their humans just as much. For the love of being among their human friends so much, Siberians are often ready to lend a paw for all your activities; from louging on the couch and watching TV, to preparation of meals, to family play-time. 
Two Siberian Cats sitting down
via PitterPatterFurryFeet on Instagram
The Siberian is one versatile Cat, providing you with the affection of a lap-cat and all the fun of an active, playful feline— don't be too surprised if your Siberian offers up a game of fetch even! Word has it, that Siberian Cats can also give off such calm vibes that they are often highly considered for a therapy Pet. ☺ 

With proper love and care, the average lifespan of a Siberian Cat is 11 to 15 years.

Fun Fact #5      Siberians are such inquisitive creatures that they are one of the few Cat breeds that love "touching" water; a running faucet, fountain, and/or even their drinking water. Besides that, these great jumpers also enjoy a laze on high ground.



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Wednesday, August 8, 2018

Guinea Pig Behaviour: What Is My Guinea Pig Trying To Say?

Guinea Pig Behaviour: What Is My Guinea Pig Trying To Say?


Wouldn’t you love to have a slight clue to what your Pet is trying to say? This thought also applies to small domesticated animals like Guinea Pigs— they too, have their own set of intricate behaviours and personalities. Learning and discerning these body languages can bring about a happier Pet-Owner relationship, greatly reducing the chances of misunderstanding and/or regrettable actions.
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So until an incredible device is built for translating the common tongue for specific Pets, take a look at the following guide with 10 common signs you can read off your Guinea Pigs! To make matters simpler, we have categorized them into two segments, Body Language, and Sounds.



Body Language


1. Staring Into Blank Space  Okay, we all have moments where we daydream, or "space out". You'd notice that our Cavy buddies are experts at that, except for the fact that they aren't really spacing out. As prey animals, keeping their eyes peeled and staying alert is just one crucial key to survival in the wild. 


Fun Fact #1      Guinea Pigs take frequent naps with their eyes opened, So the next time you spot them zoning out, they could actually be catching some Zzz’s!

Video via The Noodle Pups

If you’re fortunate enough to catch your Cavy’s eyelids shut, you should be extremely proud of how far your friendship has come— because this only means your pet Guinea Pig trusts you enough to shut their eyes and he/she is relaxed around your presence ☺



2. Halt Right There!  A common sight for all Guinea Pigs; stopping in their tracks abruptly. This behaviour is most likely due to a sudden noise or unfamiliar movement in the midst of their surroundings. Freezing is your Cavy’s way of going unnoticed, yet another handy prey instinct!

 "Is It Safe Now Buddy?"

Fun Fact #2      Guinea Pigs can recognize and sense danger from Cavy friends around the same area, a sudden stop could be sending a message of eminent or potential threat(s)— leaving a trail of halting Piggies, all at the same time.



3. Running Away There are two essentials to surviving in wild as preys; if you can’t stay low, you run and hide. The faster you run, the sooner you get to safety. Take some time for your Guinea Pig(s) to familiarize with you, and this behaviour gradually improves as they ease up.
What Is My Guinea Pig Saying?
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Hot Tip      For starters, try not to startle them with sudden movements as you try picking them up. Be patient and don’t despair if your Piggies start bolting the minute you come close— that's just a natural reflex J



4. Popcorn  A series of movements similar to that of a Binky (Quick hops and twists) for Rabbits. Well Guinea Pigs are the same! When you see this, know that your pet Guinea Pig is excited and extremely happy about something. All that popping and bouncing around has had this behaviour fondly nicknamed Pop-corning.



5. Licking Being the fastidious creatures that Guinea Pigs are, most do not require a water bath unless it is absolutely necessary. Self-grooming is carried out by a series of licking throughout the day, a behaviour not unlike Dogs, Cats, Rabbits, Hamsters or any furry Pet. When they do lick YOU however, it is a clear sign of affection— as how they would groom their friends and family.
What Is My Guinea Pig Trying To Say
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6. Rubbing Bottoms By dragging or rubbing their bottoms on surfaces, Guinea Pigs mark their territories. A pretty adorable and ticklish sight as their scent glands are actually located where their tiny hypothetical tail would have been (they do not have tails!). Excretion of natural oil/grease is how a Guinea Pig leave its scent around. Dirt or oil build up may cause a stench and even lead to infections if left unattended, so be sure to keep their scent glands clean! 
What Is My Guinea Pig Saying?
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Hot Tip #2      Love the smell of coconuts? An effective solution for cleaning a Guinea Pig’s scent gland is using Coconut Oil. Leave a small amount on their scent glands to break up the oil or dirt build-up, then clean off gently with a damp towel. Dry thoroughly after!   



7. Heads Up! Plain observation might bring no explanation to this behaviour, however, studies have shown that this is an act of dominance within a group of Guinea Pigs— the higher your head is elevated, the more respect you are demanding from peers.

Fun Fact #3      This behaviour can also be seen when a male Guinea Pig is trying to display his readiness to mate!



8. Standing On Hind Legs — Higher ground always gives you a better overview or your surroundings, agreed? When Guinea Pigs are standing on their tiny hind legs and sniffing the air, they are trying to pick out the scent of a certain location, all whilst getting a bird’s eye view of its surroundings.
What Is My Guinea Pig Saying?
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9. Chewing Chewing is a huge part in any Guinea Pig's life. They chew on food and toys, which keeps their ever-growing teeth in check. But if you do find your Cavies chewing on their own cages, there's a high chance they're trying to express boredom and the need to be let out!
What Is My Guinea Pig Saying?
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Hot Tip #3      Keep your Guinea Pigs entertained by placing sufficient toys and obstacle courses in their homes. When you are home, allocate some free-roaming time outside of their cage/enclosure.


Sounds


  Now that we’ve covered the common basic body language of Guinea Pigs, let’s move on to noises they make!


1. Wheeking This is no typo error, a pretty well known noise to Cavy owners. Guinea Pigs are actually pretty vocal when expressing themselves, despite being preys in the wild— Wheeking refers to a sound your Guinea Pig may make when they are extremely excited.

Wheeking is mostly heard when they notice you holding out their favourite food, or even as a greeting when you’re home. At times, you may hear soft noises and vibration of their little bodies when you pat them, a sign of comfort and trust.☺



2. Shrieking & Squealing Sounds not to be mistaken with Wheeking, namely because they mean the complete opposite of one another. Sharp squeals or shrieks, even low rumbling noises is a Guinea Pig’s way of saying “I do not like what you are doing, stop it!” Also another way of warning their fellow Cavies when they sense danger or threat. If you do not sense anything out of the norm, check to be sure your Cavy isn’t hurt anywhere!

And if you do see any baring of teeth, steer clear, because it could mean that it's really angry, or feels really threatened by something. Do not attempt to hold your Guinea Pig at this moment, give them some time to calm down!  


What Is My Guinea Pig Saying?
There you have it, some movements and noises explained for you to better understand and bond with your Guinea Pigs, spend a little more time with them and you'd start to notice all these common behaviours. This time, you'd be pretty well prepared. If you are a first time Cavy owner, perhaps you might want to start off with an American Short HairJ




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