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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