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Siberian cats are very personable and want to be near their owners. They enjoy the company of children, dogs, and other animals. They are fearless and easy going.

Siberian cats are a Russian national treasure. They have been documented in Russia for hundreds of years and are mentioned in Russian fairy tales and children’s books. The breed also appears in Harrison Wier’s book “Our Cats and All About Them”, published in 1889. Russian families relay fond tales of their Siberians and their amazing loyalty and personalities, but these cats also have played a practical role on farms as rodent control. When the Cold War between the Soviet Union and the United States ended, the doors opened for the Siberian cat to be exported worldwide. The first Siberians arrived in the United States in June 1990. The Siberian is a medium to large cat with the overall appearance of excellent physical condition, strength, balance, power, and alertness, modified by a sweet facial expression. Their eyes vary in colour from gold to green, and all shades in between. Some have two different coloured eyes, and others even have blue eyes. Siberians are a natural breed and reflect the climate in which they have developed, with their very dense, medium to long, water repellent triple coats. The coat is accented with a ruff around the neck, full fluffy britches, and a bushy tail, normally carried up with pride but also quite useful to wrap around the face and paws to keep warm. Lynx tippings on the ears are allowed, and full ear furnishings are required. This means that the tops of the ears can have hair, which makes the ears look pointed when in fact they are rounded, and that the inside of the ear has hair that protects it from the elements. Their beautiful coats come in all colours and combinations, with or without white markings, and tend to remain relatively tangle-free, requiring only occasional brushing. Fortunately, Siberians like to play in water, so if bathed regularly as kittens they may actually enjoy the attention of a bath.

Siberian cats are designed by nature to survive. They are generally healthy, hardy, strong cats that can take up to five years to mature, with females generally being smaller than the males. The general impression of the body is one of circles and roundness, rather than rectangles and triangles. Although it has not been proven scientifically, it has been found that the Siberian is generally a hypoallergenic cat type. In fact, many allergy sufferers who have a sensitivity to the FelD1 protein, live completely reaction free lives with their Siberians as pets in their homes. This is due to the fact that these cats have a lower than average occurrence of FelD1 protein which is usually found in the saliva of most cats, and is also secreted through the skin, anal glands and urinary system. When a cat licks its fur, the saliva dries and flakes to create the dander to which people are allergic. This can vary from cat to cat and person to person. If you are allergic to cats and want to test your allergic response to Siberians, it is best to test with the Siberian you are thinking of getting. Spend time with it to d find out how you react. There are no guarantees, but there is hope for allergy sufferers. Siberian cats are very personable and want to be near their owners. They enjoy the company of children, dogs, and other animals. They are fearless and easy going. Not much disturbs their natural calm and equanimity. They seem to know when they are needed for psychological and moral support, and spend time with the person who needs that support. They are a quiet breed that expresses itself in a melodic way through sweet mews, trills, chirps, and lots of purring. All types of toys intrigue them. Some learn to play fetch, while others are intrigued by the moving cursor on the computer screen or sit and watch, entranced, as you type. Acrobatic by nature, the Siberian cat will play hard, often executing amazing somersaults in pursuit of a feather toy. An over enthusiastic kitten may need to be rescued while attempting to climb the bricks on the fireplace or jump to the top of a bookshelf. Siberians stay playful throughout their lives. In selecting a Siberian kitten, consider which characteristics are most important to you and discuss them with the breeder, who knows each kitten and can help match you with the right one. Kittens are usually available between 12 and 16 weeks of age, by which time they have had their basic inoculations and developed the physical and social stability needed for a new environment. Keeping such a rare treasure indoors, neutering or spaying, and providing acceptable surfaces for the natural behaviour of scratching are essential to maintaining a healthy, long, and joyful life.

Siberians Hypoallergenic Facts

Are Siberian Cats Hypoallergenic?

By definition “hypo” in scientific terms means “less than”. By this definition Siberians are hypoallergenic. Most allergies humans experience when in the presence of cats are due to a Glycoprotein known as FEL D1, found in cat dander. This protein is present in all cats, however, it is found in substantially lower levels in Siberian Cats.

Is there any proof that Siberians are hypoallergenic?

Yes, there is laboratory data that shows as much as ten times less FEL D1 dander levels in Siberians, as compared to other domestic cats. The real proof however, is not found in labs, but in hundreds and hundreds of testimonials by families with allergy sufferers, that now share their homes with Siberians and experience no allergic reactions.

How can I keep my home hypoallergenic?

The single most important thing you can do to reduce airborne FEL D1 is to bath your Siberian regularly with warm water. Shampoos are not needed since this allergen is very water soluble. Change the cat litter regularly, avoid breathing in the dust. It helps to vacuum all areas that are in contact with your Siberian especially favourite areas in which your cat lies. Wash bedding with warm water and vacuum beds regularly.

Is testing of Siberians a fair measure of my potential for an allergic reaction?

There is no better test than actually co-inhabiting with a Siberian cat. Many honest testimonials provide the best evidence of the Siberian cats hypoallergenic characteristics. People are allergic to many things other than FEL D1. Dust, mould, and pollen are some of the leading causes of allergic reactions suffered by humans.

Siberian Colours – A Colourful Breed

Traditional Siberian

The wild colour of the forest. Siberian cats are the progeny of native domestic felines of Siberia, and native wild forest cats of Siberia. The breeding of these two unrelated felines occurred naturally without human intervention over one thousand years ago, and since then have flourished throughout Russia and Eastern Europe. Unlike the Neva, there is no outcrossing in these cats lines and they are thus is considered to be the “true” Siberian Forest Cats. Siberians come in all colours, including colourpoints (neva) ,which include, but are not limited to brown, red, blue, silver, white, black, and any combinations of these colours. They come in solid, spotted, ticked, mackerel, bi-colour and classic patterns.

The Siberian with a Mask

By crossing the Siberian cat with the Siamese cat (eugenics), new colour patterns (colourpoint) were produced in the progeny. The Neva Masquerade cat derived his name from the similarity of the mask on his face to a mask of a beauty worn at a masquerade. Neva Masquerade cats can be quite varied in colour. The most common colour of the fur of this breed is Seal Point. This cat has a light body and dark brown, sometimes almost black points (paws, tail, ears, and muzzle). Neva Masquerade cats have eye colours that range from light blue to sapphire blue.

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