This week in our series on Getting to Know Your Cat Breed we are featuring the Siberian. The Siberian, as expected, hails from Russia and is Russia’s national cat.
Life expectancy: 11 to 15 years
Size: Siberians are a medium to large cat weighing up to 25 lbs.
Appearance: Their three-layered coat is quite thick and may curl around the belly. They have a large ruff around the neck but shorter hair at the shoulder. Their coat comes in all color combinations and their eyes are green, gold, green-gold, or copper.
Origins: The Siberian’s Russian roots date back over 1,000 years and it is thought that they were brought to Siberia with their families who were being exiled. The long hair mutation developed from there.
Personality: Siberians are loving and playful cats. You can expect them to be affectionate and to want to be with you at all times. With their friendly demeanor, they can get along with everyone, from guests in your home to dogs and other cats.
Health Issues: Siberian’s are hardy cats and generally healthy. One condition that is seen frequently is hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, a heart condition that causes and enlargement of the heart.
Fitness/energy level: Siberians can be quite active and like a playful dog may instigate games of chase or fetch with a willing owner. They are agile and even at their size they are great jumpers. The enjoy playing in water but can turn anything into a plaything. Keep them active, their minds engaged and their adventurous spirit won’t land them in trouble.
Native foods for the Siberian:
Native foods for SIberians are foods found in Siberia and would include duck, venison, rabbit, salmon, trout and apples
Good foods to feed your Siberian:
Based on the Siberian’s origin, here are a few foods that contain some of the key ingredients that the original Siberians would have likely eaten. This list is not meant to be exhaustive, but rather provide ‘food for thought’.
Fun facts about the Siberian:
According to Russian stories, previously Siberian’s weighed up to 45 lbs.
Their coats are water-resistant which may be one reason they enjoy playing with water.
Siberians are also called Siberian Forest cats or Moscow Longhairs.