Siberian cats are beautiful and respectable, with a magnificent thick coat.
The majestic Siberian is a strong, powerfully built cat with strong hindquarters helping them jump exceptionally high.
These cats combine tenderness and independence, playfulness and self-esteem.
Siberian cats are mobile and playful, like and are very attached to the owners. Moreover, they have a pronounced self-esteem, they are not very "talkative".
If the cat does not reciprocate the owner's petting, it is better to leave him alone. In turn, having a developed sense of tact, she herself will never be imposing on the owner if she notices that he is not in the mood or is busy with something. But she can make anyone laugh, showing her funny habit of lying on her back and taking funny poses. The way this animal loves to sleep, lounging on its back and raising its front legs is also unique.
Siberians have a strong character, but they do not seek to dominate relations with other animals. These cats are fearless, but they prefer not to communicate with strangers, showing them undisguised suspicion.
They are hardy and unpretentious to living conditions: they feel great both in urban conditions and in suburban homes, although they like more, of course, plenty of space. These cats are born hunters so you will not find rodents.
If a Siberian cat lives in a city apartment, it is advisable to walk it at least once a week, as it is very curious, loves to explore new territories and needs physical activity.
These cats like to watch the terrain from the heights, so they like to sit on cabinets, bookshelves, and are not indifferent to chandeliers.
The ancestors of the modern Siberian cat lived in Siberia and the Far East. This breed belongs to the natural type of origin.
The Siberian cat is a large, fluffy, healthy animal, with a developed hunting instinct and is not afraid of harsh winters.
The distant ancestors of true Siberians are Norwegian forest cats. They were brought to Siberia by immigrants from the northern regions of Russia during the development of this territory, which began in the 16th century. Written references of the so-called Bukhara cats, fluffy and strong animals that could be found in all regions of the Russian Empire, not only in Siberia, also belong to the same time period.
They allegedly came to Russia with merchants from Central Asian countries. It is also possible that domestic cats caught in Siberia could have offspring from these wild cats. As a rule, among the latter, Pallas are mentioned - wild animals the size of large domestic cats. They had the thickest and fluffiest fur among cats.
However, no matter who the ancestors of domestic cats from the Siberian territories were, their genes were not originally a fundamental link in the breeding of a standardized breed, which began in 1986.
During the formation of the pedigree nucleus, and this happened mainly in Moscow and St. Petersburg, breeders were mainly selected for breeding the largest and most furry domestic cats of the "Siberian type".
In 1991, the World Cat Federation (WCF) adopted the Siberian cat breed standard, developed by reputable felinologist Olga Mironova.
Three years later, the organization recognized the standard as official.
In 1996, the breed was recognized by the American organization TICA, and a year later, Russian breeders achieved the recognition of the Siberian breed as another prestigious felinological federation - FIFe.
Caring for a Siberian cat will take a long time. The Siberian coat is long and soft, and therefore it tangles if the cat is not properly combed.
It is advisable to do this procedure once a week, but in spring and autumn, during molting, you need to comb the cat every day.
To care for your pet's fur, you need to purchase a special comb for long hair. The cat needs to become accustom to this procedure gradually, rewarding him for his patience. Over time, this ritual, which strengthens the trusting relationship between the owner and the pet, will become pleasant and expected for the animal.
A Siberian cat should not be washed often, because it is able to keep its coat clean. But after a trip to nature, it is still desirable to bathe the animal. Despite the fact that Siberians are not afraid of water and can even fish, they do not like bathing themselves, so this procedure is best done together.
Washing can be replaced with dry cleaning. There are special powders for this that are abundantly applied to the fur, after which it is carefully combed out.
These cats are very clean and tidy, they get used to the toilet quickly.