Cats from Siberian taiga are distinguished by their harsh northern appearance and real Russian character. Known fluffy warm coat, intelligence and kindness. Siberian cats are suitable for anyone who is willing to care for their long hair.
Cat looks at the snow
These cats came to Siberia together with immigrants and merchants who came here after the conquest of the territory of Yermak. People brought pets to fight rodents, and the animals remained to live here.
The harsh Siberian climate has left an imprint on the exterior: Siberians need a fur coat not for beauty. The breed appeared, interbreeding with local cats, and so formed its modern look. It is believed that the wild wild cats influenced the appearance of Siberians.
Siberian cat in winter
Distinctive features of the appearance of the Siberian cat:
Cats are of stocky build and weigh between 6 and 10 kg, cats are smaller than cats. However, size does not play a role in determining the breed;
Siberians are slowly growing – maturity comes to 5 years;
The head of a cat is in the shape of a rounded trapezoid;
Eyes are round, color is not associated with color;
The ears are fluffy and rounded, with tassels on the tips;
The coat is thick and warm, two-layer, perfectly protects the cat from water and cold;
Feet shaggy, rounded, back longer than the front. Between the pads there are tufts of wool.
The colors of the Siberian cat are varied: from monochromatic to patterned. Options are as follows:
Mono color: white, black, blue, red. Color uniform throughout the coat of the cat;
White Siberian cat
Multicolored colors: tortoise and calico. This color is only in cats;
Bicolor – two-color cat;
Siberian cat bicolor
Silvery and smoky. The hairs are not completely dyed with pigment;
Tabby – wild color with a pattern. Black tabby is common in Russia;
Siberian tabby color cat
Color Siberian cats are usually referred to a separate breed – Neva Masquerade. This subspecies received this name for coloring the face: the cat seems to wear a mask.
Siberian cats have kept hunting instincts, so do not be surprised by the sudden “gifts” from the pet. Better praise the cat, because he tried so hard! Siberians behave like dogs: they are easily trained, they like to wear things, they can guard the house. They choose one owner for themselves and are always waiting for his return home.
Such cats are restrained and unobtrusive: they will not ask for pens or interfere under their feet. But if you get sick, the cat will become a doctor and will sit with you until complete recovery.
Two cats are sitting on the fence
Since Siberian cats have a communal nature, these cats feel more comfortable with their relatives. Siberians will easily make friends with other pets. With children will also find a common language. If the cat does not like something, he will simply leave and will not show aggression.
In general, cats of this breed are calm and reasonable, reminiscent of cat philosophers. They like to think about the problems of the universe somewhere higher, on the refrigerator or in the closet.
These cats inherited good Siberian health, and there are no characteristic diseases in the breed. But do not forget to vaccinate the cat and remove the parasites. Siberians live an average of 15-20 years.
A thick fur coat of a cat needs regular care: comb the hair 2-3 times a week. It will take 3 combs: metal with rare and frequent teeth, as well as a puhoherka. A walker is needed for removing the undercoat and for whisking wool to the show. Bathe the cat infrequently, only if the fur looks dirty.
Siberian cat walks on a harness
Siberian cats are not picky in food, but this does not mean that a pet can be fed with anything. Pick up food with enough protein to help your cat grow properly. Diversify food: feed your cat with cereals, vegetables, cottage cheese and kefir. Check for fresh water in the bowl.
This breed requires physical exercise: provide it with walks or gymnastic equipment at home. If you are afraid that the cat will be lost or live in the city, walk the cat on a harness. Pet paw pads are sometimes injured on walks: lubricate them with baby cream.