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What are Siberian Cats Like?

By Max. D Gray. Updated: January 16, 2017
What are Siberian Cats Like?

The Siberian cat, also known as Siberian Forest Cat, is a cat breed that was naturally bred in the forests of Russia by crossing domestic cats and wild cats. They are a large breed of long-haired cats which are notable amongst cat breeds for their sociable characters. A Siberian cat is perfect for allergy sufferers who don't want to give up having a cat, as their saliva has less amounts of the Fel D1 protein which usually causes allergies.

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Physical characteristics

The Siberian cat is a big-boned, muscular and agile cat. Compared to other cat breeds, it is slow to reach maturity. It reaches its final size after 20 months and continues to develop up to the age of 5 years. Its fur may be any colour and pattern. The Siberian cat has a colourpoint variant of the breed called the Neva Masquerade with a Siamese colour pattern. It is a big cat, adult females usually weigh between 4 and 6kg. Males weigh between 5 and 8kg and are more muscular than females.

Siberian cat behaviour

Siberian cats are sociable, gentle and very affectionate with their owners. They are intelligent cats with a high capacity for learning and usually respond to calls. Unlike males, female Siberian cats have a tendency to look to escape, especially when they're in heat.

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Looking after a Siberian cat

Siberian cats have thick, long hair so need to be brushed frequently (at least 2 times per week), especially during the moulting season. Siberian cats can moult constantly if they live in a flat. A Siberian cat has waterproof fur so it doesn't really have a tendency to knot.

Siberian cat: health

The Siberian cat is a natural cat breed, meaning humans haven't been involved in their evolution. For this reason, they are a particularly healthy breed with none of their own genetic diseases unlike other cat breeds.

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Siberian cat: body

Siberian cats have rounded lines on their head, ears, and eyes. They have broad legs with hind legs that are longer than their front legs. Their tails are wider at the base than at the tip, and they have long and very dense fur.

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  • The Siberian cat is hypoallergenic which means that it causes fewer allergies than other breeds of cat, but it can still cause allergies. The amount of allergens that they secrete can vary from one specimen to another. If you suffer from a cat allergy, check that the specimen you're thinking of getting doesn't cause you any allergies, before buying a Siberian cat.

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Georgia B
Thanks for including the fact that Siberian cats are hypoallergenic! I didn't realize that their breed had that quality. That's good to know since I'm slightly allergic to cats!

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