The Siberian Forest Cat is the national cat of Russia.The origin of the breed is unknown. This natural breed has existed there for hundreds, if not thousands of years. There is documented history of Siberian as early as the year 1000. It is a cat from which many fairy tales have been derived. The Siberian cat is an ancient medium-long haired breed believed to be the ancestor from which all modern day long-haired cats have evolved. This helped to spread the breed throughout Asia.
The Siberian is a large, strong cat which can take up to five years to mature. The females being smaller than the males as in all breeds. They are noted for being very agile and can leap great distances. Their muscles are outstanding and powerful. The back is long and very slightly curved but appears horizontal in motion. The compact rounded belly develops with age. The hind-leg of the the Siberian is slightly longer than the front legs, with large and powerful firm rounded paws. The overall appearance should be a cat of great strength and size with an excellent physical tone. The facial expression is alert but sweet. The general impression of the cat is one of circles and roundness rather than angular as in some of the other breeds.
|Colour||Siberian colours vary and are genetically possible, such as tabby, solid colours tortoiseshell colours and colour point varieties.|
|Age Expectancy||Siberians can usually execpt to live into their mid-teens|
|Weight/Height Range||4- 7kgs|
Siberian cats have gentle, loving nature and well rounded personality. They adore children, readily accept the other household pets and get along great with the whole family. Giving them the ability to blend in and adapt to almost any family situation. Siberians have a Dog-like devotion and personality. They are referred to as "the cat for dog people". Siberians enjoy being with their human companions. It is not in their nature to be a standoffish or aloof with their families. Coming when called, following the household members around and some more social cats even greet guests. Because they are a social cat, if left alone too often they can become quite lonely. An animal companion, such as another cat or a friendly dog can help relieve the loneliness and curb undesirable activities.
|Compatibility with Cat||High|
|Other Animal Compatibility||High|
Feeding & Grooming
|Feeding||The Siberian is an active cat - and usually very hungry - cat, and requires around 80kcal of good quality food per kg of bodyweight, per day. Care must be taken not to let this breed become obese, due to its fondness for food!|
|Upkeep||Siberian does not require much grooming although they do appreciate the attention that comes with it.|
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