Siberian Cat

Siberian
Overview
Characteristics
Siberian
Temperament
? The breed’s dominant personality traits. While each individual has a unique personality, breed-specific genetics affect qualities like sociability, playfulness, and intelligence.
Energetic, friendly, playful, affectionate
Origin
? Where this breed was first established.
Russia
Other Names
? In addition to their official names, most breeds earn a few nicknames.
Siberian Forest Cat, Moscow Semi-longhair, Neva Masquerade
Group
? Breeds are grouped by their size and coat type.
Medium to large long-haired
Height
? The typical adult height among individuals of this breed. Height is measured from the top of the head to the bottom of the front paws.
9"- 11"
Body Length
? The typical adult body length among individuals of this breed. A cat’s length is measured from the base of the tail to the tip of the nose.
15"-18"
Weight
? The typical adult weight range of this cat breed.
17-26 pounds
Life Expectancy
? The average lifespan of the breed. While life expectancy is fairly consistent across all cat breeds, some breeds tend to live shorter or longer than others.
12-15 years
Price
? The average price.
$1000-$2000
Affection Level
? Breeds with a high affection level want to give and receive a lot of attention, while less-affectionate breeds are not as interested in petting and snuggles.
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Activity Level
? Breeds with high activity levels will engage more in active play and demand more space and attention.
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Pet-Friendly
? How well the breed tends to get along with cats, dogs, and other pets.
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Kid-Friendly
? Breeds with a higher rating in this area tend to be gentle and patient, while lower-rated breeds may feel uncomfortable with children.
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Sociability
? Breeds with a higher sociability rating will want to spend time with you all day, while less-sociable breeds seldom seek out human interaction.
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Intelligence
? Breeds with higher intelligence ratings are more curious, investigative, and easy to train. Less-intelligent breeds are less trainable but often laid-back and easygoing.
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Playfulness
? Breeds that score higher in this area have strong hunting instincts that make them great playtime companions.
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Independence
? Breeds that score higher in this area are able to spend hours alone, while less-independent breeds require plenty of attention.
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Vocality
? A higher rating in this area indicates a breed prone to plenty of meowing and other vocalizations, while less-vocal breeds are happy to stay quiet.
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Grooming
? Breeds with higher grooming scores require more maintenance like brushing and bathing, while lower-scored breeds are virtually maintenance-free.
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About the Siberian Cat

Formally known as the Siberian Forest Cat, the Siberian is a medium-sized semi-long-haired breed with a stunning triple coat and a charming personality.

Intelligent and playful, the Siberian cat loves to give and receive affection. These adorable kitties live to spend their days and nights alongside their favorite people, often chatting in melodic voices that have nothing in common with the harsher vocalizations of other talkative breeds such as the Siamese.

Siberian cats have a great reputation for friendliness, even where strangers are concerned. These cats happily greet everyone and so long as their experience is a positive one, they have the ability to befriend very young children, other felines, and respectful dogs.

Even though they are friendly and playful, Siberian cats are not terribly mischievous. They will get into things on occasion, but they are far more interested in watching their favorite humans while providing little tidbits of advice via those chirping, trilling, meows that contribute to their lovability. Since they like water and have water resistant coats, Siberians have a comical habit of playing in the water and even joining their favorite people at shower time.

The Siberian cat does have a mellow side, but it may take some time for quiet behaviors to dominate as this breed doesn't reach full maturity until about five years of age.

Siberian cats aren't terribly clingy, but they do thrive with companionship as they are communal by nature. If you spend most of your time away from home, consider adopting a second cat to keep your Moscow Longhair company.

About the Siberian Cat

Care

Siberian Cat Care
Nutrition
Nutrition
Grooming
Grooming
Exercise
Exercise
Health
Health

The Siberian cat does not have any special nutritional requirements; however, you may want to choose food with added Omega fatty acids to support healthy skin and keep your cat's coat in great condition. We recommend choosing high-protein, low carbohydrate food that's appropriate for your cat's life stage, as it can promote proper body weight and help your pet achieve longevity.

The Siberian cat has a very thick triple coat that consists of long guard hairs on the outside, a second long coat made up of awn hairs, and a shorter, downy undercoat that lies close to the skin. Surprisingly, this coat has a tendency to remain tangle-free, even without frequent brushing. Siberian cat parents find themselves brushing far more often as winter weather gives way to summer's warmer temperatures and the heavy undercoat is shed.

Since the Siberian cat is so playful and energetic, you might want to keep their claws trimmed to help prevent damage to your furnishings, clothing, and skin. In addition, you may wish to promote better dental health by teaching your cat to allow you to brush their teeth.

Beneath that thick, fluffy coat lies the heart of an Olympian. Siberian cats love to show off their athletic prowess and will do so whether you provide them with appropriate cat furniture or not. These kitties truly appreciate tall cat condos with big platforms to accommodate their large size. They also enjoy wall-mounted shelves, window seats, scratching posts, and interactive toys.

While you won't have to provide your cat with too much encouragement to play during its formative years, you may need to take the lead later in life. Siberian cats can easily become obese without ample exercise.

While Siberian Forest cats are generally healthy, they do have a slightly elevated risk for hypertrophic cardiomyopathy. Some individuals are prone to feline lower urinary tract disease.

History

The Siberian cat is a naturally occurring cat breed that has been refined through selective breeding. These cats originate from Russia, and the breed may be hundreds or even over a thousand years old. Some feline geneticists have suggested that these ancient cats might have contributed some of the DNA that went into creating new or domestic long-haired cats.

As one of Russia's national treasures, Siberian cats have enjoyed pride of place in folklore and fairy tales. According to legends, Siberians guided souls to the underworld, guarded homes, told stories, and sang songs. One particularly appealing legend says that anyone who buys or builds a new home should let the Siberian cat enter first, and for luck, place a bed in the spot where the cat decides to lie down.

Incredibly, and despite its long history in Russia, the breed is a recent addition to Western breed registries. One of the first Siberian cat breed standards was published by the Kotofei Cat Club of St. Petersburg in 1987.

Siberian cats were introduced to life in America in 1990, when Elizabeth Terrel of Starpoint Cattery imported a trio of Siberians, naming them Kaliostro, Nain, and Ofelia.

The International Cat Association. (TICA) accepted Siberians as a new breed in 1992 and elevated it to championship status in 1996. The Cat Fanciers Association granted official recognition in 2000 and advanced the breed to championship status in 2006. Today, the Siberian cat enjoys recognition around the world and is gaining popularity. The breed is still considered to be somewhat rare outside Russia, but is getting easier to find.

Siberian Cat History

Did You Know?

Siberian cats are also known as Moscow Semi-Longhairs. The colorpoint variation is recognized separately by some registries, which call it the Neva Masquerade.

The Siberian cat is one of a few breeds that is sometimes called hypoallergenic due to the fact that it's saliva produces a lower than average amount of an allergen called Fel D1.

Siberian cats can be quite large, sometimes achieving a weight of up to 20 pounds.

The Breed Standard

About the Siberian Cat

Eyes

The eyes are medium to large, and nearly rounded in shape. The outer corners should angle slightly toward the ears. All eye colors are acceptable. There is no relationship between coat color and eye color, except in colorpoint Siberian cats, which should have blue eyes.

Legs & Paws

The legs should be of medium length with substantial boning. The hind legs should be slightly longer then the forelegs. The paws should be large and rounded. Prominent toe tufts are desirable.

Tail

The Siberian cat's tail should be of medium length with a wide base that tapers to a blunt tip. It should be thickly furnished.

Body

The body is of medium length, with prominent musculature. The back is arched slightly higher than the shoulders, and the belly is barrel shaped but firm. A moderate stomach pad may be present on the lower abdomen. Siberian cats tend to feel heavy for their size.

Head

The head is a modified wedge with rounded contours. It is in good proportion to the body. The muzzle is well rounded and males typically develop prominent jowls.

Ears

The Siberian cat has medium large ears with wide bases and rounded tips. The ears should be set as much on the sides of the head as on its top, and should have a forward tilt. Furnishings may be prominent and ear tipping may be present.

Coat

The coat is of medium to long length. The triple coat is most prominent in cooler weather, with a ruff at the collar, long belly hair, and long breeches.

Color

All colors and patterns are accepted, with and without white, which may be present in any amount in any area. Buttons, lockets, and spots are allowed.

Frequently Asked Questions

How much does a Siberian cat cost?

Siberian cats cost between $1000-$2000.

How big do Siberian cats get?

Siberian cats tend to be medium in size. A fully grown Siberian cat might weigh between 17-26 pounds or more and range in height anywhere from about 9"- 11" inches tall.

How long do Siberian cats live?

The Average lifespan for Siberian is 12-15 years.

76 thoughts on “Siberian

  1. Xuhua

    We have a 9 month old red/white Siberian kitten. He is very friendly and sociable – he lets all kids and adults pat him. He is bold and fearless- he doesn’t hide from guests. In fact, he would go near the guests to check them out. He doesn’t flinch when he sees dogs. He would be so calm as we push him in a stroller, with large and small dogs passing by. He is intelligent- he knows how to come, roll, shake paws, hi-5, lay down and sit on command. He is a guard/ watch cat- he patrols our house day and night, and guards the front and back door while we are sleeping. We love him so much!!

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    1. Jim

      Hi, I have a 3 month old now- how did you train those commands? My guy is well behaved but he seems to clever for conditioning. He’s already not interested in a laser pointer and he eats when he feels like it, even when rewarded treats he’ll ignore them until he wants them.

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  2. Jay Jorgenson

    I thought it was really cool what was said about how humans have low sensitivity to Siberian cats! My best friend is horribly allergic to cats and so I might look into this for him. It’s sad that he’s a animal lover, but very allergic to them.

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    1. Mechelle

      I am allergic to most cats however I have a 14 year old Siberian baby and have never had problem at all. I didn’t even know they were ” nonallergenic”. I just knew from day one I never had a symptom and she’s in my face, literally, all the time. Your friend would love one if he’s an animal lover.

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      1. AMY

        Myself, as well! Have always been allergic to cats, however, my daughter brought home a Siberian and I have never experienced any type of allergic reaction to him, even when he gets very close to my face. In fact, he sleeps above my head on my pillow every night. He’s very mischievous, but he’s not yet quite a year old.

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    2. Brian Doros

      I am extremely allergic to cats becoming asthmatic and breaking out in hives when near them, on a scale of 1 to 10 my reaction is an 8.5. I love cats so looked into my options, research let me to Siberian Forest Cats and a breeder near me “Nicholas-Siberian Cats” . They were extremely helpful and had a great blood line so I took a leap of faith and got a kitten, it’s now been several months. My allergic reaction to the cat is about a 1.0 , he is on my lap all the time and sleeps with me with no problems. I rub my face in him as he sleeps on my chest and he feely rubs his head near my eyes as he is marking me. I don’t even worry about washing my hands anymore after I petting him and putting my hands near my eyes. I could have never done with another cat . If my eyes do ever get slightly itchy I just rinse them out , I’m not even sure if it’s even the cat.

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  3. Evie Warns

    Ours is not a typical Siberian. We acquired her at the age of 3 (a retired queen who never brought a litter to term but would instead, self-abort, and the breeder didn’t want to try again). She had been spayed 10 days before we picked her up. Even still had her stitches in. She was nothing like the Siberians described on this website. The first 2 weeks she hid in our basement and would only eat if we hand-fed her kibble and treats. If we tried to go near her, she’d run away. She was basically the cat from hell for almost 2 full years…. batting us (drawing blood), even biting us just because we tried to pet her. One time she slashed my face. She is a very powerful and spirited girl. After some research and a few conversations with another cat breeder, I learned that she had simply been through too much, too quickly, and was severely stressed, probably was missing her other Siberian companions whom she groomed all the time, and her belly was probably painful for her. Am happy to say that now after going on 3 years with us, she is finally becoming calmer and more affectionate. Still, she does not like to be groomed or picked up. We have her professionally groomed about every 2 months. I would prefer to groom her myself as I love grooming cats, but she won’t allow it except for the occasional soft bristle brush that I dampen and run over her fur. If I come near her with a comb, she bolts. Early on I had tried to loosen and remove some mats from her belly and it probably hurt her, so I don’t blame her at all from running when she sees a comb. I also miss that she doesn’t enjoy being picked up, but she makes up for it now by jumping in my lap and giving me “kissies” with her head. She prefers my husband’s lap during the day, but at night she is my girl and sleeps with me. Allergy-wise, I find it interesting that while she doesn’t cause upper respiratory distress for me, her presence does cause lower respiratory distress for me as in a tickle in my throat. I also must wash after handling her or else my hands itch. Eventually I may need to re-home her but for now I just take antihistamines. She can be hilariously funny at times, running around the house like a crazed loon….sometimes even howling a little bit. It hasn’t been confirmed by her vet, but I suspect she may have hyperesthesia. This past year we purchased a 5-foot diameter nylon “tent” that she loves to sit in, play and observe wildlife. We supervise her outings in the tent. Sometimes she walks out onto our deck with me and doesn’t run away or anything. One time she had gotten into some catnip before one of our “free outings”, got away from me, scaled an oak tree about 80 feet up and couldn’t figure out how to come down. After a couple of hours it became clear she had no idea how to get down so I called a tree service, got in their bucket, and retrieved my beautiful girl who was so tired that when my husband carried her into the house and placed her on the floor, her legs shot out from underneath her and she just laid their for a while panting. We never have those “free outings” anymore….. wink wink. She is content with her tent or being on the deck with me. Have not been able to leash train her at all. Even tried the “Kitty Holster”. She is very good about obeying me…. and the one thing she does that actually sounds Siberian, is that she is, indeed, very dog-like. She is also very beautiful… a brown mackerel tabby with incredible deep green eyes.

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    1. John D

      All praise to you for persevering with such a difficult cat. It can indeed take time.

      Our Siberian was another cat who had been through too much too young. For her first few years with us she was extremely nervous, though fortunately she is a completely gentle cat. Now she is completely devoted, sits with me for long periods, does “greetings and courtesies” (headbumps and shoulder lunges) several times a day and is generally a very happy lady.

      But our Maine Coon…. hoo boy! Her first few weeks of life were hell for her, because she was raised in very overcrowded conditions and she was the smallest kitten. Her litter-mates and the kittens from another mother’s litter who were all thrown in together beat her up constantly. So she learned, from the moment her eyes were open, that life consisted of fighting. When we got her we could not even stroke her, because she interpreted any move towards her as a possible attack and she would lash out or bite. She grew into a big strong hellcat who was fairly dangerous to be anywhere near. Well, we fed her and told her we loved her and let her take her own time. Now we have this ridiculously affectionate hugely fluffy cat who purrs at us all the time, flomps on me full-length twice a day and rumbles at me thunderously, demanding fuss and affection and is generally a wonderful companion. Between the two of them I often feel overwhelmed by large tawny cats.

      Once a cat’s trust in humans is broken it takes a long time to heal. It can take up to five years in our experience, so if your Siberian accepted you after only three years you obviously did all the right things. It takes kindness and patience and a willingness to let the cat proceed at their own pace. But it is worth it. I think your Siberian definitely found the right human.

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      1. Pat Hepburn

        I forgot to mention Woodstock is 8 mos old and runs from room to room launching himself off the walls. He is wild and amazing and a sweetheart all wrapped into an 8 mos old kitten. He brightens my days every day. I am retired and we are pals

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  4. Doug & Brenda Freeland

    We have a 9 month old Siberian kitten called Muffin. She is an absolute hoot. Runs around the house at 100 miles per hour and jumps onto anything she can find. She is a real snigglebug, and love being brushed. She loves water. Its a race to get to the bathroom before she jump into the sink and claims it as her home. Loves drinking from water taps. My wife was making supper one night and she cut up a couple of raw broccoli stalks for me. ( I’m not a lover of broccoli). Muffin get up on the counter a little later, and took one of the stalks. We looked high. and low, but, couldn’t find it. A few mornings later as I was sitting on the side of the bed, Muffing dropped the the piece of shriveled up broccoli beside me. We really had a good laugh over this episode. Muffin is a real little character, and we love her to pieces. Hope you enjoy this little cats tale. Cheers. Doug & Brenda.

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  5. Ashley Benson

    I have a Siberian and she is SO affectionate! I was not expecting her to be so snuggly! I just wanted to add that to the list.

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  6. Biljana

    We have 4 month old male Siberian kitten. I had cars in the past but he is really special. Very intelligent, quite and well behaved. He needs a lot of play time and wants to g out a lot. Does not seem to be scared of anything. I am not sure at what time I can let him out on his own. The article says that they are happy in safe and enclosed space so I am not sure what to do in this case and when I can let him go out by himself. We take him out on a leash and he really behaves like a dog :-)) happy to go out for a walk :-))

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  7. Zany’s mom

    We have a 2 year old Siberian and she’s such a typical Siberian. She’ll drink water running from the tap or just stick her head into the running water, drops toys in her water dish, and tackles us when we’re trying to get out of the shower. We have a ledge overlooking the living room and she’s jumped from it more than a few times. She doesn’t meow often, but when she does, it’s a small meow that sounds more like a baby kitten than a grown cat. When she plays, she loves to do flips in the air and bring thrown toys back, when she feels like it. And her cuddles always start with “making biscuits” on our stomach or legs with her big ol paws, which can be kind of painful sometimes. And in the winter, when her tail is really thick, she likes to whack our legs with it, and again, can be kind of painful depending on how much enthusiasm she puts into it. She’ll watch YouTube videos about birds all day if we let her and loves when we hide her toys for her to find. You know, just typical Siberian stuff.

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  8. Lisa

    Has anyone had the experience of allergies developing to a Siberian cat over time? Even though initially the reaction was very slight?

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    1. Blair

      Yes, when we first got out Siberian my allergies were not bad at all. After we had the cat for about 3-4 months, I noticed my allergies were getting worse. I think it’s because the allergens had built up in the house. We try to vacuum twice a week and are going to get rid of our wall to wall carpet. We also use one of those sticky tape lint brushes on the furniture daily. I have been allergic to cats most of my life and I love our Siberian. We got her for companionship and as a therapy cat for our daughter. Siberians are a wonderful breed and I have no regrets. ?

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    2. Gail

      My husband, who has cat allergies and sometimes asthma, has no problems with our Siberian cat. Amazingly. He found us and demanded we be his new family. We found his original family, but they had replaced him with 2 other cats. He kept running away from them. Lucky us. We never would have had a cat, otherwise. We love this guy to death.

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  9. Denise

    My Siberian cat, Nina, is 4yrs old. I’m not allergic to her. I had a regular house cat in the past that I was very allergic too. I don’t notice much shedding either. I brush her several time a week. She is a great pet!

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  10. A Person

    I have a Siberian kitten, 7 months old. She is rarely affectionate, she’s loud, meows all the time, hates water, and is only affectionate at night. I also have 2 dogs who both want to be her friend, but she hates them. I’m not trying to say that this article is lying, but there is cases where it isn’t true.

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    1. Paula

      A lot of the cat’s personality depends upon the first few weeks of its like. Cat’s are very much formed in their relations to humans by the time they are 3 months old. Most breeders do not release a kitten until it is 12 weeks old so in effect your cat’s personality is formed by the time you get it.

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    2. Cat lover

      She’s only 7 months old.. Her personality may still come out as she grows up. My Siberian cat is very similar to what was described. He even plays fetch. But he doesn’t like to sit in laps, he cuddles next to you instead. My point is every cat has their own personality and this article is just stating the general characteristics the breed has. Just because your cat is different doesn’t mean it isn’t true. I found this article pretty spot on besides a few things but like I said every cat is unique.

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      1. Patricia Daly

        My Siberian, that I bought from a breeder, is very much like yours. He is not a lap-sitter, but will lie down next to me on the couch. He’s always in the room I’m in or in the next room staring into my room. He follows me around the house. Initially I was upset when I read all the posts about other people’s Siberians sitting on their laps, so I called the breeder. She told me that each of her cats have their own personalities. Some are lap-sitters, some just want “to be near”.

        Our cat loves to play fetch. He “goes crazy” over the birds at the feeder, and sometimes runs around the house making a gutteral sound. We entertain him, and he certainly entertains us! He is a lynx, seal point, and has beautiful blue eyes. He’ll be 3 in November, and is an enjoyable pet!

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      2. Joseph and Glenda Bonaiuto

        My wife and I have had tabby ‘s and even a domestic white Bangel but this little girl is something else. She is a doll , we got her at an Animal rescue of all places she was only 6 weeks old. So playful .

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    3. Debra

      I have a 7 month old also, and she is the opposite of everything you have mentioned! It might be you! All the breeders cats and kittens have mirrored attributes to all those mentioned. It’s possible your cat is not a true Siberian, just saying!

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    4. Ela

      Mine used to be like that as a kitten, but now as an adult cat, she’s become ever so affectionate. Maybe you just need to give the kitty some time !

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    5. Mechelle

      Are you sure its a Siberian? Doesn’t sound like one. My 14 year old Siberian has always been affectionate. Always wants to be in my lap or on my shoulder or laying on my chest if I’m laying down. She’s so quite you never know she’s around and her and my dog are best buds. You may have a Maine Coone.

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    6. M.J.

      My male Siberian was the exact same way with my 2 dogs, and my other cat. He was a 5 week old stray when we found him, and it took him a little while to finally warm up to us and the other animals, but now he’s just like one of the dogs lol…it might take your’s some time as well. Good luck! ☺️?

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    7. Bettina

      My Siberian baby is 4 months old and at times I feel unloved because she ignores me LOL. She’s also scared of water most especially running water. She gets super scared whenever I have a visitor; that’s when I get my scratches. It’s so hard to trim her nails and brushing her belly.

      Right now, I can say that she has improved as every time I’d say “Come here” and she comes, then I’d give her a treat. Or I’ll pick her up and put her on my lap then I give her a treat. Same when trimming her nails, giving her a bath and brushing her belly fur. I guess it’s all about giving treats hahaha!

      Also, the color of the coat could be a factor according to the breeder as well as from what I’ve read online. Torbies and calico got cattitude so they’re sassy and more independent. Mine is a silver tabby so I have great hopes for her to be an affectionate cat.

      For the scratches, as weird as it sounds, it lets me know that it’s time for me to trim her nails XD.

      Also, training her has its rewards. Before, I call her name when chasing her so she associates her name on chasing her. Like if I call her name, instead of coming to me she’d run away from me. I’m now trying to change tactics so she won’t get confused. She still runs away when I call her by her name but it doesn’t happen much anymore.

      I’m also using spray bottle to deter her from doing something and I’d say it works most of the time. Just seeing the spray bottle makes her avoid that area.

      She’s super active. I like playing with her using teasers as we both enjoy it. This is when I laugh out loud the most because she is just adorable. Like she’d run from the corner of the room then jumps high towards the teaser, miss it and slides on the floor.

      She’s still a kitten and in time, she’ll mature and behave like an adult cat as described on this website. Also, training really helps. We “argue” several times a day most especially when trimming her nails but I’d insist, letting her know that I’m the boss here LOL then give her treats. We get to know each other every single day. ?

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    8. Teresa

      My Siberian is a bit of the same. He’s only affectionate in the morning, doesn’t like water much, he is super loud and meows all the time if he doesn’t get what he wants, has a BIG and quirky personality, is so mischievous and in to everything he shouldn’t be, but we love him so much. But this cat is super high maintenance.
      We got our Siberian from the most reputable breeder in the country. They raise their kittens in their home and are socialized, well trained and loved before released to their forever homes no sooner than 16 weeks. Cats are like humans – born with our own unique personalities.

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    9. Coco

      I’m going to say most likely then you didn’t get a real Siberian unless they come with papers you’re never sure they can just tell you it is one and it might look like one but since it looks like so many other breeds she might not actually be Siberian

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  11. Annie

    Lisa. Yes. Three months nothing at all Now, asthma and hives. I’m hoping its combined with the ragweed that’s high right now and it will subside soon. Allergist thinks the levels in my house are now up from kitty just being here. Now, allegra and inhaler. Possibly shots if not better in 6 weeks. I wrote a more detailed story but I dont think it posted.

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    1. Kali

      Hi Annie! I was wondering how you’re doing with your Siberian kitten? Are you having any allergic reactions from your kitten? I hope all is well! How old is she? Thanks so much!!! ?

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  12. annie brookes

    I am convinced my baby was part Siberian, so many traits match this breed, the one part that is strikingly standing out is that they are known for their sensitivity….My little girl has just passed away but had the looks of a tabby Siberian………… I will be looking to get a Siberian Puss cat once I have stopped grieving

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  13. Elizabeth

    A Person My Siberian was not affectionate at all, and sounds like yours. When he matured he developed affectionate behavior but it took a long time and patience. He didn’t like being touched or being near me but now he’s snuggly and my shadow with typical Siberian behavior.

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  14. Rachel

    We just got a purebred Siberian kitten a few months ago. We purposely chose this breed for their hypoallergenic reputation and their look. He has exceeded our expectations. We all adore him. He tolerates a lot from my two younger children. He loves to play. He doesn’t mind the water and will actually jump in the bath or shower with one of us. He doesn’t love getting bathed but tolerates it better than any cat I’ve ever had. My only complaint is that he frequently gets poop on his legs. Hoping this improves.

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    1. A I R

      Oh no! This is one of my worries about having these cats. Are they clean?? Are they able to clean themselves or getting poop all over?? That would be hard to deal with ?

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    2. Caleb

      We have a female Siberian that occasionally has a poopy butt. We’ve found it’s usually due to diet. Certain canned foods with carbs or wheat maybe, or maybe eating outdoor stuff or counter food, or not enough fresh water. When we use a good grain-free dry food and supplement with plenty of protein (she loves roast beef, canned salmon with the skin and bones, chicken scraps on the bone with gristle and skin) she’s clean.

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  15. Marion

    We have an incredible 3 1/2-year-old spade female we named “Tasha.” She is stunningly beautiful and an absolute joy to live with. We originally picked this breed because our daughter is allergic to cats; unfortunately Tasha didn’t turn out to be hypo-allergenic. That is her only negative, however. She is very social, playful, strong, affectionate, and has lots of personality. We adore her and would recommend a Siberian to anyone who can commit to keeping one indoors for safety and health reasons, which we do.

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  16. Stephane

    We’ve own a siberian cat for 3 years now and we love him! It’s a magnificent animal, very affectionate and great with our 2 kids (now 6 and 8 yo). They love playing together and he’s never agressive with the kids, even when they are rough. He’s extremely sociable and doesn’t like to be alone. Whenever someone is in the house, he will be nearby. Even during our kids birthday parties, with 8-10 kids running and screaming around, he still wants to see us and play. I’ve never seen a cat that loves company so much.

    As for the allergies, I’m a little bit allergic to cats, and my wife is very allergic. When we got him, I had no reaction, but my wife reacted for about 2 weeks, which got us worried that we could not keep him. But then her body seemed to get use to it and the reactions gradually disappeared. After a month, she could put her face in his fur without any problem!

    Grooming is not as easy as the article says in our case. He often gets knots in his fur, and we have a hard time brushing him well as he does not really enjoy it, especially on the belly (close to the legs and below the neck). We now shave his belly and it helped quite a lot. He sheds a lot, especially during spring so brushing is mandatory.

    I must also mention that our Siberian is very vocal. He meows a LOT! He almost seems to talk to us sometimes and it’s cute. It’s less cute when he does it at 3am sometimes….

    Overall, a great cat to own; we love him!!

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  17. Marika

    I have a six month old neutered Siberian cat and he is really stubborn and I call him a bonehead because he doesn’t listen or believe what I ask him to do or not to do, he just simply ignores me. His energy levels are at the ceiling and he needs something to do all the time. He is absolutely fearless and really clever. He likes water. He bullies two older main coons all the time and doesn’t listen them either. When clipping his nails he tries to escape and hisses and groans. He is affectionate only occasionally but likes my really young and really noisy nice and nephew. At the moment he is a handful but I do hope that time helps.

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    1. Coco

      I got my Siberian when she was 6 weeks old of course they lie to me and said she was 12 weeks old so I blame a lot of her issues to that.I’ve always only had cats in my life and she was hands down the worst aggressive, stubborn kitten I’ve ever had. She would constantly attack my hands and feet which I blame them from taking her away from her mother so young but by the time she hit a year and a half it is not the same cat .she is so affectionate, so obedient, so smart and now one of the best cats I’ve had. sometimes I can’t believe this is the same cat. So I think maybe they just outgrow their horrible kitten personality lol. thank God they’re the cutest things ever to help you endure all the kitten nightmares. Hang in there I think the change is coming

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  18. Dawn in Chas Sc.

    Some person abandon a kitten in my yard. He was so small his eyes hadn’t changed yet. I took him in the house, bathed him and 3 months later he finally lost his baby fangs. I figure he’s 4 months old now. I’ve had a lot of experience with felines but this little guy already weighs 7 lbs. Is longer then my shorthair domestic and has all the looks and traits of the Siberian. He’s wonderful. Wish your site accepted photos.

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  19. Melissa A Jeffers

    Our loving 1 year old “FUZZ” Does the triple purr! And also sleeps in his water dish. Along with attacking the toes of whoever is in the tub. ? He’s also like a pygmy Siberian, only weighing in at 9 pounds. He’s so comical he makes me laugh daily!

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  20. Nina

    I have a 11 year old SIMBA, I have never seen such an intelligent, cat understands many words. Response quickly when we call. He gave so much affection to my sick husband and to me. I love him so much. If anyone wants to adopt or buy a cat a Siberian is the one.

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    1. Coco

      I totally agree my Siberian is so brilliant, she totally understands what I’m saying. So loyal and affectionate they’re right by your side like a dog. So furry and soft they rarely shed and are hypoallergenic .I’m allergic to cats and I have no issues with my Siberian.

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  21. Eddie E Crutchfield

    I had my Siberian for 19 years, the breed is wonderful. It has been about 2 years since I lost him. I think about getting another one, but at my age(72) I just dont know. He was great with my dogs(Malamutes and Shibas). I got him and one of my Malamutes as a puppy and kitten and they were the best of buddies. I would joke that Sauron(Siberian) was the best dog I ever had.

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  22. Judy

    We have a 3.5 yr old Siberian with color points, which we have had since she was a kitten. She has latched on to me in a big way, but not so much to my husband which is a big mystery. She loves to play but not enough on her own. She hardly ever speaks. And she has a sense of humor. She does not like water and only likes some dogs. She is a good pet. She was quite sick for a few months with a food allergy to chicken and seafood. She is well now with a restricted diet. I am very allergic to cats in general but not to this one.

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  23. Laura Hedberg

    We absolutely love our Siberian Forest cat. He is affectionate, playful, smart and so much fun. He let’s our kids do anything to him and he seems to love it. My son puts him on his feet and does leg lifts with him. He just sits there going up and down. I’ve never had such a laid-back and also playful cat. He loves playing with toys. He’s an acrobat. However, he is not hypoallergenic. But he’s worth the allergy shots. He brings our family lots of joy and love.

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  24. Little

    We purchased a just 3-year-old Siberian female who was a retired queen who never delivered a litter, but rather self-aborted, so the breeder wanted to sell her. She came with the name “Sweet Pea”. We were so excited to be able to get her! We did everything we could to help her feel loved and comfortable with us so whe would settle in well. The first 3-4 days she spent entirely in the half basement that we have, too terrified to come upstairs. We had no other cats anymore, our house was/is small so we couldn’t figure out what was going on. She refused to eat anything for 3/4 days. Finally we were able to hand feed her a bit of kibble (same stuff she came to us eating). She then eagerly accepted a few treats with malt flavoring in them. She also would eat Instinct Raw Bites. She refused the wet food she came to us eating, but finally accepted some ProPlan and especially Soulistic (made by Weruva). We give her a variety of both dry, wet, raw and treats. Her behavior was erratic the first year. It took her forever to trust us or allow us to have her in our laps or hold her. She still doesn’t like to be held very much. She will sit in our laps nowadays but originally I had to entice her to do so with treats and raw bites. It’s become a tradition, although now she often jumps in our laps even without the promise of treats and raw bites. We play with her a lot and she plays with toys on her own. Her favorites are interactive such as the laser wand and other wand toys…. especially those with ribbons. We keep the wand toys put away when we are not supervising. We bought her a double decker condo and a cat tree and have given her multiple cozy places to nap. She loves to sleep with one or the other of us. We renamed her Zebbah (Persian for “A Known Beauty”) because she is absolutely gorgeous with her brown mackerel tabby coat and deep green almond-shaped eyes. She does not like to be combed or brushed or bathed, but she every 8 weeks she does allow a groomer at our vet’s office to trim her coat and nails then spray her with water and brush her. She isn’t the Siberian we had hoped for, but we have accommodated her ways and have learned to love her anyway. She went through a lot before she became ours including being spayed at 3 years of age after multiple self-aborts following breeding. The breeder kept her in a large cage for 10 days after she was spayed and her first day out of the cage was the day we picked her up. So the poor thing was literally terrified in the beginning. After months of trying with her, we almost gave her away. The breeder was no help to us. I found another breeder willing to take her from us if her behavior did not change. The new breeder really helped us with her suggestions. We’re very glad because otherwise we would no longer have this beautiful, intelligent, sensitive, playful and at times actually now loving creature. My dream is to be able to get her to allow me to put her in a harness, attach a leash and take her outside with me occasionally. So far that isn’t happening, but I haven’t given up hope yet. Just don’t want to make her fear me in any way for attempting to get her used to a harnass. If it never comes to be, we will accept that. She has really grown on us. We love her very much now and she has come to trust us so much over what she did the first year we had her. She turns 5 in 3 months. We look forward to many more wonderful years with her. I have moderate to severe allergies. I do have some reactions to her, but I take the precautions of washing after I handle her, vacuuming frequently, having her sprayed with water and brushed at least every 8 weeks and I take antihistamines at night so that when she sleeps with me I can tolerate her. What a strong girl she is !!

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    1. Edward Doyle

      What a great story. You did a good thing, she needed someone and you where there for her. My wife and I have rescued many dogs and cats over the years and one thing I have learned is that you must adapt for them because the amount of emotional trauma can be great and they can’t tell us what’s wrong.

      I have a 21 year old Snowshoe named Trouble. She is a starting to become more and more ill but she had a good life and I will miss her when she leaves me.

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  25. Linda Evans

    We have 2 Siberian cats who are best friends! 3 years apart in age, but get along just great. My husband is very allergic to cats, but with the Siberian breed, he has no trouble at all which is why we have 2 who live indoors 24/7. They are both very affectionate and will sit on our laps when we have dinner. They are beautiful and bring a lot of fun to us everyday.

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  26. Georgia Vallejos

    I got my Siberian from the shelter a year ago. She is now getting close to two years old, and she doesn’t like to be held or petted, even though she follows us around as if she is asking for attention. She loves to be rowdy and often streaks around like a Tasmanian Devil. She is very playful, but her scratching things up is becoming a problem. I’ve been very consistent with the usual training methods, but I think this breed might be one that you would have to declaw. I know cat people would cringe at the thought, but I love her and would still like to have a house and furniture.

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    1. Helen

      I had one cat who wanted to scratch my furniture. Two things worked: aluminum foil on the furniture where he would scratch & the pet spray for furniture that you can buy online or in pet stores. After a month or so of those, I could stop. And he stopped! Please do not declaw. Most vets will not do the procedure. It’s very painful.

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      1. Edward Doyle

        Put scratching post by the furniture. That way when the urge strikes they have something to scratch. Never declaw, it’s just plain cruel.

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    2. Jamiee

      I applaud you for rescuing you from a shelter , but to even think of declawing a cat is NOT ok . Would you be willing to amputate your fingers ?? ITS VERY MUCH THE SAME THING … for furniture , a material item? Maybe you aren’t informed of the consequences – not only is it ILLEGAL , but you are actually causing permanent physical, emotional & behavioral damage to the poor kitty. That poor baby will end up having not only physical repercussions, but behavior issues as well, it will negatively affect the baby in every way NEGATIVELY.. all because you put more value on a piece of furniture… please research this … it’s illegal for a reason . With all due respect , if you make furniture a priority over a beautiful cat – then maybe you aren’t ready to be a pet parent =^-^=

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    3. Kristen

      My Gold Siberian walked right in our house one day and plopped in front of my feet on her back purring. We live in a rural area and think someone dropped her off. Well she found us and we love her. Sometimes I’m so amazed by how cuddly she is. We watch tv and even go on car ride together. She waits by the front door for us to get home and follows us around. I laughed at a comment because our Siberian will also dart around like a Tanzanian devil. She is simply love – so sensitive and loving. Every morning at 5:30 am she will sit and purr to wake for food. She does it – and everything in the most loving way sometimes I can’t believe she’s a cat. She loves people and will even play fetch. That’s how I know she’s a Siberian – plus she’s gorgeous almond green eye orange playful loving tabby – ❤️

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  27. Erica

    A few years ago this gorgeous Maine Coon showed up on our doorstep in the middle of winter. He was clean, well fed, perfectly groomed and distrustful of women ? We’re cat people so we let him inside while we searched for his owners. Thank God no one came forward because we had named him Meatloaf and fallen in love!
    We took him to the vet and he told us that this massive guy was only about a year old!
    A few years went by and a good friend of ours with severe cat allergies told us that Meatloaf did not cause her to have a reaction like our other cats did. She asked us if we had ever heard of a “Siberian Forest cat” and I said no…
    So I did some googling and I was SHOCKED. These cats looked EXACTLY like our Meaty. He wasnt a “round” Maine Coon at all. He’s a Siberian! Meatloaf has all the traits – round ears with a little tuft, super long toe fur, round eyes, barrel chest, thick ruff, trapezoid shaped head, wide face. He had also formed a close relationship with our girl Pixie. They were definitely a couple, which is also unique Siberian behavior.
    I am still blown away and mystified about his backstory. These cats are rare and kittens cost over $1,000. Where the heck did this guy come from?

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  28. Helen

    I am owned by 3 Siberians & one Maine Coon. I have noticed on two major online adoption sites that cats who are not Siberians are advertised as such. Siberians are not meowers; rather, they make noises that are very distinct. If your cat has a regular meow, it’s doubtful you have a Siberian. Only one of my three Siberians is extremely affectionate; it depends on the individual cat. But the round shape, hair between the toes, three layer coat, unique sounds, & mane should let you know if you’re owned by a true Siberian Forest Cat.

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  29. victoria Forsland

    My Siberian was a fun loving highly intelligent cat. She showed great ability to engage and learn including to play fetch with a bouncy ball. She would carry the ball around in her mouth. She also adapted to commands including no when people didn’t want her to rub against them. However I found that I was working too much for her taste and often come home to destroyed loaves of bread but never eaten. She would make a mess to show her disdain or hurt.

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  30. virginia worrell

    I rescued a 6 month old siberian..I have two other cats approximately 1 year old…took a few days for them to finially accept each other but now they are wrestling and chasing each other..she sleeps beside my pillow..so far I see a few traits I have read about but not others..she doesn’t like water, she prefers to cuddle up beside me rather than being on my lap..she is very sweet n loves to play..

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  31. Sandy Strunk

    My husband and I have an eight-month-old Siberian who is simply delightful. I am very allergic to cats, but I am allergic to her less so than previous cats. Nonetheless, we vacuum regularly, change bedding weekly, and have invested in hepa filters in several rooms. At 8 months, her personality continues to evolve. She is not a lap cat, but is very affectionate at night and loves to have her belly rubbed. She is a talker — though it’s not a traditional meow. She lives to play and has more toys than most children. The laser pointer is her favorite and provides her with a good work-out. She is by far the sweetest cat we have ever had. We have not been able to break her of clawing the sofa, but she is still a kitten and I haven’t given up, We would not trade this sweet girl for the world. My husband, who was not so involved with our previous cats, adores her and she follows him around like he’s her idol. She is a wonderful addition to our family.

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  32. Sarah

    I have to Siberian cats that are siblings and they are very playful they make a lot of noise when they’re chasing each other around the house. They are also very loving pets and I’m happy that I finally got them. Also I’m allergic to cats normally but they don’t seem to bother allergies to much at least I don’t get itchy and sneezy.

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  33. Brenda

    I have had a Siberian kitten since Aug 2019, my 10 year old son has allergies and is not allergic to her. She has a wonderful personality and is so friendly, she could be sitting with my husband and I and will then notice our son is somewhere else so she goes to find him, she lived to curl up on our chest and sleep when we first got her, now she likes to curl up next to us. She was starting to claw our furniture and other items so at her last Vet appointment for shots and deworming I asked the Vet about sprays etc to keep her from clawing, the vet told us about cat caps you glue on the front paws, we ordered some from Amazon and they work amazing, they do fall off and have to be replaced but she can still use scratch pad and everything it just doesn’t get torn up. So far also Thank goodness we have not had poo poo on her, she does eat very good dry and wet food from the pet store and vet clinic with no added grains, so as mentioned above maybe it’s grain food that causes poo to stick to fur. We brush her ( she is still not a fan) and gave her a couple baths. She races all over and is so playful, my husband has commented more than once what an intelligent breed she is, always watching us and following us, doesn’t lay around like most cats she is aware of everything. She knows she can’t bug us during meal time or beg so she sits next to me and won’t meow just lightly taps my leg and looks at me with big blue eyes, I give her little nibbles of meat or whatever I am eating as a small treat.

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  34. Alina

    We were adopted 6 years ago by a Siberian male and since then, we’re noticing constant changes in his behavior. As mentioned very well above, they might not be the ideal pet to sit in your lap and behave like a domestic cat. But our boy understood gradually how much we love him and need him, so he is the one showing us in return his love and devotion to us. We are having so much fun playing hide and seek around the house, provoking him to jump and joining him in the garden when he displays his tree climbing abilities. He is the proudest lion we’ve ever seen and our neighbors adore him for his personality and beauty. When he was young, he was notc ready to accept us as partners, after he grew to love his house and us, he constantly tries to be our dog?, he is talking to us in different tonalities (depending on his wishes), chirping and telling us how happy he is we are back home, or simply demanding his rights when he wants us to sit down and purr together. He is the happiness of our house, we think about him even at work and we can’t imagine our lives without him. We even cut or trips short, so we can come back to see him and kiss him many times ?. There s no other car or dog we could recommend more, it’s the perfect addition to any family and any siberian you can find will change your life for good. Hope this helps, happy cat life!

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  35. Luka

    We just adopted a beautiful girl named Esmeralda {Esmè}. She’s everything in the description to a T. She’s so loving after only a few days in our house. She sleeps in our beds, cuddles constantly. She will actually come up to us and throw herself on us and ask for tummy rubs. She loves her toys and has many. She has long black triple coat fur with some reddish brown. Gorgeous huge green eyes and the most beautiful profile. She is also on the small side at 9lbs. We feed her a high quality diet (no dry food) and her coat is immaculate. The adoption people told me she takes very good care of her coat and it shows. I’m allergic to cats as well and that was the first thing I noticed about her…no immune response whatsoever. She’s starting to shed her winter coat but she does it differently than our two Siamese. Her fur comes off in a matted clump although she doesn’t have any mats on her. She’s the most gentle kitty, even when she plays and paws or bites at us she’s extremely gentle. She’s a lovely girl and we’re so fortunate to have her in our lives.

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  36. Linda Nilsson-Apolzer

    I adopted a 2 yr old Siberian in 29 Palms, CA. Moved to Tennessee & he is 4 now. He. wakes me up by patting my face with his paw. If I don’t move he will head butt me. If I still don’t move
    move he will jump on my head! He is spoiled but we love him. If I am not feeling well he will lie next to me & lick my hand. I love my Lars❤

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  37. Nan

    We are eagerly awaiting our almost 3 month old Siberian male kitten Nico. Tomorrow will are picking him up. We have purchased all the necessary items, including toys. More to follow tomorrow!

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  38. Sarah

    I recently had an injured cat show up at my door. Her tail had been severed, it was a really bad injury. I tried to find an owner but had no luck and because of covid restrictions i was unable to take her to a shelter or a humane society. My roommate is allergic to cats so she would not allow me to bring her inside so after 3 nights of the cat coming back I finally put my foot down and brought her in. I took her to the vet, they checked her for a chip and there was not one. She had gotten her tail chopped off by the vet and after I brought her home. Because she was not bred I don’t know for sure if she is a Siberian but I have done lots of research and I am pretty confidant she is. My roommate has not had any reactions to her and she sheds very minimally. Before her tail was removed and she was outside she was the most loving and sweetest cat but since her surgery she has been mean. If you per her for more than a minute she swats and bites you. She seems to like me the most but to everyone else she bites and scratches them. The vet estimated that she was around 3 and I am wondering if this is normal or if maybe she was traumatized from the surgery. I have also only had her for almost 2 months.

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    1. Mallory Crusta

      Hi Sarah, thank you for commenting. It’s hard to say whether or not her change in behavior is due to the surgery to remove her tail. This question may be better answered by your veterinarian.

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  39. Ains

    We adopted a 6month old Siberian (now3), she started out life rough, her and her sister were found abandoned, no sign of a mom. She was missing some basic cat skills. One thing the adoption centre said was she needed to be with an older, mentor cat. We were looking for a pal for our 6yr old main coon. The first 6 months of her moving in were a huge learning curve. All I will say is I became a much calmer person trying to coparent this cuddly ball of curiosity. She has blossomed into the most perfect little sister, who will surprise pounce her big bro any chance she gets. She continues to surprise us with how gentle and playful she is. Meanwhile our big guy loves having a little sister he can play with. We joke that each cat has a human so our family is complete. Side note our Siberian loves to play, we have about 2hrs total thru the day we stop and play with her. Then she sleeps well.

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  40. Leah W.

    It seems like there are a lot of comments on Siberian kittens and young cats, so I’ll add a post on the long-haul Siberian experience. Our blue seal point boy just turned 12 and, like most of the folks posting, we love him to pieces. True to breed standard, he’s super affectionate with family, he has a steadily growing vocabulary (chirps, mews, meows, whines, caterwauls, guttural batshit-crazy noises, etc.), he’ll greet us and follow us around the house, and he can also be stubborn, high-strung, and a bit of a diva. He does NOT do water, especially snow. He also won’t let us brush him (never has), but is only too happy to let us scratch everything from the ruff up for hours. For those who have young Siberians who like to be near you but not sit in your lap or sleep with you, give it a few years. It took about 10 years for our guy to transform into a lap cat and now he’s like velcro. Some of you also may experience the HCM issue at some point, the most common breed health issue, though a few US breeders are working very hard to get it out of their genetics. For those who do, I want to share the hopeful experience that our cat has had slow-moving HCM since he was 7 and is not only still with us, but otherwise incredibly healthy and energetic for his age. No stiffness and still as playful as he was when he was a younger cat, he just spends a smaller percentage of his day running around like a lunatic. We opted for a Siberian because my spouse has fairly bad cat allergies, and we’ve had great luck all these years. Every cat is different and has his/her own personality, but if you’re going for a particular breed profile, the Siberian is hard to beat.

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  41. John D

    We have a fourteen year old Siberian female. She was very nervous when she came to us at about four, because she had had a whole series of traumatic events as a young cat. So we left her very largely to herself, fed her, told her we loved her, took care never to do anything to her she disliked and let her get on with it. As the years went by she gradually became less and less nervous until now she is the most devoted cat I have ever known. She likes nothing better than to curl up with me and purr, endlessly. She is completely gentle, talks a lot, is very well-behaved, is highly intelligent and is generally just a Perfect Cat. Although she has the typical Siberian stocky build, every movement she makes is a poem in grace. She has taught me more about communication between cats and humans than any other cat I have ever known.

    Siberians are a wonderful breed. I cannot recommend them too highly.

    One specific thing that is worth knowing: Siberians do not communicate with other cats by voice much. They reserve that for humans. If they have to conduct a disagreement with another cat, they do not usually do it by hissing and waving paws at each other. That has been our experience, anyway. Instead they stare. The Siberian Stare is very powerful. I have seen two Siberians who were arguing over territory stare at each other at a range of about three feet for almost an hour. So first, if you stare at your Siberian, they may interpret it as an aggression. It is hard not to look at them, because they are such beautiful cats, but that is worth remembering. The other thing is that if you have to reassure a nervous Siberian, try blinking slowly at them three times then look away. In cat language that means “I am happy and comfortable that you are here”. It really works.

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