How about De-clawing?
Declawing a cat is a cruel action. Luckily forbidden in Europe. The word declawing is a misleading term, since it's in reality an AMPUTATION of the last joint in the cat's paw. Imagine yourself, if someone would
A) take your finger nails out
B) would amputate yout last joint in your fingers.
Would you be able to function normally with your hands afterwards ? No.
Do not ever even consider of declawing your cat.
How can I keep my Siberian Cat happy?
Since it’s a smart and active cat, talk to your cat, communication is important.
Play with her daily. Give her proper food. No food scraps from your plate.
Keep her healthy. If you do not plan to breed, neuter the cat.
Take the appropriate vaccinations. Go out for walks in a leash, in a nice calm area. If possible, build a safe cat yard. Make her feel loved and appreciated. She will return your love in tons.
Is the Siberian Cat a Forest Cat ?
There are those who will tell you that the Siberian cat is a forest cat, there are those who will tell you that the Siberian cat breed is designed by the Russian breeders in the eighties from the cats picked from the streets of St.Petersburg and Moscow. Which is also true. However, it is an aboriginal Russian cat breed.
A natural cat breed, some of them have a long pedigree, some of them have a short one others have no pedigree at all, and are so called foundation Siberian Cats.
Are there lot of myths in this breed ?
We recommend you to ask for proven evidence if you ever read in cattery websites that a Siberian is a crossing of a Siberian cat and the Feline Euptilura, the far Eastern Forest Cat. Try not to believe blindly everything that's said on the forums. Especially, when no documentation is backing up the statements. Another myth is that the Neva Masquerade is only a colour.
Are the prices different for a cat buyer from outside Russia?
It's up to everyone what they want to ask vs. to pay. It's a free market.
Personally, I would pay a bit more in order to get a good quality and a healthy kitten.
What is the character of the cat?
It is very open-minded, playful, charming, intelligent and a really balanced Siberian cat will reach your soul. This cat is “dog-like”. It’s loyal, active and brave. A Siberian will charm you instantly and you will tell nice stories about your cat to your friends. However, there are also Siberians with a hostile temperament, just like in any other breed.
Is the Siberian Cat good with children?
Yes, absolutely! As long as the children know how to handle kitten/cat they are wonderful companions for them. With young children the parents have the responsibility in teaching their children proper behaviour with animals.
Can it cope in cold weather?
It has a rich full coat with dense underwool.
The cat is designed for winter conditions, however, it shouldn't walk around freely and kept outside. Pls. remember for the safety of your beloved Siberian use a leash. I must say though, that the Siberian just like any other cat enjoys more warmth and cozyness than winter weather with - 10 Celcius and below.
Well, - 10 C with no wind is nice to take a walk in. My cats are used to take walks in colder weather as well, however, only for a short time.
Is Siberian Cat a healthy breed?
The Siberian Cat coming from responsible breeders is considered to be one of the healthiest cat breeds available today.
It's good to test the breeding cats for FeLV, FIV and do blood typing. HCM scanning is not mandatory, and unfortunately doesn't guarantee anyone of having / buying a HCM free cat. However, it's good to scan the breeders for HCM. Do remember though, that no ones' cat is safe from HCM. HCM can occure to any cat regardless breed or gender and despite scannings. Also, note that not all breeders have access to a veterinarian that can make HCM scannings. So, don't be too demanding.
FIP test doesn't indicate FIP, a positive test might indicate that the cat has been in contact with a Corona virus cat and has developed antibodies for the virus. Catteries with more than three cats are more likely in having corona positive cats. FIP can develop when the cats immune system is weakend and when there is a case of heavy inbreeding. FIP can only be determinded with 100 % certainity after neocropsy.
How to buy a Siberian Cat safely from Russia?
Consult someone in your cat club or a Siberian cat breeder in your
country who knows the breeders in Russia. Try to get as much
information as possible by contacting breeders who have the
experience in importing cats from there. Perhaps they can help you
by sharing knowledge and giving you recommendations whom to contact.
Study the pedigrees carefully by checking them at http://www.pawpeds.com. It is a reliable site with a lot of useful information. Large majority of the Russian breeders are responsible, kind and have fabulous Siberian cats and th correct one for you.
Which country is considered to have the best Siberian Cats?
Different cat associations have different standards it's difficult to draw a general line. Try to look for a Siberian that doesn't look traditional Persian and is of the traditional colour.
Why should I avoid cats with a