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Die Sibirische Katze

 

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Have you ever wanted a pet but couldn't due to an allergy sufferer in your home? You are not alone. The siberian forest cat is fairly new to the United States. The first siberian cat was imported from Russia in 1990. It is the national cat of Russia.

Siberians have a medium to long dense coat that can be any color or combination, including colorpoint. They do not shed but rather moult their coats twice a year. They are a fairly large muscular breed and are slow to mature. Usually 5 years to reach full maturity. They have been known to be dog-like in their behavior and have been taught to fetch. They are very agile and like to climb and bounce around. They are a highly intelligent breed and are very loyal. Although they are native to the Siberian forests they are a very social breed and thrive on the bond with their human companions. They can become depressed when left alone for long periods of time. Don't be surprised if you see a siberian cat lapping water right from his paw! Siberians have a tendancy to love water and are fearless of it if not given a reason to be afraid. The siberian cat has no known genetic health issues.

Due to their rarity worldwide and especially in the United States, siberians can fetch a pretty high price. Many breeders have waiting lists for their kittens. Currently, the siberian is a recognized breed with TICA and CFA as well as other pedigree databases around the world.

The siberian is believed to be hypoallergenic, meaning many siberians test lower in Fel d-1, the allergen protein in the saliva. However, not all purebred siberians test equally so it is generally recommended that the potential buyer spend at least an hour with a local breeders adult cats. Many breeders are happy to send hair samples.

Indoor Biotechnologies is the lab who does the fel d-1 testing, which is a saliva swab sent in by the vet. Siberian Recearch (SRI) keeps records of the testing results as well as for for PKD and HCM, other feline diseases that may be hereditary. Be aware there is no scientific evidence of hypoallergenic attributes yet breeders and owners will attest to their beliefs based on experiences. Similarly, people all suffer from different allergens and all react differently. So while the Russian Siberian Cat may be known to be hypoallergenic, it may not prove compatible in all households. Do your homework and talk to several breeders. A reputable breeder will stand behind their product and give certain health and genetic guarantees on their kittens and would gladly have their kittens returned if they do not work out in the new family's environment. A good source for hunting down a breeder in your area is by going to certain websites such as catteryworld.com for one. Another good reference is freewebs.com/siberiankitten. Soon you will be on your way to owning your very own hypoallergenic pet.

Published by E. Hart

Mom of twin girls age 2, daughter age 21, son age 24. Interests: arts and crafts, family and pets. Professional cake decorator and veterinary asst. Raises siberian cats, and fainting goats.   View profile