The Siberian cat is a feline from the eastern part of Russia , specifically from the forests of Siberia , as its name suggests. This feline breed is one of the three that form the so-called ‘forest cats’ along with the Norwegian Forest and Maine Coon breeds, with whom it shares essential characteristics such as the thick, waterproof and abundant fur that allowed to survive these felines at temperatures Under zero of its original environment.
ORIGIN OF THE SIBERIAN CAT
The Siberian cat comes from the large Siberian woodlands located in Russia and Ukraine, where they have been holding them for centuries as pets. Already in the time of the Russian Zars , the Siberians were used like domestic cats in the palaces to hunt to the mice. The current Siberian cat is probably the result of a crossing of the original wild cat of those forests with the common European cat , also known as Roman cat. In 1987, the Siberian was established as a breed in most feline federations in the West.
APPEARANCE AND PHYSICAL CHARACTERISTICS OF THE SIBERIAN CAT
The Siberian is a medium to large cat that weighs between 4 and 9 kilos . Of robust construction , this feline has medium, broad, strong and muscular legs , which endow it with the speed and agility proper of a cat of this race that, in turn, has large and round feet with strands of hair between the fingers . They emphasize the rounded lines in the head longer than wide, the ears open at the base and the big and oblique eyes of this feline, whose tail is wider at the base than at the tip, long, thick , rounded tip and covered For a long and very dense coat.
When he is born, and until he is three months old, the Siberian has short hair , but then the cat develops its characteristic bright and dense coat . Regarding the color of his hair, the Siberian cat has a brindle fur whose tones range from gray to brown , with darker areas and longer fur in white on the chin and chest . In addition, there are some colorpoint specimens , that is, felines that have the same color pattern on their fur as the Siamese cats , which are called Neva Masquerade .
CHARACTER AND BEHAVIOR OF THE SIBERIAN CAT
This cat is a very affectionate cat , calm, friendly and affectionate . However, his wild heritage is seen from time to time in the form of insubordination . In spite of everything, the Siberian is an excellent pet to have at home since a very communicative and sociable cat that loves to play with the children and that takes very well and perfectly accepts the presence of other animals in the home.
Another feature of the character of the Siberian cat is his great intelligence , which allows him to create different tactics aimed at getting what he wants , whether these spatial strategies in relation to the environment or affective, such as purring, from his owner, with whom Maintains a very close and faithful relationship . Like the Abyssinian cat, the Siberian is a very active and energetic cat who loves to climb everywhere and play with water , unlike the vast majority of cats, who dislike to get wet.
On the other hand, attention must be paid to Siberian cat females , who, unlike male specimens, may have an escapist attitude , especially in their seasons of zeal . With regard to breeding, especially in the case of domestic cats, the Siberian male is usually paired with a single female , and both animals always remain together both in gestation and in later care of their offspring in common.
SPECIFIC CARE AND HEALTH OF THE SIBERIAN CAT
Regarding the specific care of this feline breed, the Siberian does not need special attention beyond a frequent brushing to avoid the knots in the hair, especially in the inner layers of the belly of the cat. Due to the peculiarities of its abundant fur, it is advisable to bathe it dry with the products indicated so that the cat does not lose its waterproof coat because of the use of water.
On the other hand, there is an advantage of this breed of cat that affects, in turn, in human health , since the Siberian does not have present in its saliva a molecular protein called Fel D1 that cats produce in their sebaceous glands, transmitting them To their fur when they are licked as part of their usual grooming.
The particular feature of this feature is that the protein Fel D1 is the cause of 80% of allergies to animals. Therefore, lacking the protein in your dander , which is the dander or dust that produces your body, the Siberian cat hardly provokes allergies in humans , which makes it the ideal mascot of those lovers of cats that are Allergic to the hair of this animal.
As for diseases that may suffer the Siberians, the truth is that this cat suffers no specific pathology of the race , in the case of one of the cat breeds more vigorous and healthy , the result no doubt of natural selection of Siberian to Along the long centuries of life of this portentous race of Siberia.