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From Russia With Love: The Siberian


This glamorous feline’s personality is as warm as it’s homeland is cold. It is said to originate from a forested part of Siberia with a subarctic climate that no doubt contribute to it’s beautiful protective coat. As in most cultures, these cats were prized for their hunting ability by householders and shopkeepers. If you have a Siberian, how lucky you are to care for such a beautiful creature.

The Siberian is known for having a long triple coat with guard hairs (the outer coat), awn hairs (the middles section) and a downy undercoat.


Home environment - As with most cats, they can be sociable when introduced to an environment that is peaceful, stimulating and safe. This cat can thrive in a household with children who can treat this quirky beauty politely and respectfully. Always introduce any pets, even other cats, slowly and in a controlled setting.

Hair - The Siberian has both short and long fine silk hair, which allows for easy care. Shedding can be quite heavy especially in the summer months and combing or brushing can be done quite regularly.

Teeth – The use of small finger toothbrushes can help keep your cat’s teeth and gums healthy. These can be purchased here An annual check at the vets will also pick up on anything that might need professional attention.

Nails – Now, be careful with this one. Cat’s nails are live so there is the potential to cause pain especially if the nail is dark and you cannot see clearly to differentiate live areas from ‘safe’ areas to clip. Probably best to schedule a visit to your vets or local shelter where there will be someone trained to carry out this procedure. I clipped my cats nail tips while she sat in the sink about once a fortnight. She would only allow me to clip her front ones and would happily bite her back paw nails at her leisure.

Clean – You can use a soft cloth and wipe the eye area. Use a separate area of the cloth for each eye so that you don’t spread any infection. Gently wipe out ears, warm water is fine. Cat’s ears should be handled softly when cleaning because rough handling may damage the cartilage. Never poke or use cotton buds (Q-tips) inside the ears.

Litter Box – Keep the trays meticulously clean and have more than one (if possible). Remember to keep trays away from food areas.

Roam or not to roam – It’s a good idea to keep your lovely inside, apart from attacks from other cats or dogs or traffic dangers, such a beauty might be stolen. If you’re going to allow roaming, remember to microchip and use a collar with an ID

Beware! Siberians

are very addictive. Once you have had one, you may find you need more of them!

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