Life With Siberian Cats: My Experience With Adoption


Wife, mom, blogger, entrepreneur, and animal lover—with allergies.

Up until two years ago, I had never heard of a Siberian Cat and would not have been able to pick one out of the crowd. In that amount of time, however, a lot has changed, and they are now an everyday fixture in my life. We got Max and Bailey as kittens, and while there may be a few similarities, they are mostly as opposite as you can possibly imagine.

What's So Special About a Siberian Cat?

Why Siberian Cats? The real reason is that my husband sufferers from bad allergies and Siberians were lauded as true hypoallergenic pets that would cause no issues for him. They are also the second-largest breed (only behind Maine Coons!) and have tendencies that mimic dog behavior. Pretty exciting prospect!

Below is my account of how life has been so far, in case you're considering welcoming Siberians into your life. If you don't have time to read through, then just know that I wouldn't change a thing.

Are They Really Hypoallergenic?

Well, no . not really. At least, not if you think hypoallergenic should mean NO allergies. Here is the reality: Cat allergies are caused by a protein in their saliva called Fel D 1. That protein is what causes allergic reactions, and since cats are constantly cleaning themselves by licking their fur, the shedding will spread the dried saliva (or dander) throughout your home and into the air.

Siberian cats have been found to have the lowest amount of Fel D 1 in their saliva throughout the whole cat community. It is still there, though, just much less. In reality, my husband had a few hard days in the beginning where his allergies would really act up. However, over time his allergy tolerance actually grew, and now he’s much happier and would never trade Max and Bailey for anything.

The Adoption From the Breeder

The actual adoption process for these kittens was a crazy experience in itself, and it spanned quite a few months. Siberians are still pretty rare, so you pretty much have to go through a breeder to get any (you won't find Siberians at your local shelter, unfortunately). We did our research and found a breeder online that seemed like the real deal.

The Steps of the Adoption Process

Here's how the adoption would work: You put a deposit down on a kitten from a future litter (the waiting list is so long that your kitten isn't even born yet!) and the breeder would keep you posted as her mother cats got pregnant. We were able to request certain colorations and the sex, and for our particular situation, we were able to request two kittens that would come from the exact same litter (more on that later). Siberians come in many different colors, so it was tons of fun trying to pick what we wanted, but in the end, we said whatever colors you have!

We got the call the day that Max and Bailey were born, and what an exciting moment that was! We knew we wouldn't be able to bring them home for at least 8 weeks (they needed to stay with their mother), but the breeder sent us pictures of them right after birth! From then on, we received an updated picture each week as they grew. It was a great way to bond with them before we even had them.

Extra Testing for Allergies

Then came some more excitement. Because this breeder worked solely with Siberian Cats, she understood that the main reason people look for these cats is for their hypoallergenic qualities. So she insisted that we go through 2 phases of testing to make sure that my husband could handle them:

  • First step: the breeder sent us a hair sample from the mother cat, and my husband had to sleep with it under his pillow! This step was a little silly, but fun at the same time, and my husband passed with flying colors.
  • The second step was really exciting and would end up being our first meeting with Max and Bailey. We were told to drive to the breeder's house, and she would carry the kittens out to the car with us, where we would need to sit with them for 1 hour with no air circulation—basically, a tightly enclosed space to make sure my husband didn't have an allergy attack. It certainly got stuffy, but it was so amazing to finally meet them, and they were so small! And luckily my husband passed Step 2!

After 8 long weeks, we were finally able to bring them home and start our new journey.

Why Get Two Kittens?

We went back and forth about whether to get one or two kittens, and in the end we decided to get two. The biggest pro of getting two kittens is that they entertain each other and are less likely to get lonely. You will feel way less guilty staying at work late when you know your little guy has a buddy to hang with.

There are still cons to this decision though, so you need to think through it. The biggest con is the obvious one: it's twice as expensive. Twice as much food, twice as much vet bills….twice as much litter to clean. I will also say that the bonding process takes a little longer when you have two kittens because they do not feel the need to bond with you as much as if they were alone.

Living With Our Hypoallergenic Friends

As I said earlier, welcoming Max and Bailey into our home was not a fully hypoallergenic experience. There were definitely some bad allergy days, and we did a lot of research to figure out what we could do to help the matter. In the end, our strategies worked and our efforts paid off. We are now a happy family with allergy days that are few and far between.

Today

Today Max and Bailey are so happy in our home! Two years later, they are still best buds and sleep and play with each other often. They have definitely gotten bigger and have made themselves comfortable throughout the house. Our life would not be the same without them.

Bailey

One thing we say all the time to Bailey is "Awww, just like the brochure said!" We are only teasing him, of course—but it is very true. He is exactly what they say you will get when you get a Siberian. He has extremely soft fur that does not shed or mat that much and an adorable teddy bear face. He will come to us when we call him, and when he hears us come through the front door, he runs down to greet us.

He's pretty big and a little clumsy, but in a very endearing way. When I'm cooking in the kitchen, he sits on the counter and watches what I'm doing. When my husband and I lie down on the couch to watch a movie, he nuzzles in right between us. He is also a silent cat—we have never heard a peep out of him!

Max

Max is our very "special" kitty. We love him dearly, especially his various quirks. As far as the standard Siberian characteristics go, Max has inherited very few of them. He has, however, inherited all of the characteristics that typically come with a cat that rules the roost. He has extremely long fur that sheds like crazy, and we constantly need to brush him. He has a face that rivals the famed "angry kitty," though we're confident that he's usually pretty content.

He is very antisocial and loves sleep more than any creature on the planet. He insists that every sip of water he takes comes from a freshly cleaned and filled water bowl, so we have no less than 3 water bowls at any given time that need to be changed at his beckon call (and quite a call he's got!) He is a very vocal cat and many times will even speak for Bailey. Max does not love food nearly as much as his brother, but if the food bowl isn't filled, he is sure to let us know so his brother can eat.

My Siberians

For the true cat lovers, here are some more pics of life with my wonderful Siberians.

© 2013 Nikki Schilling

Sp Greaney from Ireland on July 24, 2020:

They look adorable. It's great you got two to keep each other company. I'm very impressed with your breeders approach to seeing how your husband would cope around them.

Olga on March 25, 2020:

This is a very smart breed. They seem to be able to read minds. Our five month old cat was locked in a room for the night. When I closed the door, I thought that if he jumps on the handle, he will probably open the door. It would be better if I didn’t think, since in the morning the cat was sleeping in our bed :) After that, we tried to lock him twice and both times the cat opened the door.

LENA on February 07, 2020:

JOHN - WHERE DID YOU GET YOUR KITTENS FROM?

Marsha on January 18, 2019:

Kittens shouldn’t be taken away from their mother until 12 weeks old, 11 at the least. And some need to be there longer than 12. It depends on the kitten. I’m glad your two cats found a wonderful home but shame on the breeder for taking them from their mother too soon. And it looks as if something other than Siberian is in your adorable Max.

John on October 04, 2018:

I just recently got 2 Siberian cats as well. Also for allergy reasons. Amazing animals

Dani on September 27, 2018:

Hi !!

I totally recommend Siberians, I have a beautiful boy who is extremely smart, knows how to come when called, is very gentle with his paws, and really cuddly and happy to see us. However, people often forget to mention that Siberians are EXTREMELY agile and ENERGETIC. So expect to have a little crazy kitten for the first months, mine is still a kitten, but I have read plenty and they will get more calm so not worried at all!

carmen on May 22, 2018:

Nice story!!! I xant to adopt a british short hair or a ragdoll kitten but i cant find one. I kept going to persmart but nothing yet. If anyone can help me find one i would be very happy. my cell is 707-365-6353.

Disappointed Siberian Cat Owner on December 25, 2017:

Well, turns out I am still allergic to the Siberian cat we brought home (3-year old retired queen), plus she has an exaggerated startle reflex, and after 3 full months won't allow us to hold her, groom her, or sometimes even touch her. Definitely not a good fit for us (retired couple). She's going back to the breeeder.

catsman on September 26, 2013:

Two cats is definitely the right number. Just ask Dilllon and Dave (my parent's two cats!)

lewisgirl on September 25, 2013:

So pretty. I just lost my cat. Not looking for a replacement yet, but this breed is certainly one to consider.

MaryMorgan on September 24, 2013:

Beautiful cats - Siamese are my first love, but these two look gorgeous!

Martina from Croatia, Europe on September 24, 2013:

They are adorable! Nice Lens :)

anonymous on September 24, 2013:

Beautiful! The picture where they sleep together is very cute :)

Meganhere on September 23, 2013:

Your cats are beautiful!

anonymous on September 10, 2013:

Congratulations on being a winner of the 2013 Squidoo County Fair in Animals!

Namsak on September 09, 2013:

Up till now the only Siberian Cat I had heard of was the Siberian Tiger! Your cats sound like lovely creatures.

BarbsSpot on September 09, 2013:

@Lensmaster...Congratulations on placing in the County Fair contest, Animal Category! From me and Cee-Cee!

Susan300 on September 08, 2013:

Thanks for being part of the 2013 Squidoo County Fair! :)

Zdiddle on September 06, 2013:

So pretty! I've got a giant long-hair as well as a slightly less giant long-hair, so I feel your pain on the brushing. I also have two cats who couldn't be more different. Glad it all worked out for you! I can't imagine my life without my babies.

Renaissance Woman from Colorado on September 05, 2013:

Adorable!

steadytracker lm on September 03, 2013:

Thank you for entering this lens in the 2013 Squidoo County Fair.

GrammieOlivia on September 02, 2013:

We are a cat family too! Love the one of the kitty on the shoes, our sleeps with his head right inside my sweetling's shoes. Good thing he has big feet.

Fay Favored from USA on September 01, 2013:

They are so beautiful. I'm glad you paired them up so they would have one another. It keeps them from getting lonely.

TommysPal on August 27, 2013:

Beautiful cats. I've always wanted a long haired cat. I find grooming them to be therapeutic and relaxing. Great lens!

Stephanie from Canada on August 26, 2013:

Sounds like an interesting cat breed. I love reading about other people's kitties. :) Great lens! I would suggest breaking a couple of the longer paragraphs up a bit, though, just to make it easier on the eyes. Still love it, though :)

sierradawn lm on August 24, 2013:

This cat lover loved your lens!

josietook on August 23, 2013:

Cute cats!!

queenofduvetcover on August 22, 2013:

Aww, I really liked this lens. Your cats are beautiful.

Susan Deppner from Arkansas USA on August 21, 2013:

Beautiful cats! My Oreo shares your Milo's water bowl trait - and even insists on fresh refills during the night. She's 20, though, so she's earned some special attention. Very entertaining lens for this cat lover!

bdkz on August 21, 2013:

So cute!


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Guide to the Siberian cat

In this article I thought I’d share everything I’m learning by living with a Siberian Neva Masquerade colorpoint blue tabby cat. You will discover the history of this breed, their personality, their temperament, how to take care of them, why they are considered hypoallergenic cats and for what reasons they may or may not be your ideal choice as a new four-legged friend.

History of the Siberian cat

The Siberian forest cat (Sibirskaya lesnaya koshka), better known as the Siberian cat (Sibirskiy kot), is a breed originating from Siberia born from the natural selection between the wildcat of the woods and the Siberian domestic cat. They are called forest cats because in nature they tend to be wild and used to wandering among the subarctic coniferous forests of Siberia. The first news dates back to the 1700s when they first appeared in a feline exhibition. To get to know him in Italy, it will be necessary to wait for the end of the 80s and only in 1991 the international standard of the breed was officially accepted. In addition to being considered a national breed of Russia, its main peculiarity is linked to its almost inability to produce Fel D1 protein. That particular protein responsible for allergic reactions in humans. For this reason it is considered hypoallergenic cat.

Physical characteristics

Due to the very harsh climatic conditions of which they originate, the typical Siberian cat specimens are mainly characterized by medium-long, water-repellent fur, robust build, massive dimensions and particularly thick skin that makes them very strong and resistant felines. Due to their considerable size, giant cats such as the Main Coon and the Norwegian Forest cat are also considered. An entire adult male can weigh up to 10 kg and the female up to 6 kg. In summary, the physical characteristics to pay attention to to recognize it are:

  • Head slightly longer than wide. Slightly rounded with well developed cheekbones.
  • Medium-sized ears. Well spaced and wide at the base. Rounded tips and long tufts that come out from the inside as in the lynx.
  • Big eyes. Slightly oblique and rounded at the bottom. They can take on different shades but in most of the species they vary from green to amber. Blues in the colorpoints.
  • Mane around the neck. The Siberian cat also stands out for having the hair around its neck which forms a longer mane similar to that of lions.
  • Muscular and compact body. Long back and arched back. Rounded chest and belly.
  • Large and robust legs. Round with longer tufts of fur that come out between the fingers (they are used not to sink into the snow and as thermal insulation from the ground). The front ones are of medium height while the rear ones are slightly longer.
  • Thick and thick tail. Thick and rounded it reaches the shoulder blade. Wide at the base it gradually tapers towards the tip.
  • Medium long fur. Very thick, dense and with water-repellent undercoat.
  • Wide range of colors. All colors are recognized except chocolate, cinnamon, fawn and lilac. They can also have white marks and be color points like Siamese cats.

Personality and temperament of Siberian cats

The character of the Siberian cat can be well defined as sweet, affectionate and gentle with a wary and proud demeanor.
Very curious and predisposed to learn from man, it is not uncommon to hear cases in which he has learned the carryover or to do his own needs in the toilet by giving up the litter box.
With a fearless and adventurous temperament that accompanies him throughout his life, he is also a lovable playful man capable of surprising for his agility with acrobatic jumps.
In family life he is very present and he chooses his favorite “pack leader” to whom he reserves special attention.
He is also very empathetic and several owners have said that he seems to understand when they need moral support most.
Patient, friendly and discreet, it is perfect for children and other pets whose habits and ways they respect.
Excellent hunter and often a lover of water.
The only flaw, if we can say so, is that it tends to suffer from loneliness and for this reason it can be a little “sticky” for those used to more independent and haughty cats.

Health and average life span

The average life expectancy of a healthy Siberian cat is around 12-15 years. Obviously it depends on several factors such as lifestyle, diet, environment, genetics and how we take care of them. As for health, being very strong, robust and resistant they tend to be less prone to get sick. Having said that, they can still suffer from some diseases common to different breeds of domestic cats such as heart, kidney, gum, urinary and cancer.

How to take care of a Siberian cat

As with any pet, we must take care of all its needs by keeping it happy, strong and healthy with the right nutrition, physical activity and body care. Being a long-haired cat, it needs to be brushed at least 1 or 2 times a week, to be intensified in the spring and autumn when it changes losing more. The ears should be checked regularly to prevent signs of infection and when dirty they should be cleaned gently with a damp cotton ball. Finally, the teeth must also be checked and cleaned to avoid dental or gum problems. They are all small non-invasive grooming operations and if we get our cat used to being manipulated immediately we will have no problem making them perceive them as pampering.

The Siberian cat is carnivorous exactly like all other cats. He therefore needs a diet with quality animal proteins that help him grow, maintain muscle mass, produce antibodies, enzymes and hormones. In addition, Omega-3 and Omega-6 fatty acids and DHA are essential. They absolutely don’t need carbohydrates and studies show that these only contribute to obesity, type 2 diabetes and other health problems. Most breeders and veterinarians recommend an almost total supply of food in kibble and occasionally cans. The latter are better if natural. Finally, never ever give our cat the food we eat.

Are Siberian cats really hypoallergenic?

First of all, it is necessary to clarify what the allergy comes from. In fact, contrary to what is commonly thought, it is not the cat’s hair that triggers allergic reactions. But, in most cases, it is the Fel D1 protein present in saliva, tears, skin and perianal glands.
Being distributed over all the fur during their usual cleaning operations suggests that the allergy is due to the hair.
In the Siberian cat the production of Fel D1 is very reduced, in some specimens even zero and when sterilized the level produced is further lowered. There are no guarantees but Siberian cats are less likely to trigger allergies than other breeds.
However if we decide to adopt a Siberian cat because hypoallergenic each serious breeding will organize meetings in which we will be in contact with the specimen, testing its effective compatibility with our possible allergy.

Where to find a breeding of Siberian cats

The first step is to find a serious farm by asking our trusted veterinarian, doing an online search or asking a pet store.
Afterwards it is important to know if we want it with pet pedigree, exhibition or reproduction. This involves a price difference and in the first case the pedigree will be delivered only when we give the breeder the cat sterilization certificate.
It is also recommended to make sure that the breeder has and produces pure Siberian cats in excellent health and belonging to good bloodlines. A visit to the farm, for example, can be a good way to see the conditions in which the cat and his parents live.
Siberian cat puppies are generally available between 12 and 16 weeks of age. Sold with veterinary booklet, first vaccination of trivalent and negative stool test.

Breeding siberian cats neva masquerade in Italy

In Italy, of course, I recommend the farm where I took Logan. The breeder is professional, kind and helpful. The cats are kept in the house, all tested negative for Fin, Felv, Fip, regularly recognized and registered with pedigree with the AFI association belonging to the WCF with regular rent “Royal Siberian Neva“. It is located in Tuscany, Pisa easily accessible from all parts of Italy. I confirm that I could not have wished for better.

Pros and cons of having a Siberian cat

Adding a new member to the family carries great long-term responsibilities. It is important to find the right cat more inclined to our needs and habits but we must always remember that it is a living being, it is not a toy and it will be part of our life 365 days a year 24/7. It has feelings and suffers exactly like we humans will treat it badly or end up abandoning it. Therefore if we are not sure that we can, and want to, fulfill the task of taking excellent care of him, we should not adopt any type of pet.
That said, the pros and cons of a Siberian cat can be summarized in the following points:

  • Gentle, affectionate and playful.
  • It gets along well with other animals and children.
  • Low allergen levels.
  • Resistant breed with rare hereditary health problems.

  • Become a very large cat.
  • Brush at least once or twice a week.
  • Maintenance costs (food, change of bedding about once a month, veterinarian at least once a year).
  • Excessive fur loss during the change of season 2 times a year.

Checklist for the arrival of a cat in the house

Is the new family member about to arrive? To make him feel at ease immediately, you need to get organized early and let him find everything you need right away.

  • Carrier.
  • Scratching Post.
  • Bed. (If not already present in the scratching post.)
  • Litter.
  • Bowl for food.
  • Bowl for water.
  • Food.
  • Hairbrush.
  • Toys.

My personal experience with a Siberian cat

As for my personal experience I want to clarify that every Siberian cat will not necessarily behave in the same way. Obviously it affects the genealogy of the parents, the personal character of the cat, how we educate it and take care of it.
To date, my Logan has never created problems or done any kind of damage in the house. To get his nails he uses only his scratching post and has never turned aggressively.
It is very silent, only meows when we leave the house or if I move from one room to another without him noticing and starting to call me. The name has learned in a very short time and yes, he obeys arriving immediately.
Baby food is managed independently. The bowl is always full at his disposal, he is not greedy so I think he naturally adjusts according to his instinct.
He is present, attentive, curious and plays with anything that happens to him.
Cuddly beyond belief, if he does not climb into his arms he still remains close looking for a minimum of physical contact with the owner.
He has infinite patience with both my son and the dog. Quietly respect their characters, spaces and ways of doing without batting an eyelid.
Finally, I confirm the characteristic of empathy. One day I wasn’t feeling very well and he didn’t give up on me for a second simply by staying close to me.
Basically I can only say that it is definitely a great cat above my expectations. If this is the Siberian cat, I highly recommend it to everyone. Husband is doing very well and has never had any typical symptoms of his allergy to Fel D1.

5 curiosities about the Siberian cat

Hoping to have been helpful in sharing everything there is to know about the Siberian cat, if there are further questions, write me and I will be happy to answer you, I conclude with some more curiosity.

  1. Slow breed in development. The Siberian cat takes about 5 years to reach its complete muscle development.
  2. Among the first cats in the world with long fur. Russian and German researchers claimed that the Siberian cat was one of the first long-haired cats. Breeders of breeds such as the Maine Coon, the Norwegian, the Turkish Van and the angora.
  3. Actor. The most recent cinematographic appearance dates back to 2016 in the comedy film “A cat’s life”. This breed was chosen because the director Barry Sonnenfeld is allergic to cats.
  4. Consider yourself as the dogs of the feline world. Being so friendly, intelligent and affectionate has led them to be often considered as dogs that can purr.
  5. Chirping. Being very silent and rarely meowing loudly when they come to meet you or want to tell you something they emit a slight verse more similar to a chirping than to a meow.


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