The Siberian Cat
In honor of the recent Winter Olympic games in Russia, it seems appropriate to introduce Russia’s native cat, the Siberian. One of the cat fancy’s larger breeds, it sports a sturdy, magnificently-rounded body, reminiscent of a barrel, along with paws which would surely do a heavyweight boxer proud. Siberians are considerably slow to mature, reaching maturity at around five years of age.
During the 1980s, the cat fancy began to develop in Russia, bringing with it the first formal written standard for the Siberian, thanks to the Moscow-based Kotofei Cat Club. The handsome male models for this endeavour were named Mars and Roman. (Hmmm, a bit of a theme there!)
The Siberian is considered a semi-longhaired cat and sports a thick, rich, and full coat in winter Having just returned from Russia, myself, where the “high” for the day was -2 degrees, I certainly can appreciate why Nature outfitted this breed as it did. Alas, of course, in summer time, one needs to be prepared for the Siberian to shed much of that coat in favor of one that is a bit shorter, less dense.
What are they like to live with? Well, Siberians love to use their intelligence to solve all sorts of problems – like opening doors to be with their family or sneaking and extra meal. Yep, they’ll track down whatever you’ve hid from them – especially that new catnip toy! Very powerful cats, they can leap great distances and heights, sometimes appearing to fly through the air, but despite their size, they are adept at negotiating obstacles in their path without knocking them over. At the same time, they love to play and will entertain you with their clown-like antics. They love children, too. They have a wonderful purr and talk to you with a chirping sound, particularly when they are coming to greet you when you come home from work.
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