Interestingly, this breed was first mentioned by Harrison Wier at one of the first exhibitions in England in 1871; Siberian cats appeared in the 19th century at the world’s exhibitions in London and New York, but fell into oblivion until the end of the 1980s, until the start of their planned breeding. Immediately after this, the interest in this breed quickly spread throughout Europe, in 1990 to America and then throughout the world. Today, it is considered to be one of the more popular but still very rare breeds.
Interestingly, many cat lovers do not distinguish between Siberian and Norwegian cats and main coons. This is probably because all of these breeds are strong and large with luxurious dense fur and wild looks. However, all three differ in the shape of the head, nose and ears, which is easily visible from the side. The Siberian cat differs from the other two in a stronger, more compact and rounded build.
These cats also manage to find a potential toy in every object, so it is advisable to store jewellery and everything else that you do not consider a toy away from them.
Their fearlessness is one of their most interesting characteristics. They are not scared of anything, they do not fear noise, cars, screaming, etc.; throughout it all, they remain calm and confident. Because of their courage and calmness, they are often used as therapy cats.
It is interesting to experience how fascinated they are by water where they always dip their paws. They are happy to follow you into the bathroom and do not be surprised if she jumps into a tub full of water to swim in.
It is interesting that the fur is so well protected from water that it is difficult for them to become wet throughout. If we want to bathe them, we will need a lot of time, and only when we rub water in the fur with circular movements for a while, we will be able to succeed. Their fur protects them from water as well as dirt so well that bathing is often unnecessary.
Siberian cats differ in character as well. Each one of them is slightly different. It is wise to ask a breeder about the character of the cat before buying one, and choose the right for us and our way of life with his help. Only then will we be happy with our cat. The environment and people with whom the cat lives may influence its character, but cannot change it completely. This is one of the decisive factors that we need to pay particular attention to.
Interestingly, as many as 15% of the world’s population is allergic to cats, and many of them are cats lovers. It is a mistake to believe that they are allergic to cats’ hair. The cause of allergies is the presence of allergens in the saliva and in the secretions of sebaceous glands. Males produce a greater amount of allergens than females. After castration, the amount of allergens decreases. Because they themselves spread these substances around themselves, allergens can be found in all places with cats. Therefore, short-haired breeds and those without hair are not an appropriate solution for allergic people. Hypoallergenic cats would be the most suitable choice for them. These are cats that produce less allergens than others.
Siberian cats are appropriate for allergy-prone people, as they are hypoallergenic. And if you are an allergic person and have brought your kitty home, do not worry if you have minor symptoms of allergy, as your body needs a few weeks to adapt to new conditions. In all likelihood, these symptoms will decrease and disappear. If the symptoms do not disappear, you should return the kitty to the breeder whom you warned about your allergy before buying the kitty and agreed to return it in case you experienced health problems.