ABOUT THE BREED

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GENERALLY

“This cat can decorate the reception of the Queen” – this is how the British describe the Siberian cat.

The Siberian cat is the national pride of Russia. It is one of the most beautiful breeds. This breed of cat originates from Siberia and developed naturally; without the influence of humans and crossing. This is the reason why it is considered a “natural breed”. These cats are particularly interesting to animal lovers because of their ”wild appearance”. Its lush coat is associated with the cold North and its lines reflect the character of a wild cat, but, underneath all this fur is hidden a soft, affectionate heart of a true kitty cat.

*Photos copyright from the upper gallery: Curtesy of Pia Persson, Sweden. Cats are Triton, Artemis, Febus & Vinnie*

“FOREST CAT”

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EARLIER

Earlier it was called “the Siberian Forest Cat”, but since 1991, when the standard for this breed was developed, the word “forest” was left out of the name to better distinguish it from the “Norwegian Forest Cat”. Some evidence shows that these cats appeared a thousand years ago and since then there have not been any significant changes to its appearance.

In its homeland, Russia, serious work on selection started in 1987 in Moscow and Saint Petersburg followed by other cities. In 1992 the breed was recognised by the WFC and in 1997 by the FIFE. Thanks to the enthusiasm of Russian breeders the Siberians have become popular all over the world.

NEVA MASQUERADE

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COLOURPOINTED VERSION

Neva MASQUERADE is distinguished only by its colour – it is a colourpointed version of the Siberian cat. These beautiful elegant cats with distinguished blue eyes first appeared in Saint Petersburg and in the late 1980s the breeding of these cats began. Their almost poetic name Neva MASQUERADE, was given to them in honour of the city Neva.

The Siberian Forest Cat is very similar to the Norwegian Forest Cat. It has a large and stocky build, its body long and well muscled and its average weight is from 5 to 10 kilograms. It is a cat with a strong skeleton, rounded strong feet, with typical tufts of fur between its toes. The head is rounded, the ears broad set and the body proportionally strong. A straight nose bridge of moderate length with a slightly rounded forehead, very strong and full cheek bones; long whiskers and eyelashes and a wide chin.

The ears are set wide, of medium size, wide at the base and slightly rounded at the top. Well covered in fur with furnishings like the lynx on the top of its ears. The eyes are large, oval and of an intelligent expression; traditional coloured cats with green or yellow eyes and the Neva MASQUERADE with blue eyes. All colours and combinations are allowed; cinnamon (chocolate) and lilac are not allowed in colourpoints.

In its homeland, Russia, serious work on selection started in 1987 in Moscow and Saint Petersburg followed by other cities. In 1992 the breed was recognised by the WFC and in 1997 by the FIFE. Thanks to the enthusiasm of Russian breeders the Siberians have become popular all over the world.

HYPOALERGIC

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ALLERGY TO CATS

Feline FelD1 is the protein that causes allergies in humans. It is produced by the sebaceous glands of the cat’s skin and is also found in his saliva deposited on the hair while it licks. When the hair dries the protein evaporates in the air. So it is not, as is commonly thought, the cat’s fur the cause of the allergy but the protein in its saliva!

Normally male cats have a greater production of FelD1 than females. The Siberian Cat produces a lesser amount of this protein. For 70-90% of people allergic to cat will be able to live with a Siberian Cat. The common cat produces about 63,000 micrograms of FelD1, however it is estimated that the Siberian.

Tests on the presence of FelD1 in the cat performed on hair samples

These tests were carried out in December 1999 by the workshop “Indoor Biotechnologies” in Virginia (1216 Harris St, Charlottesville, VA 22903) to verify the amount of FelD1 produced by some cats including the Siberian Cat.

These are the results:
male Common Cat, neut: 62,813 mg / male Siberian Cat, neut: 2,001 mg / female Siberian Cat, neut: 205.50 mg

This indicates that the Siberian Cat has a much lower production FelD1 than the common cat, neutral females have even less than males.

In fact, many allergy sufferers have a sensitivity to FelD1, and some Siberians have a lower than average occurence of FelD1 in their saliva. When a cat licks its fur, the saliva dries and flakes to create the dander to which people are allergic. This can vary from cat to cat and person to person. If you are allergic to cats and want to test your allergic response to Siberians, it is best to test with the Siberian you are thinking of getting. Spend time with it and find out how you react. There are no guarantees, but there is hope for allergy sufferers.

These tests were carried out in December 1999 by the workshop “Indoor Biotechnologies” in Virginia (1216 Harris St, Charlottesville, VA 22903) to verify the amount of FelD1 produced by some cats including the Siberian Cat.