The Siberian cat comes from southern Siberia, where wild cats that inhabited the forests of that region and domestic cats were crossed.
It is considered one of the oldest cat breeds globally, even relating it to Imperial Russia, despite no official documentation to prove it. For its part, the World Cat Federation (WCF) recognized the Siberian cat as a breed between the 80s and 90s.
TYPES OF SIBERIAN CATS
Depending on the color of their fur, different types of Siberian cats can be differentiated.
The coat of the Siberian cat can be of different colors and include patterns:
⦁ Black: one of the main colors by which this breed of cat is distinguished.
⦁ Reddish: another of the predominant colors.
⦁ Gray: is the color resulting from the diluted variety of black.
⦁ Cream: the same case but coming from the reddish color.
⦁ Neva masquerade: has a darker color pattern especially visible on the ear, face, legs, and tip of the tail.
⦁ Tricolor: mix black, white, and reddish tones.
⦁ Tabby: striped in pattern.
SIBERIAN CAT KITTEN
A baby Siberian cat needs to exercise to develop its muscles and consume its energy level to stay stimulated, for which toys are useful. This is essential to avoid falling into a sedentary lifestyle and tend to obesity. In fact, it is also gluttonous.
Another trait that determines their character is that their instincts can lead them to run away, especially considering that their ancestors were raised outdoors. Therefore, it will not hurt to keep an eye on it.
It should also be noted that it is a breed of cat that, through progressive presentations, adapts perfectly to living with dogs and children.
CHARACTER AND BEHAVIOUR OF THE SIBERIAN CAT
The Siberian cat is distinguished by being an intelligent breed since it tries to understand its owner and what he tries to teach him. In the same way, it is a cat that seeks its independence but is also affectionate.
However, it is important to mention that it is an energetic cat that needs a daily exercise routine. However, their appetite is proportional to their size and level of activity.
HOW TO FEED THE SIBERIAN CAT ACCORDING TO AGE ?
The nutritional needs of the Siberian cat, as with any other breed, are different depending on the stage of life in which it is.
A baby Siberian cat requires a diet specifically formulated for kittens since its rich protein and vitamin content ensure that it grows and develops optimally.
For its part, when the Siberian cat becomes an adult, it needs dry food to keep it at its ideal weight. To do this, you have to assess the rations that are offered and complement this diet with an exercise routine that combats a possible sedentary lifestyle.
Finally, a senior Siberian cat needs easily digestible food to assimilate the nutrients correctly.
TYPICAL HEALTH PATHOLOGIES IN THIS BREED
Some of the diseases that can pose a risk to the health of this breed of cat are:
⦁ Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy: This is the enlargement of the heart muscle, which causes heart failure, which in turn can translate into arrhythmias or even lung edema. Tests such as an ultrasound and a Doppler are used to diagnose this disease and to offer the affected cat a treatment that improves its quality of life.
⦁ Obesity: its robust body and the thickness of its coat can hide a possible weight gain. Despite this, the Siberian cat's tendency to gain weight is a fact, so the amount of food it eats must be monitored, in addition to having to exercise on a daily basis.