If you have always thought of yourself as a dog person but for whatever reason will struggle with the time and effort involved with having a dog then a Siberian cat could be the perfect pet for you.
Siberian cat personality traits are known for being the most “dog-like” of all cat breeds due to their fun and infectious personalities.
Indeed, I had always thought of myself as a dog person until I met a friend’s Siberian and fell in love. I went on to get a Siberian of my own – our Chief Cat Officer Alexei – and it is one of the best decisions that I have ever made. I had no idea that cats could be so loving, affectionate and fun.
- 1 11 Siberian Cat Personality Characteristics
- 2 Activities with your Siberian
- 3 A Siberian Quirk
- 4 History of Siberian Cats
- 5 Siberian Cat Appearance
- 6 Siberian Cat Health and Physique
11 Siberian Cat Personality Characteristics
Siberian cats love their families including other pets and children and they love to snuggle with their family. My siberian cat spends half of his life on his back waiting for me or someone else to rub his tummy and have cuddles with him. They will also come and cuddle up near you on the couch or on your bed if you let them.
Siberians are generally quite happy to be picked up and cuddled – as long as you make sure that their paws are free so that they could escape if they wanted. My Siberian doesn’t like to be held like that when I am sitting down but loves it when I am standing up. I think this is because it allows him to see more of the world.
Whilst Siberian cats like to cuddle and have fun they are definitely not needy. They do like their own space as well and have no problems letting you know when they would prefer to be alone. Siberians want to be respected and treated with dignity.
Their high intelligence level plus their physical agility means that Siberian cats can be quite energetic. My siberian sleeps alot less than I expected for a cat. He tends to be quite active day and night and is seldom in one place for a very long period of time.
4. They tend to meow less – and love to purr.
This is a relatively quiet breed that tends to communicate through cute meows. My Siberian mostly meows when he wants a cuddle or attention. They also have a deep almost multi-level purr. The more content your Siberian the deeper and more multi-layered their purring will be.
5. Intelligent and intuitive
A siberian cat will often come when called and can be quite easily trained to walk using a harness. Their high levels of intelligence mean that they like puzzle toys and I use a puzzle feeding mat for my Siberian as well.
6. Naturally calm
Whilst they love fun and hijinks, at their core Siberians are almost serene in their natural calm. They are quite patient and kind which makes them great with children as well as other animals. It is often said that it is best to get two Siberian cats as they tend to do best with a cat buddy.
Siberian cats love to know what is going on and if they aren’t allowed access to an area they will be determined to figure out a solution to the problem. My Siberian likes to follow me around the house, is fascinated by household cleaning activities, wants to go inside every cupboard and open door and generally wants to know what is going on at all times.
Siberian cats don’t generally like being left on their own for too long. They are very social and are happiest when they are with their humans. Whenever I am away from the house for more than a few hours my Siberian will refuse to look at me for about the first ten minutes that I am home, as if to say how dare you leave me? He does, however, allow me to hold and cuddle him during this time.
Siberians are quite fearless and love to explore their territories. They are particularly agile for cats so this means they have no problem accessing tricky areas. I got a GPS collar for Alexei as he loves to climb on neighbouring roofs and wants access to everywhere.
9. Love to Play
Siberian cats love to play – but they are unlikely to let you win! They love to play with toys and keep their passion for play long past their kitten years.
Many Siberian cats also like to play fetch. My Siberian Alexei loves bringing me a ball or a small cat or bird toy for me to throw and for him to return.
My Siberian loves to play “hunting” games. He loves feather toys and any scratching post that has a bird or mouse toy dangling. Indeed, a toy bird that he “killed” by pulling if off its string is one of Alexei’s favourite toys.
Indeed, Siberians will turn any item into a game! My Siberian cat loves grabbing the tie on my bathrobe, pulling my pony tail and grabbing any lose strings or ties that may be around.
These cats love a new trick and tend to learn fast. Puzzle toys are generally a big hit with Siberians as they love trying to solve a problem – particularly if it allows them to get to a treat or a mouse.
Games that involve jumping will be enjoyed by your Siberian. Their hind legs are very strong and slightly longer than their front paws. This means that they are fantastic jumpers by nature.
Alexei loves his cat tree as he can run and jump up and down it. I have also placed it near the tv so that Alexei can play on the tree whilst also monitoring the room and its inhabitants.
They also tend to love bookshelves, curtain rods and some of the highest points of any room that they are in including chandeliers and light fittings.
I am amazed that Alexei hasn’t broken anything in the house. He jumps and runs and explores everywhere yet manages to have a great sense of balance and care.
10. Part of the household
Siberian cats love being involved with their households. The inquisitive nature of the siberian cat personality means that they like to know what is going on and ideally to also be involved in any and all activities.
They love climbing on lap top keyboards, sitting on newspapers or magazines or pointing a paw at the phone their owner keeps using.
This breed of cat is very loyal and will come and meet you when you get home and sit with you when you’re having a bad day or not well. Siberian cats will often follow their owners from room to room – Alexei certainly does this with me.
This gentle and loving breed will also enjoy lying near you on the couch. Alexei likes to be a little bit away from me but not so far that I can’t stroke him constantly.
11. They are good with new people.
Siberians tend to handle all guests well and are naturally curious and calm with new people. Even as a kitten Alexei was quite happy to be held and cuddled by anyone including small children. Noise and activity don’t tend to bother these forest cats.
Activities with your Siberian
Siberian cats are adventurous by nature. It is definitely an option to get your cat walking on a harness and lead. They are fast learners and will also figure out how to open doors, pull out drawers etc.
A Siberian Quirk
Unlike most other felines, Siberian cats tend to love water. They like getting their paws and underbelly wet – and they may even join you in the shower. This is perhaps because of their Siberian forest past.
History of Siberian Cats
The origins of the Siberian cat breed are steeped in mystery. It is believed that the wild forest cats of Siberia mixed with cats brought by Vologda merchants. The resulting cat had triple layers of fur and ears with tufts. They became watch cats for Russian monasteries and known for chasing mice in markets particularly in St Petersburg.
Siberian cats have also been called Siberian Forest Cats or Moscow longhairs.
The breed almost became extinct in World War 2 but it is thought that their amazing triple coats kept them going. The breed was exported to Europe and the USA in the 1990s and arrived in the UK in 2002. Siberian cats are still relatively rare in the United States.
Today, Siberians are the national cat of Russia.
Siberian Cat Appearance
Siberian cats tend to weight between 12 and 15 pounds and come in a wide range of colours. Siberian males tend to mature slowly and can continue to grow until the age of 5 and weigh up to 25 pounds.
Their triple level coats and strong bodies can be attributed to their Russian heritage. Their coats are water resistant and they are known to be one of the most hypoallergenic cat breeds. This is due to the fact that their coats are said to contain less of the FelD1 allergen that causes cat allergies. However, do note that no cat breed is 100% hypoallergenic. Siberians just have less FelD1 than most other cat breeds.
Siberian cats tend to have green, golden or copper eyes. However, white Siberians tend to have blue eyes. Their eyes tend to be round in shape.
Siberian cats do shed quite a bit – generally twice a year. In spring they will shed their longer winter coat and the in the fall they will lose their short summer coat. Interestingly a Siberian cat’s molting is triggered by a change in daylight hours rather than a change in temperature.
In addition to their awesome coats, Siberian cats will also develop a quite majestic ruff around their necks, particularly in the winter. They also tend to have quite magnificent fluffy tails.
They rarely need bathing due to their thick coats but they do need to be brushed at least three times a week to prevent mats from building up.
Siberian Cat Health and Physique
Siberian cats tend to live up to 15 years of age and are generally a healthy breed. The biggest genetic risk with Siberians is a condition called Hypertrophic cardiomyopathy. This is a condition where the heart muscle enlargens and then functions less well.
The hind legs of a Siberian cat are longer than their front legs. This makes them very skilled jumpers and athletes.
The loving and affectionate siberian cat personality makes these furry felines delight. They are the perfect cat for busy households and families as they tend to be easygoing. Getting a Siberian cat was one of the best decisions that I ever made and I am already thinking about when I will get my second Siberian cat.
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