Siberian Cat: Everything You Need To Know To Take Care Of It
Among cat lovers and simple lovers of domestic felines, the Siberian cat is one of the most popular breeds. It may be for the careful look of its almost round eyes or for the body covered by a thick and soft hair, or even because it is a race naturally hypoallergenic and therefore suitable also for those who normally cannot live with a feline, but having as domestic animal a specimen of Siberian cat is a real pleasure, which, however, must be learned to cultivate properly. Because the Siberian cat is a breed that has peculiarities and needs that every good owner must know, for the welfare of the kitten and to build with him a harmonious and satisfactory coexistence.
Siberian Cat: The Strange Character Of A Hunter Who Loves The House
Contrary to what the name suggests, the Siberian cat seems to be native not to Siberia, but to the region of the Russian taiga, that is the immense north-western territory close to the border with Scandinavia. It seems to have originated from the cross between common domestic cats, arrived in the wake of the settlers, and the wild breeds that inhabited these wooded and cold regions, even if it is very difficult to prove it with scientific certainty.
What is certain is that from its origins it has inherited the classification of “Forest Cat”, title it shares with the Norwegian cat and with the American Maine Coon, and a hunter’s nature which centuries of domestication have not completely dulled. For this reason, the owner of a Siberian cat must know that living with other small animals could be difficult and very dangerous for the latter.
Furthermore, even if, like all domestic felines, they appreciate the home comforts, the Siberians are capable to move away even for days in exploration, behaviour kept in particular by the male, especially, as it happens also between the common cats, during the mating season, whilst the female tends to be more lazy and homely. In general, the Siberian cat needs an external space and cannot be confined exclusively in an apartment; however, the different behaviour between the two genera must be taken into consideration when choosing the puppy to be joined in the family.
The Siberian cat tends to bind itself to a particular person, with whom it builds a more intense relationship; but it is however an affectionate animal which appreciates the relationships in familiar situations and adapts well to the relationship with the children, characteristic which has recently led to introduce this breed among the animals utilized for the pet therapy.
What Does The Siberian Cat Eat?
The Siberian cat is a medium-large breed with a muscular body. The male reaches, as an average, a weight of 8-9 kg, with peaks up to 12 in the most massive specimens, whilst the female remains around the 5-6 kg. Just for this important build, the alimentation of the Siberian cat must be rich of animal proteins, maybe coming from raw meat, food which contains the substances the feline needs for its physical and psychological balance. However, the diet of raw meat only may have some drawbacks, such as the lack of calcium, which in nature is taken by nibbling the bones of its small prey (such as rodents), or the difficulty of maintaining this diet continuously, with the risk that the cat becomes unwelcome after tasting more appetizing foods.
For this reason, a good solution is to use packaged food – croquettes and cans – as long as of the best quality and trying to alternate wet food, well balanced from the nutritional point of view, but not perfectly suited to the jaw structure of the cat, and dry food, excellent for chewing although too rich in carbohydrates, because of the production processes that allow these foods to keep longer.
The success of a balanced diet will be found in the liveliness of the animal and in the shine of its beautiful hair.
How To Clean Your Thick Fur
Precisely because of its origins, which can be traced back to a cold and inhospitable region, the Siberian cat is endowed with a thick fur which allows it to resist to the most rigid climates. The hair, semi-long throughout the year, is particularly appreciated for the elegance and beauty of the colors, which can range from red to black, passing through the shades of silver and smoke. The hair is thick and abundant, and has a water-repellent undercoat, particularly useful in nature to deal with the snow. The Siberian, like all felines, takes a lot of time in self-cleaning the hair, but it is good practice to brush and accustom him to this practice from an early age. In particular, the brush should be passed carefully behind the ears and behind the neck, the areas where alone it is not able to reach and where more easily knots can form.
For this operation, you can use specific brushes for cats that are on the market, as well as the massage glove. The elimination of dead hair by brushing – which must be intensified in spring and summer, during the months of the change of wetsuit – serves to prevent the ingestion by the cat during the autonomous cleaning, with the risk that “hair balls” will form in its stomach, which may cause problems when they are eliminated.
As already mentioned, a very appreciated characteristic of Siberian hair is to be hypoallergenic, that is to say to cause very reduced symptoms or not to cause them at all to those who suffer from allergy to cats. This is due to the fact that its sebaceous glands do not produce the protein Fel d 1 which, transferred to the hair through saliva during cleaning operations, is responsible for allergic reactions in humans.
Oral Hygiene Of The “Forest Cat”
Tartar formation is also a problem in cats. To avoid it, and thus prevent annoying infections of the oral cavity, it is possible to vary the diet, introducing next to the usual moist and soft foods on the market other specific foods, designed specifically to avoid the formation of tartar or to perform a sanitizing function. More difficult, as the operation is very often unwelcome to the animal, is the use of specific products for oral hygiene feline, such as toothpastes and special toothbrushes.
For health problems or periodic checks to which it is always good to submit your four-legged friend, it is good to build an ongoing relationship with a trusted veterinarian since the arrival of the new Siberian cat in the home. If, however, the costs and unforeseen events related to the health of the cat frighten you, an excellent solution to take care of it without worries is the purchase of a specific policy, as Doctor Pet of UniSalute. In a single insurance product are included in fact a free annual visit in case of injury or illness at the veterinarians affiliated with UniSalute, discounted rates of up to 30% for all other veterinary services provided in the network UniSalute, the service “The veterinarian responds” to request information from professionals affiliated with information or clarification on the health of your pet and a 24-hour telephone information service for any need related to pets.