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Siberian Forest

Affectionate and loyal animals, the Siberian cat makes for a great companion as they get along really well with everybody, kids and other pets included. Besides their stunning looks, they adore cuddling, and the Siberian cat personality is so sweet-natured that you’ll love to have them around all the time. 

11 - 18 years
3.5 - 7.5kg
Wide variety of colours including the pointed shades, and may have bold white markings.
The need-to-know
  • Great for first-time cat owners
  • Needs high-level of enrichment including simulated hunting games and interactive play
  • Highly active and inquisitive cat
  • Independent but friendly
  • Slightly talkative cat
  • Larger stockier cat breed
  • Requires grooming every day
  • Needs extensive outdoor space
  • Great family cat
  • Can be left alone all day
  • Great for a relaxed home
Generally healthy breed

Siberian Forest cats can suffer from:
- Pyruvate kinase deficiency which is a disease that causes anaemia (death of red blood cells). 
- Hypertrophic cardiomyopathy which is a disease were the heart muscle becomes abnormally thick which means the heart cannot beat effectively. 
- Polycystic kidney disease which is an inherited condition where cysts form in the kidneys. This affects kidney function and can eventually lead to kidney failure. However, it is worth noting that the risk of developing this disease in this breed is lower than in other cat breeds that are prone to the problem.

Testing available:
- DNA testing for pyruvate kinase deficiency and polycystic kidney disease which tests whether or not a cat has the potential to be affected by these conditions.

Siberian Cat Appearance 

The Siberian Forest is a large, powerful, curvy cat, with a broad barrel rib cage, strong limbs and paws that would make a boxer proud!  

Over this robust frame, the Siberian has a very thick semi-longhair coat, which will thicken and grow longer in winter, and reduce somewhat in summer. When mature, this is a cat that will develop a thick ruff and mane particularly in the colder months, and their tail is magnificent in its size and thickness. 

Siberian Cat Personality 

Social and intelligent, but independent where necessary, the Siberian Forest cat is a curious and clever problem solver. Despite their huge size, they are agile and athletic, able to make great leaps to reach what they want, whether a hidden toy, a bowl of food left on a worktop or just a desirable vantage point!  

Friendly and affectionate with family, they are a little aloof with strangers but quick to take advantage of anyone who may offer scritches, toys, or food.  

Siberian Cat Fun Facts 

  • The Siberian cat is known to be the most cold-resistant domestic cat thanks to their thick and long coats. Their coats are also water-repellent. 
  • A Pedigreed Award-Winning Siberian cat played the role of Mr Fuzzypants in 2016’s Nive Lives movie starring Kevin Spacey. The fact that a real cat was used in the movie made filming a bit difficult as both Mark Consuelos and director Barry Sonnerfeld were allergic to cats. 
  • They have been mentioned in a number of books as well, such as Our Cats by Harrison Weir (1889), Concerning Cats by Helen Winslow (1900), or Domestic & Fancy Cats by John Jennings (1898). 
  • There’s a square in Tyumen, Russia, dedicated to Siberian cats. During World War II when the Hermitage, Russia’s main museum, got infested with rats, over 5,000 Siberian cats were used for eliminating the pest and protecting the valuable exhibits. Even today, there are still cats living in the museum and helping with pest control. 


Do Siberian cats make good pets? 

Affectionate, but not overly clingy, Siberian cats are great companions and will be friendly with anyone, from kids, to adults, and other pets. 

Can Siberian cats be house cats? 

The Siberian cat is highly adaptable to any environment and will be happy to spend most of their time indoor, but they will also need outdoor time for mental stimulation and exercise. 

What is the personality of a Siberian cat? 

The Siberian cat personality is easy going and as super social animals, they enjoy having company most of the time.  

Can Siberian cats be left alone? 

As with most cats, they can be left alone for a short amount of time, but it’s recommended to avoid leaving your cat alone for more than 24 hours.