Siberian Cats – Frequently Asked Questions

Siberian cats are hypoallergenic

“Hypo” means “low”. Every cat, regardless of breed, produces allergens, but Siberians present a low risk of allergic reactions. The reason for this is not known with any certainty, but many people testify to the fact. One Californian university is testing the theory that Siberians have lower Fel d1 levels than most cats. Fel d1 is responsible for triggering allergic reactions and is produced by the sebaceous glands. The studies aren’t yet complete.

Am I allergic?

Spending time with grown cats will give you a good idea of whether or not you’re likely to be allergic – visit a cattery or request some fur be sent to you to test exposure. Moderate sufferers are usually alright, but severe allergy sufferers could be affected. However, even severe sufferers often do well with Siberians once the initial reaction passes.

How do I purchase a kitten?

You can reserve a kitten for a $100 deposit. Be aware that, that, at present, we are only breeding once per year because Siberians are so new to Australia. As demand increases availability will naturally increase Please feel free to contact us to discuss purchasing a beautiful Siberian kitten.

Will one kitten get lonely?

When you buy two kittens they bond much more easily as they grow up together than getting used to a stranger later on. They will be good company for each other when you’re not around. Two kittens keep each other company on the initial trip from the cattery to their new home and this reduces stress on them and transport expenses for you, if you’re considering owning more than one.

What’s the difference between Breeder and Pet Quality?

Exacting physical standards for type and colour are set by cat associations and kittens used in breeding programs to maintain and improve the breed are assessed at 6 weeks of age. Pet quality kittens have no breeding rights must be spayed or neutered.

What are the available colours and patterns?

There is a range to choose from. There are: brown tabby (with white highlights); silver, white, black, blue/gray, gold, red and cream. Bi-coloured kittens have single colour with white highlights,  the Torties have three colours,  Torbies are tabbies with three colours. Patterns range from smoky, shaded patterns through mackerel to marbelled.

Is personality determined by a cat’s sex?

Personality depends on genetic makeup and how the cat is raised. Differences in the personality are individual, not determined by sex. Our kittens get used to human contact daily from the time they are born and either sex makes a charming pet. The price is the same for either males or females.

How do kittens get used to people?

Kittens live with their mothers and with people from the time they are born until they are sold. Daily handling gets them used to human contact from the beginning. Once they are walking they are allowed to wander around the nursery. As they grow in independence (around 5-6 weeks old), they become intensely curios so they enjoy being around adult cats, other kittens and people, toys, climbing apparatus and scratching posts. When they are finally sold they are well-used to the hustle and bustle and noise of a busy household, including children and other pets.

When is the earliest I can bring my new kitten home?

When the kittens are weaned and socialised, usually by three months of age, they are quite able to adjust to new surroundings.

How are the kittens transported?

Kittens are shipped via pet carrier to almost every major airport from Brisbane, allowing for extremes of temperature, so if you can’t collect in person contact us to make arrangements. Our Siberians test negative for FeLV and FIV, have no known genetic problems, and come with a 12 month health guarantee, including their first round of shots.

Is there a health guarantee?

Yes. Each kitten comes with a guarantee as to its health and temperament at the time of purchase. All kittens are free from FeLV and FIV, have been examined by a vet, given their first round of shots and required worming treatments and are free of parasites and physical defects. It’s a good idea to arrange your own follow-up vet check as soon as possible after receiving your kitten.

What about contracts or agreements?

Review the agreement in full before committing to a purchase. Here is a brief summary. Kittens are to be altered by six months of age when sold as pet quality (registration papers will be provided by the Breeder once you have done this); you will be required to keep kittens indoors unless they are closely supervised; de-claw kittens only as an extreme measure; the kitten’s environment is to be kept safe and healthy; if you can no longer keep the kitten, notify the Breeder immediately for assistance in re-homing; the Breeder has the last word in placing any kitten.

What About Feline Leukemia & Feline Immunodeficiency Virus?

FeLV (Feline Leukemia) is fatal and feral cats as well as cats that spend a lot of time outdoors are high risk to catch it, along with Feline Immunodeficiency Virus (FIV). Our cats have tested negative for these diseases so that their kittens are also be free from these diseases.

How big do Siberians grow?

Siberians are the second-largest breed, next to the Maine Coon, and can be big when fully grown. Most of their growing is done by about 18 months, though it can be up to five years before growth is complete. The males can weigh up to 14-15 pounds, while the females are usually around 8-10 pounds when fully grown.

What are the main differences between Siberians and other similar cats?

Maine Coons, Siberians Norwegian Forest cats are the three largest breeds, in that order. Siberians are more curvaceous and round in their features and torsos. Maine Coons tend more to being squarish and angular, while Norwegians have more triangular features.

What About Grooming?

Start grooming the kitten before the heavy coat fully develops, usually at about 5-6 months of age. Groom every two weeks and your cat will get to love the regular one-on-one attention. Siberians only mat occasionally under their armpits and on their rear britches, in spite of their thick undercoats. A wide tooth comb and natural bristle brush are best for grooming, while talcum powder and mat-splitting brush help with the matted fur. When grooming remember to trim the claws. You’ll find that Siberians don’t shed as much as other long-haired breeds.

What signs indicate a good breeder?

We suggest that you visit several breeders and take note of the following things: the cattery should be spacious, look and smell clean and be supplied with clean water, facilities and litter boxes; watch the kittens in their litters with their parents and spend time with them to get a sense of their personalities and how well they get on with people; examine the records – pedigree, health and vaccination, have a look at contracts and health guarantees, especially spay/neuter clauses (these indicate a reliable breeder); be willing to answer personal questions intended to assess your ability to care for a Siberian (this shows that the breeder is concerned for the kitten/cat beyond a basic business transaction). A good breeder will make allowance for all of these factors.

What about claws?

Cats love to sharpen their claws and our kittens are trained to do this properly and enjoyably from the beginning to use posts – sisal rope scratching posts are good.  Spray deterrents are helpful in discouraging them from using furniture, carpet or curtains to scratch. Trimming their claws while grooming every two weeks helps greatly and, above all, remember to be patient in training your kitten.

What  supplies do I need for my kitten’s wellbeing upon arrival?

Once purchase is confirmed by final payment, you will be sent a complete package for ensuring your kitten’s wellbeing on arrival. Included is a list of supplies and suppliers, as well as helpful tips on grooming, clawing, travel, behaviour and making your home safe and healthy for your kitten. You updated on proceedings via email, including being sent photos of your kitten up until departure time.

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