Siberians are a forest cast native to Russia, where their lush triple coat protected them against the cold weather conditions. They are strong and powerful cats, with large well-rounded paws and a full tail. Siberians love being in the company of people and are very friendly and adventurous, so expect this affectionate cat to follow you around. His calm, easy-going and mellow nature gives him the potential to be a therapy cat. Weekly brushing will help keep their long, triple coat properly groomed.
Common Health Conditions
- Siberian cats can suffer from mitral valve disease, which blocks blood flow from the heart and cardiomyopathy, which make it harder for your heart to pump blood to the rest of the body.
- Polycystic kidney disease is a degenerative condition that can affect your Siberian in their senior years. Liquid-filled sacs develop in the tissues of the kidney, which can eventually lead to kidney failure.
- Fatty tumors, called lipomas, may show up on your Siberian’s body. They aren’t cancerous and don’t need to be removed unless they keep your cat from getting around well. They’re seen more often in older or overweight cats.