siberian breed information
common health issues
The Siberian cat has been around for at least 1,000 years, but despite this lengthy history and the fact that it is the national cat of Russia, the exact history of the Siberian cat is hard to prove. Finding written history of the presence of the Siberian cat in early Russia is difficult, perhaps due to the country’s vast size or plethora of ethnicities present there.
At any rate, the Siberian cat made its debut here in the United States quite recently, in 1990. The Siberian is a cat known for its personable, friendly demeanor, and makes an equally great companion for cat lovers and those who are not “cat people”. In fact, many people who are generally “dog people” are drawn to this breed for their behavioral similarities to dogs. They will greet you at the door at the end of the day and follow you around the house, curious about your every activity.
The Siberian cat sports an impish face and a solid, powerful body. Known for its superb jumping ability, the Siberian can scale the highest of heights. Knickknacks beware, as this cat knows no boundaries. Before allowing a Siberian into the house, it is best to do a thorough “cat proofing” first!
Physical strength aside, Siberian cats are still prone to a number of hereditary and congenital conditions that can adversely affect their health and your budget. Some of the conditions and illnesses Siberians are prone to include kidney diseases such as polycystic kidney disease; heart conditions such as hypertrophic cardiomyopathy; joint conditions such as hip dysplasia; and blood disorders such as neonatal isoerythrolosis and Factor XI deficiency.
Thankfully, Petplan pet insurance covers all hereditary and chronic conditions as standard. Which means if your Siberian has the misfortune of inheriting more than natural curiosity, you’re covered.