SizeSiberian cats, also called Siberian Forest cats or Moscow Longhairs, are a medium to large semi-longhair breed with males ranging from 15 to 20 pounds and females only slightly smaller.
Affection-wise, they are devoted but not clingy. Siberians will follow you from room to room but patiently wait until you have time for cuddles. They don’t mind noises or strangers as much as most cats, and if introduced properly they are happy to cohabitate with kids, dogs, and whoever else may live in your home.
While it’s true that Siberians aren’t clingy, they are communal by nature. If you’re thinking of adopting one, you should consider adopting two. They tend to thrive when they have a kitty comrade by their side.
Some claim that Siberian cats are hypoallergenic, meaning you won’t get an allergic reaction from enjoying cat cuddles. It’s true that Siberian cats do produce less Fel d1, the protein found on skin and in saliva that causes those itchy/sneezy reactions. That's why most people do not get an allergic reaction from Siberians.
However a Siberian does still produce Fel d1. Depending on the severity of your allergies a Siberian might not be the cat for you. How to make sure? Just come over and cuddle our cats! Then you'll know for sure.
CareSiberians are all kinds of fluffy, so you may worry that these kitties need a lot of grooming. Not so! Although they have a three-layered coat, Siberians have glossy fur that you only need to brush once or twice a week to avoid tangles and matting. They molt heavily at the end of winter and then have a lighter molting in the summer, so it’s a good idea to brush your pal daily during these times.
AttributesStocky yet agile, Siberian cats are powerfully built with strong hind legs that are slightly longer than their front legs, creating an arch. This makes them skilled jumpers and incredible athletes. They resemble Maine Coons and Norwegian Forest cats but with rounder heads and larger paws. They also have distinct round eyes, typically green or gold, that give them a friendly expression.
From tufted ears to exquisite neck ruff to their big, bushy tail, the most remarkable attribute of a Siberian is their thick, three-layered coat. It consists of coarse and straight guard hairs, thin and wavy awn hairs, and a wooly down undercoat. Tabbies are common, but Siberians come in a variety of colors and patterns, including solid, tortoiseshell, and color point.
With their athletic ability and high intelligence level, it’s no surprise that Siberian cats are energetic and adventurous problem solvers. They love climbing and leaping. If you are a pet parent to a Siberian, expect to find them in the strangest places – like on top of your refrigerator, hanging over a door, or even swinging from your chandelier! Siberians also enjoy playing with puzzle toys and learning tricks.