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The Siberian cat is moderately active. They love to play and seek the attention of their caregiver or companion, but they do not overly demand it. They are great with families with kids because they are both affectionate and playful. They are active and even clown-like sometimes, but they can also snuggle up with the best of them. Learn more about this breed

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This breed may be new to North America, but it’s far from new to the world. Longhaired Russian cats have been around for many hundreds of years. Exactly when and how longhaired cats made their way to Siberia is not known, but it is speculated that the breed arrived with Russian emigrants. According to some Siberian fanciers, Russians immigrating (or being exiled) to Siberia brought their cats with them. The mutation for long hair seems to have occurred in three separate areas—Russia, Persia (Iran), and Asia Minor (Turkey). However, it’s possible that the longhair mutation originally occurred in Russia and that Russian Longhairs spread from Russia into Turkey, crossbreeding with local cats to become the Angora, and into Persia, crossbreeding with local cats to become the Persian. If so, all longhairs are derived from the Russian Longhair.

Long fur in domestic cats appears to be an adaptation to cold, and it’s certainly cold in Siberia. Due to the merciless climate, these cats developed, or acquired through mating with the local cats, longer hair, all-weather coats, and larger, stockier bodies. The cats survived and developed into a hardy, longhaired breed able to withstand the unforgiving conditions of the region.

According to Russian stories, Siberian cats once weighed up to 45 pounds and protected their human companions and households. In Harrison Weir’s 1889 book, Our Cats and All About Them, he noted in the chapter on longhaired cats the varieties of longhaired cats that existed in his time, and were shown in his famous modern cat show in July 1871 at the Crystal Palace in London, were the Russian, Angora, Persian, and Indian. Weir, known as “the Father of the Cat Fancy,” wrote that the Russian Longhair differs from Angoras and Persians in a number of ways, including its larger size, longer mane, large prominent bright orange eyes, and its long, dense, woolly textured coat including the tail that’s thickly covered with very woolly hair. However, the Russian longhairs who shared the limelight at the show may or may not have been Siberians, since apparently no records of these cats were kept in Russia at that time.

Until the 1980s, the government of the former Soviet Union discouraged its citizens from owning household pets because of housing and food shortages. In 1987, the government lifted restrictions on house pets, and breeders and fanciers formed cat clubs and began keeping breeding records. In 1988, the first Russian cat show was held in Moscow. Terrell sent four Himalayans to Nelli Sachuk and in exchange received three Siberians on June 28, 1990—one male (Kaliostro Vasenjkovich) and two females (Ofelia Romanova and Naina Romanova). Soon after, she received the kittens’ metrukas (certificates of birth), which detailed their names, dates of birth, and colors and patterns. Before long, the Siberian had captivated Terrell’s heartstrings and purse strings. She invested thousands of dollars and expended many hours obtaining more cats and establishing the Siberian as a recognized breed in America. Just a month after Elizabeth Terrell received her Siberians, breeder David Boehm imported a number of Siberians of his own. Instead of waiting for cats to be sent, he booked a flight to Russia and bought every Siberian he could find. On July 4 he returned with a collection of fifteen cats. His Siberians produced the first litter in North America, and were invaluable in enlarging the Siberian gene pool.

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If you're considering adopting a Siberian cat, you may be surprised to learn that you can sometimes find this beautiful, rare breed from local Siberian cat rescue organizations. These shelters take on the energetic, affectionate animals if their original owners can no longer care for them, helping put these cats in touch with people who can give them new homes.

Hypoallergenic Cats for Adoption

Cat lovers with allergies are limited in their choices of breeds that could be considered hypoallergenic. There really are no 100% hypoallergenic cats but a few breeds are less likely to produce the same amount of allergens as your average cat. The Siberian is sought after by many adopters because they are one of these "hypoallergenic" breeds.

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Finding a Siberian Cat for Adoption

Many rescues pull out purebred cats from shelters and foster the cat while they put it for adoption. You can find a Siberian cat if you know where to look.

Siberian Cat Rescue Group

The Siberian Cat Rescue Group is a 501(c)(3) rescue based in Texas. To adopt a cat from them, you first have to fill out an adoption application and then submit it for approval. Once you have been approved by the rescue, they will alert you when a Siberian becomes available. All of their cats live in foster homes before being adopted, so the foster parent should be able to provide helpful insight into the personality of the cat before you adopt it.

If you meet this group's criteria and are placed with a cat, they will assist with transportation if you do not live in the area. They do not permit cargo shipping.

The adoption fee from Siberian Cat Rescue Group is $175.00, plus a $2.00 per day boarding fee beyond your adoption date. is a national network of rescues where you can search by breed, age and location for a pet. Most rescues in the United States post their available pets on Petfinder. Photos and detailed information about the cat are usually available, allowing potential adopters to see if the cat is a good fit for their family.

The Siberian cats posted for adoption on this site are usually from shelters or rescue groups of all kinds that happen to stumble across the breed at a shelter. Sometimes, they come from an owner surrender. However, these groups are typically not Siberian-specific rescues. New cats are listed on the site every day, so check often to see if a Siberian becomes available.


Adopt-a-Pet is a site similar to Petfinder that lists pets in shelters and rescues across the country. Adopt-a-Pet claims to be the largest listing site for pets available for adoption in the U.S. You can search for a breed based on your location and view photos and detailed information. A nice feature of Adopt-a-Pet is their New Pet Alert system. Since it will probably take you some time to find a Siberian cat in rescue, you can use this feature to receive notices emailed to you when the breed you are looking for is available at a rescue or shelter.


Searching for Siberians on will show you a map of which states have Siberian cats available for adoption, and how many of them are available. You can click on the state to see specific photos and information about the cat that is in need of a home. The information available includes personality traits of the cat and whether it gets along with other pets. Contact information is available for every individual cat. People seeking homes for their pets and rescue groups post on this site.

Verify the Rescue's Legitimacy

Any legitimate rescue group will ask you to fill out an adoption form and will request an adoption fee. This fee is much less than what a breeder charges. (Siberian cat prices range from $1,100-$1,700 from a breeder, but a rescue group will not likely ask you for more than $250 unless the cat has special needs.)

Forms that should be included with your cat adoption:

Always check on Google for any negative reviews before adopting a cat from a rescue group.

Be Patient While Searching

Siberian cats are not common in rescues, but they do appear. It will just take some time to find your perfect companion. Instead of buying a cat from a breeder, you can rescue a cat for a minimal price and give that cat a better life while helping to reduce the number of homeless animals. Rescuing a Siberian cat will be a meaningful experience that both you and your kitty will appreciate.

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Siberian Kitten's first week home

Life With Siberian Cats: My Experience With Adoption

Wife, mom, blogger, entrepreneur, and animal lover—with allergies.

Up until two years ago, I had never heard of a Siberian Cat and would not have been able to pick one out of the crowd. In that amount of time, however, a lot has changed, and they are now an everyday fixture in my life. We got Max and Bailey as kittens, and while there may be a few similarities, they are mostly as opposite as you can possibly imagine.

What's So Special About a Siberian Cat?

Why Siberian Cats? The real reason is that my husband sufferers from bad allergies and Siberians were lauded as true hypoallergenic pets that would cause no issues for him. They are also the second-largest breed (only behind Maine Coons!) and have tendencies that mimic dog behavior. Pretty exciting prospect!

Below is my account of how life has been so far, in case you're considering welcoming Siberians into your life. If you don't have time to read through, then just know that I wouldn't change a thing.

Are They Really Hypoallergenic?

Well, no . . . not really. At least, not if you think hypoallergenic should mean NO allergies. Here is the reality: Cat allergies are caused by a protein in their saliva called Fel D 1. That protein is what causes allergic reactions, and since cats are constantly cleaning themselves by licking their fur, the shedding will spread the dried saliva (or dander) throughout your home and into the air.

Siberian cats have been found to have the lowest amount of Fel D 1 in their saliva throughout the whole cat community. It is still there, though, just much less. In reality, my husband had a few hard days in the beginning where his allergies would really act up. However, over time his allergy tolerance actually grew, and now he’s much happier and would never trade Max and Bailey for anything.

The Adoption From the Breeder

The actual adoption process for these kittens was a crazy experience in itself, and it spanned quite a few months. Siberians are still pretty rare, so you pretty much have to go through a breeder to get any (you won't find Siberians at your local shelter, unfortunately). We did our research and found a breeder online that seemed like the real deal.

The Steps of the Adoption Process

Here's how the adoption would work: You put a deposit down on a kitten from a future litter (the waiting list is so long that your kitten isn't even born yet!) and the breeder would keep you posted as her mother cats got pregnant. We were able to request certain colorations and the sex, and for our particular situation, we were able to request two kittens that would come from the exact same litter (more on that later). Siberians come in many different colors, so it was tons of fun trying to pick what we wanted, but in the end, we said whatever colors you have!

We got the call the day that Max and Bailey were born, and what an exciting moment that was! We knew we wouldn't be able to bring them home for at least 8 weeks (they needed to stay with their mother), but the breeder sent us pictures of them right after birth! From then on, we received an updated picture each week as they grew. It was a great way to bond with them before we even had them.

Extra Testing for Allergies

Then came some more excitement. Because this breeder worked solely with Siberian Cats, she understood that the main reason people look for these cats is for their hypoallergenic qualities. So she insisted that we go through 2 phases of testing to make sure that my husband could handle them:

  • First step: the breeder sent us a hair sample from the mother cat, and my husband had to sleep with it under his pillow! This step was a little silly, but fun at the same time, and my husband passed with flying colors.
  • The second step was really exciting and would end up being our first meeting with Max and Bailey. We were told to drive to the breeder's house, and she would carry the kittens out to the car with us, where we would need to sit with them for 1 hour with no air circulation—basically, a tightly enclosed space to make sure my husband didn't have an allergy attack. It certainly got stuffy, but it was so amazing to finally meet them, and they were so small! And luckily my husband passed Step 2!

After 8 long weeks, we were finally able to bring them home and start our new journey.

Why Get Two Kittens?

We went back and forth about whether to get one or two kittens, and in the end we decided to get two. The biggest pro of getting two kittens is that they entertain each other and are less likely to get lonely. You will feel way less guilty staying at work late when you know your little guy has a buddy to hang with.

There are still cons to this decision though, so you need to think through it. The biggest con is the obvious one: it's twice as expensive. Twice as much food, twice as much vet bills….twice as much litter to clean. I will also say that the bonding process takes a little longer when you have two kittens because they do not feel the need to bond with you as much as if they were alone.

Living With Our Hypoallergenic Friends

As I said earlier, welcoming Max and Bailey into our home was not a fully hypoallergenic experience. There were definitely some bad allergy days, and we did a lot of research to figure out what we could do to help the matter. In the end, our strategies worked and our efforts paid off. We are now a happy family with allergy days that are few and far between.


Today Max and Bailey are so happy in our home! Two years later, they are still best buds and sleep and play with each other often. They have definitely gotten bigger and have made themselves comfortable throughout the house. Our life would not be the same without them.


One thing we say all the time to Bailey is "Awww, just like the brochure said!" We are only teasing him, of course—but it is very true. He is exactly what they say you will get when you get a Siberian. He has extremely soft fur that does not shed or mat that much and an adorable teddy bear face. He will come to us when we call him, and when he hears us come through the front door, he runs down to greet us.

He's pretty big and a little clumsy, but in a very endearing way. When I'm cooking in the kitchen, he sits on the counter and watches what I'm doing. When my husband and I lie down on the couch to watch a movie, he nuzzles in right between us. He is also a silent cat—we have never heard a peep out of him!


Max is our very "special" kitty. We love him dearly, especially his various quirks. As far as the standard Siberian characteristics go, Max has inherited very few of them. He has, however, inherited all of the characteristics that typically come with a cat that rules the roost. He has extremely long fur that sheds like crazy, and we constantly need to brush him. He has a face that rivals the famed "angry kitty," though we're confident that he's usually pretty content.

He is very antisocial and loves sleep more than any creature on the planet. He insists that every sip of water he takes comes from a freshly cleaned and filled water bowl, so we have no less than 3 water bowls at any given time that need to be changed at his beckon call (and quite a call he's got!) He is a very vocal cat and many times will even speak for Bailey. Max does not love food nearly as much as his brother, but if the food bowl isn't filled, he is sure to let us know so his brother can eat.

© 2013 Nikki Schilling

Guestbook Comments

Sp Greaney from Ireland on July 24, 2020:

They look adorable. It's great you got two to keep each other company. I'm very impressed with your breeders approach to seeing how your husband would cope around them.

Olga on March 25, 2020:

This is a very smart breed. They seem to be able to read minds. Our five month old cat was locked in a room for the night. When I closed the door, I thought that if he jumps on the handle, he will probably open the door. It would be better if I didn’t think, since in the morning the cat was sleeping in our bed :) After that, we tried to lock him twice and both times the cat opened the door.

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Marsha on January 18, 2019:

Kittens shouldn’t be taken away from their mother until 12 weeks old, 11 at the least. And some need to be there longer than 12. It depends on the kitten. I’m glad your two cats found a wonderful home but shame on the breeder for taking them from their mother too soon. And it looks as if something other than Siberian is in your adorable Max.

John on October 04, 2018:

I just recently got 2 Siberian cats as well. Also for allergy reasons. Amazing animals

Dani on September 27, 2018:

Hi !!

I totally recommend Siberians, I have a beautiful boy who is extremely smart, knows how to come when called, is very gentle with his paws, and really cuddly and happy to see us. However, people often forget to mention that Siberians are EXTREMELY agile and ENERGETIC. So expect to have a little crazy kitten for the first months, mine is still a kitten, but I have read plenty and they will get more calm so not worried at all!

carmen on May 22, 2018:

Nice story!!! I xant to adopt a british short hair or a ragdoll kitten but i cant find one. I kept going to persmart but nothing yet. If anyone can help me find one i would be very happy. my cell is 707-365-6353.

Disappointed Siberian Cat Owner on December 25, 2017:

Well, turns out I am still allergic to the Siberian cat we brought home (3-year old retired queen), plus she has an exaggerated startle reflex, and after 3 full months won't allow us to hold her, groom her, or sometimes even touch her. Definitely not a good fit for us (retired couple). She's going back to the breeeder.

catsman on September 26, 2013:

Two cats is definitely the right number. Just ask Dilllon and Dave (my parent's two cats!)

lewisgirl on September 25, 2013:

So pretty. I just lost my cat. Not looking for a replacement yet, but this breed is certainly one to consider.

MaryMorgan on September 24, 2013:

Beautiful cats - Siamese are my first love, but these two look gorgeous!

Martina from Croatia, Europe on September 24, 2013:

They are adorable! Nice Lens :)

anonymous on September 24, 2013:

Beautiful! The picture where they sleep together is very cute :)

Meganhere on September 23, 2013:

Your cats are beautiful!

anonymous on September 10, 2013:

Congratulations on being a winner of the 2013 Squidoo County Fair in Animals!

Namsak on September 09, 2013:

Up till now the only Siberian Cat I had heard of was the Siberian Tiger! Your cats sound like lovely creatures.

BarbsSpot on September 09, 2013:

@Lensmaster...Congratulations on placing in the County Fair contest, Animal Category! From me and Cee-Cee!

Susan300 on September 08, 2013:

Thanks for being part of the 2013 Squidoo County Fair! :)

Zdiddle on September 06, 2013:

So pretty! I've got a giant long-hair as well as a slightly less giant long-hair, so I feel your pain on the brushing. I also have two cats who couldn't be more different. Glad it all worked out for you! I can't imagine my life without my babies.

Renaissance Woman from Colorado on September 05, 2013:


steadytracker lm on September 03, 2013:

Thank you for entering this lens in the 2013 Squidoo County Fair.

GrammieOlivia on September 02, 2013:

We are a cat family too! Love the one of the kitty on the shoes, our sleeps with his head right inside my sweetling's shoes. Good thing he has big feet.

Fay Favored from USA on September 01, 2013:

They are so beautiful. I'm glad you paired them up so they would have one another. It keeps them from getting lonely.

TommysPal on August 27, 2013:

Beautiful cats. I've always wanted a long haired cat. I find grooming them to be therapeutic and relaxing. Great lens!

Stephanie from Canada on August 26, 2013:

Sounds like an interesting cat breed. I love reading about other people's kitties. :) Great lens! I would suggest breaking a couple of the longer paragraphs up a bit, though, just to make it easier on the eyes. Still love it, though :)

sierradawn lm on August 24, 2013:

This cat lover loved your lens!

josietook on August 23, 2013:

Cute cats!!

queenofduvetcover on August 22, 2013:

Aww, I really liked this lens. Your cats are beautiful.

Susan Deppner from Arkansas USA on August 21, 2013:

Beautiful cats! My Oreo shares your Milo's water bowl trait - and even insists on fresh refills during the night. She's 20, though, so she's earned some special attention. Very entertaining lens for this cat lover!

bdkz on August 21, 2013:

So cute!


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