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Siberians were shown in Russian in 1987 at the first cat show in Leningrad. Two cat clubs 'Kotofei' and 'Kis' organized it. This is the actual beginning of recorded breeding of Siberians in Russia. With the fall of the iron curtain and the end of the cold war between Russia and the United States, the doors opened for the Siberian cat to be imported to the United States.
|General Cat Care #1: Before You Bring Your Cat Home|
|You will need food, food dish, water bowl, interactive toys, brush, comb, safety cat collar, scratching post, litter and litter box.|
|General Cat Care #2: Feeding|
|An adult cat should be fed one large or two smaller meals each day. Kittens from 6 to 12 weeks need to be fed four times a day. Kittens from three to six months need to be fed three times a day. You can either feed specific meals, throwing away any leftover canned food after 30 minutes or free-feed dry food (keeping food out all the time).|
Feed your cat a high-quality, brand-name kitten or cat food (avoid generic brands) two to three times a day. Kittens can be fed human baby food for a short time if they won’t eat kitten food softened by soaking in warm water. Use turkey or chicken baby food made for children six months and older. Gradually mix with cat food. Cow’s milk is not necessary and can cause diarrhea in kittens and cats. Provide fresh, clean water at all times. Wash and refill water bowls daily.
The first breeding Siberians were introduced in the United States in 1990. Elizabeth Terrell imported the initial kittens. They arrived on June 28, 1990. Their names were KALIOSTRO VASENJKOVICH OF STARPOINT, OFELIA ROMANOVA OF STARPOINT and NAINA ROMANOVA OF STARPOINT.
All of the first Siberians imported came with the 'Kotofei' seal to prove that they were Siberians and recognized by that Russian Club. The first Siberian Breed Club in the U.S. was TAIGA Siberian Breed Club. It was started in November of 1992. It was formed to promote Siberians and work on getting the breed recognized in all U.S. cat registering organizations. The Siberians were first presented to CFA in March, 1994 but were not accepted into MISC class. CFA accepted them into MISC class in May, 2000.
|General Cat Care #3: Grooming|
|Most cats stay relatively clean and rarely need a bath, but they do need to be brushed or combed. Frequent brushing helps keep your cat’s coat clean, reduces the amount of shedding and cuts down on the incidence of hairballs|
|General Cat Care #4: Handling|
|To pick up your cat, place one hand behind the front legs and another under the hindquarters. Lift gently. Never pick up a cat by the scruff of the neck (behind the ears) or by the front legs without supporting the rear end.|
|General Cat Care #5: Housing|
|Cats should have a clean, dry place of their own in the house. Line your cat’s bed with a soft, warm blanket or towel. Be sure to wash the bedding often. Please keep your cat indoors. If your companion animal is allowed outside, he can contract diseases, get ticks or parasites, become lost or get hit by a car, hurt in a fight or poisoned. Also, cats prey on wildlife.|
The Siberian Cats Club was formed to promote Siberians in CFA and get them recognized for provisional status (2005) and then championship status (2006). Siberians are recognized for championship in all U.S. registries.
The Siberian is a cat that nature designed to survive, with no extremes in type. Siberians are a natural breed and are found in the unforgiving climate of Siberia as well as in cities and on farms in Russia. Siberians have been documented in Russia for 1000 years. They were needed to protect grain and other products from small varmints, as Russia was an agricultural country. Siberians are mentioned in Russian fairy tales.
Shopkeepers in Moscow were known to compete with each other over whose cat was the biggest and thickest. Russian people like cats and most children in Russia grew up with a kitten and the favorite cat was and still is the Siberian cats. President Gorbachov had a Siberian named Murat for a pet. Dmitry Medvedev, the current President of Russia, has a colorpoint Siberian for a pet.
|General Cat Care #6: Identification|
|If allowed outdoors (again, we caution against it!), your cat needs to wear a safety collar and an ID tag. A safety collar with an elastic panel will allow your cat to break loose if the collar gets caught on something. An ID tag or an implanted microchip can help insure that your cat is returned if he or she becomes lost.|
|General Cat Care #7: Litter Box|
|All indoor cats need a litter box, which should be placed in a quiet, accessible location. A bathroom or utility room is a good place for your cat’s box. In a multi-level home, one box per floor is recommended. Avoid moving the box unless absolutely necessary. Then do so slowly, a few inches a day. Cats won’t use a messy, SMELLY litter box. Scoop solids out of the box at least once a day. Dump everything, wash with a mild detergent (don’t use ammonia) and refill at least once a week, less frequently if using clumping litter. Don’t use deodorants or scents in the litter or litter box (especially avoid lemon scent).|