CHARACTER OF THE SIBERIAN CAT
RELATIONSHIPS WITH OTHER PETS OR ANIMALS
Siberian cats behave with great dignity, they are very clean, easily accustomed to the litter box. They can get along with other animals if they are familiar with them since childhood. Also, these cats are excellent born hunters and in any home with a Siberian cat, there is no place for vermin. If the cat is given access to the outdoors, other small game, such as birds, frogs, small rodents can become its prey.
For an adult Siberian the appearance of another cat in the house will most likely bring great stress. It will take time for the cats to establish a neutral relationship with each other. Whether or not they will become friends in the future is a big question. Siberian cats do not tolerate competition, they are very jealous and devoted to their owner. Cats living in a private home may guard their property from other cats and even get into fights with “invaders".
If there are several cats in the house, each should have its own toilet tray. Restricted access to the litter box, obstacles, or competition can trigger cystitis in a cat.
With dogs, these cats remain neutral and, as a rule, occupy surfaces on higher ground in the dwelling such as cabinets and windowsills. The dog won't reach them there. Siberian do not like familiarity and raucous dog games, they prefer to watch dogs from a safe hiding place or from a height. With small children, they will behave in much the same way. They allow themselves to be stroked, but games are not for Siberians usually.
HOW TO MONITOR THE HEALTH OF THE SIBERIAN CAT
Siberian cats are generally noted for good health and longevity. Your Siberian he needs an annual vaccination, whether it is a house cat or one with outdoor exposure. Kittens are vaccinated twice from the age of three months with an interval of 3-4 weeks. Adult animals are vaccinated once a year.
For cats who go outside the house it is worth discussing with your doctor the vaccination against viral leukemia. This is a dangerous disease that’s transmitted during fights from one cat to another.
An annual rabies vaccination is also required.
Cat treatments for external and internal parasites are extremely important. If the cat does not go outside and does not eat raw meat, deworming tablets can be given every six months. If the cat ventures outside, especially ones who roam, deworming should be done monthly during the warmer months.
Drops for fleas, even in a city apartment, are best used once a month - many Siberian cats are allergic to flea saliva. Even one flea bite will provoke itching, the formation of sores and crusts on the body and general anxiety.
Modern flea treatments are safe when used correctly. It is recommended that you carefully read the instructions and make sure that the drops or tablets are intended specifically for cats. This is important because some dog parasite medications can cause neurological damage in cats.
HOW TO FEED A SIBERIAN CAT
If a cat or a cat will not take part in breeding work, it is better to sterilize (spay/neuter) them. An unsterilized animal, when living in a house/apartment, suffers from repeated heat (estrus), can scream at night, mark their territory. It is much more humane to carry out a simple operation.
Sterilization of cats is carried out at the age of 6 months or after; cats are not recommended to be sterilized during heat (estrus). According to statistics, sterilized animals live longer. For outdoor cats who are sterilized they are less prone to fights, injuries and other troubles. Sterilization also helps to prevent some diseases of the reproductive system.
Before sterilization, doctors recommend undergoing a cardiac ECHO procedure - this advice should not be neglected. Recently, many pedigreed cats have had a congenital heart disease called hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HCM). Cats with this disease require lifelong treatment, have higher operative risks, and have a lower life expectancy.
A Siberian cat living exclusively in a house or in a city apartment (who is unable to hunt) should have a balanced diet in terms of essential nutrients, containing the required amount of protein, essential amino acids.
It is important for sterilized animals to maintain optimal body weight; such cats move little and are prone to gaining excess weight. PRO PLAN or ROYAL CANIN are the recommended choices for food brands. Consider choosing one that promotes good healthy kidneys.
PRO PLAN® STERILISED for spayed/neutered cats (with rabbit) can be an excellent choice for an urban neutered cat. Rabbit meat is statistically less likely to cause food allergies in cats, and the patented OPTIRENAL® complex, which is part of the food, supports kidney health.
You can combine feeding dry and wet food, roughly observing the daily recommended number of calories. It is suggested you consider that the treats that owners additionally include in the cat’s diet, which are usually high in calories.
The water in the bowl of a Siberian cat should always be as fresh as possible. Studies have been conducted and proven that out of two bowls, a cat will choose the one with fresher water, even if the water in the second bowl has stood for only half an hour. Special watering fountains for cats are a great option.
It is necessary in every possible way to encourage drinking water in cats that eat dry food. In nature, these animals drink little and tend to conserve water in the body, but this is unacceptable in modern dwellings serving industrial food. Place the water bowl away from the food bowl. Wild cats never drink water near the place where they’ve eaten.
Older Siberian cats can suffer from chronic kidney disease. In order to diagnose the disease in time, for cats older than 7 years, an annual medical examination with blood and urine tests is recommended.