The Siberian cat originates in Russia and the Ukraine. The
„Sibirskaja Koschka“, as it is called in its home country, has been used as
mouser for centuries in Russian villages.
But the organized breeding as a pedigree cat did only start in 1978 in
Russia and the Siberian cats have still kept a lot of their
nativeness and naturalness.
Neva Masquerade is the name for the color-point variant of
the Siberian cat. The base color of the fur is cream-white with darker “points”
on the face, tail and legs. The points can be black (seal), blue or red (cream)
and they can be solid or striped (tabby/lynx). All Neva Masquerade cats have blue eyes. The kittens are
born snow-white and the points appear as they grow.
Siberian cats have an uncomplicated character. They are
extremely affectionate and social and always up to play or cuddle. They are also very patient and friendly
with little children and that is why Siberians are ideal family cats and they
do also well with most dogs. But also if you are single, a Siberian will be a
wonderful companion. They will develop a very close relationship with their
owner and enjoy the hours when you play with them or just chilling out together
on the couch. Siberians have a pleasant voice and love to “talk” with their
owner. Certainly, they always need to have the last say… Siberians are also
very self-confident and intelligent and can be very creative to get their way, but usually one look of her very expressive eyes is enough and you
will do whatever they wish…
Because of their social nature, Siberians don’t want to
stay alone for long time. If you are not at home for many hours during the day,
it is highly recommended to keep two or more cats. So they can give company
each other until you come back.
Siberians are still a very natural breed and therefore
robust and healthy. They are ideal indoor cats, but also enjoy the possibility
to explore a fenced backyard or secured balcony when supervised.
It is important to offer them lots of attention and an
interesting and rich environment. A cat tree and several toys belong to the
basic equipment. The toys don’t need to be fancy or expensive, little balls,
toy mice or empty paper boxes are enough. You can also fill an empty shoebox
with paper and the empty paper rolls from your bathroom tissue and hide some of
their favorite snacks inside.
The fur is comparatively easy to groom. The cats will mostly
take care of it themselves, but regularly brushing with a comb and a soft brush
helps to reduce the amount of hair that the cat swallows.