Nikarl Siberian Cats and Kittens


Nikarl Silver Puff


RW CH Nikarl Silver Puff
Second Best Siberian Alter, 2009, GL Region


I became interested in breeding Siberians after many years of cat rescue work with my own solely-operated service and shelter (Project C.A.T.S.: Care About The Strays!) in Michigan and northwest Ohio.  After eighteen-plus years, the expenses and physical demands of this mission forced me to take a leave from it; however, my lifetime love and knowledge of cats inspired me to get involved in small-scale breeding.  The fact that the Siberian is a natural breed, along with their very affectionate nature, is among reasons why I chose this amazing breed.  Furthermore, when I successfully place a kitten in a home with allergies, I feel a deep sense of accomplishment.


The name of my cattery, Nikarl, is a combination of my first name and my husband, Carl's.  He has always been a very significant "behind the scenes" person in my cat projects! 


My cats and kittens receive the highest quality care possible in an immaculate non-smoking cat-friendly home environment.  Many visitors, as well as my family and friends, comment that my cats are "spoiled"...whatever that means.  It has always been my belief that every living being deserves the deepest love and the best of everything that results in optimum health and happiness.  My kitties receive regular affection, cuddling, grooming and interactive playtime several hours a day.  Cat naps in the afternoons are a favorite occurrence for all of us (cats and kittens and me)!   In pleasant weather, I and they enjoy a stroll in the pink kitty stroller out in the fresh air. 


My cats and kittens are fed a healthful diet of holistic human-grade cat and kitten foods: Wellness, Wellness CORE, Instinct, Organix, Natural Balance, Fromm, Pinnacle, Newman’s Own and EVO.  They are offered raw organic meat occasionally...and I cook organic chicken for them.  They have a fresh supply of purified water in ceramic crocks in various locations.  Siberians love water and often enjoy dishing it out of the bowl with their paws!


I become very bonded with my kittens, so when it's time for them to go to their homes, I struggle somewhat with the ache in my heart, ...knowing that soon it will be replaced with just the joy of knowing how happy they will be, as well as the person or family who adopts them.  If the adoption is an allergy situation, I feel happy that an allergic cat-lover is able to have a kitty




The Siberian Cat is a very handsome, large longhair, with a dense waterproof coat that is unique in texture from other longhairs.  The coat is moderately long to long, with the fur on the shoulder blades being thick and slightly shorter.  They have three layers of fur to help them cope with the cold Siberian winters.  The neck ruff is full.  The ears are round, wide-set and medium in size.  The tail is long and full.  They have big, powerful paws with tufts of fur, capable of protecting their feet in frigid climates. The Siberian characteristics differ from other Forest Cats – the Maine Coon and Norwegian Forest – in his more rounded body shape.  Where the Norwegian Forest Cats have triangular shapes, wedge-shaped faces with slanted eyes – and the Maine Coons have a rectangular appearance, longer in body and proportionately longer legs and tail – the Siberian is rounded and of more heft.  His chest is barrel-shaped and the contours of his face, which is a modified wedge, are softer with large, expressive eyes and full rounded muzzle and chin.  

Siberians do shed; some more than others.  Most will "molt" every spring, losing the dense extra layer of fur they put on for winter. Usually, their coats do not easily mat and will require little grooming, a combing about every other day.  Siberians' agility belies their hefty appearance, as they enjoy jumping up on high places, doing so with ease.  

Siberians are very sociable and friendly, forming attachments even as kittens.  They desire attention and affection from their families, seeking almost constant interaction with them.  Siberian Cats are loyal, loving companions.

The Siberian Cat is believed to have earned his keep in Russia in the monasteries where he protected the granaries from rodents and kept watch in the high beams for strangers. In Soviet Russia cats were forbidden as pets and the Siberian did not develop a high profile until cats arrived in East Germany in the 1980s. Originally, he was known as the Siberian Forest Cat, but the latter part of the name was removed in order to avoid confusion with the Norwegian Forest Cat.  The first post-Soviet cat show was held in Moscow in 1988, and in the following years, a number of clubs and catteries have appeared, devoting themselves to the well-being and furtherance of the Siberian.

With Russia's freedom from communism's grip, Siberian cats were able to travel to the U.S. in 1990, an exchange for four American-bred Himalayan kittens.  After over a year of telephone calls, letters, and paper work, complicated with language barriers, slow mail, and many other problems, Elizabeth Terrell was able to import three Siberian kittens in June of 1990.  Elizabeth had seen an article asking for breeders who would donate or trade Himalayans to help establish the breed in Russia.  She was able to work out the trade and received one male (Kaliostro Vasenjkovich) and two female (Ofelia Romanova and Naina Romanova) kittens. Since then, many other kittens have been imported by many of the American breeders to increase the genetic diversity available. 

HYPOALLERGENIC?    The magnificent Siberian is reputed to be "hypoallergenic" and people have come forward with their own experiences that support this belief.  Nevertheless, there are also people who have refuted this theory, having experienced reactions to one or more Siberian cats.  In at least some of the cats, their saliva lacks the protein which causes allergic reactions in certain people.  My own observations of allergic family members and kitten-adopters have been favorable.  Before anyone with cat allergies adopts a Siberian kitten, it is recommended that the person visit a Siberian cattery and plan to spend some time interacting with the cats before making a definite decision.  Also, a pillowcase or small baby blanket can be mailed to a breeder to be placed with a cat for a few days and then returned. 


Russians have had the colorpoints as a part of their breeding program since records were kept by the various cat fancy clubs in Russia. People had thought that, long ago, the feral pointed patterned cats and the feral Siberian cats of other colors  “got together” along the banks of the Neva River in Leningrad (which is now named St. Petersburg) in the 1960’s. Russian breeders soon noticed the festive pattern of these cats and began incorporating them into their Siberian breeding program. The Russians use the nickname “Neva Masquerade” for this breed --- Neva for the river and Masquerade for the coloring.  Neva Masquerade is not a separate class of the Siberians but is a Siberian. According to breeders, no outcross has ever been used to produce the colorpoint Siberian. Being a natural breed of cat, anything is possible in any line of the breed. When three breeders in the United States  noticed  there were not any colorpoints here, controversy began on acceptance of the colorpoint when the kittens arrived.  After much debate the colorpoints are now an accepted part of the Siberian standard in the United States




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 Baby Silver Puff

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Your Special Siberian Kitten...

When searching for your special Siberian Kitten, be aware that there exists dishonesty in all areas of life, including pet placement.  Not all cats and kittens advertised as Siberians are, in truth, purebred Siberians.  Another situation to avoid is the "backyard breeder" who is not ethical in the management of their breeding program and treatment of their animals.  One indication of a potential bad situation can be an unrealistic low adoption fee (below $800).  
Another is refusal to allow visitation at the cattery.   

Always ask to see pedigrees of the parents...and contact T.I.C.A. and/or C.F.A. to check registration of cattery and name of person listed as owner of the parent cats.  This is important, however, keep in mind that unscrupulous breeders have even held positions in organizations.  
It is also advised to ask for references...and to check them out!  Always ask for the name and contact information of the seller's veterinarian.

It has been brought to my attention in the past that thieves have stolen my photos and web site copy and have stolen money from unsuspecting people seeking Siberian Kittens.  PLEASE BE CAREFUL!  There are, unfortunately, Internet fraud criminals who spend their time cheating good people!  Watch out for ads on free advertising sites that do not give a web site address and a registered cattery name.


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