About Me
Siberian Breeder & Pet Portrait Specialist

Siberian Breeder & Pet Portrait Specialist

Hi, I am Nikkin Wharton Abby, an artist, and a former Siberian cat breeder. After many years of rescuing homeless cats through my self-operated “Care About The Stray” shelter, I became interested in breeding Siberians. But, I took a leave from the service due to the rising expenses.

However, my lifetime love and knowledge of cats inspired me to get involved in small-scale breeding. I choose Siberian since it is a natural breed and has an affectionate nature. Furthermore, they can be easily raised by a family with cat allergies.

Nikki Wharton-Eby - artist cat specialist


The name of my cattery, Nikarl, is a combination of me and my husband, Carl's first names. He has always been the man behind the scenes in my cat projects. My cats and kittens receive the highest quality care possible in a clean, non-smoking cat-friendly home environment.

My visitors, including my family and friends, made friendly comments that my cats are spoiled because of my pampering. I always believe that every living being deserves the deepest love and the best of everything that results in optimum health and happiness. My kitties receive natural affection, cuddling, grooming, and interactive playtime several hours a day. They have nap time every afternoon, which is their favorite pastime. In pleasant weather, I take them on a pink kitty stroller to get them the fresh air they need.

Healthy Diet

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

I always become very bonded with my kittens. It was still hard for me when it's time for them to go to their homes. I struggle somewhat with the ache in my heart. But deep inside, I know that soon it will be replaced with the joy of knowing how happy they will be with the people that adopt them. If the adoption is an allergy situation, I feel delighted that an allergic cat-lover can have a kitty.

Characteristics and a Brief History of the Siberian Cat

The Siberian cat is a very handsome, large longhaired cat with a dense waterproof coat that is unique in texture. Their coat is moderately long, with the thick and slightly shorter fur on their shoulder blades.

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 Siberian cat's tail is long and full. They have big, powerful paws with tufts of fur, capable of protecting their feet in frigid climates.

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Siberian Characteristics

The Siberian characteristics differ from other forest cats like the Maine Coon and Norwegian Forest. The Siberians have a more rounded body shape, whereas the Norwegian Forest Cats have triangular shapes, wedge-shaped faces with slanted eyes. The Maine Coons have a rectangular appearance, more extended in body, proportionally longer legs, and tail.

  • The Siberian is rounded & hefty
  • The chest is barrel-shaped
  • It has contours on his face, which seems like a modified wedge
  • Softer look with large, expressive eyes
  • Full rounded muzzle and chin

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

Historical Tidbits – The Russian Origin& More

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. The Siberian breed did not develop a high profile until cats arrived in East Germany in the 1980s.

Formerly, he was known as the Siberian Forest Cat, but the latter part of the name was removed to avoid confusion with the Norwegian Forest Cat. The first post-Soviet cat show was held in Moscow in 1988. Following many years, several clubs and catteries have appeared, devoting themselves to the well-being and furtherance of the Siberian.

Import to the USA

With Russia's freedom from communism's grip, Siberian cats were able to travel to the U.S. In 1990. An exchange was initially made for four American-bred Himalayan kittens. It was done after over a year of telephone calls, letters, and paperwork, complicated with language barriers, slow mail, and many other problems.

After the struggle, 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 named Kaliostro Vasenjkovich and two females, 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.

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The Best Pick for a Pet!


The magnificent Siberian is reputed to be hypoallergenic. People have come forward with their own experiences that support this belief. Nevertheless, some people have refuted this theory, having experienced reactions to one or more Siberian cats. It rarely happens when 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. Before adoption, it is good to spend some time interacting with the cats before making a 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.

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Flexible Colorpoints

Russians have had the color points as a part of their breeding program since records were kept by the various cat-fancy clubs in Russia. In the 1960s, people used to think that the feral pointed patterned cats and the feral Siberian cats of other colors ‘got together’ along the banks of the Neva River in Leningrad.

Russian breeders soon noticed the festive pattern of these cats and began incorporating them into their Siberian breeding program. The Russians used the nickname Neva Masquerade for this breed. The Neva for the river and Masquerade for the coloring. Neva Masquerade is not a separate class of the Siberians, but it is the Siberian.

According to breeders, no outcross has ever been used to produce the colorpoint Siberian. Anything is possible in any line of the breed as Siberians are a natural breed of cats.

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 color points are now an accepted part of the Siberian standard in the United States.

Sociable Siberians

  • Siberian Cats are very sociable and friendly.
  • They form attachments even as kittens.
  • They desire attention and affection from their families.
  • There is a desire for constant play and interaction.
  • They are loyal, loving companions.

If you have questions not answered here, please feel welcome to email me.

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 real, purebred Siberians. As a veteran in Siberian cat wisdom, let me give you a few pointers to help you steer clear of frauds in the field.

  • Avoid the backyard breeder who is not ethical in the management of their breeding program and treatment of their animals.
  • One indication of a potentially harmful situation can be an unrealistic low adoption fee (below $800).
  • Another is a refusal to allow visitation at the cattery. It's good always to see the pedigrees of the parents.
  • Please contact T.I.C.A. or C.F.A. to check the registration of cattery.
Nikki Wharton-Eby - artist cat specialist