Tiberius Cats
The purr-fect Siberian

? Frequently Asked Questions?

What is a breed standard?

A breed standard is defined as a set of characteristics which allows people to identify the type of cat you have.  Characteristics include the coat, the body type and shape, the head.  The head is more heavily weighted in show society due to the muzzle type, ear set, eyes, etc.  If you are looking for breed standard, please visit CFA’s website to read more:   http://www.cfainc.org/Breeds/BreedsSthruT/Siberian.aspx

What is the personality of the breed?

Personality characteristics of the breed are as follows:

Activity level -6

Affection toward   its owner -7

Intelligence -8

Playfulness -8

Vocalism -3

Independence -6

Need for attention   -5

Docility -3

Healthiness &   hardiness -9

Need for grooming   -3

Compatibility with   children -8

Compatibility with   other pets -8

Deciphering the chart!

The Siberian cat, while very even keel, is an energetic animal who loves their human and craves their attention and presence.  They are highly intelligent and very playful animal, loving great heights and great mysteries (closed cupboards).

This is not a cat for someone who wants a docile animal.  These animals only lay on you when you must get up. 

The Siberian will enjoy ‘helping’ with all your tasks whether it be brushing your teeth or cooking, so watch the stove and the cutlery.  If you don’t like hair floating in the coffee, drink up…as the Siberian loves to dip the paws in all things that have a reflection.  They love water and they drink right from the sink.  Many are like a dog: come when called, bring a toy, and of course they carry away their prizes/bounty.  These cats love their crunchy treats and they love to be complemented on their beauty. They require regular and frequent brushing as they do get matted hair. 

Siberians require time and attention and in return they provide a lifetime of unconditional love.

How long is the gestation period?

The gestation period for a cat is ranges from 65 to 68 days which is roughly 2 months.

Once kittens are born, when are they ready for pick up?

Kittens take time to grow as all young ones do.  For the first 2 weeks, the ears and eyes are closed as babies suckle on their mothers.  They start to wobble and look like bobble head dolls until they are about 4 weeks old.  They start to learn to use the litter box and we try to wean by 9 weeks.  Kittens require their core vaccinations, their rabies vaccinations and of course they will need to be de-sexed before leaving for their new homes.  We try to have kittens ready between the age of 14 and 16 weeks of age.

What happens when a litter is born?

Well, we become very busy.  We help the queen with the birthing process, making sure she is comfortable and safe. 

Day 1: As kittens are delivered, they are cleaned from the sack, weighed and marked.  Their air passed is cleaned with a bulb syringe and babies are kept warm until the mother is ready for them to start suckling.  It is imperative that kittens receive colostrum in the first 24-48 hours to boost immunity.

Day 2: Early days are very important for the new mother and her babies.  We watch them and help with feeding.  Weighing on a regular basis allows us to make sure that babies are gaining weight and growing properly.  Mothers lick the babies to stimulate excretion.

Days 3-4: The umbilical cord should start drying and falling off without any inflammation.  If kittens require supplemental feeding, we help the mother depending on the need.  Sometimes bi-hourly, sometimes just twice a day.

Day 10-14: Eyes begin to open as do the ear canals.  Kittens are born blind and deaf.  They respond to vibrations and to smells.  All kittens are born with blue eyes.  This color will eventually change.

Week 3:  Kittens can begin to utilize a litter box as they no longer need to be stimulated.  Unsure on their feet, they learn to explore.  They are used to being held and weighed.  Some are used to being fed extra helpings and welcome the feeding hand.

Week 4: Babies start to show teeth and can even start to take semi solid food.

Week 5: Kittens are starting to motor about and climb places they are not permitted to go. 

Week 6: Vaccination schedules begin with core vaccines.  First worming.

Week 10: Second set of core vaccines is administered.

Weeks 12-13:  Kittens are de-sexed, microchiped and vaccinated against rabies if weight gain has been acceptable.

Week 16: Kittens begin to look for new homes.

Coat Color Primer

Coat color descriptions used in show rings and by breeders likely make little sense to anyone else. This is a very basic coat color primer that will hopefully allow the European EMS codes correlate to US show color descriptions and to you.

Cats have 3 colors: Red, Black and White.  

Red cats, solid red are designated by just the letter in EMS code, ‘d’.  Black cats are designated as ‘n’ and white cats are designated as ‘w’.

A black with white is sometimes called a tuxedo cat and is designed as ‘n09’ in EMS code.

There are also blue, cream, as well as variations of those. 

The blue is a dilute color of the black and requires 2 dilutions genes, one from each parent.  The blue is designated as ‘a’ in EMS code. These colors come with white or without.  Sometimes we get a locket, sometime white paws.

The cream is a dilute color of the red and it too requires two copies of the dilution genes, one from each parent.  The cream color is designed as an ‘e’ in EMS code.

Color is different from pattern.  Tabby markings on a cat relate to their pattern.  The default in the US is the classic pattern.  It’s designate in EMS code is 22.  The classic pattern has a floret on hip.  Therefore a black or a brown classic tabby (n 22) has a pattern in black and a lighter ground color.



Likewise, a blue silver classic tabby, has the floret pattern displayed in the blue color with the lighter, silver ground. EMS designation is as 22 (a = blue, s = silver, 22 = classic pattern).


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