Table of contents:
- How much does a Siberian cat kitten cost, and where can you buy it?
- At what age can a Siberian cat kitten be taken to a new home?
- What to look for when buying a Siberian kitten?
- How quickly do Siberian cats grow up?
- How to feed a Siberian cat?
- How often to feed a Siberian cat?
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How much does a Siberian cat kitten cost, and where can you buy it?
Siberian cats are very popular not only in Russia, but also abroad. Kennels for breeding this breed are located relatively evenly in the country, which makes it easier to buy a kitten. The need for booking (especially for Siberians of the breed and show classes of rare colors), however, remains. It is not difficult to buy a pet-class kitten (with significant exterior defects). Siberians without pedigree from producers who also do not have documents confirming their origin can be purchased at a price of 500 rubles per kitten. Club Siberian pet-class kittens are more expensive - from 5,000 to 20,000 rubles. The price for Siberian breed-class kittens ranges from 30,000 to 45,000 rubles, show-class - from 50,000 to 70,000 rubles, and sometimes even higher.
The cost of kittens in most cases is determined individually and depends on many factors: exterior, color, pedigree, breeder, cattery, etc.
At what age can a Siberian cat kitten be taken to a new home?
Siberian kittens can be transported to a new home only at the age of three months or more. Up to this age, kittens are in dire need of communication with their mother and feeding her milk. By being near her, kittens learn useful skills, including eating solid food, lapping, using a litter box, scratching post, and interacting with other cats and people. Also, before the third month of a kitten's life, the primary vaccination, sterilization or castration is completed, which the new owner will not have to think about. Many breeders prefer to transfer Siberians in breeds and show classes at the age of 4 months.
What to look for when buying a Siberian kitten?
When buying a Siberian kitten, you need to pay attention first of all to its exterior and behavior. The kitten should not be lethargic, passive, aggressive, withdrawn, cowardly. When choosing a Siberian for exhibitions and breeding, it is recommended to seek the help of a professional who knows the breed.
The breeder needs to clarify information about the health of the chosen kitten and its parents, in particular, whether there are any hereditary diseases in the genus, if any, what; whether vaccination, neutering or castration (for pet-class cats) has been carried out and other information. You should also inquire about the characteristics of the future pet and its health. The breeder must provide a certificate that the purchased kitten is healthy. It is equally important to make sure of the correct execution of documents and their authenticity. To this end, it is recommended that you first look at the samples of filling out pedigrees on the websites of clubs, you can also check the authenticity in the club that issued the document, or resort to the help of the same specialist.
It is worth noting that a conscientious breeder is obliged not only to inform future owners about the shortcomings of the exterior and health of the chosen pet, but also to provide recommendations for the care, maintenance, feeding, transportation and prevention of diseases.
How quickly do Siberian cats grow up?
Puberty in cats of this breed is rather early - from 5-6 months (cats) and 9-10 months (cats). But Siberians reach full physical development only by three to five years.
Cats can give birth to kittens up to 10-12 years old and older. Pregnancy lasts about 2 months, with an average of 3-6 kittens in a litter (up to 9 kittens). Kittens' eyes open in the first week of life, lactation lasts for 3-4 weeks. From one month old, kittens begin to eat solid food.
How to feed a Siberian cat?
Feeding Siberian cats is no different from feeding other feline breeds. In addition, Siberians are usually not picky about food. At first, the kitten is fed the same food as the breeder. And when the kitten gets used to the new home, they begin to transfer it to another type of feeding (if the current one does not suit you). The transfer should take place smoothly - within 7-14 days - adding a little new to the old feed and increasing its amount daily. At this time, carefully monitor the well-being of the kitten and his chair. If loose, poorly shaped stools appear, you will need to add some old food and reduce the amount of new food before stool recovers.
Today there are several types of feeding: natural feeding; feeding with dry food; wet feeding; mixed feeding - wet and dry food from the same manufacturer or line; raw food diet. The latter is now gaining great popularity. But, do not believe the advertisements that your pet will "flourish" on such a diet. According to the latest data, a raw food diet is not suitable for every cat, everything is strictly individual. Some feel great, while others, on the contrary, have health problems.
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When choosing a commercial food, be aware that cats do not need as many carbohydrates as dogs. In nature, carbohydrates account for no more than 5%, everything else is protein and a little fat. The intestines of cats are not designed to digest large amounts of fiber, so the amount of cereals in the diet (especially with a high amount of gluten) should be kept to a minimum.
Many companies produce food specially designed for Siberian cats. Feeding with wet food is encouraged by many veterinarians because it contains more moisture, which reduces the development of urolithiasis.
No matter what you are going to feed your cat, the animal should always have fresh and clean water freely available. Some owners purchase special fountains for cats. Cats drink from such fountains more willingly, as they prefer standing water. In addition, in such fountains, the water remains clean for a long time, thanks to the filters built into them.
How often to feed a Siberian cat?
Kittens at the age of three months are fed 5-6 times a day, at the age of 5-6 months - 4-5 times a day, up to a year - 3-4 times, and adults 2 times a day. It is advisable to feed the cats at the same time and not more than 12 hours between feedings.
Authors: wolchonokW7, Gurieva S.