Hey guys. Me and my wife recently bought a Siberian Kitten we named Clancy and I would like to share my story, the YouTube channel I started for him, and a few pictures.
First off, we live in the United States in South Carolina and we got married this past October, and me and my wife moved into an apartment together. I have never had an indoor pet, but grew up on a farm and always had pets, just outside. Dogs, cats, and various farm animals. My wife grew up with different pets, cats and dogs, and for the past ten years or so she had 1-4 indoor cats at any given time, and had 3 at the time we got married.
I am highly allergic to cats. When I would go to her her house while dating I had to make sure I almost never touched her cats, and if I did I had to force myself to not touch my face at all, and had to wash my hands anytime I touched one of the cats or anything the cats came in contact with a lot.
My wife knew this even before we started dating, and she was fine with it. She lived with her parents, so her cats were just as much hers and even if I weren’t allergic we would have left the cats there at her house with her parents since they are inside/outside cats and can come and go as they please, and wouldn’t be happy moving to an exclusively indoor setting. We talked about getting a dog, a Boston Terrier, something we will still eventually do. It is just with us in the apartment right now, on the second floor and with both of us working full time, we don’t think the time is right for a puppy. That is when we started to seriously look into the Siberian cat breed. We talked about it while dating, so it came up again.
Long story short, we found a somewhat local Siberian breeder in Georgia, reserved a kitten in May, and picked him up on June 7th at 11 weeks old with the final cost being $950+$300 pet fee at our apartment (yes, I paid over $1k for a cat). He meowed half the way home, and for the first week he did it here in the apartment almost nonstop. We kept him in the office with all of his stuff when neither of us were home and at night when we were asleep, and let him out with us when we were there and awake. after just a few days we then allowed him to roam around the entire apartment except for our bedroom - I’m trying to keep that one room cat free for now. Since we started leaving him out he has been a totally different cat, much happier and just more well rounded. I guess that goes without saying, but we thought that would be the best way to do it to start with.
I am also thrilled to report that I haven’t had a single allergic to him at all other than maybe an itchy nose a time or two from a single hair going up my nose, but that’s to be expected and I’m not used to an animal being indoors. It is just freakin’ amazing. He can be right in my face cuddling up with me asleep and it doesn’t bother me a single bit. I never in a million years thought I could have a cat inside like this. For those of you curious about the Siberian breed, I HIGHLY recommend it, especially if you are typically allergic to cats. Or heck, even if you just want an awesome cat.
We also decided to start clicker training him with freeze dried chicken treats. So far he can play fetch, sit, stand/beg, shake, high five lay down, roll over, kiss, and wave goodbye. He is a very clever and smart cat, but it is apparently the breed that is also very trainable and “dog like”, and not just Clancy. He is also growing, fast. We went to PetSmart the other day and they had kittens a month older than Clancy, and he is already twice their size. It’s crazy. At five months old, he is now almost 9 pounds. This is going to be one big cat.
Here are a few pictures of him here in the apartment.
We have also started a YouTube channel for him. When we first started looking into the breed, we had a hard time finding too many videos featuring them. There are a few of course, but not nearly as many or exactly of what we were wanting to see. We hope that the videos that we post may help other people when looking for videos of the Siberian breed, to help them make a decision. Here is the YouTube Channel link…
So that is pretty much it, I wanted to share this with everyone, and if any of you have or are familiar with the Siberian breed I’d love to make some connections with other Siberian owners! If you have any questions about the breed feel free to ask. If you are allergic to cats, there is a very good chance that you have an option other than living in misery or constant shots and medications.