The national cat of Russia, the Siberian is a large and powerfully built cat breed with a history going back centuries in its native land.
The Siberian’s thick coat and athleticism are well adapted to life in the frozen north, but these cats are happy in all kinds of environments.
Siberians want to be in the middle of the action, but they are easygoing and fit in well with families and other pets.
They are also said to be hypoallergenic to a certain extent, despite their long hair.
Should you Purchase Insurance for your Siberian Cat?
Siberians tend to be fairly healthy, living an average of 10 to 15 years.
They are particularly susceptible to one congenital health problem:
- Feline cardiomyopathy: all cats are at risk for cardiomyopathy, which is a term that encompasses four related conditions in which the muscles of the heart become weakened or fail to function properly. Left untreated, cardiomyopathy often leads to heart failure and death. The condition is diagnosed based on a veterinarian’s examination for heart murmurs and other cardiac abnormalities. Treatment usually involves the administration of drugs that help to restore the heart’s normal rhythm.
Siberians are very popular, with prices to match; kittens today can cost $1000 dollars or more.
Owners willing to pay that amount of money for this special cat will naturally do their research before dealing with a breeder, and may also find that it makes financial (and emotional) sense to protect a new Siberian kitten with a health insurance plan that will provide for its medical needs throughout what will hopefully be a long and joyful life.