Looking for Siberian cat breeders in South Carolina?
Unfortunately, at the time of publishing, I was not able to find any breeders in the state of South Carolina breeding Siberian cats.
If you run a cattery or are a breeder, or know any that are breeding in the state, please feel free to drop me a comment below.
I’ll add them to this post to help residents of South Carolina find a breeder near them.
While you’re here, feel free to read this article to find out more about Siberians and why they’re such awesome family pets.
Here are links to my lists of breeders in other states, maybe you can find a breeder in a neighboring state:
Siberian Cat Breeders Across the U.S.
What TICA and CFA Certifications Mean
Trusting a breeder to provide you with the perfect kitten is a big deal. In my experience, there are very few bad breeders, but there are some ways you can safeguard yourself.
A lot of breeders elect to be TICA or CFA certified. This means they are registering their cats, along with adhering to strong ethical codes of practice.
Here is a brief overview of what being a member of these organizations means:
TICA (The International Cat Association) – Founded in 1979, TICA is the world’s largest genetic registry of pedigreed cats.
You’ll see a lot of breeders displaying their logo. This shows their cattery has been approved and they are registering their cats.
CFA (The Cat Fanciers’ Association) – The CFA was founded in 1906 and is the oldest and largest North American registry for pedigree cats.
They provide a lot of information about running a cattery and breeding pedigree cats. You’ll see a lot of breeders proudly displaying their affiliation with the CFA.
How Much Do Siberian Cats Cost?
Siberians are a fairly rare, exotic breed, so it’s no surprise that they come with a pretty high price tag – but they’re worth every penny!
It’s hard to give you an idea how much you’re going to have to pay, there are so many factors that influence the price of Siberian.
As a general rule of thumb, however, you can expect to pay somewhere in the range of $1,500-$4,000.
If you’re buying a Siberian because you want a hypoallergenic cat, some variations are better than others.
Make sure you discuss this with a breeder, although this is something that can also hike the price up a little.
Siberian Cat Resources
Chances are, you’re in the process of finding your first Siberian cat. So, I thought I would include a couple of resources that might come in handy.
The subreddit for Siberian cats is pretty active. It’s a great place to meet other owners that will be just as – or more enthusiastic – than you are.
You can share pictures, ask questions, and find out little nuggets of information about Siberians from real owners.
If you were not able to find a breeder near you or with a litter upcoming, then you might want to check out Adoptapet.com.
Adoptapet is an online resource where shelters, rescues, and private owners list cats in need of rehoming.
It’s worth taking a look to see if there is a Siberian near you in need of a new home. It’s hard not to fall in love with a cat looking for a new family!
Are Siberian Cats Good for Allergy Sufferers?
Siberian cats are good for allergy sufferers, Yes.
You may have seen them being sold as hypoallergenic, and there is certainly some truth to this.
The science behind why Siberian cats are better for allergy sufferers revolves around an allergen called FelD1 that cats produce.
It’s this allergen that causes allergic reactions in people with allergies. Siberians produce a much lower than average amount of FelD1, and as a result, allergy sufferers do not have the same reaction as they do with other cats.
It’s still very much dependent on the individual, and the cat. The level of FelD1 will vary, as will the severity of a person’s allergies.
If you are a sufferer, you should always try and spend some time around a Siberian before buying one to be on the safe side.
How Long Do Siberian Cats Live?
According to various sources, the average life expectancy of a Siberian cat is 10-12 years.
The only congenital disease known to affect Siberians is hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HCM), which is the most common type of heart disease cats suffer from.
Do Siberian Cats Make For Good Family Pets?
Siberian cats really are one of the best family pets, yes.
Of course, it depends on what type of household you have and exactly what you’re looking for in a cat.
Personality-wise, Siberians are social, friendly, intelligent, and playful cats. They’re a handful as kittens (in a good way), and love exploring and hunting as adults.
Something to take into account is that Siberians are not very independent cats, they do enjoy having people and other pets around.
Despite having thick coats, they’re easy to care for. All you need to do is give them a brush a couple of times a week to keep tangles and matting at bay.
When you do this from an early age it’s more fun and a way to bond than it is a chore.
Personally, I’m a huge fan and can’t say enough good things about Siberians. It’s your decision though, so do think it over carefully and speak with some breeders if you have any doubts.
Image credits – Header photo by Elsa Noblet on Unsplash