Wonderful pedigree Siberian kittens sometimes available to loving INDOOR ONLY homes.
To go on my waiting list you will be required to pay a non refundable deposit of £100 to secure a place. (this comes off the overall cost of a kitten). On choosing your kitten a further £100 is required to reserve them and the balance payable on collection.
Sorry I no longer accept waiting list enquiries without a deposit.
Please contact me via my website !

Allergy testing available on request for a small fee

WARNING! Scammers on free advertising sites selling so called pedigree kittens for cheap, do not approach these people and go only to a registered breeder. I have also noticed people selling very young unvaccinated, unregistered kittens for cheap on these sites, again these type of kittens do not make great pets and are far to young to be rehomed, they most likely won't be purebred siberians either!

Information on my website 'adopting a kitten page' on why you should choose a reputable, registered breeder.

Monday, 19 December 2011

Introducing Ruslana

Here are some pictures of a last minute addition to our family. She is a traditional brown tabby female who has 100% Russian lines. She will be joining us in January along with Rasputin. I am very grateful to have been given the opportunity to have this beautiful girl join us and would like to thank her breeder a lot for allowing us to have her as she was going to stay with her.

Sunday, 18 December 2011

Unexpected addition

I am pleased to inform you all that we have a new kitty joining us in Jan along with Rasputin. She is a wonderful traditional brown tabby female who will be a future breeding queen here. I saw her and instantly fell in love but her breeder was going to keep her. After much thought she has decided to let her join me next year. I will post more information and pictures soon.

Sunday, 4 December 2011

Merry Christmas and a Happy new year

Well its nearly that time of year again and this year has just gone so quick. We have had some great times this year but also some difficult times. The highlight would be having had two beautiful litters this year and seeing those babies happy in their new homes and seeing there owners loving having them as part of the family. It makes breeding Siberians all worth it. I would like to say it is not always easy and with the happy times comes the sad times to. Anyone wanting to become a breeder needs to know it is a labour of love and not easy. I have devoted alot of my spare time to raising well socialised kittens. It really does take over your life!

We have lots of exciting plans for matings next year and I also hope to move home early next year with my babies but will be staying here in Liverpool. So it will be a busy time and of course I am looking forward to the arrival of my Beautiful Rasputin In early January. I also hope to have a couple of new additions to my cattery in the near future and will be retiring a couple of girls.

I would just like to wish everyone a very Merry Christmas and a Happy new year and hope all my Druzhina babies whether past or present are spoilt rotten this Christmas. Stay safe and I hope to have more updates in the new year on future litters.

Friday, 11 November 2011

Breeding Plans for 2012

Below are my breeding plans for 2012. This is an approximate idea of which pairings will take place and when. Obviously these plans depend on the cats and so are not guaranteed. I also cannot guarantee colours as I do not know what all my cats carry colourwise so again expected colours are only estimations. If you would like a kitten from a particular mating please get intouch. The waiting list is open for 2012 litters. (I have decided not to sell breeding kittens in the UK at this time)

Spring 2012:

Ellie and Boris:

Expected colours: All solids/smokes in black, possible blue with or without white

Karlisa and Rasputin:

Expected colours: Black/silver tabbies, Brown tabbies, Golden tabbies and possible black smokes/solids.

Belle and Rasputin:

Expected colours: Black/silver tabbies, Brown tabbies, Golden tabbies and possible black smokes/solids with and without white.

Summer 2012:

Xena and Rasputin:

Expected colours: Black/silver tabbies, Brown tabbies, Golden tabbies

Dinara and Boris:

Expected colours: Black/silver tabbies/torties, Red silver tabbies, Smokes in black, blue, tortie,red/cream, possible solids in these colours with or without white

Autumn 2012:

Dahlia and Boris:

Expected colours: Black/silver tabbies, Golden tabbies, Black/blue smokes.

Ruslana and Boris:

Expected colours: Black/brown tabbies, Black silver tabbies

Sunday, 6 November 2011

Halloween Kitty

Here are a few pictures of Efrem and his owner getting ready for Halloween. He is looking lovely Kathy :)

Sunday, 30 October 2011

Firework fears

Well its that time of year again when fireworks will soon be going off and it can be a troublesome time for pets. Below are some helpful tips to help cats who have a fear of fireworks.

Ideally at least one week before the event:

1/ I deally keep your cat confined to the house and provide a litter tray
2/Make sure the cat has some form of identification incase they do escape
3/ Use a plug in Feliway diffuser in the room your cat uses to rest
4/ Make sure there are plenty of bolt holes and places to hide inside the home

On the day of the event:

1/ Check the cat is definitely inside the house before dark an that escape routes to the outside are blocked.
2/ Create a darkened room and put some music on or the TV to drown out the firework noise
3/ Wherever the cat chooses to hide leave them well alone until they feel safe enough to emerge
4/ Do not punish or fuss your cat during the event
5/ Stay calm and act normally

After the Event

1/ Leave the Feliway diffuser plugged in for at least one week after the event
2/ If similar events are likely to happen over a number of nights maintain a Feliway Diffuser throughout the whole period

Feliway contains a synthetic analogue of the facial feline pheromone which cats deposit ont objects in their environment when they feel safe and secure. In the context of fireworks, Feliway is used to increase the sense of familiarity and security of the home environment which reduces a cats fearfulreactions to loud noises.
For more information on FELIWAY contact your vet.

More information available at www.feliway.uk.com. This product has many uses i.e when moving home, adding a new pet, scratching or spraying behaviour etc.

Monday, 24 October 2011

re waiting list

I wanted to just let people know that I won't be having anymore kittens until next year now. I have had alot of enquiries about kittens and allergy sittings etc. Unfortunately I cannot offer allergy sittings at the moment as I have no kittens due. If you are interested in a kitten next year then by all means get in touch and I can keep you informed of my plans. I do normally do allergy sittings but only when I have kittens planned as otherwise I find people do the testing and then get a kitten from somewhere else.

I would like to point out that if adopting a kitten then you really must test with the parents of the kitten as not all lines are the same. It is no good having a sitting with one person and buying from someone else as this won't give accurate results so please bare this in mind when choosing your kitten.

Thursday, 20 October 2011

Rasputin 5.5 months old

Some more pictures of Rasputin from his breeder. I have to say I was surprised to see how beautiful he looks now. Previous photos have not really shown his eyes of very well as they have been taken with a flash but the breeder managed to get these on a sunny day without flash. I love his look and how he is developing... only just over 2 months until he will be here and I'm starting to get very excited. He will be my best Christmas present although a little belated :)

Here is some of the handsome guy, I would like to thank his breeder again for lots of lovely pictures, she is so good at sending me regular updates which makes the whole waiting game a lot easier.

Tuesday, 18 October 2011

Re HCM post

It has come to my attention that another breeder has commented on my post re HCM testing claiming the information is inaccurate. When posting the info I accidently described the HCM gene as a non dominant gene of which I have corrected but all other information is correct. I have not gone into alot of detail on the subject as the post was merely to inform others of the results from the scanning I had done. If people wish to gather more information on the subject then this can be found online or by asking your vet. I have previously posted a link to Siberian research centre and info can be found by clicking here on wikipedia and scroll down to related disorders for information of the disease in cats, feline advisory bureau also has information.

With regards PKD (polycystic kidney disease) whilst this may not be a disease that originated from this breed it has been reported in the breed from persian blood. Some pedigrees way back may have used persians as outcrosses for a rounder head or fuller coat and early pedigree records may not be correct and so although not common it could be a problem in some lines as we don't know what is in the early pedigrees is accurate.

I have chosen to test my cats for conditions I feel may be appropriate others may choose to or not but I would like other breeders to refrain from posting negative comments about what im doing. It is common place in Europe and other parts of the world for people to scan their cats hearts as a preventative measure to help pick up HCM early before it becomes a problem in the lines. Relying on pedigrees is not fool proof as pedigrees may not be correct and since not all cases are reported by breeders/owners not all the information is available.

There is a genetic test available in certain breeds i.e maine coons that can pick up genes known to cause a problem but this is not validated for the siberian and as yet there is no genetic test available, there are also believed to be more than one gene responsible for HCM and so even if a test becomes available it may not guarantee all cats that have the potential to develop HCM will be identified. So unfortunately the only accurate way to determine how the heart is functioning is via echocardiogram (ultarasound scanning) not genetic/blood testing.

Saturday, 15 October 2011

HCM scanning

I am pleased to say that I had 3 of my cats hearts scanned today for hypertrophic cardiomyopathy and all cats were found to have apparently healthy hearts with no signs of HCM on ausculation and ultrasound examination. These cats were Karlisa, Boris and Belle ( Mother, son and daughter). You may be wondering what this condition is and why they have been scanned? click here for link of brief explanation of the disease.
This disease has been found in this breed along with cases of pkd, testing for the latter is pretty straight forward and a simple gene test can normally pick up the the identified mutation which is believed to have come into the breed from outcrossing to persians, but HCM is alittle more difficult as more than one gene can cause it. At the moment no gene test is available for HCM in this breed although researchers are working on finding the responsible gene(s) and so only by having cats hearts examined via ausculation (listening with a stethoscope) for murmurs and ultrasound examination of the heart muscle can changes be picked up. Hcm causes thickening of the heart muscle leading to heart failure or sudden death. Due to the nature of the disease it does not mean that a negative cat will stay that way and so regular monitoring of breeding cats is needed to ensure they stay healthy. The recommended testing as far as I am aware is once a year until 3 yrs old (start at 12 months) and then every 2-3 yrs there after. Karlisa is three now and so will hopefully be tested one last time before she retires in a couple of years. Her offspring and any future breeding cats will also be tested.

I am working on testing the other girls in due course and Rasputin will be tested once he is 12 months old. The lines I have tested so far are the lines that I will most likely sell offspring from for breeding hence my decisions to test those first. The other lines I have not decided if I will continue to work with or keep in breeding but if they stay in breeding then they will be tested. It is a difficult disease to control and it is impossible to eliminate all genetic disease. Care must also be taken not to abandon all lines that may have issues further back as if we do that then we severely restrict the gene pool leading to other health issues. HCM has been tracked back to a small handful of foundation cats and lines with heavy inbreeding. Quote from SRI data 'The highest levels of deaths are reported on lines with heavy inbreeding '

My aim is to follow advice from SRI and try to select lines with minimal or no cases of HCM reported, test breeding cats regularly and keep inbreeding to a minimum. I would like to say that at the moment HCM is not a big problem in the breed as in some other breeds but careful monitoring and testing is needed to help bring to light cats with this gene.

Sunday, 9 October 2011

Elisaveta and Elsei update

We got this update recently from the babies new owners, I have posted what they have had to say about their kittens and some pictures, Thanks Jac and Jonny for offering a loving home to these babies, they are looking gorgeous x

''We can't believe they have only been with us for 11 days- it seems like forever.
They have settled into our place so well. They were a little cautious for the first day or two but soon made themselves at home! Our vet absolutely loved them and were very impressed with everything that had been done for them. They are booked in to be neutered mid October.

We love having them at home. They are absolutely wonderful, such a pleasure to be around. They come and greet us each time we come through the door, and purr loudly- it's amazing. They are eating really well and love meal times. Confucius also seems to be extremely interested in what we are eating too.
They are very playful and love playing together and with us. Then they get tired, very affectionate and fall asleep on our laps purring loudly.

They have such wonderful personalities too. BaoBao is the first to give affection or to play, whilst confucius is a little more thoughtful, is always first in line for food, and the first to want a cuddle when he's tired. They met two of our friends on saturday, and they were very well behaved, not at all scared, and very affectionate towards them. Needless to say our friends completely fell in love with them!

They are so incredibly cute. Their fur is wonderful and fluffy, and their markings are beautiful. Confucius is getting quite big, his face has grown a bit broader I think.
We are so happy with them. And, no allergy problems either. We both feel very lucky to have them.''

Sunday, 2 October 2011

New blog

Although not related to breeding cats I would just like to announce my new blog. It is in relation to my pet grooming business which was set up at the vets I work at. I have been doing it for 18 months now but officially became a qualified groomer in the summer of 2010. Click on title for link and please feel free to follow it.

Saturday, 1 October 2011

Update on Epifanii and Edesii (Elsa and Desi)

Two of Dahlia's babies Epifanii and Edesii went to their new home together a couple of weeks ago and they are doing well by all accounts. They are settling in very well and having great fun according to owner, always into mischief and keeping their owners on their toes here are a few pictures of them in action, what a gorgeous pair, love the action shot, great pictures Abi :)

Thursday, 29 September 2011

update on kittens from Ellies litter

All the boys from Ellie are in new homes now and settled, I have some pictures of the two black smoke boys and the blue tabby boy to share. Thanks to their owners for offering a loving home. As you can see they are getting along well and have bonded with their new owners wanting to be with them and involved in family life. Domino the blue tabby has gone to live with another siberian who is a lovely brown tabby adult female from Alexandrite siberians!