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About Croshka History Characteristics




Welcome to Croshka Siberians a breeder of quality hypo-allergenic Siberian cats and kittens since 1994. We are a small home based cattery located in Atlanta, Georgia. Croshka has many different lines of Siberian cats from different cat breeders from all over the world including the U.S, Russia, Hungary and Finland. We specialize in many of the rare Siberian colors including the colorpoints with the blue eyes.

This cattery will also give a written health guarantee to all kittens and cats. These kittens will all be registered with TICA. Croshka Siberians is licensed with the State of Georgia with unannounced inspections. We are also member with the Taiga Siberian Cat Club.

We breed quality Siberians for pets only not to be bred. I do have adult retired breeders available occasionally. If you have any further interest in our Siberians please contact me and lets talk about you future purrrrrrrrrrrfect family member.


Written by Kathy Wade

An ancient long-haired breed now popular in the United States is far from new to the Asian continent and Europe. The Siberian Forest Cat is sometimes referred to as simply the "Siberian Cat" or the "Siberia". In Germany it is known as the "Sibirische Katze".

Siberians were common cats roaming the Russian markets and the countryside of their homeland of Siberia. Cats were first brought into Russia by Nobles because they were considered to be exotic pets. The domestic cats mated with the European and Asian wild cats (Felis Silvestris) that were already there. Only a few of those cats who were strong adapted to the harsh Siberian climate and survived Russian immigrants were said to have carried this breed with them as they journeyed to cold Moscow and St. Petersburg leaving the cold inhospitable climate of the North. The breed continued to survive the harsh winters and climate and developed a thick fur and waterproof, oily coat. During this time no one bothered to develop the Siberian into a pedigreed cat. Russia did not allow citizens to own any kind of household pet, pedigreed or otherwise, because of the food shortage.

Despite the fact that the Siberian is a natural breed and is the national cat of Russia, its familiar presence allows it to be taken for granted rather than worthy of note in Russian literature. Finding written information in Russia is understandably fairly difficult.

Many stories have been told about this breed which we are not sure are true today. The Siberian Cats first appeared in recorded history in the year 1000 AD. The breed, as it spread throughout Europe, was noted in Harrison Weir's late nineteenth century book, "Our Cats and All About Them", as one of the three longhairs represented at the first cat show held in England in 1871. The second written proof was in 1925 from the book "Brehms Tierleben" where a stocky longhaired red cat named Tobolsker coming from Caucasus is mentioned. Siberians can be found in Russian paintings that are hundreds of years old.

Also in Russian folklore these magnificent cats made their homes in Russian monasteries. In the monasteries they would walk along the high beams and use their speed, strength, and agility. The Siberians would be on the lookout for intruders, and yet show the monks loyal and loving companionship. The Siberian is also Russia's native cat. With all of this information we all can see that it is not a new breed to Europe.

In later years after the end of the cold war in Russia, cat clubs became fashionable, and citizens were allowed to own pets. Many cat clubs developed and one is St. Petersburg Kotofei (pronounced COT-ah-fay), which is a division of ACFA. Kotofei, named after a fabled Russian character that had the head of a cat, is one of the few Russian cat clubs that extended official pedigrees. It wasn't until 1987 that Kotofei was formed and breeding records started being kept. The first cat show in Moscow was held in 1988. Since then many new cat clubs and registries have developed.

In 1990 a Himalayan breeder named Elizabeth Terrell who lived in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, and a materials engineer from Hackensack, New Jersey, named David Boehm both began negotiations with Russian breeders. Mrs. Terrell was in a cultural exchange of two breeds not known in either region. She had two Himalayans sent to Russia in exchange for some Siberians. Mrs. Terrell saw a 1988 article in a Himalayan breed publication that asked if any American breeders would be willing to send Himalayans to Russia to help get that breed established there. Meanwhile David Boehm had read an article about the Siberian Cats written by a woman in West Germany. Later he learned that she was coming that year to the States exhibiting two of her Siberians at the ACFA international show. After speaking to her at the show he decided to go to Russia himself and get some Siberians and bring them back. As he arrived in Moscow three Siberian kittens departed the airport bound for the United States. The three kitten were being shipped to Elizabeth Terrell. After much searching he arrived back home with many Siberians of his own. From all of these many long hours and communication with the Russians the United States now had the Siberian Cat.


Rating the breed on a scale of one to ten the Siberian rates the following:

  • Activity level - 6
  • Affection toward its owner - 7
  • Intelligence - 8
  • Playfulness - 8
  • Vocalism - 3
  • Independence - 6
  • Need for attention - 5
  • Docility - 3
  • Healthiness & hardiness - 9
  • Need for grooming - 3
  • Compatibility with children - 8
  • Compatibility with other pets - 8

HYPO-ALLERGENIC CATS: After many years of breeding Siberians and having many people visiting my home, I started to notice that people with cat allergies could tolerate the Siberian. I myself am allergic to cats and I have no problem with them. Some Siberian breeders have thought that the Siberians may have reduced cat allergens called FEL D1. This allergen is extremely potent. Secretions from the glands of the skin are the primary source of FEL D1, but it is also deposited on the fur through the saliva when they clean themselves. Eventually the allergen flakes off and becomes airborne to trigger the symptoms that characterize allergies to cats. Feline allergen levels vary within the Siberian breed, and human reactions to this allergen vary considerably. Please remember, the term hypoallergenic means "causes less allergic response".. Just through many years of experience I have placed kittens in homes of people who have never been able to own a cat before!! If possible it is best to visit a Siberian in person.

Multiple studies have shown neutering sharply reduces Fel-d1 levels and allergic reactions. The allergen is hormonally controlled, and non-neutered males produce the highest levels. After neutering, allergen levels drop sharply in both males and females. We recommend earlier neutering in households with cat allergies. In our experience we have not noticed a difference in color or sex of a neutered Siberian in family’s homes with allergies. Croshka Siberians did test Fel-d1 allergen levels from some of our adult breeding cats. These samples were sent to Indoor Biotechnologies, which specializes in measuring Fel-d1 allergens. Much to our pleasant surprise a large majority of my cat line has very low allergen levels!!!! Levels of Fel-d1 increase during the first year or two, so we must wait until cats are nine to twelve months old to begin allergen testing

MALE vs. FEMALE BEHAVIOR FINDINGS: In the book "The Cat's Mind" by Dr. Bruce Fogle, a survey had been done with over 100 small animal Veterinarians. He was trying to determine the different behavior in males and females and neutered male and female cats. This was a "forced evaluation" survey.

The survey determined that NEUTERED MALES AND FEMALES SHOWED MINIMAL DIFFERENCES IN BEHAVIOR. Neutered males are very slightly friendlier to other household cats and are slightly easier to handle and give a little more affection than females. There is no difference in their demand for attention, hygiene, level of activity, destructiveness, use of voice, excitability or playfulness. Both male and female cats can spray when not spayed or neutered.

There is some evidence that as far as friendliness to other cats, handling and giving affection, NEUTERED MALES ACTUALLY MAKE EASIER PETS THAN DO NEUTERED FEMALES.

SIZE ISSUE: Female cats average 8-13 lbs, males average 10-17 lbs, with some being larger. Males do become much more muscular than females. Siberians are slow to mature and take up to five years to fully develop.

PERSONALITY: The Siberians have a wonderful dog like purrrrrrrsonality and they are very affectionate!!! A Siberian usually will not run off and hide under a chair or bed when seeing a stranger. Unlike many breeds this breed will come over and greet the stranger. They are very intelligent and learn quickly and even "problem solve" to get what they want. They love to be spoken to and will come running if called by name. Siberians also have a triple purr and unlike other breeds have a chirping sound when coming up to greet you. They also have a large bushy tail that stands at attention and does a shimmering effect when happy, that may look like they are spraying to some which is not what they are doing. Siberians have a fascination with water, often dropping toys into their water dishes or investigating bathtubs before they dry. This is the ideal lap cat that is calm and yet very active at playtime.


About Croshka History Characteristics


Kathy Wade
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