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Siberian Forest Cat

09th October 2018

Siberian Forest Cat

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The Siberian Forest is a relatively large cat, with a coat which is long and dense. It comes in a variety of colours and patterns. They are said to chirp, chatter and growl rather than meow.

Health and welfare issues

Some lines may be prone to a heart disease called hypertrophic cardiomyopathy. Pyruvate kinase (PK) deficiency has also been identified in the breed.


We have limited the information about inherited disorders to those conditions that are known and proven to exist within a breed. For many breeders and many conditions, insufficient information may be available at this time to know whether any particular breed is necessarily free of any particular condition.

In general, pedigree breeds use a much smaller gene pool for breeding than domestic cats and therefore have a higher risk of developing inherited disorders. In addition, a number of ‘newer’ pedigree breeds are derived from matings between one or more ‘older’ breeds, and in these situations perpetuation of inherited problems that were seen in older breeds is likely within the newer breeds.

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