Taigamoon is a small cattery. We do one or two carefully planned breedings per year. Although we deeply value and appreciate the Siberian Breed, we also strongly believe in not contributing to the overpopulation of cats in our society. Showing and breeding cats requires an enormous commitment and responsibility and we take this very seriously.
The health of our cats is very important to us, we chosen the traditional Siberian cat breed because the standard was started with a natural and aborigine cats. Health has the highest priority, we test for several genetic diseases. We work for better health in the breed.
In our breeding programme we also emphasize temperament, and our breeding cats come from lines known for being outgoing, sweet and happy. We work to preserve the great temperament and personalities typical for the breed.
We spend hundred of hours studying pedigrees and research to carefully pick our foundation cats for our breeding program. We work to ensure a wide gene base in the breed by using less common lines and more recent foundation.
We wish our cats to be beautiful and follow the standard, so our breeding animals are occasionally shown at various cat shows to get feedback on their type, their results published on our Exhibitions page. We work to better type, without compromise on health and gene base
The common health problems with the Siberian forest cat as a breed falls into four main categories of illness:
The word Cardiomyopathy comes from three words:
So now we have the word for the disease – thickened heart muscle disease or HCM.
HCM remains a well known heart disease affecting a number of purebred cat breeds. The disease results in thickened heart muscles that can prove fatal in the long term. These thick muscles effectively weaken the heart as it has to strain harder to move blood around the cat’s body. HCM has the potential to affect all domestic cats yet the hereditary excellence of the Siberian breed has made it more susceptible than other breeds. This unfortunate illness has led to the condition of HCM affecting even cats that are still their kitten phase of life. Early diagnosis using ultrasound to produce an echocardiogram of the heart is the best way to identify if your cat has this disease.
This disease generally affects the Siberian forest cats in later life. The disease itself is a slow degenerative condition getting worse as your pet gets older. Enlarged and dysfunctional kidneys are a key indicator of PKDs presence.
PKD is a hereditary disease with cysts (or liquid filled sacs) having formed at the kitten’s birth. As the cysts enlarge and fill with liquid the normal functioning of the kidneys is reduced. Typical problems include weight-loss, reduced appetite, excessive thirst, increased urination. It’s possible to diagnose this condition in your kitten from six months and above. However as PKD’s hereditary there’s no effective preventative measure that can be put in place to avert your Siberian forest cat from succumbing to this disease. The finality of this disease is total kidney failure and there’s no effective remedy.
Urinary crystals are the formation of stone-like minerals, crystals and organic matter and reside in the cat’s bladder. They can form from an early age or will form as your Siberian forest cat ages. The Siberian forest cat commonly suffers from FLUTD. It’s essential that a check of the parentage is carried out to find out if the parents or grandparents of the cat suffered from this illness. It’s not fully understood by veterinary science if this illness exists as a hereditary condition. FLUTD covers all urinary tract disorders including, blockages, kidney stones as well as infections.
As this disease effects the bladder typical symptoms include:
Traditional Siberian cats are becoming very rare, early on with the inclusion of color pointed cats and authorized out crosses. Today only 20 years after recognition and staggering gain of popularity worldwide, the Siberian is in danger of extinction. Greedy and unethical breeders more concern into making a quick buck proceed in crisscrossing a staggering numbers of color pointed cats with Siberian destroying a great amount of pedigreed lines, with theses mixes also damaging natural breed traits, temperament and properties. There is also breeders that are propagating fake pedigrees and that allowed unauthorized out-crosses to be made behind close doors, just to produce that "special/ rare color" pushing the sales. It is our goal to breed healthy, strong and beautiful type Siberian cats by careful selection of champion traditional lines, we spend countless hours studying pedigrees, we travel around the world hand pick our breeding stock from only the best Traditional and aborigine Siberian cats. In conclusion we are dedicated to the Preservation of this magnificent breed and we do it simply for a NOT FOR PROFIT Organization Purr-fect Cat Therapy Inc.
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