Adopting a Siberian kitten involves a considerable investment of money and time. Not only are Siberians expensive, but they can live for up to 22 years. It is a decision that deserves a lot of careful thought and research.
Be cautious of buying from breeders whose prices are too good to be true. Be sure to ask a lot of questions when interviewing breeders. Find out about their health guarantee and which health testing (initial and ongoing) they perform on their cats. Does a veterinarian examine their kittens before they are sent to their new homes? Have they received vaccines appropriate for their age? At what age do they allow their kittens to leave for their new homes?
When selecting a Siberian kitten, consider which characteristics are most important to you and discuss them with the breeder. The breeder should know each kitten well and help guide you toward the right one. Kittens are usually ready to rehome between 12 and 16 weeks of age, by which time they have had their first basic vaccinations and have developed the physical and social stability needed for a new environment. Kittens who leave before they are 12 weeks of age may be more prone to behavioral problems and their immune systems may not be strong enough to handle the stress of moving to a new home.
*It is not unusual for breeders to occasionally have retired breeding cats available at lower prices.
We do keep a waiting list for future litters. This is partially due to high demand, and it also helps us know when to plan our litters. A waiting list allows us to plan mating’s in such a way that we can to try to meet the demand for kittens but avoid over-producing. We want to help families find healthy Siberian kittens and cats to bring into their homes, not contribute to the unwanted kitten population.
The first step in getting onto our waiting list is the completion of our adoption form. This form must be submitted and reviewed before we will accept a deposit. We charge a non-refundable deposit of $100 to join our waitlist. When a litter is born, the people on our waiting list will be notified and we will narrow down which people on the list are interested in kittens from that litter. People on the list may choose to wait for another litter if they are looking for a specific gender, color, etc. Kitten selection will happen in the order that deposits were received. An additional deposit of $600 will be due at the time of kitten selection. A specific kitten is not considered to be reserved until the full deposit amount of $700 has been received. The remainder of the balance is due in cash at the time of pick up.
Our kittens will fall under one of five categories.
Available = available for reservation
Reserved = a deposit has been placed and the kitten is not available
Sold = the kitten has moved to his/her new home
Option = we are holding onto this kitten for further evaluation. This kitten may become available later.
Hold = we are holding this kitten for someone who has scheduled an allergy test but has not yet put down a deposit. This kitten may be available later.
*Shaded Sky Siberians reserves the right to keep any kitten for breeding and/or show. There may be times when we keep a kitten to evaluate but decide to make it available for
adoption at a later time.
*Shaded Sky Siberians reserves the right to decline applications for adoption at our discretion. We carefully choose the best new family for each kitten. This is for the benefit of the kittens AND our customers.
Some people have very strong opinions about which gender they want their new kitten to be. Others are confused about which to choose. Hopefully, we can help clear up some misconceptions about males and females and describe some of the differences for you.
Females are just as likely to spray urine when they go into heat as unneutered males. Having your kitten spayed or neutered by six months of age should prevent any hormonally triggered urine spraying in both sexes.
Are males more affectionate than females? Often, yes, but females can be just as loveable and snuggly as the boys. It just depends on the individual kitten. We notice that our boys are affectionate most of the time while some of the girls have certain times of the day that they reserve for cuddles.
There are rumors that female Siberians produce lower levels of Fel d 1 than males, but spayed females and neutered males will have similar levels of Fel d 1. There are variations in Fel d 1 levels between each cat, but this is due to lineage and the particular genetic material of each cat. It does not have anything to do with gender. Intact cats of both genders will have higher levels of Fel d 1.
The biggest difference between males and females is their adult size. Full-grown males generally get to be around 13-20 pounds while the females usually stay between 8-14 pounds. If you are looking for a large cat, a male is probably a better choice. Spayed and neutered Siberians will usually be larger because they have stable appetites. Breeding cats may have variable appetites due to hormone fluctuations, therefore, tend to be thinner.
If you would like to visit our cattery before getting on our waiting list, we currently offer one visit for allergy testing at no cost. Keep in mind that each Siberian produces a different level of Fel d 1, the protein that triggers the majority of cat allergies. Having a successful allergy test with us does not guarantee that you will not react to Siberians from other breeders. Please note, cats who have not been spayed/neutered, or who are in heat, pregnant, or nursing have higher Feld1 levels.
You can expect an allergy visit to last between 30 minutes to an hour, depending on your needs. It takes place in our home at a mutually agreed upon time. You will have the opportunity to meet and pet one or more of our Siberian cats, depending on the situation, and we’ll see how you react to them. We recommend that you bring allergy/asthma medication with you in case you develop symptoms but not to take it before your visit. People with severe allergies should consult with a doctor about the planned visit to discuss whether or not the visit is advisable and which precautions to take.
We do ask that you do not visit any other breeders or shelters on the day of your visit to protect our cats and kittens from any illnesses from other animals. There are many fungal spores, viruses, and bacteria that can be transferred by contaminated hands, clothing, and shoes. Additionally, please do not schedule visits if you have other pets at home who are sick. We will also ask you to take off your shoes (please wear socks) and to wash your hands before handling our cats. Home visits are a great benefit to the future families of our kittens and help socialize the kittens. Still, they do create additional opportunities for illnesses to enter into their environment. We appreciate your cooperation in helping to keep our cats and kittens safe and healthy.
If you have any questions regarding allergies or the testing process, please feel free to contact us.