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Supporting your Siberian After a Loss

Posted on April 19, 2019 at 2:35 PM

Pam Johnson-Bennett's helpful article, Do Cats Grieve? is full of support on helping your Siberian cat heal after the loss of another pet. 

"Many people don’t realize animals grieve the loss of companions and family members. Even if companion cats had a hostile relationship, the surviving cat may still grieve the loss. There’s confusion about where the other cat has gone. The cat, regardless of whether they were close or not, had negotiated territories within the household and now the surviving cat has to figure out whether to risk crossing onto that cat’s turf."

https://www.catbehaviorassociates.com/do-cats-grieve/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">Click here to learn what to look for, how to act, strategies to help calm and soothe your bereaved pet all the while grieving yourself. 

Pam's book, https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0143119796/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">Think Like a Cat  can be very helpful in understanding your Siberian cat. 


10 Allergy Rules

Posted on April 12, 2019 at 2:30 PM

Did you know that one of the most common questions we receive  "Why do some people react to one cat with known low Fel d 1 levels and not to another cat with known low fel d 1 levels?"

 

And the very simple answer most often is, "Because the humans with the reactive cat are not following ForestWind Siberian's allergy care strategies." What are those easy to implement steps? Read on...


 

ForestWind Siberian's Ten Allergy Rules

 

1. Bathe your Siberian cat weekly.

 

2. Feed your Siberian cat a nutritious, high protein diet.

 

* Surprisingly, Royal Canin, Iams and Science Diet foods, are often Vet recommended, yet each is prepared using nutritionally poor ingredients.

 

* ForestWind Siberians provides Kitten Families with specific information on what commercial foods to buy, and provides recipes and support for the healthiest diet: raw feeding.

 

3. Prepare your home before bringing home your Siberian kitten: remove carpeting, eliminate dust-collecting clutter, take off shoes when entering the home; replace non washable window dressings with washable ones; etc.

 

4. Give your kitten his or her own bedroom: keep your Siberian's Welcoming Room as his or her permanent bedroom. This keeps any fel d 1 produced plus any loose fur in one easy to vacuum location for the hours of sleeping and when you are away from home. It also keeps your Siberian in a safe, Siberian-proofed room while she is alone.

 

5. Exclude cats (and pets of any kind), from the bedroom.

 

6. Install and maintain effective air filtration devices for their home - high quality room filters for homes with electric baseboard, hot water baseboard, or radiator heat, and Electrostatic + a HEPA filter in the furnace duct work for those with forced air systems.

 

7. Use non-scented, clumping cat litter. Look for litter that is as dust free as possible. Avoid all "natural" litters as they are typically ineffective, smell badly, and are uncomfortable on the cat's paws.

 

8. Always shower before bed.

 

9. Wipe off your Siberian's coat daily. Easily done with a dampened terry wash cloth.

 

10. Wash one's hands after playing with or grooming your Siberian, and keep your hands out of your eyes and away from your nose (helps with preventing colds, too!). 

 

That's it - easy as pie!!

 

How to Allergy-Proof Your Bedroom

Posted on April 4, 2019 at 5:30 PM

How to Allergy-Proof Your Bedroom

by Linnea Lundgren and Jeff Wald, MD

The average person spends about eight hours a night in their bedroom. Whether you sleep alone or with a significant other, you always have unwanted company in the form of dust mites, mold spores, and possibly animal dander. Microscopic mites, in particular, love lounging in your bed, your pillows, and your comforter, feasting away on dead skin flakes. You can't help shedding your skin, but you can put the "No Vacancy" sign out for the mites.

Here's how to make your bedroom inhospitable to allergens:

Using a damp rag, once a month wipe down the bed frame and other wood or metal parts that are covered with dust.

Enclose the mattress and box spring in zippered allergen-impermeable, mite-proof covers, which can be purchased at some department stores or through mail-order companies that sell allergy-related products. Make sure the encasing permits perspiration-vapor-transmission: technical talk for "breathability." A washable mattress pad can go atop the allergen-impermeable coverings for added comfort.

 

Did You Know?

House - dust mites want a warm bedroom, particularly one that's about 70 degrees Fahrenheit with enough humidity (over 50 percent) to keep them well hydrated.

 

Each week, wash all linens in hot water. Wash the mattress pad and blankets every two to four weeks in hot water. Wash the mite-proof encasings as recommended by the manufacturer or every three months.

Encase pillows in allergen-impermeable covers. If you have synthetic pillows, wash them monthly in very hot water and chuck out any pillows of dubious age or origin.

Avoid wool blankets and mold-attracting foam-rubber cushions, pillows, and mattresses.

Encase comforters in allergen-impermeable material.

Avoid cushioned headboards, billowing canopies, cute ruffles, flowing bed skirts (unless washed regularly with the linen), upholstered furniture, and accent pillows.

If possible, remove all carpeting. If that's impossible, low pile is preferable to shag carpeting. Have a non-allergic person vacuum twice weekly. Remove all boxes, old shoes, knickknacks, and junk hidden underneath the bed, all of which collect dust and make regular cleaning more of a chore.

A bed can contain more than 10,000 mites and more than two million fecal particles (that's the unpleasant stuff that causes allergies). Dust mites are so small that 7,000 can fit on a dime.

 

Blinds and heavy curtains help keep daylight out but dust mites in. Try installing window shades instead. If the curtain is not coming down, at least launder it in hot water once a month. The same is true for blinds: If you don't replace them with shades, take them down and wash them.

 

If the bathroom is attached to the bedroom, keep humidity down by closing the bathroom door when you take a shower. Just be sure to keep the bathroom's exhaust fan running or the window open to allow moisture an easy escape outside.

Dust mites don't care if their dander dinner comes from a two-legged or four-legged restaurant. Reduce dander by keeping pets out of the bedroom. Always shut the bedroom door to prevent pets from making a sneaky entrance. Remember, your pet is a walking dust mop and can quickly undermine your best efforts at environmental control.

Set a schedule for regular cleaning and washing of linens. Then stick to it! Real improvements may not be noticeable for several months because it takes several washings to get rid of the mite infestation. And if you slack off, a whole new crop will move in. Washing linens regularly not only kills dust mites, it also reduces their food source (i.e.,dead skin flakes). Washing only kills the adult mites, however, not their larvae. That's why it's important to wash linens weekly -- every week there's a new crop of critters.

Don't eat in bed. Cockroaches are attracted to food and will join you in the bedroom if that's where the feast is. If you have roaches, don't bring food into the bedroom.

Don't place your bed over a heating vent because that just invites a dust gathering. Being inaccessible, the vent won't be cleaned regularly. Dust will develop, and once the heat is turned on after a seasonal recess, a volcanic eruption of dust particles will fly into your mattress.

Remove candles from the bedroom, especially the scented variety, which can release irritating or harmful substances.

Keep bookcases away from the bed, or move them out of the bedroom.

Cooking and Freezing Mites

Why the need to cook laundry in hot water? Because dust mites love warm temperatures, even warm baths. Warm washing temperatures don't kill them; they just think it's a pool party. Only hot, and we mean 130 degrees Fahrenheit/54 degrees Celsius, water does the job. If you have young children at home and want to keep the water heater at a lower setting, take your linens to a commercial laundromat. Call first, though, to make sure the laundromat keeps temperature settings above 130 degrees Fahrenheit.

If cooking your linens will ruin them, consider the opposite strategy: Put them in the freezer for 24 hours and then wash them in warm water. There are no guarantees about the scientific validity of this tactic, however. The deep freeze should kill the mites, but it won't eliminate their droppings.

FYI Allergy & Asthma Homes 2019

Posted on March 31, 2019 at 3:00 PM

We place most of our kittens into cat allergic and / or asthmatic homes. 2019 is our 15th year in Siberian Cat breeding. During these years we have only needed to rehome three (3) kittens who were placed into allergy or asthma homes.

We believe a large part of our success rate is our careful screening and support of prospective Kitten Families. (To define "Kitten Family:" it can be one person + a ForestWind kitten, or multiple people living together as a family + a ForestWind kitten). ForestWind Siberians is not focused on kitten sales, but rather on making successful kitten placements. By successful, we mean we want to ensure - cat allergy family or not - that there is a proper fit between our kitten and your home.

We want to also be sure there is a comfortable fit between you as the buyer and us as the breeder. Making the decision to purchase your Siberian kitten from a breeder one is not "in synch with" results in not asking for help with any questions or problems that arise. It means that one might make unnecessary expenditures at the Vet's when other advice fits the situation better, or that one is not armed with the knowledge one needs to be comfortable asking a Veterinarian for the proper testing and treatment of your Siberian.

We help our prospective Kitten Families consider the strategies and routines they will want to inplace when bringing their Siberian home. These steps go from the early transition period; to proper nutrition for your Siberian (which even impacts allergy levels and temperament!); to keeping your Siberian emotionally and physically healthy - unstressed cats produce less allergens; to cleaning strategies for the home to ensure the majority of any allergens produced are removed; to our step by step support on allergy friendly bathing and grooming routines for your Siberian.

We have allergy assessment strategies for pre-approval that may involve a fur sample challenge or an in-person allergy challenge. These challenges help one assess the level of reactivity the cat allergic or asthmatic person(s) may experience.

We ask allergy / asthma questions to provide us with information about the home / allergy - asthma situation that allows us to provide targeted, situation specific information on the chances of a successful purchase, as well as steps to take to ensure one’s purchase decision is an informed, effective one.

We do *not* approve every home. In situations where it is clear that a kitten purchase would not be successful for you, we explain why. In some cases, we are able to make alternative suggestions - such as buying a kitten from a cattery that allergy tests its kittens. Fel d 1 tested kittens are normally $2800 – to $3500+, dependent on Fel d 1 level and the length of breeder’s health warranty. In seriously impacted allergy / asthma situations this option is safest and best.

We place each kitten intending the home is permanent (not “try it and see”). To that end, we require a Safe Home. This is a non-asthmatic, non-cat allergic person who co-signs the purchase contract agreeing to provide a forever home for the ForestWind kitten should issues around allergy / asthma arise that necessitate re-homing. We find that this requirement weeds out people who want to use a Siberian kitten purchase as either a magic bullet (no work necessary on their part), or as a "try it and see" situation - either of which is terribly unfair to the kitten, and heartbreaking to family members.

By supporting our Kitten Families with information, advice, and care strategies, we ensure that those families who bring home a ForestWind Siberian kitten are ready to enjoy many years of happiness and comfort with their sweet pet.

 

Transition: Bringing Home a Puppy

Posted on July 3, 2018 at 5:00 AM

Even in dogs, females are more often dominant than males. Easiest fit into a home

with a Siberian cat or two will be a non Alpha, non Beta male puppy.


Before going to meet puppies, first research how to assess canine

temperament in a puppy litter. You want to chooose the “middle of the road” puppy - easy going,

calm, curious, not  hyper, not dominant, not anxious or shy.



https://www.dummies.com/pets/dogs/how-to-test-a-puppys-temperament/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">https/www.dummies.com/pets/dogs/how-to-test-a-puppys-temperament/



A middle of the road puppy will be comfortable in the group, not push for

dominance and bond to both human and furred family members.


Be very clear - no wavering - with your behavior boundaries, 

especially for barking, chasing, and jumping.

With clear expectations, your puppy will comfortably grow

into a happy, gentle, and well behaved member of your pack.

Resources for Raw Feeding Cats

Posted on June 30, 2018 at 7:05 PM

Frozen Raw Food Options in no particular order. Remember to add feline multivitamins (we use Kitty Bloom, linked below), dissolved in chicken stock (broth). 

We Feed Raw

Hare Today

Bravo

https://www.mypetcarnivore.com/shop/product-category/cats-kittens-puppies/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">My Pet Carnivore 

https://www.keystonenaturalfoods.com/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">Keystone Natural 

https://bigcountryraw.ca/product-category/cat-food/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">Big Country Raw - this is NOT a complete food! We are in communication with the comapny to learn what additions are needed. Cats MUST have heart as part of their daily raw diet. 

https://smallbatchpets.com/cats_frozen/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">Small Batch 

https://www.bloomproductsllc.com/product/kitty-bloom-vm-9003/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">Kitty Bloom 900 vm+3


Environmental Enrichment for the Siberian Cat

Posted on March 16, 2018 at 6:55 AM

# 1 Best Friend.  This is the best strategy for most kittens.  Having a feline buddy is physically and emotionally beneficial for cats.  It is simplest to provide that best friend from the beginning / early on.


#2 Activities & Enrichment for your Siberians to involve them in activities and interests while you are gone. 
These range from:

https://www.collectionsetc.com/product/springtime-hanging-bird-feeder.aspx?utm_source=google&utm_medium=paid_srch&utm_campaign=PLA_Shopping_New" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">bird feeders hanging outside, or https://pet-fusion.com/products/tranquility-window-bird-feeder" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">attached to windows

https://www.homedepot.com/p/Regal-Mosaic-Birdbath-Feeder-Stake-Blue-Onion-Drop-20387/303732465" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">bird baths in yard or on https://www.amazon.com/dp/B009R7PSUE/ref=asc_df_B009R7PSUE5398750/?tag=hyprod-20&creative=394997&creativeASIN=B009R7PSUE&linkCode=df0&hvadid=167137962906&hvpos=1o2&hvnetw=g&hvrand=7811119948476722949&hvpone=&hvptwo=&hvqmt=&hvdev=c&hvdvcmdl=&hvlocint=&hvlocphy=9012387&hvtargid=pla-274125848043" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">window 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fBCAOjAS9d4" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">cat videos (portraying fish, birds, small mammals, insects, etc in natural settings), https://www.amazon.com/DVD-Cats-While-You-Gone/dp/B000XC0E6K/ref=pd_lpo_sbs_15_t_2?_encoding=UTF8&psc=1&refRID=2QR6DWHP6V8TVHX7MBYS" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">While You Were Gone DVD

Playing soothing music such as Harp of Hope  or https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2X9Gu-PRBGk" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">classical music

Providing safe and Interactive toys - Kong, https://www.catit.com/us/products/senses-toys/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">Catit  sturdy and safe bell balls, crinkle tunnels for playing chase

Offering a https://pet-fusion.com/collections/scratching-pads-posts" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">variety of cat scratchers in different locations in your home

https://www.pinterest.com/imacdragonfly/cat-climbs-via-stairsshelvescubescircles/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">Providing several different ways for your Siberian to be "up:" shelves, https://www.etsy.com/listing/244476337/floating-cat-shelf-set-7-piece-w-hidden?gpla=1&gao=1&utm_campaign=shopping_us_NewCatHorizons_sfc_osa&utm_medium=cpc&utm_source=google&utm_custom1=0&utm_content=11394036&gclid=Cj0KCQiAoY7VBRDtARIsAHWoO-KZ_xy7YLdsc9i9TqwlQFCMEzsLHmDxDkStD2mh3qaQ4c6WPYZt0hYaAqRQEALw_wcB" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">stairs, https://www.catit.com/us/products/vesper-furniture/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">climbers, leaping stations,

Supply https://www.chewy.com/smartcat-kittys-garden/dp/49067?utm_source=google-product&utm_medium=cpc&utm_campaign=hg&utm_content=SmartCat&utm_term=&gclid=Cj0KCQiAoY7VBRDtARIsAHWoO-KFNuDbx8cAmhCbLhsaydyOmH8Tv8p02BDmIpiOtdL8v5_ePOGSrq8aAtmZEALw_wcB&gclsrc=aw.ds" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">catnip or https://www.amazon.com/dp/B06X6GGDBC/ref=asc_df_B06X6GGDBC5398753/?tag=hyprod-20&creative=395033&creativeASIN=B06X6GGDBC&linkCode=df0&hvadid=196266503207&hvpos=1o2&hvnetw=g&hvrand=14463556784340954582&hvpone=&hvptwo=&hvqmt=&hvdev=c&hvdvcmdl=&hvlocint=&hvlocphy=9012387&hvtargid=pla-315184917111" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">organic grass stations

Placing https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01KG1MZCS/ref=asc_df_B01KG1MZCS5398753/?tag=hyprod-20&creative=395033&creativeASIN=B01KG1MZCS&linkCode=df0&hvadid=167142813755&hvpos=1o2&hvnetw=g&hvrand=16878285907257635843&hvpone=&hvptwo=&hvqmt=&hvdev=c&hvdvcmdl=&hvlocint=&hvlocphy=9012387&hvtargid=pla-309792676996" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">cosy cuddlers  of various styles throughout your home


#3  Engaging in Person : Siberian Cat Play Sessions of at least 10 minutes in length twice daily (ideally morning and late evening right before bed time).  https://www.chewy.com/ethical-pet-telescoping-kitty-teaser/dp/117923?" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">Teasers, https://www.chewy.com/ethical-pet-laser-exerciser-original/dp/56335?" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">laser light teasers, https://www.chewy.com/kong-naturals-crinkle-ball-feathers/dp/47848?" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">feather balls to throw, any toy that involves you, your Siberians, and lots of running are ideal. These together toys are not to be left with your Siberian post play session. This is for two reasons: 1. safety these toys have parts Siberians an chew apart and swallow, and 2. to keep interest in your play sessions high. 


#4 Grooming & Snuggling your Siberian cat daily. Cats groom each other both out of necessity (parts of body they can't reach easily - back of head, jaws, etc), and also to bond and reenforce affiliation. Combing, brushing, stroking, and talking with your kitties provides this same type of sensation and well being to them, as well as allows you to know their healthy bodies well and therefor to be aware of early changes if your cat is not feeling well or is in ill health for some reason. We like to use https://www.amazon.com/Evolution-Undercoat-Medium-Coats-single/dp/B014IYGUSY/ref=sr_1_7?ie=UTF8&qid=1520723167&sr=8-7&keywords=Evolution+Undercoat+Rake" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">double tined rakes as they reach but under and upper coats at the same time, and greyhound style https://www.petco.com/shop/en/petcostore/product/four-paws-magic-coat-pet-comb-6-l-x-12-w-2285898?&utm_source=google&utm_medium=cpc&adpos=1o5&scid=scplp2285898&sc_intid=2285898&cm_mmc=PLA-GG-_-PTC_P_SUP_PLA-GG_FY17_SCShopping-Desktop-_-Non+VIP-Desktop-_-58700003272135490&utm_source=google&utm_medium=cpc&adpos=%7badpos%7d&scid=scplp2285898&sc_intid=2285898&kwid=p28810384165&device=c&gclid=Cj0KCQiAoY7VBRDtARIsAHWoO-LNX78l6c-IC-twfKieLZqZwD0aHy8RBlbsgOuLYWoC9vi5E_70F7waAmeqEALw_wcB&gclsrc=aw.ds" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">metal combs with https://www.groomersmall.com/accessories_combs.htm" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">both fine and medium spaced teeth. 

 

 

 

Chicken Stock Recipe

Posted on March 9, 2018 at 9:55 PM

Old Fashioned Chicken Stock Recipe.

Chicken stock is a wonderful way to add nutritious hydration to your Siberian cat's diet. Simply stir some stock (aka "broth"), into your Siberian's wet food. Increasing a Siberian cat's hydration is a terrific way to avoid urinary blockages, kidney problems, dehyration, and a bunch of other ills. 

Ingredients

1 whole chicken, rinsed

2 pounds of carrots

Water to cover

LARGE pot with lid.


Directions

 

1. In your largest pot, place the rinsed chicken together with giblets/heart/ liver (from inside chicken).

2. Add 1 # peeled carrots, and cover all with fresh water.

3. Cover pot and bring to boil.

4. Reduce to fast simmer, place lid ajar, and cook for 45 to 60 minutes.

5. Strain liquid into another container, save. This is stock!

6. Refill pot with water to cover chicken add the second pound of carrots, and repeat steps 1-5.

7. Mix all the liquids together so they have equal amounts nutrition, flavor, and gelatin. Decant into storage containers leaving room for expansion when frozen. Freeze all containers but what you will use in next few days.

 

Unless your family likes soups (ours does) or cooking rice or steaming veggies in stock (ours does), this will last a good while for two kitties.

 

The cooked chicken meat can be used for a sandwiches, soup, or salad if you remove most of it after first boil :) My youngest son, Ashton, used to call this 'chicken soup' and eat it out of the pot :D

 

 

Learn About ForestWind Siberians

Posted on August 25, 2015 at 1:00 AM

Lots of people are eager to own a Siberian kitten or cat as a pet, and want to call and start learning about Siberians on the phone. We'd love to chat with you :) But first, we request that you complete and return the informational email forms we send you. We do this because we receive dozens of emails each week, and many requests for phone calls. If we didn't take the step of ensuring someone is truly interested in working with ForestWind - and not just "window shopping" or conducting "lazy research" (i.e. making a phone call instead of reading the reams of information online about Siberian cats), we'd do nothing but be on the phone all day. We breed Siberian cats because we love the breed and deeply believe in their benefit as therapy pets.

 

Once you've demonstrated your serious intent by completing and returning your KittenPreferences form - and an Allergy Questionnaire if necessary - we are happy to chat by phone. There is no cost for these inital consultations and no obligation to buy a kitten from us by returning these inquiry/ exploration forms. It's all free!

In the meantime, we invite you to become more involved with ForestWind by joining us on Facebook. You can start that by "friend requesting" us at Kate Stryker :) 

To get you started, here is the link to our ForestWind FAQs , please read in entirety! Almost all the questions people ask us *after* reading this post have already been answered on our FAQs page (such as kitten cost). Thank you for taking the time to carefully read this information :)

 

After reading the linked FAQs page, your next step is to complete and return your Kitten Needs & Preferences Form. This form is free to return, and bears no obligation to purchase a Siberian kitten with us.  We ask that you will share about the type of home and life your kitten would join, and what your own needs and expectations for your Siberian kitten are.

 

We ask questions about kitten exploration and allergy / asthma (if relevant) because we take our kitten placement seriously and responsibly. We hope that you will be comfortable asking questions of us in return, because preparing for and bringing home your new Siberian kitten is a two way street between buyer and breeder.

 

ForestWind Siberians is not the right breeder for every family, so we happily share contact information for many other reputable Siberians breeders (along with a lot of other helpful information!) on our LINKS page :)

 

 

If you are going to buy your kitten(s) from us, please be aware that we are not a large cat breeder who has kittens available immediately year 'round. Instead, we are a family who loves and raises Siberian cats in our home and does our best to match our kitten and its temperament and needs to the needs and preferences that you express to us.

 

This means that you will need to be patient while waiting for your kitten. While we do our best to ensure every family gets a kitten when they expect it by limiting our reservations to slightly less than the number of kittens we anticipate having in a given season, nature is still "the boss" and there are times that our queens (mama cats) have very small litters, which of course limits the number of kittens we will be able to place at that time.

 

Our Siberians are not a business - in ten years of breeding we have never once "broken even" - that means we lose money each and every year. Our Siberians are our beloved pets, and we adore the breed and do everything we humanly can to protect it and to provide our own Siberians and each kitten a happy and healthy life.

 

In other words, we spend more on raising your kitten healthily and properly than we make back in the purchase price for that kitten. If we wanted to earn money we'd have to 1) Decrease the quality and amount of foods we feed our kittens and adult parent Siberians 2) Provide less health care for them, and 3) we'd definitely need to stop our health testing program. In addition, 4) we would not be able to continually research and slowly import the rare foundation Siberian cats we are proud to include in our small breeding program. And finally, 5) we'd need to raise our prices. A LOT.

 

Since we focus more on health, temperament, and genetic diversity, there is more of a range in the appearance and size of our Siberians than there is in a cattery who is breeding with genetically limited lines for the show hall. If you are looking for a show kitten you will want to look for breeders who are spending a lot of time and money in the show halls - this is not us or our focus.

 

We are dedicated to answering all of your questions, including researching topics extensively when needed. However, please remember to be realistic about response time and repetitive questions. We are not a business - we are not "open" 24 hours a day, and we do need to sleep, spend time with each other, and engage in activities other than those related to placing kittens. Many of the issues and information people want is already published on our website/ blog/ and Facebook fan pages. Please be sure to carefully read all information we share with you as it will assist you in staying on track. You might wish to print this information out and save it in a binder to refer to as you progress in your kitten exploration.

 

We know you are eager to bring home your Siberian kitten and are spending a lot of your time thinking about this, researching it, and getting ready. We are delighted to help you with this. At the same time please remember that there are limited hours in the day and we spend an enormous amount of them with our cats, answering emails, sharing on Facebook and working on our website. We still need to have time to be with our family and to do "crazy things" like go to market and cook dinner - and even (GASP!) sleep! So if you are a buyer who is looking for instant replies and round the clock kitten placement, we suggest you look for a cattery focused on sales. You can find them by searching classified advertisements in places like craigs list for a low priced kitten, or looking for breeders who send their kittens home between 9 and 10 weeks of age, or finding a cattery with a lot of cats, or one who perhaps has a "buy now" button or page on their website. In that way you might be able to locate, purchase, and bring your Siberian home in two or three weeks.
       

A few "Yesses" for you:

 

* Yes, you can visit us to pick out your Siberian:)

 

* Yes, you can visit us for an in-person allergy challenge with one of our Siberians in your car.

* Yes, we now ae able to offer "off site" in person allergy challenges in some of the major cities in the USA and Canada.

 

* Yes, in most cases, if you are allergic you can get a fur sample instead of making the in-person visit.

 

* Yes, all of our our pet kittens are placed desexed, microchipped, and vaccinated. No exceptions, period.

                         > See comment above about working with a different breeder.

 

* Yes, our kittens go home between 12 and 16 weeks of age to allow for proper emotional and physical development. Each litter is different and the going home dates are set with the kittens' needs and best interest as our standard.

 

* Yes, occasionally we have retired Siberians available for a low cost (850 USD). These adult or teenaged Siberians have been raised for our breeding program. Sometimes they have been bred, other times we are retiring Siberians without having been bred. Retired Siberians vary in age from four months to two years old. We only place our Siberian Retirees in non smoking, non allergy, non asthma, single pet homes with either no children or those over the age of ten.

 

* And finally, Yes, we take breeding and raising our Siberians very seriously.

We encourage you to "Like" us on our Facebook Fan page ForestWind Siberian Cats , and to Facebook friend us at Kate Stryker. If you choose to work with us, you are also invited to request membership in our Siberian cat groups Siberian Cat Chat or If Cats Could Shop and also our newest group FAQs ForestWind Siberian Kittens and Cats.

 

At some point after you have made a Kitten Reservation, you will be added to the appropriate private Kitten Group on Facebook.  This is typically about 2 to 3 weeks after the Kittens are born. This group is only for those people with reservations for that exact litter. Your membership in this private Facebook Kitten Reservations Group allows us to fairly announce kitten availability, and to share kitten photos quickly. You are not required to join it. You can wait and receive updates via email instead if you prefer not to be on Facebook. In the meantime, ask for membership in our ForestWind Siberians FAQs group to learn all about how to prepare for you kitten's arrival and how to take care of him or her purrfectly once at home.

 

Getting a Siberian kitten from ForestWind is a collaborative process. We are learning about you and your needs, and you are learning about us and our Siberians. Please feel comfortable asking as many questions - and for as many clarifications - as you need. There are no "stupid" or "silly" questions - they are all good! Sometimes we will refer you to information on our website, in other instances the situation might be particular to you and your home and we will answer that with individually specific information :)

 

Take time to enjoy your kitten exploration! Well bred, healthy Siberians are a long lived breed, typically thriving for 13 to 18 years. Let's work together to make those 13 to 18 terrific years for you and for your Siberian!

 

Remember - to start this process we ask that interested folks take some time to read through the information we share - including the links to relevant pages on our web site - and share some basic information about themselves and the type of Siberian they would like to bring home.

 

If you or a family member is cat allergic or asthmatic, we have a bit more information gathering to do with you, so that we are able to supply the proper information for you to consider as you research buying a Siberian kitten.

 

Again, we welcome you to join us immediately on Facebook :) We have several fun and informative Siberian chat groups that our Kitten Families are welcome to join.  Anyone is welcomed to "Like" our ForestWind Siberians Facebook Fan, and we hope you will take advantage of these communities and resources :)

 

We also share information and advice via our ForestWind Siberian Cats Blog.

 

We look forward to our coming contact with you, and to answering any questions that our Facebook presence, ForestWind Siberian Cats web site and emails did not answer :)




 

Support & Successes with Allergic + Asthmatic Families

Posted on August 24, 2015 at 4:25 AM

We place most of our kittens into allergy and/or asthmatic homes. 2015 is our 10th year of Siberian Cat breeding. During that time we have needed to rehome three (3) kittens placed in allergy or asthma homes.

 

We believe a large part of our success rate is careful screening and support of prospective Kitten Families. We are not focused on kitten sales, but rather kitten placements. By this we mean we want to ensure - cat allergy family or not - that there is a proper fit between our kitten and your family. We want to also be sure there is a comfortable fit between you as the buyer and us as the breeder. Purchasing a kitten from a breeder you are not in "synch" with results in not asking for help with questions and any problems that arise. It means that you might make unnecessary expenditures at the Vet's when other advice fits the situation better, or armed with knowledge you are able to ask for the proper testing and treatment of your Siberian.

 

We also help our prospective Kitten Families consider the steps they will want to take once bringing their Siberian home. These steps go from the early transition period; to proper nutrition for your Siberian (which even impacts allergy levels and temperament!); to keeping your Siberian emotionally and physically healthy - unstressed cats produce less allergens; to cleaning strategies for the home to ensure the majority for any allergens produced are removed; to our step by step support on allergy friendly bathing and grooming of your Siberian.

 

We have allergy assessment strategies for pre-approval that involve a fur sample challenge and an in-person allergy challenge (which in some cases we can arrange close to your home). These challenges help you assess - prior to committing to a purchase - the level of reactivity you or a family remember will experience. Our allergy / asthma questionnaire provides us with information about your home/ allergy - asthma situation that allows us to provide you with targeted, situation specific information on the chances of a successful purchase as well as steps to take to ensure your purchase is a good one. We do *not* approve every home. In situations where it is clear that the purchase would not be successful for you we explain why. In some case we are able to make alternative suggestions - such as buying a kitten from a cattery that allergy tests its kittens. Those kittens are normally sold for 2500 USD to 3500 USD. However, in extreme situations they are the safest option for some prospective kitten homes.

 

Finally, we require a Safe Home. this is a non-asthmatic non-allergic person or family who co-signs your purchase contract agreeing to provide a forever home for your kitten should issues around allergy/ asthma arise that necessitate re-homing. We find that this requirement weeds out those people who want to use a Siberian kitten purchase as either a magic bullet (no work necessary on their part) or a "try it and see" situation - which is terribly unfair to the kitten.

 

By supporting our Kitten Families with information, advice, and care strategies we ensure that those families who bring home a ForestWind Siberian kitten are ready to enjoy many years of happiness and comfort with their sweet pet:)

 

We look forward to supporrting you through your exploration of purchasing a ForestWind Siberian kitten of your own!

 

Warmly,

ForestWind Siberian Cats

Healthy, Happy & Hypoallergenic since 2005


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