We appreciate your interest in about learning more about our sweet ForestWind Siberians, and are happy to answer questions and share our information.
ForestWind Siberians is a breeder who shares a lot of information with you (please do read it). We believe in buyers who are well informed, and we want our process to be as transparent as possible.
Exploration: Every potential kitten home completes an initial inquiry form. If you are cat allergic, asthmatic, or special needs home, we have a stepped assessment process for you. If you would like to chat by phone, we ask that you demonstrate your interest in ForestWind by completing and returning your Kitten Inquiry Form - and our Allergy / Asthma Form if necessary - before we schedule your phone appointment. There is no cost or obligation to purchase when you complete and return informational forms. Instead you will benefit from our extensive expertise and experience in working with Siberian cats and Siberian pet families. Read our Kitten FAQs and Purchase Process FYI to help you decide if ForestWind Siberians is the right cattery for you to work with.
Experienced: We are in our 14th year of working with Siberian cats, and bring our experience and expertise to bear for your benefit.
Known and Respected: We have had a verified Facebook Page since 2010 where we have 40 five star reviews; we have had a no ads Website with 11 pages of testimonials since 2006; we administrate two Breeders-only Facebook groups - one Mentoring and one for Genetics & Health, We have a no complaints PayPal account that is verified. We are registered with TICA, CFA, ACFA, and CCA cat registries. We are a Lifetime member of CFA.
Small, nurturing cattery: If you are going to buy your kitten(s) from us, please be aware that we are not a large scale 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 in a timely fashion by limiting our reservations to only six a 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.
Collaboration: 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 web site, in other instances the situation might be particular to you and your home and we will answer that question with individually specific information :) ForestWind Siberians is not the right breeder for every family, so we happily share contact information for many other Siberians breeders on our Links page.
Labour of Love: Our Siberians are not a business to us. 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 ForestWind kitten a happy and healthy life. We like to say that Siberian cat breeding is "Our profession first, and a business second." 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 raise and live with our Siberians, sleep, spend time with each other, and engage in activities other than those related to placing kittens.
Diversity for Health: Since we focus our breeding program 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 the typically genetically limited, health impacted 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, nor is it our focus.
Learning Process: 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. Many of the issues and information people want are already published on our website, in our emails to you, and on our Facebook page. Please read carefully prior to asking a list of questions, thank you :) Please be sure to carefully read all information we share with you, as it assists 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 through your kitten exploration. Remember, you begin this process by taking the time to carefully read through the information we share, and then to share some basic information about yourself and the temperament, activity level, and appearance of the Siberian kitten you would like to bring home. Take time to enjoy your kitten exploration process! Well bred, healthy Siberians are a long lived breed, typically thriving for 13 to 18 years. Let's work together to make those terrific years for you and for your Siberian! We encourage you to "Like and Follow" us on our Facebook Fan page ForestWind Siberian Cats where we share helpful Siberian cat information and resources, as well as cute kitty photos, of course!
Facebook Kitten Reservation Group: When you make a kitten reservation with ForestWind Siberians, we add you to the appropriate Season's Kitten Reservation Facebook group. This group is "secret" (unsearchable and invisible to anyone but members), and is only for those people with reservations for that season. Your membership in this private Kitten Group allows us to share information about nutrition, preparation - including exactly what to shop for - supportive suggestions about environmental enrichment and feline needs, and darling photos of your kitten growing up. We do require membership in this Facebook group, as we have discovered that it is too complicated to balance sending each and every notice and photo to persons choosing not to be on Facebook. You do not need a current personal profile to be in the group. We can assist you in setting up a generic profile that you will use only to access the group during the time you have a reservation with ForestWind. This profile would not be tied to you personally or professionally, so your privacy is protected.
*Yes, we were the very first breeder to offer a 10 year genetic health warranty - and it even includes FIP!!
* Yes, we'd love to chat with you 😺 (see above for prerequisites to scheduling a phone call).
* Yes, we take pride in our wonderful group of kitten parents, and offer our support and information for the life of your ForestWind Siberian cat.
* Yes, we breed Siberian cats because we love the breed and deeply believe in their benefit as happy and healthy family members for cat allergic or asthmatic homes, as well as hold an exceptional role as therapy pets.
* Yes, you can visit us for an in-person allergy challenge in your car.
* Yes, in most cases, if you are allergic you can get a fur sample instead of making the in-person visit.
* Yes, sometimes we are able to arrange an allergy challenge in a location much closer to your home.
* 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's needs and best interest as our standard.
* Yes, occasionally we have retired Siberians available for a low cost (850 - 1000 USD). These adult 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 12 months to 7 years old. We only place our Siberian Retirees in non smoking, non allergy, non asthma, single pet homes with either no children or children over the age of ten. We require our retirees to come to Buffalo, NY every other year for their health scanning through age 10. We pay for the scanning, you pay for travel.
* Yes, the Buffalo Niagara International Airport is a short, direct flight, from many major North American east coast airports.
* Yes, you need to pick up your kitten in person.
* And finally, Yes, we take breeding and raising our Siberians very seriously.