The White Siberian Cat is a beast of beauty. Their luscious, long, white fur gives them an angelic look that’s very encaptivating. However, while their extreme beauty is a magnificent sight to behold, few are lucky enough to witness it due to its rarity.
Today, we’re going to take a closer look at the beautiful White Siberian Cat. I’ll go over everything you need to know, ranging from whether this breed can even be white in the first place, to where to buy a White Siberian Cat. Of course, I’ll also go over their personality and I’ll even give you some fitting names, all with the best pictures included of course! Let’s dig in!
About the White Siberian Cat
The White Siberian cat is, as the name suggests, a cat breed native to Siberia in Russia. It’s unknown when the breed first came into being, but they’ve been known to exist in Russia for at least 1000 years.
As you probably know, Siberia is quite a cold place, especially in the winter. In order to survive there, the Siberian Cat had to evolve a long, thick coat that could protect it from the harsh climate. This coat is three layers thick, consisting of guard hair, awn hair, and down hair, offering excellent protection in cold weather.
Now, the coat itself is already very beautiful – it’s long, thick, and very fluffy, especially around their neck and tail – but really stands out when it’s completely white. White Siberian Cats have a white coat because they are born with little to no melanin pigmentation. This lack of melanin pigmentation causes them to have white fur.
An interesting thing to note is that this breed has a reputation for being hypoallergenic.
White Siberian Cat Personality
The White Siberian cat’s personality is the same as that of other Siberians. Many people believe that a cat’s color impacts its personality. For instance, a study from the University of California, Berkely showed that:
Overall, orange cats and bi-colored cats were characterized as friendly, while black cats, white cats, and tri-colored cats were regarded as more antisocial. White cats were considered to be more shy, lazy and calm, while tortoiseshell cats were more likely to be depicted as both more intolerant and more trainable. Black cats were typified as having less extreme character traits, which might contribute to their mysterious reputation.”
However, there’s no scientific evidence to suggest that a white Siberian cat for instance is more shy, lazy, or calm than an Orange Siberian Cat. The personality of a white Siberian is defined by its breed, treatment, and of course their own individual nature.
On the whole, though, the Siberian cat, and thus also the White Siberian cat, is described as being highly affectionate, cuddly, great with kids, intelligent, and vocal. They love hanging around with their owners (preferably in their lap) and are not afraid to make their demands heard through chirps, purrs, meows, and trills. They hate being alone, so make sure that you’ve got plenty of time to spend with them.
They’re also amazing hunters and are very playful. In order to keep them happy, you have to keep them active, so make sure that you set aside some time to play with them.
Buying a White Siberian Cat
A White Siberian Cat is unfortunately pretty expensive. purebred Siberian Kittens typically cost between $1200 and $4000, depending on pedigree and age, from a reputable breeder. However, if you’re looking specifically for a white Siberian Kitten the price can sometimes be even higher than that.
The reason why a white Siberian kitten is so expensive is because of its high demand and because there’s a limited number of purebred Siberians available outside of Russia. To make matters worse, most Siberian cats are tabby, making it even more difficult to find a white Siberian Cat available for sale.
Of course, finding a white Siberian kitten for sale is possible, but it will be difficult. Your best bet is to start your search at the Cat Fancier’s Association’s website. Their website has a handy breeder search function that works pretty well and can help you find CFA registered breeders that might have white Siberian kittens for sale. Make sure to check out the testimonials of the breeders first to read the experiences of previous buyers. The kittens that are available from the breeders listed on the CFA’s website should have all the required paperwork.
Since white Siberian kittens are pretty rare it might be necessary to travel to pick up your new friend from the breeder.
Another option is adoption. Adoption is often much cheaper but you’ll likely get a fully grown cat instead of a kitten. In addition, Siberian cats are in such high demand that they’re not available at shelters very often.
White Siberian cats are very beautiful, but there are some downsides.
First of all, white Siberian cats are more likely to be deaf than other colors, especially if they have blue eyes. Not all white Siberian cats are deaf, but the possibility is higher.
Secondly, according to the RSPCA, white cats are more prone to getting sunburned. Because of this, white Siberians are best suited as indoor cats and should not be allowed to lay in the sunshine. If you do let them be in the sun it’s best to apply pet-approved sunscreen on their nose, belly, groin, and the tips of their ears.
Thirdly, white cats are not any more prone to getting dirty than other colors. However, due to their white color, it’s easier to see when they are dirty. Because of this, you might have to spend more time grooming a white Siberian cat.
Are White Siberian Cats albinos?
A white Siberian cat is not necessarily albino. There’s a very important distinction between a white cat and an albino cat. The full explanation can sometimes be a little confusing, but in short: an albino cat has a complete lack of color or pigmentation. This results in very pale blue or pinkish eyes whereas a White Siberian cat can have many different eye colors.
Is a White Siberian Cat rare?
The White Siberian cat is definitely one of the rarer colors you’ll find. Especially a Siberian cat that’s completely white without any other coloration can be hard to find. Most Siberian Cats are tabby and even in the general cat population, only 5% of all cats have white fur.
White Siberian Cat Names
Now that you know everything there’s to know about the beautiful white Siberian cat, you might consider buying one. If so, you might want some inspiration for good names. Here are some ideas to get your mind running.
If you’re interested, I’ve also written about the Black Siberian Cat.