|Semper Fi Siberians|
|Your "Always Faithful" Companion|
Update: 26 November 2014: Sophia's and Zhakln's kittens will be going home around the second week of December, and we will kitten-less for the first time in a very long time. This always happens as we move into the winter months. It has to do with less daylight, Mother Nature's way of slowing reproduction during the cold winter months. Mt. Silver is on a "working vacation" at a friend's cattery and in his stead we have their Red Bud here doing the same. He is a beautiful red mackerel tabby. We are trying to mate him with Izabella, which should produce a plethora of red kittens. I say "trying" because, while they get along well and he is definitely interested, Ms. Izabella isn't. But we're sure she'll eventially come around.
Jim and Nancy Bathurst (pronounced Bath - urst) welcome you to Semper Fi Siberians located near Springfield approximately four hours south of Chicago, Illinois. Semper Fi is a shortened version of the United States Marine Corps’s motto of “Semper Fidelis,” which means Always Faithful. Jim spent nearly thirty-six years as an active duty Marine and we could think of no better name for our cattery since the Siberian cat is your “always faithful” companion.
Siberians are very agile, able to “jump tall buildings in a single bound.” Well, not really, but you will be amazed at their jumping abilities. Their hindquarters are very powerful and allow them to negotiate heights not accessible to the average cat.
Siberians are very loyal and intelligent cats. They know their names and will often come when called. They will greet you at the door, follow you from room to room, and supervise everything you do from opening your mail to cooking a meal. They will actively involve themselves in your everyday chores. They love to play and enjoy your being involved in their playtime; they can even be taught to play fetch and they love hide and seek.
They also get along with other animals quite well. We have a one-eyed Golden Retriever, a crazy Australian Shepherd, and a plain vanilla house cat, and our Siberian ladies pester them frequently wanting to play.
If you are looking for a cat that lies around all day looking gracious, and does not want to be involved in your life, the Siberian is not for you. In fact, if this photo of Izabella upsets you, or you cannot handle this level of involvement, then you surely do not want a Siberian.
"Let's see, do I want one of Nancy's Cokes or one of Jim's beers?"
Warning: Always check your refrigerator before you close it; remember, they are Siberians.
However, if you want a pet who will be a member of your family, greet your guests, give you kisses, involve themselves in everything you attempt to do, and provide you with endless hours of entertainment then the Siberian will be your “always faithful” companion. Click here to see a YouTube video of Siberians in the wild in Russia. They are magnificent creatures living in the harshest of climates.
Nancy maintains a blog to share up-to-date photos and information with family, friends, and those who have reserved one of our kittens. Please feel free to check it out by clicking here.
Be sure to check out our Testimonials Page for comments and photos from our pet parents.
Note: If you came to this website due to your interest in the fabulous Siberian Cat, skip this slight interruption and read on. However, if you ended up here because of the name "Semper Fi" then you are obviously connected in some way to the United States Marine Corps, whether that be out of curosity, or that you are one of "us." If that's the case might I recommend you click here for information about this other fabulous breed.