DISCLAIMER: This website was designed for a computer screen, so if you are viewing it on an iPad, there may be some anomalies such as photos not lining up with their captions. It was designed for information, not for esthetics -- I mean what do you expect from a Marine infantryman? :-)
The second photo above says everything that could possibly be said about the Siberian breed, The photo is of one of our pet parents, Shea and her almost three-year old loving Hannibal. What a great photo. Thank you Shea!
Updated: 6 October 2016
Well, the no kittens in the house status did not last very long. LOL Zhaklin gave birth to three kittens on 23 September.
As of this writing, our waiting list stands at twenty-eight. We will close the list at thirty. While we do not like to do that, it is a must. Even at thirty, the list is barely manageable, and extremely time consuming. We understand the agony of having to wait; we have gone through that each time we brought a new Momma into the cattery. Even though Nancy's weekly blog always gives an update on the kittens, any new births, and a periodic copy of the list, we still get calls, emails, and texts asking for a standings update. These are in addition to inquiries, questions from our pet parents (which we consider a priority), and taking care of our cats and kittens. Nancy will post the opening of the list on her weekly blog, if you are not on her blog, you need to be so you get an email at each posting..
Anyone joining the list at this time can "probably" expect a kitten Spring/Summer 2017. It all depends on the size of the litters, which is completely controlled by Mother Nature. Additionally, we are about to enter into the cold season with shorter days, which slows the heat cycles, another act of Mother Nature.
Currently, Magdalena and Sophia are pregnant; Maggie is due the 11th and Sophie is dur the 15th. It's all in Mother Nature's hands now!
Special Announcement that has nothing to do with Semper Fi Siberians: As if we were not busy enough running our cattery, a fulltime job in and of itself, Jim has been "volunteered" to take on another responsibility that has consumed him for the past several months. He is the Unit Commnader of a local unit of the National Non-profit Youth Organization called Young Marines. The unit is the Fox Valley Young Marines, and is sponsored by the Marine Corps League of Elgin, Illinois. The National website is: www.youngmarines.com, and the unit's website is: www.foxvalley-youngmarines.com. If you have a child (boy or girl) between the ages of eight and HS graduation, you may want to look into the program. While it is sponsored by the United States Marine Corps, it is NOT a recruiting tool for the Marines, in fact, that is not allowed. The unit simply teaches those attributes that are learned and adhered to by all Marines (Honor, Commitment, and Courage). Check it out, and if it piques your interest, email Jim at firstname.lastname@example.org to find out more. Jim looked at it as a chance to pay back even more to our country and a chance to influence yet another generation of American youth.
Recent Contract Change. We believe you are what you eat, and while we may not always eat all the “right” food ourselves, we are responsible to ensure our animals do because we want them with us for as long as they are able. Carly, our Golden Retriever wil be 15 years old this December; we have never before had a Golden live beyond 12. Does she have arthritis? Yes. Does she chase balls as fast as she could when she was eight? No. But she still walks with us in the morning, plays with Zeke when outside, and does all the things she did when we first rescued her at age eight. While we will not go out on a limb and say it is all because of what she eats, we truly believe it does have much to do with her life span. Therefore, we have added a new requirement to adopting a kitten from us. The updated contract now states that you must agree to feed your kitten Life's Abundance the entire first year. Moreover, as an added benefit, should you continue for the second year, we will extend the initial one-year health guarantee for the second year. That is how much we believe in this quality pet food. This change will affect everyone that goes on the waiting list, For those already on the list the offer to extend the health guarantee for the second year is an option. The bottom line is we want you to feed your pet quality food, he/she deserves it!
SPECIAL NOTICE: If you know of anyone interested in a 4000 sq. ft. house with five bedrooms, three full baths, finished walk-out basement with pool table and wet bar, swimming beach and dock, skis, paddle boat, separate pontoon boat dock (with boat) and boat house with electric lift for your bass boat, sitting on a 176 acre private lake absolutely loaded with Bass, Crappie, Walleye, Red Ears and more, give them our number. In fact, should you recommend someone and it pans out you will get a very "special gift."
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We are Jim and Nancy Bathurst (pronounced Bath - urst), Welcome to Semper Fi Siberians located in Crystal Lake, northwest of Chicago, Illinois. Semper Fi is a shortened version of the United States Marine Corps’s motto “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. We are a retired couple and raising these lovely creatures is our full-time hobby. We raise our kittens in our home, under our feet -- for all intents and purposes, they are our children.
The goal of Semper Fi Siberians is to breed kittens for good health and stunning personalities. As a side benefit, Siberians are said to have less of the protein Fel d1 than most other cats. This is good news for cat allergy sufferers. However, the amount of this protein can vary per cat. In addition, each person can react differently. Please see our FAQ page for a more thorough explanation.
This is a large ever-changing website designed over a period of years and we hope it will answer most of your questions if you take the time to browse. Should your interest be piqued and desire more information, your first step must be to go to the Questionnaire and email it to us. We want to know who you are and what kind of parents you will be for our kittens. We are not a pet store. As is the case with most reputable Siberian breeders, we have a waiting list—we never have kittens available for immediate adoption.
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Siberians are very agile, able to “leap 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 come when called, that is if they are "in the mood." 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 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.
If introduced properly, 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 these photos of Izabella and two of her offspring upsets you, or you cannot handle this level of involvement, then you surely do not want a Siberian.
"Do I want one of Nancy's Cokes or one of Jim's beers?" Izzy's kittens inherited her wild antics
NOTE: Remember. they are Siberians, so always check that refridgerator before you close the door!
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.
Nancy maintains a blog to share up-to-date photos and information with family, friends, and members of the waiting list and those who have already reserved one of our kittens. Please feel free to check it out by clicking here.
Be sure to check out our Testimonials pages for comments and photos from our Semper Fi Siberians Family members.
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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 click here for information about this other fabulous breed.