|Semper Fi Siberians|
|Your "Always Faithful" Companion|
Update: 1 October 2014: GREAT NEWS! Mr. Silver and Ms. Sophia are the proud parents of seven beautiful kittens born Saturday, 20 September; five colorpoints (all boys) and two black/silvers (one girl & one boy). Then nine days later on 29 September, Mr. Silver and Ms. Zhaklin became the parents of two beautiful kittens, a blue and a cream, both boys; seems the boys ruled out this time in both litters. Both Moms and the babies are doing great. While our waiting list continues to grow like crazy, and although we recently added two beautiful young ladies to our cattery, we refuse to enlarge our cattery size so we can give our kittens the love and attention they need to develop into socialable, active, and loving Siberians; therefore, we will retire some adults next year.
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.