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. I apologize for this annoying problem, but I'm a Marine infantryman not a computer geek. LOL.
UPDATED 28 September 2015:
We have had to make a policy change regarding visits to our cattery. If you are interested in a visit, please go to the Adopting a Kitten page.
Nancy is still experiencing some health issues that affect her ability to work on the computer; therefore, Jim is taking over the reins of customer communications. Nancy will remain active in the day-to-day operations of the cattery, but relief from answering the deluge of daily emails will surely help her work through the health issues.
We have now opened up the waiting list again. Those joing the list at this time will probably be available for a kitten in the spring. We will once again start breeding with Ana in mid-November and one each month thereafter. As you may already know, when the days grow shorter (less sunlighht) in the cold months Mother Nature slows down the heat cycles. Therefore, it would be wise to plan accordingly; we get emails with Adoption Questionnaires attached almost daily,
We are now into our new home in Crystal Lake; however, that does not mean all the boxes are unpacked!! Jim and Zeke still make periodic trips down to the Girard house to ensure it remains it spruced up for the selling season. BTW, if you know 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, 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 loaded with huge Bass, give them our number. In fact, should you recommend someone and it pans out we will give you a very "special gift"!
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Jim and Nancy Bathurst (pronounced Bath - urst) welcome you to Semper Fi Siberins 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.
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 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 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 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: Always check that refridgerator before you close the door . 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.
We realize that in this fast-paced, hurry up, world in which we live, time is always of essence. While you are encouraged to go through this entire website as there is a wealth of information provided, we also understand you may not be able to right now, or you simply have some specific questions. Therefore, we suggest you go to the FAQ page where you will probably find the answer to your question.
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 Semper Fi Siberians Family members.
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.