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Hot Topics Update: 28 November 2015
We have now opened up the waiting list again, and it is growing fast. Those joining the list at this time will probably get a kitten in the late spring/early summer of 2016. Why do we say probably? Because as much as we would like to be in control, Mother Nature rules!
We are happy to announce, with the last of our queens successfully completing echocardiograms, all Semper Fi Siberians – Mr. Silver, Zhaklin, Sophia, Liliya, Magdalena, and Ana are clear of HCM (Hypertrophic cardiomyopathy). They have also been tested and are negative for FELV/FIV.
We believe the most important decisions we can make that will provide our animals with the best chance of living a long, healthy, disease-free life are diet and their veterinarian. Since moving here from central Illinois, we have gone through four Vets until finding one with which we feel reasonably comfortable. Our Vet in Chatham, IL (Grace Veterinary Clinic) was the finest Vet we have ever had -- and he spoiled us. The shock for us, and it should not have been, was the huge increase in the cost of each visit up here. We have been discussing this increase for some time and it appears we must raise our prices after the first of the year. How much, we have not decided. We will have to wait to see how this dramatic increase in a non-discretionary cost affects us. Please understand that this is not a business for us; we do it because we love it and we love these beautiful creatures. However, the IRS frowns on "hobby businesses." We mention this now simply to give a heads-up to anyone thinking about joining the wait list.
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, give them our number. In fact, should you recommend someone and it pans out you will get a very "special gift."
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 intent 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 d 1 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.
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.
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: 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.
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.