CH MISHA NIKOLAS
THE SON OF CH NIKY
QUEEN IN WAITING
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WITH BIG HEART
A magnificent, wild-looking cat, the Siberian is an excellent hunter and is well adapted to surviving in a climate of extreme temperatures. Little is known of its background, but some people think that it is one of the earliest longhaired breeds. This intelligent, bold breed is a large cat with a modified wedge shaped head with rounded contours and very expressive eyes. They have heavy boning with a muscular build and a barrel shaped torso. Their ability to be very agile is great as their back legs are slightly longer than their front legs. This gives them the ability to jump great heights.
According to Russian cat fanciers, the true Siberian is exported with a metrika (Russian pedigree) seal and specific signatures from a recognized registry and member breeder. Russian breeders report that some lines have a predisposition towards umbilical hernias, a problem that can be surgically repaired. Kinked tails are occasionally found, but do not affect the well being of the cat.
The Siberian's were recorded as participants in the first cat show in England in the 1700's and have been judged to Grand International Championship overseas prior to their export. Old Soviet law discouraged pet ownership due to the housing and food shortages and war depleted representatives of various purebreds. It was only in 1987 that the Russian Cat Clubs (recognized as individual registries there) began to keep official records in an attempt to retrieve what had been proscribed or lost. On June 28, 1990, the first Siberian's were imported to the USA Considered by some to be the ancestor all long haired cats. Can take up to five years before the cat matures to full size.
Considered to be the largest domestic breed in the world.
Known to have an amazing jumping ability.
CH NIKY JORG Niky(Nicolas) is purebred Siberian cat. At the age of 4 months he crossed the ocean and flew from Moscow Russia to Virginia USA. Two months later he attended his first show in kitten's category. He won a champion ship right away in big competition. In 2005 Niky won again, an adult championship title this time. He is even tempered, very loving, and loyal.
Many people who have allergic reactions around cats have found that they are not allergic to this breed.
The Siberian is a physically affectionate cat, and loves attention, they are also loyal, protective of their humans, sociable and confident. These cats have also been known to give their owners love bites. Being a mellow breed they make great companions. They are happy to share your lap and bed (usually your pillow) with you. The Siberian is a very intelligent breed, that learns quickly, and even seem to "problem solve" to get what they want. They seem to have some dog-like qualities. Siberians love purring but also squeak and chirp, they love to be spoken to and will come running when they hear their names. The eyes seem to speak to you when you look at them, they are very expressive. They also love to play in the water, water bowls and dripping kitchen sinks.
The Siberian cat comes only as a longhair. Although brown tabby is the most common colour, it may be any pattern or colour or combination of colours, solid lilac or solid chocolate - some Cat Organizations do not accept the colorpoints for judging. With their triple coat the longer hairs are pale near the skin, darkening toward the outer end. This makes the coat shimmer as the cat moves.
Cats Help Shield Owners From Heart Attack
Study finds 30% risk reduction when felines are in the home
By E.J. Mundell, HealthDay Reporter
THURSDAY, Feb. 21 (HealthDay News) -- Whether it's a frisky kitten or a tubby tabby, a cat at home could cut your heart attack risk by almost a third, a new study suggests.
The finding, from a 10-year study of more than 4,300 Americans, suggests that the stress relief pets provide humans is heart-healthy.
And dog lovers shouldn't feel left out: Although the study found no such benefit from "man's best friend," that's probably because there simply weren't enough dog owners in the study to draw firm conclusions, the researchers said.
"For years we have known that psychological stress and anxiety are related to cardiovascular events, particularly heart attacks," noted study senior author Dr. Adnan Qureshi, executive director of the Minnesota Stroke Institute at the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis.
According to Qureshi, the new research shows that "essentially there is a benefit in relieving those inciting factors from pets."
He was slated to present the findings Thursday at the American Stroke Association's International Stroke Conference in New Orleans.
The stress-cardiovascular disease link is well-documented in scientific literature, and the affection and pleasure pets give humans is a known stress-buster. In fact, one study presented in 2005 at an American Heart Association meeting found that a single 12-minute visit with a dog improved the heart and lung function of people with heart failure.
In the new study, Qureshi's team analyzed data on 4,435 Americans, aged 30 to 75, who took part in the federal government's second National Health and Nutrition Examination Study, which ran from 1976-1980. According to the data in the survey, 2,435 of the participants either owned a cat or had owned a cat in the past, while the remaining 2,000 had never done so.
Qureshi's team then tracked rates of death from all causes, including heart and stroke.
Cat owners "appeared to have a lower rate of dying from heart attacks" over 10 years of follow-up compared to feline-free folk, Qureshi said.
The magnitude of the effect -- a 30 percent reduction in heart attack risk -- "was a little bit surprising," he added. "We certainly expected an effect, because we thought that there was a biologically plausible mechanism at work. But the magnitude of the effect was hard to predict."
Qureshi -- proud owner of his own feline, Ninja -- stressed that dogs probably would bring people the same kind of benefit, but the numbers of dog owners in the study wasn't big enough to count statistically.
Kathie Cole, a clinical nurse at the UCLA Medical Center and School of Nursing and the lead author of the 2005 dog-and-heart-failure study, said she wasn't surprised by the Minnesota findings.
"I would be inclined to think that any animal that is perceived as meaningful to a person in a positive way would have health benefits," Cole said. She pointed to multiple studies that have found that animal companions "have a calming effect in regard to mental stressors."
Both researchers believe pet ownership should be perceived as a low-cost, low-risk medical intervention that can potentially save or extend lives, especially for the elderly. "The problem right now is that so many apartment buildings or nursing homes aren't allowing animals in," Cole said. "That's the problem I see from a community standpoint."
Qureshi agreed that cats, dogs or other pets may bring tangible medical benefits to owners.
"This opens a whole new avenue or intervention that we hadn't looked at before, one that can be made at the public level," he said. And unlike drugs or surgery, pet ownership "doesn't appear to have any risks to it," he added.
There's information on responsible pet ownership at the American Veterinary Medical Association
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