Cattery Berka
We love the Siberian Cat

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About us

My name is Ellen van den Berg-Kappenburg. I live together with my husband Willem, my son Kylian and doughter Amber in Zeewolde.

We are very fond of animals. We had all kind of animals beside our dogs and cats; a horse and two ponies, guinea pigs, fish and so on. But there are only 24 hours in a day, and choices had to be made. All animals stayed with us until they died of old ages, exept the horses who found lovely new homes. But no new ones came in their places.

Now we have time for our 6 Siberian cats, our sweet German Shepherd and Chihauhau and a pond with Koi and other fish. We have all the time to take care of our kittens and to socialize them to become fantastic new familymembers.

 

The Siberian Cat for us:

Actually we are starting in 1991 triggered by a picture of the robust cat. This type of cat we wanted to have, nice collar, full tail, with a robust natural appearance.

In 2005 we finally started with the search for our dream cat. After the necessary reading and investigation, we had our sights on the Maincoon and the Siberian cat. On paper these varieties fit best with what we needed, both in appearance and character.

We made an appointment with a breeder to look at their Maincoon kittens for orientation. Once there we saw they had also a litter of Siberian kittens, that was super. Now we could compare them well! But very quickly it turned out to be a unfair battle. I have tried to let my family at least look at the Maincoon kittens, but in vain.

We all fell in love with the Siberian cat!
We find the Siberian cat beautiful, lively, playful and inquisitive. A cat with its own character. Climbing and jumping is no problem for the Siberian cat. And lieing quietly and then suddenly jump on a toy is still a fun sport. But lieing on your lap, purring very loud when you pet them, that's a Siberian too!

When the Siberian matures, they change. Over the years they will become calmer, their figure will be more robust and heavier (I don't mean fat), changed their fur each season. I'm curious about what's to come.

 

Why we started breeding

For me it is a wish that has been fulfilled. To see how a new life shall be born, the tension of what it has become (is it true what I had in mind with the combination), is it healthy and will everything go well, the growth and development, the new individual that arises, to the new owner who will have an extra dimension in his / her life by buying a Siberian cat.

For us, the Siberian cat the number one from all cats. And we think that more people love this breed, after they have learned about the Siberian cat. For them I breed kittens.

Breeding with my Siberians is a hobby. A serious one, but a hobby. We find good health and a good character is important, as well as the preservation of the characteristics of the breed. I do this in honor and conscience. Therefore all my Siberians are tested for FeLV, FIV, PKD and HCM. They are also checked by the vet on Patella luxation. Only if the results of all tests are good, I use them to breed. Of course these tests can not guarantee that no kittens may have (hereditary) abnormalities, but the base is good!

Because the breed is relatively unknown in the Netherlands, it is a challenge to learn as much as possible about the breed. Especially on hereditary factors and the different views of other breeders. You understand that I learn constantly and I use this learning for further develop my own vision. I find this also a nice aspect of breeding.

You probably already understand, we are enthusiasts who enjoy the occasional litter breed for you, for ourselves and for our cats!