Alla Lebedeva

These Siberian Farm Cats Are Basically Fluffy Bears With Whiskers

Amy Pilkington 24 Oct 2019

Can I share a secret? I really really really wish I could have a big fluffy cat.

Sadly, my allergies (and my dogs) wouldn't allow for it, but every time I see one of my dream cats I imagine squishing my face down into that fur and snuggle. And then I start sneezing at the very thought.

And now I've discovered a place where all my dreams and allergic nightmares can come true at once.

Alla Lebedeva

Alla Lebedeva and her husband Sergey own a farm just outside Barnaul, Siberia, but rather than your standard barnyard animals, their land is overrun with Siberian cats!

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It started in 2004 with a single cat, but after it birthed a litter of five ginger kittens, the family just kept growing.

Alla Lebedeva

Now there are hundreds of the fluffy cats living on the farm and their presence protects the chickens and rabbits.

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They have their own space in the henhouse for escaping the cold, but their incredible coats are perfectly suited for Siberian winters.

Alla Lebedeva

Siberian cats are often confused with Norwegian Forest cats, but while they are close relatives, they are a distinct breed of their own. Their heads and bodies are more rounded. Their eyes tend to be yellow-green.

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Siberians used to be rare in Europe and North America.

Alla Lebedeva

But since the end of the Soviet era, the breed is becoming more well-known around the world.

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Lededeva uses her cats' viral fame to promote the breed.

She even has a YouTube channel for the farm with tons of videos of the beautiful felines.

h/t: My Modern Met

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