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Male vs Female Siberian Cats: What’s the Difference? (With Pictures)

If you’re thinking of adopting a cat and giving it a forever home, then you can’t go wrong with the Siberian cat breed. The breed is loving, fluffy, big, and has an excellent personality.

The problem comes in when it’s time to choose between a male and a female. Both make great pets, but they do have everything from different looks to different sizes and a few different traits to differentiate them.

Siberian cat owners report that males tend to be more playful, loving, and engaging, although the breed is energetic, gentle, and energetic as a whole.

As with any other pet breed, in reality, the traits the cat has are according to the individual cat and have very little to do with gender.

In this article, we’ll outline the differences in the female and male of the Siberian cat breed so you can make an informed decision on which one you want to give a forever home.

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Visual Differences

Male vs Female Siberian Cat Breed
Image Credit: Left: Male Siberian Cat: dien, Shutterstock | Right: Female Siberian Cat: TatianaDm, Pixabay

At a Glance

Male Siberian Cat
  • Average height (adult): 17– 25 inches
  • Average weight (adult): 9–18 pounds
  • Lifespan: 10–18 years
  • Exercise: Lots of playtime
  • Grooming needs: Moderate
  • Family-friendly: Yes
  • Other pet-friendly: Yes
  • Trainability: Easy
Female Siberian Cat
  • Average height (adult): 17–25 inches
  • Average weight (adult): 8–15 pounds
  • Lifespan: 10–18 years
  • Exercise: Lots of playtime
  • Grooming needs: Moderate
  • Family-friendly: Yes
  • Other pet-friendly: Yes
  • Trainability: Easy

Male Siberian Cat Breed Overview

The male Siberian cat seems to be a favorite among the Siberian cat owners. We’ll explain why below.

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Personality / Character

In general, the male Siberian cat is more loving and affectionate than females, which makes him more inviting and more playful than the females of the breed.

This results in the male becoming more socially attached to their owners and also makes them great companions for someone willing and able to spend a lot of time with the breed. Males also have no problem with strangers due to their friendliness.

In fact, they see anyone who comes into your house as a chance to get more attention, making strangers a win-win for male Siberian cats!

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Males tend to mature slower than females, taking 3–5 years to reach full maturity. This might be the reason that they’re more affectionate and more playful than the females of the breed tend to be.

Health & Care

While both genders are pretty easy to care for, the male of the breed is easier just because of his affectionate nature.

However, the males of the breed do have a higher risk of developing hereditary diseases, such as feline lower urinary tract disease (FLUTD).

While these cats are known to be hypoallergic, unneutered males carry the highest levels of Fel-d1—the protein in cat saliva that causes allergic reactions in some people—while neutered males have lower levels, making neutered males more suitable for pet lovers who have allergies.

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Suitable for:

The male Siberian cat is suitable for anyone who wants a loving, affectionate, playful companion. They are also suitable for families, as the breed is active and enjoys playing. Since the breed is very social, it’s best if he goes to a family that will have someone home with him most of the time.


Female Siberian Cat Breed Overview

While the female of this breed is pretty similar to the male, she does have her own differences which we go into below.

Siberian Cat
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Personality / Character

The female Siberian cat is friendly, affectionate, and loving, but more on the reserved side than her male counterpart. In the social department, the female has no problem with strangers but is more aloof around them than males are.

She has a certain level of dependence on her owners but has no problem being left on her own for a bit. In fact, she often prefers to be by herself.

Siberian Sitting
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The female of the Siberian cat breed matures faster than the male. They reach full maturity between 2 and 3 years of age.

Health & Care

As previously stated, caring for these cats is pretty easy, whether it’s the male or the female Siberian cat.

The female of the breed has less of a chance of developing FLUTD and some other hereditary diseases common to these cats. When it comes to allergies, an unspayed female produces lower levels of Fel-d1 than unneutered males.

However, as with any breed, males and females will develop their own personality and other characteristics according to the individual cat rather than their gender.

Image Credit: Joanna Gawlica-Giędłek, Pixabay

Suitable for:

The same as males, the female of the species likes to play, is affectionate, and suitable for families and anyone who is looking for a loving pet. She is a bit more aloof than a male but will still love her family to no end.

If you’re going to be gone a lot, then a female is probably your best choice as she doesn’t become quite as attached to her owners as males do.

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Which Breed Is Right For You?

These are a few of the differences between the female and male Siberian cat breed you should know about before deciding on which gender is the best choice for you.

Remember, though the female is a little more aloof and slightly smaller, both of these cats are loving, affectionate, sweet, and even-tempered, and perfect for families who have the time for them.

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Featured Images: Top: Male Siberian Cat Breed: Massimo Cattaneo, Shutterstock | Buttom: Female Siberian Cat breed: Tania_Wild, Shutterstock