DISCLAIMER: This website was designed for a computer screen, so if you are viewing it on an iPad, there may be some anomalies such as photos not lining up with their captions. It was designed for information, not for esthetics -- I mean what do you expect from a Marine infantryman? :-)
The second photo above says everything that could possibly be said about the Siberian breed, The photo is of one of our pet parents, Shea and her almost three-year old loving Hannibal. What a great photo. Thank you Shea!
Updated: 6 April 2017
This was a sad week for us at Semper Fi Siberians. We had to say goodbye to Carly, our beloved adopted Golden Retriver. Carly was 15 years and 3 months old, much beyond the normal years for a large breed. She had a good life, was loved by all the four-ledgged critters in our household, especially the cats. Her arthritis continually grew worse to the point where she could not walk or stand. She had to be helped outside to do her business, and she got to the point where she could not even get to her food and water bowls. We finally decided it was time for us to let her go. She is dearly missed!
Our updated return to Illinois: Nancy's eye Dr. says everything is progressing as it should. However, he wanted to see her on 10 April to ensure there are no signs of rejection from the transplant. If he gives her the Ok, we intend to leave out the morning of the 11th and should be home the 13th.
The wait list is still closed. We are sorry, but we had to do it again.We dislike having to do this, but we simply do not have the time to keep up with so many waiting pet parents plus those who have already adopted a Semper Fi Siberian. The list currently stands at twenty-five; when it becomes manageable again we will open it. In the meantime, we will do as we have always done, retain your contact information (name/phone/email), and when the list reopens we will contact you. Those at the bottom of the current list can "probably" expect a kitten late Summer/Fall 2017. It all depends on the size of the litters, which is completely controlled by Mother Nature. However, as always when folks are on the waiting list for several months, things change in their lives and they pass on a litter. Therefore, just because you are far down the list, it doesn't mean you cannot move up quickly and get a kitten. You MUST be a member of Nancy's Blog to be able to stay in touch with what's going on with the births and the waiting list. I am sorry, but I can not change this website everytime something happens in our cattery, so please become a member of Nancy's Blog.
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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 d1 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.
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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 come when called, that is if they are "in the mood." 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 require your being involved in their playtime; they can even be taught to play fetch and they love hide and seek. In sum, they demand your interaction. If you are a young couple who both work out of the home, are socially active after work and on weekends, you do not need a Siberian in your life, and we will not allow you to adopt one of our kittens. Siberians require attention and will become stressed without it. Stress can bring on all sorts of illnesses later in life. Consider the decision to bring a kitten into your home as the beginning of your family, which you may be putting off until you are both older. Adopt some goldfish until your social calendar slows.
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: Remember. they are Siberians, so always check that refridgerator before you close the door!
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.