Siberian Cat Diet- Feeding Your Siberian The Right Way

Any Siberian cat owner can tell you just how important it is that they receive the best cat food possible in order to care, and keep them healthy.

This means that if you own a Siberian cat, it may need a special diet that ensures their nutritional needs are met.

Siberian cats require extra care to prevent any potential health issues that may otherwise occur by feeding them a diet consisting of low-grade commercial foods that are unsuited for the breed’s requirements.

What Do Siberian Cats Eat

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Cats are natural carnivores and require a diet of meat, which they would normally get in the wild through small prey such as birds, insects, and lizards.

Most cat diets possess things that have been added by carb-based ingredients such as grains, corn, soy, and other unhealthy additives.

Many cat caregivers don’t know exactly what to look for when buying high-quality foods for their Siberian. It is important to manage a healthy cat diet in order to prevent cancer, diabetes, and other illnesses.

Our Top 3 Recommended Canned, Soft & Best Wet Food For Siberian Cats

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Top Pick

NomNomNow
  • An all-natural, grain free food suitable for cats of all ages
  • Comes in custom packs that make it easy to serve during mealtimes
  • Human-grade food
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Runner Up

Ziwi Peak Venison Grain-Free Canned Cat Food
  • Grain-free with no corn, soy, or wheat
  • Made with 93% meat, organs, and bones - respects your cat’s natural dietary needs
  • Supplemented with other vitamins and minerals
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Budget Pick

Purina Pro Plan
  • No grain, gluten free, and meat by-product free dry food
  • Specially formulated ingredients for adult cats
  • Protein rich, with no preservatives. Also contains deboned chicken
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Sometimes we don’t have time to make homemade cat food. However, there are a excellent cat food brands out there that will provide your Siberian cat with high-quality wet cat food for Siberian cats that complies with its dietary guidelines.

These brands might be a little pricier at times than the usual brands, but they include the very best ingredients in their products. You can find these brands’ cat food at your local cat shop, or choose to order online.

NomNomNow Chicken Chow Meow Cat Food Review

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  • An all-natural, grain free food suitable for cats of all ages.
  • Comes in custom packs that make it easy to serve during mealtimes.
  • Each pouch contains one portion measured for your cat’s needs
  • Human-grade food
  • Price: $2.5-$3/Meal

Ziwi Peak Venison Grain-Free Canned Cat Food


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  • Grain-free with no corn, soy, or wheat.
  • Made with 93% meat, organs, and bones – respects your cat’s natural dietary needs.
  • Supplemented with other vitamins and minerals to improve its nutritional content.
  • Made exclusively from high-quality ingredients – no fillers, byproducts, rendered meals, or preservatives.
  • Price: $5.5/6.5-oz

Purina Pro Plan

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  • No grain, gluten free, and meat by-product free dry food.
  • Protein rich, with no preservatives. Also contains deboned chicken
  • Specially formulated ingredients for adult cats.
  • Available in packs of twenty-four (24) 3-Ounce cans
  • Price: $2.56/5.5-oz

Our Top 3 Recommended Dry Food For Siberian cats

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Nature's Variety
  • Contains probiotics to aid in healthy digestion
  • Chicken flavored food with natural ingredients
  • Protein rich food made from animal proteins
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Runner Up

Wysong
  • Has a low level of carbohydrates and glycemic index
  • No artificial additives
  • Great flavors to choose from
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Budget Pick

Natural Balance
  • Cooked in small batches
  • Suitable for cats of all ages
  • Contains Omega 3 and Omega 6 for the health of the cat's coat and skin
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A well balanced Siberian cat diet is one that consists of both wet and dry cat food. Grain free cat foods are the way to go.

The best dry food for Siberian cats are grain free foods rich with vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants help prevent health issues such as cat diabetes and urinary blockage in male cats. Having that said, we went out and did a whole lot of research to bring you our top 3 recommended dry foods for your Siberian kitty.

Nature’s Variety Instinct


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  • Contains probiotics to aid in healthy digestion.
  • Chicken flavored food with natural ingredients. It is a grain free product with no artificial flavors, colors, or preservatives.
  • Protein rich food made from animal proteins. It is suitable for all breeds of cats at all life stages.
  • Price: $4.5/Ib

Wysong Optimal Vitality Adult Feline Formula Dry Cat Food


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This brand of dry food is also great as many times a cat will experience stomach problems when consuming too much wet food. Incorporating some dry goods into your cat’s diet will balance this out.

  • Has a low level of carbohydrates and glycemic index, which is found in numerous other dry food brands.
  • No artificial additives or non-nutritional ingredients.
  • Great flavors to choose from.
  • Price: $3.4/Ib

Natural Balance Indoor Ultra Dry Cat Food


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  • Suitable for cats of all ages. Contains 33% protein made from chicken and fish, as well as other wholesome ingredients.
  • Cooked in small batches to ensure proper nutrition for your cat.
  • Contains Omega 3 and Omega 6 for the health of the cat’s coat and skin.
  • Has calcium and phosphorus for strengthening bones and teeth.
  • Price: $2.6/Ib

Food Allergies

Cats can develop food allergies just like we do. Normally, the side effects are itchy cat skin and excessive grooming. You can try to determine what foods your cat is allergic to in a few different ways.

The first option is to simply take your cat to the vet and have it checked for allergies. Another option is to feed your cat various types of hypoallergenic cat food and observe the effect each time. If you think your cat is possibly allergic to one of the ingredients in its food, try another brand that doesn’t have the same ingredient(s).

Daily Calorie Content

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Just like us, our Siberian cat requires a specific caloric intake to keep them happy, healthy, and energetic. You will also want to take into consideration the age and size of your Siberian when determining how many calories you should be feeding him or her on a daily basis. Once you have the accurate weight of your cat, you can simply calculate how many calories per serving (as written on the product label) your cat needs in order to provide it with all its’ dietary needs.

  • Kittens should get 100 calories per pound
  • Cats 40 weeks of age should receive 40 calories per pound
  • Adults require 25 to 30 calories per pound

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Raw Food Diet for Siberian Cats

If you choose to feed your Siberian a homemade raw diet, or commercial raw cat foods you should be aware of the types of foods you can feed them. Make sure you use fresh ingredients only, and don’t recycle the food from one meal to the other. If your Siberian is pregnant, it is not recommended to feed it a raw diet, but rather one of cooked food.

The foods you can give your Siberian cat include:

  • Organic Ground Chicken – rich in protein and fiber.
  • Organic Ground Turkey – Great source of protein and omega 3 fats.
  • Ground Bone Powder
  • Protein can NOT be the sole component in a Siberian’s diet, vitamins and minerals must be included as well.
  • Raw meat may cause food poisoning if not prepared properly. The meat must be fresh, and only be served once per meal. The Raw food should not sit at room temperature for more than 30 minutes. Make sure to consult with your Vet first.

What You Should Never Feed Your Siberian Cat

There are several human foods that you should never feed your cat. Some consider these foods to be allergies while others simply consider them to be poisonous to your furry friend. These foods may seem harmless, but you should never give them to your cat, as their bodies do not react well to them and could cause discomfort and even make them sick.

  • Raw Eggs – can contain salmonella, which can cause food poisoning.
  • Chocolate– contains theobromine, which is an alkaline that is poisonous to cats.
  • Avocados– have persin, which is toxic to Siberians.
  • Liver– especially in large quantities, can cause vitamin A toxicity.
  • Alcohol– can lead to brain and liver damage that can be fatal for your cat.

Final Thoughts

Being knowledgeable about your Siberian cat’s diet is incredibly helpful and can be of great benefit to your Siberian during their lifetime. Some have even found that providing a well balanced natural diet has extended the lifespan of their furry friends as well as made them less susceptible to diseases and illnesses. Other benefits include a healthier coat of fur, naturally balanced weight, higher energy levels, and improved dental health.

See also: Persian cat diet

18 thoughts on “Siberian Cat Diet- Feeding Your Siberian The Right Way

  1. Avatargayle parmelee

    this was extremely helpful. my kitten is six months old. should I leave dry food out for him all day and feed canned in am and PM? I’ll weigh him to see how many calories he should get. hes always hungry

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  2. AvatarDenise

    I leave dry food out all the time in a different area than the wet food. I give Nina a 3.5 oz can of purina pro in the morning and then later between lunch and dinner. Sometimes she wants more so I give a little more. She loves the chicken and cheese can! But I buy several gravy types. The breeder said to leave dry food out or they would be hungry all the time. About 1/2 cup daily.

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  3. AvatarKerry Dawson

    My male Siberian was seen by a vet for urinating all over my home. Diagnosed with crystals in urine and said it is a pattern. None of the vets we saw understood what breed my cat is. Vets need to be educated by breed. Very upset we have gone through so much expense. I have carpet and padding to replace in my home. Finally one of my daughters looked up our breed and saw we needed raw food which I originally had them on per the breeders but the vets told me it was bad for my cats. Super upset about this. Hoping going back to raw will help our male Siberian urinate in the litter box again. Do not trust every veterinarian is my new motto. They did not even have the breed in the medical records when we moved to them!! It was given to them.

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    1. All About CatsAll About Cats Post author

      Hi Kerry,

      I’, sorry you had to go trough that.

      And I totally get the frustration that comes with misdiagnose. Urinary blockage is quite common with make cats and we had the same problem last year. One of our male cats had a severe case of urinary blockage, he was misdiagnose which almost left him with kidney failure. The problem which some of the commercial dry cat food is that they do not hydrate cats properly which can lead to crystals in urine among other problems. Incorporating healthy wet cat food, commercial raw cat food and homemade cat food could really help as these foods are moisture rich. Some vets also recommend certain probiotics to reduce the level of acidity in your cat’s urine.

      The most important thing though is to always get a second option when it comes to serious health issues.

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    2. AvatarSue Millman

      Hi – re bladder complications. I experienced this issue with my male Burmese and discontinued feeding any type of seafood or fish. Worked a treat. Also no dry food. Good luck.

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    3. AvatarLeslie

      My Siberian is the only one that they’ve ever had in their Vet practice. I’m always educating them on the special needs of the breed. At least they listen.

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  4. AvatarShauna Leo

    My kitty loves raw beef. Like steak. So I will buy the little steak strips the butcher cuts up & puts out for fajitas. Also shredded beef raw. She’s kind of a little piglet

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  5. AvatarMelody DeLeon

    What do you think of the Wellness brand of cat food? Both dry and wet? Also, any recommendations on how long to feed a Siberian kitten food?

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    1. AvatarMallory Crusta

      Hi Melody,

      Wellness is one of the better cat food brands you can buy. We recommended the Wellness CORE line on our list of the best wet cat food brands. Though I can’t recommend dry cat food over wet, their air-dried food is better than most and is listed in our article on the best dry food.

      If you want to learn more about Wellness, you might like our full Wellness brand review. Read it here: https://www.wwwallaboutcats.com/wellness-cat-food-review

      Though Siberians take a little bit longer to reach maturity, they should be able to transition off kitten food when they’re about a year old. If you’re worried that your Siberian won’t get enough protein and other nutrients, look for food that meets the AAFCO nutrient profiles for all life stages. Wellness CORE’s canned paté foods, for example, are rated for all life stages and provide plenty of nutrition for cats at any stage of life.

      Hope this helps!

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  6. AvatarLisa

    Hi
    15 month old Siberian male. Approximately 12 pounds. Recently switched instinct kitten dry to Instinct Adult Rabbit Dry. Noticing some hair loss and dandruff and he’s not overly impressed with the flavour. Does not like Adult Chicken.
    Recommendations? Instinct Protein?
    Concerned about too much protein.

    Also eating Performatrin Ultra Tuna twice daily. Prefers chunky to pate.
    Any other grain free dry comparable?

    Thanks

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  7. AvatarMallory Crusta

    Hi Lisa,

    Thanks for commenting!

    Dandruff and hair loss—real hair loss, not just shedding—are not necessarily signs of a bad diet. Before you blame your cat’s new food, I would rule out any health conditions. Once you’ve confirmed that he’s healthy, try instituting a brushing routine. Regular brushing will help to distribute those natural oils and control dandruff. Otherwise, the food may not have enough animal-sourced fat for your cat. Regardless of what you feed him, a fish oil supplement can help to keep his skin and coat in top condition.

    Feel free to experiment with other foods, potentially including those from the Ultimate Protein line. Please don’t be afraid of giving him too much protein! An animal that can subsist on nothing but fresh, raw mice is not going to have problems digesting the amount of protein in Ultimate Protein kibble.

    Other dry food brands and lines to consider:

    Dr. Elsey’s cleanprotein
    Ziwi Peak air-dried food
    Tiki Cat Born Carnivore
    Simply Nourish Source

    Some of these dry foods are comparable to the Performatrin Ultra canned food. Some are better. Some are a little bit more plant-heavy. You’ll just have to give them a try and see which ones your cat enjoys. Remember that while they can thrive on a good dry diet, cats do best on high-moisture foods. Keeping some wet food in the rotation will help to keep your Siberian feeling his best.

    Hope this answers your questions and helps you to find the best food for your kitty!

    Take care,

    Mallory

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  8. AvatarLeslie

    My Siberian is an extremely picky eater. I try to feed her the best foods, but she tends to thwart my efforts to feed her well. I often get frustrated because the brands most-recommended are usually not available here in Ontario, Canada. I’ve never tried her on Purina, because I had a cat years ago who would get bloody diarrhea on Purina foods, so I tend to avoid that brand. I suppose I could try it and see how she does. Her favourite dry food is nulo. I haven’t tried Instinct dry, but she will only eat a few bites of their wet food and sometimes sniffs it and walks away. It’s frustrating trying to get this cat to eat sometimes. She just paws at me as if to say, “I want something else!”

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