First and foremost, there is no way to tell if a cat is a purebred siberian even if I have it in my hands, let alone from a picture. The only way to determine if your cat is or is a descendant of a Siberian cat is a Feline DNA Ancestry test that you can order via UC Davis that will tell you what region your cat’s ancestry comes from and with that they can make a fairly accurate determination of what breed(s) your cat has in its ancestry.
Second, just because your cat is a longhair, has stripes or doesn’t make you sneeze, doesn’t make it a siberian. A regular domestic longhair can look very much like a siberian, norwegian forest cat or a maine coon. If a kitty shows up without a tail it’s often labeled as a japanese bobtail, an american bobtail, a manx or a cymric. It’s a cat without a tail, that doesn’t make it a purebred cat.
Did you know that only 2% (yes you read that right, only 2%!) of ALL owned cats are pedigreed cats? Did you know that of that 2%, only 3%-5% are siberians? What do you think the odds are one of them shows up in rescue or wanders in your neighborhood? Close to zero. Not to mention the fact that the breed has only been in the USA for little over 20 years.
Every “siberian” you see on petfinder is not a siberian. They are all domestic longhairs. A rescue person called on her fellow shelters and rescues to stop labeling their cats as specific breeds. They do that so cats and kittens get adopted out faster. It sets false expectations and it also creates an image of breeders in the public’s mind that we are somehow responsible for these animals ending up in shelters.
Breeders are not responsible for cats ending up in shelters, irresponsible pet owners are. I can tell you that most reputable breeders will take their cats back without asking questions if someone can no longer care for them anymore. I constantly get confronted that I am “adding to the problem”. No I am not, because breeders are not the problem to begin with. Some of you will disagree with that statement, and that is totally fine.
But back to the question whether your cat is a siberian!
I am sorry to say I cannot answer your question as to whether your cat is a siberian or not. I can tell you that the odds are close to zero. You can do a DNA ancestry test via UC Davis if you really want to find out. The fact that he or she is most likely not a purebred cat definitely does not devalue your them. Your kitty is absolutely beautiful (and I love seeing their pictures) and I am sure a very loving and sweet companion, what else could you wish for?