Introducing Alla Lebedeva, a Russian farmer who claims her farm-turned-“Catland” is home to “a million, maybe more” Siberian cats. Lebedeva and her husband Sergey have been raising this majestic breed of felines for over ten years in snowy Prigorodny, just outside Barnaul, Siberia. Their cat collection began in 2004 when Babushka, their first lion-like cat, gave birth to five ginger kittens. The couple’s farm has since become overrun with furry friends. According to Lebadeva, the shared living situation benefits both parties because the cats “protect the chickens and rabbits from rats and mice.”
The ancient, long-haired Siberian breed has existed since the 1870s and is renowned for its intelligence. Their thick coats keep them warm in the winter, and their strong, agile bodies make them ideal for hunting. Lebedeva’s farm-cats sleep in the henhouse, which has “three ‘little bedrooms’ where they can sleep depending on how they feel.” Naturally, Lebedeva enjoys photographing her beautiful cats and regularly posts images and videos to social media. Many of her posts have gone viral, but the Siberian breed is frequently confused with Norwegian Forest cats. Lebedeva now wants to clear the air: these stunning ladies are Siberian natives.
These Siberian cats live on a farm in snowy Prigorodny, just outside Barnaul, Siberia.
Their owner, Alla Lebedeva claims she now has “a million, maybe more” living with her.