A small town outside Barnaul, Siberia, called Prigorodny, has the most adorable infestation of animals. The area is so overrun with cats, it’s almost unbelievable, but Russian farmer Alla Lebedeva and her husband Sergey leaned into the ever-increasing cat population and have now dubbed their property “Catland.” Find out more about these remarkable animals and how they spend their days.
Gorgeous Siberian cats have resided on the couple’s property over the years, but over the past decade, they have shared their story more with the world.
They’ve raised more cats than they can actually count, it turns out, as Alla told Design YouTrust: “How many do we have now? To such a question I usually answer ‘a million, maybe more.’”
She added: “They live in the henhouse… They have three ‘little bedrooms’ there where can they sleep according to how they feel. Our cats protect the chickens and rabbits from rats and mice.”
The majestic Siberian cats are giant, fluffy creatures that have ample cozy places to sleep, lined with straw to keep them warm on those cold, snowy nights.
The photos and YouTube videos featuring Alla’s many cats have won over the internet, especially all of the cat lovers out there. Many are astounded by the number and size of the cats.
Among the comments left on social media about the cats were those who worried about the animals’ well-being. One person remarked: “Those cats are beautiful and even though they love the snow I just wish they were all kept indoors where it is safe, warm and out of harm’s way.”
Other commenters, however, reassured them that the cats are fine, with comments including: “rural Russia on a farm, probably not a lot of harm out there like you think” and “These cats have a very thick fur. They are warm!”
Another person also shared this concern: “I’m sorry but it bothers me to see domesticated cats being outdoors, The cats that I allowed to go outdoors all had sad endings… after that the cats I have had lasted 20 happy healthy years.”
There were many in agreement, with another person noting: “Just because some cats might like the cold, doesn’t mean it is safe to leave them outside on their own. So many pet owners seem to think their only obligation is to provide food and water. These are domesticated pets, not animals accustomed to living in the wild.”
One person responded that these concerns are valid, but these cats are doing well in a safe environment, noting: “I hear you. But these particular types of breeds naturally enjoy the snow and have great skills as hunters. Not because they are forced to forage, but because it is the nature of the kitty. This of course and only if they are not kept indoors.”
Another person remarked how interesting it is that cats in different climates have adapted with different topics of coats. They shared: “Love this. Notice how cats in cold climates have thick fur? While in sunny hot north Queensland, their fur is quite thin. Nature is wonderful.”
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