Introducing the Queen of Cat Ladies: Russian farmer Alla Lebedeva, who claims her farm-turned-“Catland” is home to “a million, maybe more” Siberian cats. Located in snowy Prigorodny, just outside Barnaul, Siberia, Lebedeva and her husband Sergey have been raising this majestic breed of felines for over ten years. Their cat collection began in 2004 when their first lion-like cat named Babushka gave birth to five ginger kittens. Since then, the couple’s farm became overrun with furry friends. According to Lebadeva, the shared living situation works both ways—the cats “protect the chickens and rabbits from rats and mice,” she explains.
The ancient, long-haired Siberian breed has been around since the 1870s and they’re known to have incredible intelligence. Their thick coats protect them from the freezing elements, while their strong, agile bodies make them ideal for hunting. Lebedeva’s farm-cats sleep in the henhouse, where they have “three ‘little bedrooms’ there where can they sleep according to how they feel.” Naturally, Lebedeva loves to document her beautiful cats and regularly shares her images and videos on social media. Many of her posts have gone viral, but people have often mistaken the Siberian breed for Norwegian Forest cats. Lebedeva now wants to set the record straight—these beauties are Siberian natives.