Many people who buy Siberian cats and kittens do so because someone in their household is allergic to cats, but great news: Siberian cats and kittens are hypoallergenic, so even people who have bad reactions to most cats might be able to live happily with a Siberian cat or kitten!
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Our allergy story:
My husband is allergic to pretty much anything that has fur or feathers—we have friends who we can’t visit in their home because their cats tend to spike his asthma—but I was raised with lots of pets and really missed having them. Cats have always been my favorite—the fluffier the better—so when I learned that there was such a thing as hypoallergenic cats, I did some research. When I discovered that there were FLUFFY hypoallergenic cats, I was sold (and so was Abby, our first Siberian cat... lol).
After living with our first Siberian cat for three years with no allergy or asthma problems whatsoever—and believe me, it isn’t because we try to minimize the allergens in our house… we are NOT people who constantly brush a cat to minimize shedding, or constantly sweep and vacuum up hair that DOES shed—I started thinking it might be nice to have more of them around. I got my chance when a friend told me that her son had a breeding pair of Siberian cats for sale, and now here we are with a litter of our very own Siberian kittens for sale!
As for allergies: even with three adult Siberian cats and SIX Siberian kittens in our house, my husband has no more problems with allergies or asthma than he did before. #colormehappy
Hypoallergenic is not synonymous with non-allergenic, and no breed
is completely non-allergenic. If you’re allergic to cats, a Glycoprotein known as Fel d 1 is the most likely culprit. Cats shed it in their saliva, skin oils, feces, and urine.
This protein is present in all cats; however, some cat breeds produce less of this protein than others, making them hypoallergenic.
After testing fur and saliva samples from Siberian cat breeders, Indoor Biotechnologies in Charlottesville, Virginia, concluded that about 50 percent of Siberians have lower Fel d 1 levels than other cats, and about 15 percent of Siberians have levels so low that they can be safely placed in homes where people have severe allergies to cats.