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!

From dictionary.com:

hypo-

1.  a prefix appearing in loanwords from Greek,where it meant “under” ( hypostasis); on this model used, especially as opposed to hyper-, in the formation of compound words ( hypothyroid).


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).

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Abby, our first Siberian

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 litters of our very own Siberian kittens for sale!

As for allergies:  even with up to six adult Siberian cats and TWELVE Siberian kittens at a time in our house,  my husband has no more problems with allergies or asthma than he did before.  #colormehappy


 

From KittenTesting.com

From KittenTesting.com

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.


Sources:

Catster
Pet Finder
Pet MD
KittenTesting.com

Allergy Visits

If you are normally allergic to cats we encourage you to come visit us to see if/how you respond to our cats.

Please keep in mind that our home currently has five adult Siberians plus however many kittens are here when you visit! If you DON'T react here it is extremely unlikely that you would react to one or two cats in your own home.  If you DO have a mild reaction we are happy to schedule another visit with only one or two cats on another day.

Fel d1 Testing

If your allergies are severe enough that you would like the allergen levels for a litter tested, we CAN arrange for that.  The cost will depend on what we are being charged; as of October 4, 2019 the cost is $1950 for a litter of six kittens (plus or minus $300/kitten if the litter is larger or smaller).