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Allergies & the Siberian Cat

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Do you suffer from a cat allergy. Do you know Siberian Cats are less likely to cause an allergic reaction?

What causes an allergy to cats?

Feline allergen (Fel d1) is found only in cats and accounts for up to 60% of cat allergies. Typical reactions to the allergen vary, but includes symptoms ranging from mild runny nose and itchy eyes, to severe reactions such as swollen eyes, hives or difficulty breathing. Individuals allergic to cats and not other animals are usually allergic only to Fel d1. The allergen is very stabile, and can remain in a home for six months after removal of the cat.

Why is the Siberian less likely to cause this reaction?

Ongoing research show that all cats produce some Fel d1, but the amounts are quite varied. Studies by Siberian Research have shown is a very strong correlation between the allergen level in saliva and the perceived allergic reaction in highly allergic individuals. Siberians with very low allergen levels pass this trait to some (but not all) of the kittens in the litter. Production and secretion of the Fel d1 allergen is controlled by hormones and stress. In normal cats, the highest levels are found in un-neutered males. In very low-allergen Siberians, the males and females have similar levels of Fel d1. Some of the lowest levels have been found in Siberian males.

Source Siberian Research inc.

What is an allergy test?

An allergy test consists of a visit to the cattery where you wish to adopt your kitten from. Visiting one cattery for a test and then buying from another does not work as the reaction between the cats and the person is unique. Fur samples do not give a reliable test.

You will need to book your visit in advance and complete a declaration form before visiting any available kittens. This asks a few questions about your allergy, and if requested, may include advice to attend your doctor before the visit.No liability can be taken by the cattery owner for a reaction. Potential adopters must understand this test is at their own risk

After the test you will be asked to confirm after 24 hours that there is no reaction as these can often develop later. The reality is that most people will have a reaction within the first 15 minutes. Should no reaction occur, or the adopter has a mild reaction they are prepared to accept, then the process to adopt a kitten can begin. Please note that we try to ensure that allergy sufferers are able to visit the kittens at least twice before they leave to ensure that no reaction develops. UNDER NO CIRCUMSTANCES DO WE ALLOW PERSONS WITH ASTHMA WHO ALSO HAVE A CAT ALLERGY TO VISIT OUR CATTERY.

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