GETTING A SIBERIAN DUE TO ALLERGIES IN YOUR FAMILY?
What is the definition of the word ‘hypoallergenic”
Hypo– in the word: “hypoallergenic“ means “low” “less then” “below a certain level“.
In medicine “hypo” refers to a deficiency; it simply means: “abnormally low levels” (for example: hypothyroid; hypoglycaemia.) In referrence to a Siberian Cat, hypoalergenic means: “low allergen levels”.
No pet is truly 100% allergen-free.
Is there good news?
Yes. The good news is, that when most people combine ownership of a Siberian cat with a well thought-out allergy prevention plan, the result may be no reaction, or milder reactions in allergy sufferers.
How about testing myself with a Siberian Cat prior to purchase?
Testing does not provide conclusive evidence that you will never have a reaction to the kitten/cat you adopt.
You may not react while testing with Siberians, but develop a reaction a year or two later. The opposite is also true: you may react to your new kitten, but the reaction may diminish as the kitten grows up.
Allergy results vary a lot depending on the individual, the cat, the age of the cat, the time of year, and presence of other allergens. It is an issue that may change overtime (i.e. your sensitivity may increase).
We bring these kittens into the world and feel 100% responsible for them. Our main goal is to find our kittens stable, permanent, secure, and loving homes. We want to avoid situations where, in a year or two, your family decides that the cat causes difficulties and needs to be re-homed.
What does this mean for allergy-sufferers?
If you suspect that you will most likely have a reaction that is unacceptable to you, then our Siberian Kitten is NOT the cat for you. We don’t want to risk the kitten’s chance for a stable home and lifelong happiness.
If you have previously experienced mild reactions to cats and are looking to reduce the likelihood of reactions/or the severity of your reactions/ then a Siberian might be perfect for you.
What separates Siberian cats from other cats is that they have LOW allergen levels, but no one should claim that Siberians have NO allergens.
So if you are realistic about your expectations, hope for allergy reduction and have a solid allergy prevention plan (rather than expect complete allergen avoidance) then we would be happy to place a kitten with you.
Are there any other options?
If your allergies are quite severe, we recommend testing the kitten (you are interested in) for its personal Fel d1 levels. The test costs US$350 for lab work, which would be 100% covered by the buyer.
Current kitten-testing methods are much improved. For more information on the Fel d 1 testing, please click on the link: http://www.kittentesting.com/
MORE QUESTIONS about Siberian Cats and allergies?
Check out these articles from Siberian Research Inc:
- Fel d1
- The Siberian Cat Club Allergy Advice
- Living with Cat Allergies?
- Tips for Reducing Allergic Reaction to Pets by WebMD
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What is the Hype Surrounding Siberian Cats?
A cat that originated in Northern Russia, the Siberian wears a magnificent fur coat that not only protects him, but also gives him a glamorous appearance. This national cat of Russia only made his way to North America in the past 20 years.
At first glance the Siberian Cat resembles the Maine Coon and the Norwegian Forest Cat, but it is differentiated by having a more rounded body, a round head, large yellow-green eyes, tufted ears, and a neck ruff (see the picture below). The Siberian’s coat comes in many colors and patterns (brown tabbies seem to be most popular).
This particular breed matures very slowly, reaching full physical development at 5 years of age. Some neutered males weigh up to 25 pounds. In spite of their large build, the Siberian cats have well-muscled body that is not only powerful, but also agile.
The Siberians love climbing to great heights, leaping wide distances, completing high jumps, as well as chasing objects & racing with their owners. They love playing any type of game and engaging in activities that they find interesting and stimulating. Siberians are quick learners and appreciate getting challenged. Hence, they should be kept interested in life and in their surroundings, and provided with activities that allow them to show off their talents and intelligence.
Siberians love learning. They are also excellent observers. They may learn to open doors, retrieve toys and bring them back to their owners. They enjoy following owners around; keeping them company no matter what they do, and without exceptions, greeting them at the door at the end of the work-day.
Siberian Cats love their family, yet are not excessively demanding of attention. They get along well with just about anyone, including kids, dogs, other cats, and gerbils.
Siberian cats are extremely loving, affectionate and loyal. They are known for being the only cat in the world that would easily satisfy the needs of ‘a dog-person’.
Siberians are active and fun. They have an engaging personality, agility and vigor, yet, they are known for their tenderness, affection, a triple purr and a chirping sound.
“Time Spent with Cats is Never Wasted”- Sigmund Freud
Living with a cat can be very pleasurable, but living with a Siberian cat is a very rewarding, life changing experience. The Siberian will become your best friend, confidante, problem-solver, and house clown. Siberians are one of the most ancient breeds and began as the Russian forest cat. We have images of them roaming the Siberian Taiga (forestland) even today and they are reported to be in large numbers in the wild Siberian outlying territories. However, another story unfolds in Russia. Siberian cats are now prized house cats and many Russian families relay fond tales of their Siberian cats and their amazing loyalty and personalities. In 1990, when communism fell and free trade opened up, the importation of the Siberian cat to the United States began.
The Siberian is a medium-large cat with the overall appearance of excellent physical condition, massive strength, power and alertness, modified by a sweet facial expression. The general impression of the body is one of circles and roundness rather than rectangles and triangles indicative of the other forest cat breeds. Females are considerably smaller than males. Eye color varies from gold to green and all shades in-between. They also come in colorpoints and these will have blue eyes. They have a very dense, water resistant triple coat, which is medium to long in length. They have a full dense coat in the winter while the summer coat is somewhat shorter and less dense. The hair is shorter on the shoulders. There is a ruff at the neck, full fluffy britches and a bushy tail that is carried up with pride. Siberian owners often email pictures to each other bragging about ‘the fluff on that tail!’ Ear tipping is desired and full ear furnishings are required. This means that the tops of the ears can have hair which makes the ears look pointed when in fact they are rounded and that the inside of the ear has hair that protects it from the elements.
Siberian Cats are very personable and want to be near their owners. They will meet you at the door when you come home and explain their day to you. They are a quiet breed that has melodic ways of expressing themselves using sweet mews, trills, chirps and lots of purring. They love to sit in your lap and be groomed. A favorite pastime of theirs is to find something and bring it back so it can be thrown and fetched. All types of toys intrigue them and they will play with just about anything. Another thing that intrigues them is moving the cursor on the computer screen. You will need to shut the door of your computer room if you want to get any typing done. Some Siberians learn to stay off the keyboard at an early age but others will insist on adding indecipherable letters to your most crucial correspondence. Others will sit in the cubbyholes of your computer desk and watch entranced as you type, periodically extending a paw of support.
If you share your home with a Siberian, you will never be alone. They will watch TV with you, go to the restroom with you and then go to bed with you. If you are trying to do something, they will insist on helping. Reading a newspaper, book, or magazine is next to impossible. If they like something, they will take it and play with it and in the process it will be lost.
Siberians also enjoy the company of dogs, other animals, and children. They are fearless and easygoing. Not much disturbs their natural calm and equanimity. Many parents affirm that their Siberian will always sleep with the children at the foot of their bed as a sentinel.
Some Siberians become the nurse in the family, spending time with the sick person who needs the support. They have a high level of intuition and know when they are needed for psychological and moral support. They get out of your way when you are tense and too busy to deal with them. However, there are those who are under foot no matter what. Through all the hard times in life, Siberians have given support if only for a headache.
The acrobatic nature of the Siberian is well known among owners. They will play hard, often executing amazing somersaults in pursuit of a feather toy. Some balance on clothing racks and seem to be executing an uneven parallel bar routine rivaled only by Olympic athletes.
Others balance carefully on lampshades as they watch their owners read. Many times an over enthusiastic kitten has to be rescued while attempting to climb the bricks on the fireplace or jump to the top of a bookshelf that they cannot reach. Nevertheless, Siberians are always happy to be helped. They stay playful throughout their lives and are rarely mistaken for a couch potato.
Text by Members of The Siberian Cat Club, CFA Siberian Breed Committee
and TAIGA (International Siberian Breed Club)