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 Sacred Heart Siberian might be perfect for you. You have to remember that no pet is allergen free; all pets have some level of allergens and Siberian cats have lower levels of allergens, not no allergens. So if you are realistic about your allergies, and allergen reduction and allergy management are your goals rather than complete allergen avoidance, then we would be happy to place a kitten with you.
Siberian Forest Cats are well known for their hypo-allergenic qualities. “Hypo-allergenic” is defined as meaning less then. All cats produce allergen causing proteins but Siberians Have been proven to produce less Fel-D1 , the protein responsible for causing the majority of allergic reactions to cats. The Siberian cat has consistently tested lower for Fel-D1 than any other breed. Color point Siberians have the same hypo-allergenic qualities as there more traditionally colored counterparts, in fact many of the lowest Fel-D1 scoring Siberians in Canada are color points. Lundberg Siberians in portland Oregan has worked closely over the past 5 years With the University of California Davis in producing reliable FEL-D1 testing, and testing hundreds of Siberians for FEL-D1 levels. The majority of the lowest scoring FEL-D1 Siberians in there breeding programs are also color points. The only colors noted to have slightly higher levels of Fel-D1 are silvers and smokes. Unaltered males have been shown to score higher therefore neutering at an early age is vital in keeping FEL-D1 levels to a minimum. Once neutered, males are equal to females in FEL-D1 level studies.
The primary sources of Fel-D1 are found in the sebaceous and perianal glands, and in the saliva. Fel-d1 from saliva is spread to the cats fur during grooming and becomes airborne. Allergens from the glands in the skin stay in the fur, and are easily transferred to clothing, carpet, and upholstery. Litter boxes contain the highest amount of Fel d1 as well as other cat allergens. Allergy sufferers who react to horses and rabbits are possibly allergic to a secondary protein and may not be able to tolerate a Siberian. Indoor Bio-technologies concluded that roughly 15% of Siberians have Fel-D1 levels so low that they can be successfully placed in homes with severely allergic people. Individual reactions vary from person to person and cat to cat, So although Siberians are not a miracle cure they do offer some hope to allergy sufferers.
We do not send out fur samples for allergy testing as this method is highly unreliable, in person testing with our Siberians is the best method. We have had excellent results with in person allergy visitations and have successfully placed many kittens into homes with allergy sufferers. Testing with a kittens parents will give a good indication of your tolerance level but does not absolutely gaurantee that a reaction to the kitten will never occur. Our primary goal is to place our kittens into responsible, loving, forever homes, therefore we will only place our kittens with devoted pet parents that have an allergy plan in place in the event that a reaction develops, and are willing to take the extra measures in reducing the allergens in their home.
Extra Steps in Reducing Allergens:
- Purchase a vacuum with a HEPA filter
- keep home heating and cooling filters clean
- Keep bedrooms off limits
- Clean litter boxes daily
- Use dust free cat litter
- Bath and brush your cat regularly
- Use anti allergen pet products , pet wipes etc
- Replace window curtains with blinds
- Wash throw pillows and blankets in common rooms regularly
- See an allergy specialist