Hypo-allergenic Siberian Cats and Kittens for sale from Martin Siberians Cattery
Do you sneeze and wheeze?
Do your eyes water around cats?
The Siberian cat may be just the cat breed for you.
Many long time allergy suffers have been very successful with the Siberian cat. Although it is not going to work for all allergy sufferers it has worked for many.
The "Cat Allergen" is called FEL D1. The primary sources of FEL D1 are secretions from the glands of the skin and what is left on the fur from the saliva when the cats clean themselves. Eventually these allergens flake off and become airborne, triggering allergic reactions.
The Siberian Cat produces a REDUCED LEVEL of FEL D1, due to a protein sequence missing from their DNA. Only pure-bred Siberian cats will have this genetic advantage, so choose your Siberian Breeder carefully if the hypo-allergenic trait is one of the benefits of interest to you!
It is important to note that the DEGREE to which individuals react or don't react to a Siberian can vary from cat to cat.
Since 2010, it is possible to measure the amount of allergen a kittens will produce when it is mature. These tests measure the amount of Fel d 1 allergen in cat saliva using ELISA technology.
Symptoms of Cat allergy:
Runny nose - Itchy nose - Watery eyes - Sore eyes -Itchy eyes - Swollen eyes - Itchy throat
Red eyes - Sneezing - Breathing difficulty - Chronic sore throat - Scratchy throat - Coughing
Wheezing - Itchy skin - Skin welts after being scratched by animal - Nausea - Red skin -
Asthma (like symptoms)- Eczema
All our breeders has been tested for their allergen level in a laboratory in Virginia (USA): the results are available in the following tab ''Our Siberians''
Allergen levels in saliva are reported in micrograms of allergen per milliliter saliva. (Typical Siberians cats have 4-16 mcg of salivary Fel d1 allergen, though levels as high as 34 mcg have been seen). About 50% of Siberians were found to have lower Fel d1 levels than normal cats.
Under 15% of Siberians produced very low levels of the allergen, and could safely be placed in homes with severe or dangerous reactions to cats. Low allergen matings produced more offspring with reduced lower levels of Fel-d1, though some kittens from most low-allergen matings still had normal levels of Fel d1.
Allergic reactions in hundreds of individuals and mapped the reactions against the allergen levels to create the following chart . People with severe allergic reactions to horses, rabbits, dogs - or food allergies to eggs / meat may react to low Fel d1 cats. If an individual has severe reactions to Fel d1, they can be around a cat that has “Exceptionally Low” levels of Fel d1. Someone with mild reactions will be comfortable with a “Medium Low” cat.
Please feel free to email with questions.
Are you allergic to cats?
| Allergic Reaction by Severity
|| Allergen Level|
swelling, severe sneezing, breathing difficulties, asthma
mcg Fel d1 |
Itchy Skin, light sneezing, severe runny nose, mild asthma
||1.0-1.75 mcg Fel d1 |
nose, severe eye irritation, coughing
||1.75-2.5 mcg Fel d1 |
Mild eye irritation and stuffy nose from cat allergies
||2.5-3.5 mcg Fel d1 |
No allergy symptoms
|Mild - Normal
||3.5-16 mcg Fel d1 |
Tom Lundberg at Lundberg Siberians and Siberian Research tested over 400 Siberians cats/kittens. Half had reduced levels of Fel d1 allergen, and only 15% had very low levels.