Siberian kittens are not always readily available and most breeders have a waiting list. If you think you might be interested in obtaining a Krasivaya Siberian, e-mail us (or call 310-323-1292) to discuss being place on our waiting list for a future Krasivaya Siberian kitten.

Are Siberians Really Hypoallergenic?

There is a lot of advertising by Siberian breeders regarding the breed’s reported hypoallergenic status, some of it true, and some of it not.

The following comes from Wikipedia …

Hypoallergenic is a term coined by advertisers (based on the Greek prefix hypo meaning “below normal” or “slightly”) and first used in a cosmetics campaign in 1953.[1] It is used to describe items (especially cosmetics and textiles) that cause or are claimed to cause fewer allergic reactions. Hypoallergenic pets still produce allergens, but because of their coat type or absence of fur or absence of a gene that produces a certain protein, typically produce fewer allergens than others of the same species. People with severe allergies and asthma may still be affected by a hypoallergenic pet.

For allergy sufferers, a hypoallergenic pet might enable them to have a pet in their home, whereas most dogs, cats, rabbits, and other fur-bearing animals can make their lives miserable. The proteins that cause allergies are found not only in the animals’ fur or hair but also in saliva, urine, mucous, and hair roots and in the dander sloughed from the animals’ skin.

Some dog breeds have been promoted as hypoallergenic because they do not shed their hair, shed very little, or have the same pH as human hair. However, no canine is known to be completely nonallergenic. Poodles and Poodle hybrids are commonly mistaken as being hypoallergenic, when in reality they are known to cause different forms of allergies, including bronchitis, as does any breed of dog.

Cat breeds such as the LaPerm, Sphynx, Devon Rex and Cornish Rex, which lack some or all of the normal layers in cats’ fur, are believed by mild allergy sufferers to be significantly less likely to provoke an allergic reaction than other breeds. Siberian cats and Russian Blue are also believed, by some, to have such properties as a result of a lower incidence of the FeL-d1 enzyme in their saliva.

So, it is important to understand that while a particular breed may have a lower incidence of the things that trigger an allergic reaction, because every allergy sufferer’s response is different, there can be no guarantee that you will not be allergic to a Siberian cat. In fact, it is fair to say that if you have severe allergies you will experience some degree of discomfort, but whether that can be completely, or acceptably, controlled through your regular allergy medications would remain to be seen. It would be very unfair to you, your family, and the kitten, to simply take one home based on the premise that it is “hypoallergenic” only to find that, a year later, the adult coat is more than your immune system can handle. By this time the family is attached to the pet and the pet is bonded to the family. Re-homing an older, established cat is more difficult and stressful for the cat.

No responsible breeder should be willing to sell you a kitten without having at least gone through some sort of trial with you, around their adult cats in their cattery, or home, to get at least a general idea as to what sort of reaction you are going to have. You should not have taken any allergy medications beforehand in order to get a true evaluation of your response. I have had allergy sufferers come to my home and sit with my cats one afternoon for an hour at the end of which they felt no significant reaction. Yet, on the same day, with the same cats, another individual came and was fine for the first half hour and thought she was going to be fine, then suddenly she broke out in hives. So, please, do yourself and your family, and any kitten you might be considering, a favor and do not purchase a kitten from a breeder who does not first work with you to ensure the breed you are looking at is not going to be a problem for you.

Also note, Siberians do shed a considerable amount of fur, especially a mature, heavily coated male, like Boris. Be prepared to deal with it.
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