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Siberian cats: the myth of the allergy-free cat

Siberian cats have been termed hypoallergenic. For me this is true. The definition of hypoallergenic is lower in allergens, not allergy free. Each and every one of the cats is different just like each and every one of the people. We have 5 breeding cats here at Kings Choice Siberians and one neutered plus kittens from time to time. I am very allergic (urticaria, asthma, allergy, etc.) complete with the allergist’s test to verify it. I can live with 2, no problem. For so many, I need a little medication. I bathe them every 2-4 weeks – Siberians can bathe, and many actually enjoy the water, it removes any small amount of Fel d1 and then I always indulge in burying my face in their clean, dry fur. In my house, I have no curtains, only blinds and throw rugs. I also don’t let my cats sleep in my personal room, to create a free zone. Finally, I assign the garbage task to others and have rolling litter boxes that self-clean in case I end up doing it. With all that, I’m doing fine. Temporarily, until the kittens are home, we have 10. I am currently sitting here writing this well, in the spring no less, not taking my eyes off as if I were in someone’s house with just one house cat. Every person and cat is different. I get a little itchy when a kitten’s claw pierces me, but they are very young and covered in mommy’s saliva. Just a touch of Benadryl cream and it’s gone.

Vacuum, bathe them, and invest in a real purebred Siberian, not a shelter cat. Honestly, it is highly doubtful that there are purebred Siberians in shelters. If you are willing to take medication from time to time and / or Benadryl cream for scratches (assuming you have a very high allergy like me), you will be fine. Clients with minor allergies tell me they don’t have any symptoms. Like I said, all cats and people are different. We breed only traditional Siberians. The difference between a traditional and “no” is that the others have a color point gene. They received this somewhere in their background when crossing into Siamese. Of these, I am scared because I do not wish to add any potential allergy levels to what is already an amazing breed. They have been named Nevas, Neva Masquerade, Color Point Siberians, CP or even Lynx, they are all the same. Some allergy sufferers also claim that Nevas do fine, but for me, it’s not worth the risk. You will recognize them immediately by their white coloration and their Siamese style markings. Traditional Siberians come in all brindle colors and many solid colors. Cinnamon, lilac and fawn are the only colors not allowed. The reason for this is that it again occurred through crosses. They are not natural traditional colors for Siberians.

I have people asking me about Fel d1 tests. This is not a good way to choose your Siberian. The test facility will tell you that they have a 50% margin of error on perfect tests. That failure rate actually increases with any errors in the collection. This renders the test useless. It is also very expensive. Breeders offer these numbers more to please the public than for actual value. Fur tests are also useless as the breeder could have bathed the cat first. Bathing with the previous month cancels the test. Another cat may have licked the test cat by transferring saliva with Fel d1. So how is this reduced? Well, NOTHING is allergy free. They have recently discovered that people can be allergic to cold air. So to say allergy-free is a lie. However, like I said, hypoallergenic means lower in allergens. Yes, it is possible for a Siberian to be hypoallergenic. Even a severe allergic person like me can live happily with a cat. You must be willing to do the footwork to research the kennel of your choice, pay the fees required to raise such a miraculous animal, and take clean-up precautions so that you can live a long and happy life with a wonderful pet that often it lives. last 20 years. If you always wanted a cat, it is your greatest wish and you would be willing and responsible, I suggest you take a look at the breed. It may be just what you always wanted.

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