Cat allergies are an unfortunate factor that keep homes from adopting a feline. Fortunately, you have an option to get allergy free cats.
Also known as hypoallergenic cats, allergy free cats have become a growing trend for cat lovers in America.
The Siberian forest cat, one of many allergy free cats, is fairly new to the United States. The Siberan cat, which is the national cat of Russia, was first imported in 1990.
Unique Attributes of Allergy Free Cats
Siberians have a medium to long dense coat that can be any color or combination, including colorpoint. Unlike most cats, they do not shed. Instead, they molt their coats twice a year.
They’re a fairly large muscular breed and are slow to mature, usually taking 5 years to reach full maturity. They have been known to be dog-like in their behavior and have been taught to fetch.
Siberians are very agile and like to climb and bounce around, and are a highly intelligent, very loyal breed. It’s shocking that they aren’t among the most popular cat breeds.
Be Social with Your Cats
Although they are native to the Siberian forests, they are a very social breed and thrive on the bond with their human companions. They can become depressed when left alone for long periods of time.
Don’t be surprised if you see a Siberian cat slapping water right from his paw. Siberians have a tendency to love water and are fearless of it if not given a reason to be afraid.
The Siberian cat has no known genetic health issues.
Tests on Allergy Free Cats
Due to their rarity worldwide and especially in the United States, Siberians can fetch a pretty high price. Many breeders have waiting lists for their kittens.
The Siberian is currently a recognized breed with TICA and CFA as well as other pedigree databases around the world.
The Siberian is believed to be hypoallergenic, meaning they test lower in fel d 1, the allergen protein in the cat saliva. All purebred Siberians do not always test equally.
It’s generally recommended that the potential buyer spend at least an hour with a local breeder’s adult cats. Many breeders are happy to send hair samples.
Indoor Biotechnologies Incoporated is the lab who does the fel d 1 testing, which is a saliva swab sent in by the vet.
Siberian Research Incorporated (SRI) keeps records of the testing results as well as for PKD and HCM, other feline diseases that may be hereditary.
Cat Allergies & You
There is no scientific evidence of allergy free attributes. Breeders and owners will stand behind their beliefs based on experiences.
Likewise, people all suffer from different allergens and all react differently.
Russian Siberian cat are known to be hypoallergenic. However, they may not prove to be compatible in all households. Do your research and talk to several breeders.
A reputable breeder will stand behind their product. They will give certain health and genetic guarantees on their kittens. If the feline doesn’t fit well in its new home, the breeder will adopt the pet again.
Soon you will be on your way to owning your very own cat.