this a non allergic cat? Well, we certainly can say, from
our own experience, and hundreds of others, it is at least a
hypo-allergenic cat, producing much less of a chance of allergic
reaction, most of the time in people who are "super allergic"
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Cats live in 60 million
homes in the United States, which equates to 30% of households.
They have recently surpassed dogs as the #1 pet in the U.S.
Sadly, many cat lovers are unable to keep cats due to
allergies. Wouldn't it be great if there was a breed of cat
that caused little or no allergic reactions in allergy
sufferers? The Siberian offers new hope for many allergy
sufferers, although this is not the answer for everyone.
My wife and I are both allergic to cats; however, we now have
6 adult Siberians, and not a sneeze or a wheeze! It was the
answer for tens of thousands of families, and it could be the answer for yours as well!
The Facts about Allergens
Contrary to popular
belief, allergic reactions from cats are not the result of hair
length. The true culprit is a glyco-protein known as Fel d1
that is produced in the sebaceous glands of the skin, saliva,
and urine. These glands are distributed on all areas of the
cat's fur with increased numbers around the neck. Cats are
notorious groomers. After a grooming session, the saliva dries
on the cat's fur and mixes with dead skin cells (dander). The
tiny particles become airborne, landing on carpeting, furniture,
drapes, etc. Once they come in contact with humans, either
epidermally or by inhalation, an allergic reaction is
triggered. Symptoms come in many forms. Some people develop a
red, itchy rash on their skin. Others have extreme difficulty
breathing. The more common reactions include sneezing, watery
bloodshot eyes, a scratchy throat, and/or an itchy runny nose.
The Facts about
Siberian Cats & Allergies
What is it about Siberians
that gives it a hypoallergenic tendency? Theories abound;
however, none of them have been substantiated within the medical
or scientific communities. The most noted theory is that Siberians have
No Fel d1 protein, therefore no allergic reaction, or
another theory is there is a much a lower Fel d1 concentration than ordinary house
cats. Another theory is that due to the tight, thick undercoat
and oily top coat, the skin stays well hydrated, thereby
reducing dander production and distribution. Either
way, there are over 100 testimonials I myself have read, from
various breeders all from people who are allergic to normal
cats, who all own siberian cats, most own more than 1!
98% of the people who purchase our beautiful siberian kittens are allergic to all other cats. They are just amazed that they have no reaction to the siberian cats! We do offer fur testing, for 9.95, which includes shipping and is deducted from your final price of the kitten. We have never had a family who could not keep their siberian kitten due to allergies. We recommend a fur sample if you or anyone in your home are allergic to cats. To order a fur sample, please click here
is it that the Siberian is non-allergic cat ?
have named the protein in the feline saliva, FEL D-1. When the
cat cleans itself, the protein then dries on the fur leaving
dander. The dander particles are small and air filters cannot
remove them from the air. One theory is the siberian has far
less than normal, or none of this protein, therefore no dander. However if the allergic party
suffers from the IgE late trigger' antibody reaction, their
chances of compatibility of owning a Siberian are lowered.
News - Results for testing of Fel d1 in fur samples
These tests were performed in Dec 1999,
by an independant lab in Virginia - Indoor Biotechnologies,
1216 Harris St, Charlottesville, VA 22903. The results are as
#1 (male, neutered, mixed breed) 62,813
#2 (malle, neutered, Siberian) 2001
#3 (female, Abysinnian, nuetuered) 384.50
#4 (female, neutered, Siberian) 205.50
(Measurements are mg/g of sample)
This would indicate that the Siberian and Abysinnian have considerably
less than the standard house cat, and that females have less
Fel d1 than the males.
Non Allergenic Qualities:
In 1995 Breeder Lynda Nelson of Kravchnko Siberians accidentally
discovered the non -allergic qualities, sometimes referred to
as hypo-allergenic qualities, of the Siberian cat.
theory is that the Siberian produces little or no dander, thus
allowing allergy sufferers the pleasure of being in the
companionship of the Siberian Cat without runny eyes, sneezing
and their breathing being compromised. Scientists state that it
is likely the Fel-D1 protein usually found in the cat's saliva,
and drying as dander on the coat as the culprit, and an enemy of
millions of allergy sufferers.
analysis would indicate that the Siberian is indeed somewhat
unique and special. Today 13 years after the Siberian was first
imported from Russia, thousands of allergy sufferers that are
also cat lovers, now have these wonderful feline companions
in their homes. In may cases, these same people now shared their
home with more than one Siberian kitty.
STANDARD - The
Siberian Cat is one of the 2 Largest Cats, and is very similar
in size to a Maine Coon, just cuter and more "dog like" in
personality! It's large rounded head, a modified wedge, is
one of "circles" rather than "triangular" like the Maine Coon.
In our opinion, the Siberian Cat is the most beautiful, loyal,
affectionate cat on the planet.
breed standard with TICA ( The International Cat Association)
CATEGORY / DIVISIONS/COLORS: Traditional Category, all Divisions,
DESCRIPTION: The Siberian is a large, strong cat which takes
5 years to mature. The females weigh less than the males. They
are extremely agile and great leapers. Their muscles are mighty,
outstanding and powerful. The back is long and very slightly
curved or arched, but appears horizontal when in motion. Convex
muscular waist and round, compact belly develop with age. The
hind legs, when straightened, are slightly longer than the forelegs.
The paws are round, big and quite powerful. The overall appearance
should be one of great strength, force and size with an excellent
physical condition and alertness; the facial expression is quite
sweet. The general impression is one of roundness and circles,
rather than the rectangles and triangles of similar breeds.
The head is a modified wedge of medium size with rounded contours,
broader at the skull and narrowing slightly to a full rounded
muzzle with well-rounded chin. There may be a slight muzzle
curvature, but the transition between the side of the head and
the muzzle is gentle and inconspicuous. The cheek bones are
neither high set nor prominent. There should be a good distance
between the ears and eyes. The top of the head is flat, with
a slight nose curvature before the tip. The neck is medium-long,
rounded, substantial, and well muscled.
The tail is medium in length, wide at the base, blunt at the
tip without ticking or kinks, evenly and thickly furnished.
The ears are medium-large, wide and set as much on the sides
of the head as on the top; ideal position is 1 to 1-1/2 ear
width apart. The tips are rounded and the ear tilts forward.
Lynx tipping is desirable. Hair over the back of the ears is
short and thin; from the middle of the ear, the furnishings
become longer and cover the base completely.
The large, almost round eyes are set wide with the outer corner
slightly angled toward the lower base of the ear. There is no
relationship between eye color and coat color/pattern, however,
the typical adult color is yellow-green.
This is a moderately long to longhaired cat, with hair on the
shoulder blades and lower part of the chest being thick and
slightly shorter. There should be an abundant ruff setting off
the large, impressive head. There is a tight undercoat, thicker
in cold weather. Allow for warm weather coats. The coat gives
the impression of lacquer and oil when ungroomed. The hair may
thicken to curls on the belly and britches, but a wavy coat
is not characteristic. The skin may have a bluish cast. Clear
strong colors and patterns desirable, but are secondary to type.
ALLOWANCES: buttons, spots or lockets.
Adult cats not having substantial weight. Straight profile.
Narrow or fox-like muzzle. Almond shaped eyes. Very long legs.
The Siberian Cats come in a variety of colors and markings.
Taken from CFA (Cat Fanciers Breed Standard) All colors are
genetically possible. In the traditional class all colors and
combinations are accepted with or without white. In the tabby
group white or off white is allowable on the chin, breast, and
stomach area. Buttons, spots or lockets are allowable in all
colors. The pattern/color descriptions are the same as the Persian.
In the colorpoint class, mitted, bicolor, lynx and tortie patterns
are allowed. The pattern/color descriptions for the colorpoint,
mitted and bicolor are the same as the Ragdoll. The pattern
description for lynx points and tortie points are the same as
a Birman. In the traditional colors, description for the blue
golden is the same as the golden except tips are blue rather
than black. No outcrosses are allowed for this breed.
Russians have had the colorpoints as a part of their breeding
program since records were kept by the various cat fancy clubs
in Russia. People had thought that long ago the feral pointed
patterned cats and the feral Siberian cats “got together”
along the banks of the Neva River in Leningrad ( which is now
named St. Petersburg ) in the 1960’s. Russian breeders
soon noticed the festive pattern of these cats and began incorporating
them into their Siberian breeding program. The Russians use
the nickname “Neva Masquerade” for this breed- Neva
for the river and Masquerade for the coloring. Neva Masquerade
is not a separate class of the Siberians but is a Siberian.
According to breeders no outcross has ever been used to produce
the colorpoint Siberian. They say that being a natural breed
of cat anything is possible in any line of the breed. Three
breeders in United States soon noticed that there were not any
of the colorpoints here. When the kittens arrived controversy
began on acceptance of the colorpoint. After much debate the
colorpoints are now an accepted part of the Siberian standard
in the United States. Many other countries still do not allow
the colorpoints into their breed standards of acceptance.
PERSONALITY: The Siberians have a wonderful dog like purrrrrrrsonality
and they are very affectionate!!! A Siberian never runs off
and hides under a chair or bed when seeing a stranger. Unlike
many breeds this breed will come over and greet the stranger.
They are very intelligent and learn quickly and even "problem
solve" to get what they want. They love to be spoken to
and will come running if called by name. Siberians also have
a triple purr and unlike other breeds have a chirping sound
when coming up to greet you. They also have a large bushy tail
that stands at attention and does a shimmering effect when happy,
that may look like they are spraying to some which is not what
they are doing. Siberians have a fascination with water, often
dropping toys into their water dishes or investigating bathtubs
before they dry. This is the ideal lap cat that is calm and
yet very active at playtime.