Siberian Forest Cat - Limited Allergic Reaction!
The Siberian is considered to be a hypoallergenic cat although this has not yet been scientifically proven.
Many allergy sufferers have a sensitivity to Fel d 1, and most Siberians have a lower than average occurrence of FelD1 in their saliva. When a cat licks its fur, the saliva dries and flakes which creates a dander, it is this dander that people allergic to.
The levels of FelD1 can vary from cat to cat and the tolerance of Fel d 1 is also different from person to person. If you believe you have an allergy to cats and would like to test your reaction to the Siberian it is best to test with the cat or kitten you are thinking of adopting.
You should spend at least 20 minutes with the kitten/cat and then gauge your reaction over the remainder of the day. There can be no guarantees, but several allergy sufferers are living a blissful existence with their Siberian so there certainly is hope for cat loving allergy sufferers.
Studies have shown that the female cats have lower levels of the protien Fel d 1 than male cats do - Chaynikoty Siberians are currently liasing with UC Davis laboritory in the US regarding testing of kittens to detemine the levels of Fel d 1 a specific kitten will have at maturity - this will prove to be extreamly useful for those people with sever allergies needing to choose a kitten with the lowest levels. The only down side to this is that the kittens must be 10 weeks old before we can test them.