Hypoallergenic Siberian Cats are important to society so those who have cat allergies can experience the joy of cat love and companionship. Many people who have cat allergies find they can live symptom free with Siberian cats. Siberian Cats are hypoallergenic (lower allergen levels, not allergen free). All Siberians have some degree of the protein Fel d 1, which is a small stable glycoprotein found in cats, and is the cause of the majority of cat allergies.
Fel d 1 is produced by lacrimal, salivary, sebaceous (oil), and perianal glands. Fur length does not increase or decrease the amount of allergen produced by salivary and sebaceous glands, thus even hairless cats can be highly allergenic.
Siberians that are spayed or neutered have lower Fel d1 levels than if they were not spayed or neutered. Although un-neutered males can have the highest levels of allergens, neutered males are no different than spayed females in regards to Fel d1 levels.
The human body needs time to build up tolerance to allergens. The majority of Siberian owners do not experience any allergy symptoms. If your cat allergies are more than mild or moderate, you may experience allergy symptoms during the first 2-3 weeks after your Siberian kitten comes home. Your body will be adjusting and after 6 weeks your symptoms should stabilize. There are several steps an individual can take to reduce allergens and symptoms while waiting for their tolerance to build-up:
- Routinely bath your kitten to remove allergens present in the fur. Weekly bathing your cat reduces household airborne feline allergen levels by 45%;
- Place washable throws on areas your cat’s sleep, i.e., couches, chairs, cat beds, etc. Wash all throws weekly in hot water and detergent;
- Vacuum rugs and damp mop hard floors frequently;
- Clean and change litter boxes (The highest concentrations of many allergens are found in the litterbox); and
- Run a High-Efficiency HEPA air filter to remove very small particles like Fel d 1. This can reduce air borne allergens by up to 50%.