At first glance the Siberian cat might not seem like they would be well suited for a home with cat allergies. However, compared to other breeds they can produce lower levels of the
Fel d 1 protein.
The Fel d 1 protein is very small and is created in saliva, skin, tear and anal glands. Fel d1 becomes airborne during grooming. It can stick to fur, carpet, walls, blankets, etc. It is higher in the litter box when secreted from the anal glad. The allergen is very stable, and can remain in a home for six months after removal of the cat.
There are two ways to test cats for their Feld1 levels – by saliva sampling, or fur sampling. Each test has its own set of values.
Saliva Test Range for Adult Siberians is 0.25 to 16 mcg
50% of Siberians saliva test below 2.5 mcg
15% of Siberians saliva test below 1.0 mcg
4% of non Siberians saliva test below 2.5 mcg
0.25% of non Siberians saliva test below 1.0 mcg
Saliva Results for Siberians: 0.08 mcg - 27 mcg
Extremely low: 0.2 - 1.0
Very low: 1.0 - 1.7
Low level: 1.7 - 2.5
Medium Low: 2.5 - 4
Normal / High: 4 - 16
Very High: 16 - 27
Fur Test Range for Adult Siberians is 20mcg - 400 mcg
50% of Siberians fur test below 120 mcg
15% of Siberians fur test below 40 mcg
4% of non Siberians test below 120 mcg
4% of non Siberians test over 400 mcg
Fur Test Results for Siberians 7 mcg - 820 mcg
Extremely low: 10 - 40
Very low: 40 - 80
Low level: 80 - 120
Medium Low: 120 - 200
Normal / High: 200 - 400
Very High: 400 - 820
Approximately 80% of those with a history of allergies to horses, rabbits, food allergies to egg white, pork, or break out with hives around cats will still react to low Feld1 Siberians. These people are having secondary reactions to something other than Feld1.
Therefore, we urge anyone with cat allergies to visit and pet our cats for a while, before making the decision to buy one, in order to test for any reactions. We enjoy meeting people and the cats certainly enjoy the extra attention.
Please understand that hypoallergenic means
REDUCED ALLERGIC RESPONSE
It does NOT mean
NO ALLERGIC RESPONSE