It is estimated that 25% of people around the world have some degree of allergy to a cat. Studies have shown that
early exposure to animals (which researchers now suggest can have a protective effect), where you live and whether you
experience asthma and / or hay fever can all influence the development of allergies to animals.
Research done independently in the U.S. and Sweden show that cats are the single biggest trigger for asthma; causing
reactions in 30 to 40 per cent of asthmatics. In our evolving world, it is fair to expect that the incidence of allergic
disease will grow and so will the number of people reacting to animals.
Most cat allergies result from a reaction to the Fel-D1 glycoprotein; a protein which is naturally produced
exclusively by cats. These tiny particles, which are smaller than dust, can float around in the air in your home for months.
Siberian cats produce lower levels of Fel-D1 than other cat breeds and therefore cause less reactions.
OUR CATS HAVE LOW FEL-D1 LEVELS AND WE CAN PROVE IT!
When they reach maturity, each of our cats is tested for the level of Fel-D1 they produce and our cat program
is based on breeding only those cats whose levels are the lowest.
The range and severity of the symptoms vary greatly from one person to another. Symptoms include red, watery eyes, nasal
congestion, itchy nose, ears, eyes, throat and skin, sneezing, difficulty breathing, chest tightening, chronic sore throat,
coughing, wheezing, plugged ears, frequent bouts of bronchitis and skin which is covered with rashes and hives.
To put it simply, for an allergy sufferer, a cat can cause pure misery. While some people don’t experience a problem
unless they touch a cat and then touch their eyes, there are others who merely have to enter a place exposed to cat allergens
to have an asthma attack.
Interesting film clip....
Click on the picture at right to see
Dr. Oz discussing pet allergies and the Siberian cat.
Most people consider the best course of action is avoidance. If allergies are not severe, vigorous cleaning routines,
hepa filters, allergy shots, antihistamines and prescription drugs are options but they are time consuming, expensive and
who wants to be on drugs for the duration of the cat’s life?
The culprits setting off these reactions are four proteins found in dander, saliva and oil that hair follicles secrete to
protect the fur and skin. The main culprit by far is a glycoprotein called Fel D1. A cat’s natural instinct to constantly groom
itself greatly adds to the problem. As a cat licks its fur it coats it with Fel D1 from its saliva. The allergen then dries and
being about ten times lighter than pollen or dust, it breaks off and floats throughout the environment adhering eventually onto
everything. This is why even cats which are short haired or even hairless still cause allergic reactions as they emit the
allergy-causing proteins into the air from their skin, glands, dander, urine and saliva.
Robert Wood, director of Pediatric Allergy and Immunology at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine in Baltimore,
Maryland says, "It has been known for a long time that a small number of cats are very low allergen producers, producing
just one-thousandth of the Fel D1 of a normal cat". These cats are termed to be hypoallergenic.
What does hypoallergenic mean?
Hypo means “below normal” or “slightly”. The word "hypoallergenic" is is used to describe items that cause or are claimed
to cause fewer allergic reactions. Hypoallergenic pets still produce allergens but they produce fewer allergens than others
of the same species.
For many generations now, we have been testing to find cats with the lowest possible Fel D1 allergen level and
have selectively bred these cats to produce the lowest possible offspring. We can now offer an exciting new alternative to people
who suffer from cat allergies.
Although we do not claim to be the perfect answer for everyone, our successful placement is more than 90%. While there
is one prominently advertised company claiming that their cats do not produce any allergic reaction in allergy
sufferer, they still call their cats hypoallergenic and not non-allergenic (having no allergies).
Our adult cats have been scientifically proven to be hypoallergenic. Upon acceptance of a deposit for a particular litter,
we can / will provide a buyer with written proof of the allergen level of the parents. Allergy levels run in lines so a kitten
from two cats with very, very low allergens will also have a low allergen level.
Our contract is available upon request. It is a straight forward contract written mainly to protect the health and
well being of our cats and kittens.
- 20 page handout on kitten care with details on living with allergies
- Two-year genetic guarantee
- Kitten can be returned for any reason during the first two weeks of ownership
- Lifetime guidance and back-up
Although we are a cattery based near Blue Ridge, Texas, we specialize in supplying Siberian kittens to the State
of California. We mostly use United Airlines. They are the leaders in live cargo transport in the United
States and their Safe Pet Program is fantastic. In all the years that we have used United, we have never
had an "upsetting" incident. Most of our breeders come all the way from St. Petersburg or Moscow, Russia
and we have never had a problem even with that long distance.
From the Dallas / Fort Worth airport we can fly kittens into into many different airports in the State of California.
The shipping cost is $375.
We Spoil Our
Siberian Cats and Kittens...
Our kittens are raised with both children and dogs. They live in our house and sleep in our beds. From the time they are
tiny they are individually held each day, rocked and cuddled. From the age of four weeks onwards, each kitten receives a daily
body massage. This involves holding the kitten on its back and starting at the ears, massaging each part of its body. By the
time we have worked our way from the head, to the neck to the back and then the hind paws, the kitten is a limp little purring
lump of happiness. When they leave our home our kittens are extremely well socialized and are trusting little creatures.