A Hypo-Allergenic Siberian Cat?
The “Cat Allergen” is called FEL D1. The primary sources of FEL D1 are (1) secretions from the glands of the skin and (2) what is left on the fur from the saliva when the cats clean themselves. Eventually these allergens flake off and become airborne, triggering allergic reactions.
The Siberian Cat produces a REDUCED LEVEL of FEL D1, due to a protein sequence missing from their DNA. Only pure-bred Siberian cats will have this genetic advantage, so choose your Siberian Breeder carefully if the hypo-allergenic trait is one of the benefits of interest to you!
It is important to note that the DEGREE to which individuals react or don’t react to a Siberian can vary from cat to cat, and color to color. Therefore, if your allergies are moderate to severe, you should choose a local breeder and test your allergies with the kitten you will be bringing home with you.
Hypoallergenic means less allergenic. There is no non allergenic cat. A common misconception is, that allergen is caused by cat hair, which is why a lot of people do not believe in a long haired breed, such as a Siberian cat. Cats produce a protein in their saliva, called FEL D1. This protein contains the allergen level. Because the cats groom themselves, the saliva with FEL D1 protein ends up on the coat, and causes dander. Siberians produce much less of this FEL D1 allergen protein than any other breed.
Because of this the Siberian cat is often a good choice for people who suffer from allergies.