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Sensitivity to animals, especially to cats, is one of the most frequently seen allergies. In fact, millions of North Americans suffer from cat allergies. Symptoms include difficulty breathing, chronic sore throat and/or scratchy throat, coughing, wheezing, itchy skin, red, itchy, watery eyes, nasal congestion, itchy nose and sneezing.siberian kitten

Research has revealed that Fel D1, a small protein found only in cats, is produced in the sebaceous glands of their skin and saliva and is responsible for 60% to 90% of allergic responses to felines. The biological function of this protein is completely unknown at this time. Cats groom themselves constantly and spread their saliva across their fur in the process. There, the saliva ladened with Fel D1 dries, and because it is several times lighter than air, floats throughout the cat's environment.

Sixty to seventy percent of Siberians produce lower levels of Fel D1 and, therefore, provoke less allergic reactions than do most other cats and can be said to have hypo-allergenic qualities (having a decreased tendency to provoke an allergic reaction). Allergen levels usually run in lines and it is for this reason that before we breed our adults we allergen test each one of them. The test measures allergen levels on a scale of 1 to 35. We do not use Siberians in our breeding program that score more than 5 on this test. Before you purchase a kitten, if cat allergies and / or asthma are a concern, it might be a good idea to ask to see written proof of the parents' allergen levels.


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