There is an opinion that the Siberian cat breed is a hypoallergenic breed.
Let’s look at this issue in more detail.
Most people believe that an allergic reaction is caused by the fur of our furry companions. However, the negative reaction of the human body is caused by the protein Fel D1, which is contained in the saliva, urine and skin cells of cats, and wool is only one of the ways to spread the smallest particles of allergen into the environment.
This protein is contained in much smaller amounts in the saliva of Siberian and Neva masquerade cats. For this reason, when a Siberian cat licks itself, the concentration of Fel D1 protein on its coat, and therefore in the air, is much less than in other breeds of cats (including Shorthair and hairless).
But to say that this breed is completely hypoallergenic is not true, because this protein is also contained in the urine and skin cells, which will cause an allergic reaction. The choice of Siberian and Neva masquerade breeds will help Allergy sufferers with a weak reaction. At the same time, a more thorough cleaning of the room is desirable, preferably with disinfectants. And washing trays and using of litter for litter boxes is better to entrust a family member who does not have an allergic reaction to this protein.
To find out if you are allergic to a Siberian cat, the best option is to visit the cattery of Siberian cats. And it is good if you can spend some time there in it — not just a minute — to make sure that the allergic reaction does not manifest.
In our practice there were many situations when the Allergy was manifested and people unfortunately left us with nothing. But there were also those when the Siberian breed was suitable for Allergy sufferers and they could easily get along with them.
Everything is purely individual. But if you love cats and want to buy a Siberian kitten — you just need to try.