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ALLERGIES:

One of the most common reasons that cat lover's state for not getting a kitten is allergies. It is estimated that 25% of the population suffer from cat allergies of some sort. American and Swedish research indicates that cat allergies are the single most common asthmatic trigger affecting 30-40% of asthmatics. Our environment is increasingly becoming more toxic as we introduce more and more chemicals into our lives. Because of this, it is expected that allergic problems will continue to increase, as will the number of people who experience allergic reactions to animals.

While most people mistakenly believe that cat allergies are caused exclusively by exposure to cat dander, research has proven that they result mostly from a reaction to the Fel-D1 glycoprotein; a protein produced only by cats and excreted in their saliva and urine. As the cat cleans itself, the saliva, containing Fel D1 is applied to its fur. It eventually flakes off in particles smaller than granules of dust and quickly infiltrates the environment. It is for this reason that even "hairless" cats are known to cause allergenic reactions in allergy sufferers. Siberian cats have been proven to produce significantly lower levels of Fel-D1 than other breeds and hence are less likely to provoke an allergic reaction.

OUR CATS HAVE LOW FEL-D1 LEVELS AND WE CAN PROVE IT!

When they reach maturity, all potential breeding cats' Fel-D1 levels are tested to ensure that only those producing the lowest amount of Fel-D1 are introduced into our breeding program. We are proud of the cats we breed and are happy to share the results of our testing with potential buyers.

THE SYMPTOMS:

While allergies affect different people in different ways, people with cat allergies commonly cite red, watery eyes, itchiness of the nose, eyes, throat, and skin, sneezing, chronic sore throat, congestion, blocked ears, asthmatic symptoms, including tightening in the chest and difficulty breathing, coughing, wheezing, and frequent bouts of bronchitis and skin irritations including hives and rashes. The extent and degree of the reaction can sometimes intensify if the individual actually comes into contact with the animal, but many people suffer from symptoms by simply being in the same room as a cat.

TREATMENT:

There are a wide variety of control options available to would-be pet owners willing to suffer for the love of their animal. Most are time consuming (extensive cleaning routines for both the house and the cat), expensive (Hepa filters, special cleaning solutions, etc.) or medical (injections and other drugs), and many people simply opt not to try owning an animal believing avoidance is the best solution.

WHAT DOES HYPOALLEGENIC MEAN?

Contrary to some claims, the word "hypoallergenic", when applied to cats, does not mean that the cat will not cause a reaction in everyone. It simply means that the animal emits lower levels of allergens and hence will affect less people or most people to a lesser degree than other breeds of cats.

Robert Wood, the Director of Pediatric Allergy and Immunology at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine has commented on this phenomenon, stating that "it has been known for a long time that a small number of cats are very low allergen producing". These cats are termed "hypoallergenic". Research has proven that allergy-inducing traits such as Fel-D1 levels run in lines and hence two low Fel-D1 producing cats will bare low allergen kittens. We believe that our continued diligent testing is responsible for our outstanding greater than 90% success rate in introducing our cats and kittens into the homes of allergy sufferers.

There is no known breed of cat that has been deemed "non-allergenic" (not producing allergies).

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