WHY A SIBERIAN?
Aside from Siberians being one of the most hypoallergenic cats available, they also have a personality that makes them stand out from the rest.
"Dogs of the Cat World" would be an accurate description. Social, loving, great with kids and other large animals as well, the Siberian is a great family pet. They are easier to train, they love to play, and can even be taught to fetch and come when called!
Siberians love to talk. They are known for their little chirps and purrs, and they love to respond to their owners. They love affection and are great for people who want a cat who greets them at the door (sometimes with toys)!
Hypoallergenic does not mean nonallergenic.
Cats produce a protein called Fel-d1 which is responsible for allergic reactions. Because the Siberian produce far less Fel-d1 makes them hypoallergenic and a welcome option for allergy sufferers. The average cat produces 63,000 micrograms of Fel-d1 per gram. The Siberian produces approximately 200 micrograms per gram.
Most mild to moderate allergies sufferers have no allergic reactions. People with severe allergies can still have a reaction to Siberians.
Studies have shown that intact males have a slightly higher Fel-d1 level. But the level is so negligible that it doesn't warrant consideration when choosing between a male or female. Once a male is neutered the Fel-d1 level is comparable to a female.
Siberians also produce much less dander because they have an “oil” based skin. Many allergen sufferers have found by adopting a Siberian kitten at a young age, they experienced little to no reaction.
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DOES THAT MEAN THEY ARE NON-SHEDDING?
Definitely not. Siberians are a large sized breed with long hair and a triple-layered coat of extra-long guard hairs, a mid-coat, and a plush undercoat which means a lot of shedding (especially in the Spring). Although the fur is not very prone to matting, it does require regular grooming.