Yes, if you have made it this far in your web search, you will have heard stories about the non-allergenic ( no allergy causing) or hypo-allergenic (lower allergy causing ) traits regarding the Siberian Cat. Well this is a dilemma for those of us with Siberians, we (owners of cats) can already deal with the Fel d1 protein that all cats have that cause this allergy with humans.
Now stories abound about this hypo-allergenic trait of this breed, and after reading many studies it appears that the studies are inconclusive but it does appear that people who are allergic to regular house cats, are less likely to be allergic to the Siberian cat. Some people state that they could handle a Siberian cat over other cats, or that they know someone who now owns a Siberian cat because of the lack of allergies to this feline. One of the differences that arose with the Siberian over other felines is that the Siberian has a triple lay of fur, with slightly oily skin which would appear to help contain the Fel d1 protein.
Before I go much further let me explain a few things. The first is: what is a fel d1 protein? This took me a little research also, but a Fel d1 protein is an essential building block in the body. This protein is found in hormones, enzymes and in antibodies. Let alone body builders take protein for the help it adds in building muscle. Now this fel d1 protein is so small it can be carried all over the world, in fact it can even be found in 1/3 of the homes that do not have cats, and it has even been discovered in Antarctica where no cats have ever been!
This protein is found in the catís saliva, tear ducts, and glands not just in their dander, so even if you want one of those hairless cats fearing that you will be allergic to the long haired cats dander, those hairless cats still carry the fel d1 protein just as readily as their hairy cousins. So it does not matter one bit about the dander, all cats lick themselves and that protein will be transferred to you. By direct contact or indirect contact you may still come in contact.
So you say...okay... but what does that mean to me, the individual who would like to own a cat? Well all that stuff means is that you may be less allergic to a Siberian than a regular house cat. People raised around cats, tend to have a high resistance to this protein and it will not effect them. Others who state they are allergic, have been found to allergic to something else in the house, not the cat.
Some other things you may do to stop that allergy if you are found allergic, is to use a hepa filter for your house, to vacuum several times in a week and to not allow the cat in your sleeping area. Give them their own bed and wash it with hot water. Use a dry or powder soap to wash your cat, by giving them a wet water bath, the cat will tend to lick themselves dry so all the scratches you just received by trying to rid your cat of the protein was for not, in fact you just made it sure that the cat covered themselves in the protein again.
Please if in doubt, visit our cattery or another Siberian cattery and see for yourself if you are allergic to these beautiful animals.
I hope that this will help in your search, please write to me if you have further information that I may use here.