Lundberg Siberians

This lovely red boy joined us for a sunny afternoon of fall cleanup.  His leash is hidden among the Maple leaves, and does not show.  Birchgrove Tolya Taigovich was our first Siberian, and was a wonderful companion.
Photo: Meredith Lundberg. ©     

We are a small cooperative of Siberian hobby breeders. Kittens are raised in the home with of lots of daily attention, and are exceptionally gentle with children.They roam our house as members of the family. Crumpled pieces of paper and cat toys are often scattered around the floor. Before putting on shoes, it helps to check for fuzzy mice or other toys.  Siberians have nice personalities, lovely quiet voices, and make great companions. 

Available Kittens and kitten Reservations
When kittens are available for purchase, we post a notice on our Kittens Page.  If kittens are not listed as Available, they are not currently for sale.  Before completing an application, please review our cattery policies: see Reservations

Cat Allergies
Many of our kittens live in homes with moderate to severe cat allergies. The word “Hypoallergenic" is used to describe Siberians ~ but is inaccurate and highly misleading.  A litter might have several low allergen kittens, but other kittens in the same litter may be normal. 

There are three common cat allergens, and only one allergen (Fel-d1) is known to be lower in Siberians. Folks allergic to horses, rabbits, or with food allergies to pork, beef, egg may still react to a low Fel-d1 Siberian.  These reactions should always be reviewed before considering a Siberian.

Levels of Fel d1 allergen begin to show at 11 weeks of age, and will continue to rise for months. In homes with allergies, kitten sales and placement should never begin before 12-13 weeks of age.   Allergy placement failures are common when catteries sell younger kittens.

Lundberg Siberians / Kitten Testing measured Fel d1 levels in over 400 Siberians cats/kittens. Roughly 50% of the Siberians tested had Fel-d1 allergen levels that were substantially lower than normal cats.  Only 15% are suitable for homes with moderate to severe cat allergies. 

Over the the last decades we have standardised saliva testing in Siberians and developed a method to measure Fel-d1 allergen in kittens.  By testing entire litters of kittens, we can identify single kittens suitable for homes with severe cat allergies. The chart below will help families understand the severity of reactions. Compare the worst reaction you had to a cat to the symtoms below, and it will give a good idea of how your reactions compare to other allergic individuals.

Allergen level of the Kitten       Allergic Reaction by Severity ©

Untested               unknown                Allergen levels may vary from very low to normal (high).
Normal                (3.5–16 mcg)           High allergen levels, not for homes with cat allergies
Medium Low      (2.5–3.5 mcg)         Mild eye irritation and stuffy nose from cat allergies
Low                      (1.75–2.5 mcg)        Runny nose, severe eye irritation, mild coughing
Very Low            (1.0–1.75 mcg)         Itchy skin, light sneezing, severe runny nose, mild asthma
Extremely Low  (0.5- 1.0 mcg)          Hives, swelling, sneezing, breathing difficulties, asthma

© The chart of "Allergy Levels & Reactions" was created and copyrighted in 2005 by Tom & Meredith Lundberg.   The revision above was copyrighted in 2015 by Meredith Lundberg, DBA Lundberg Siberians,   Commercial use by catteries selling tested litters through KittenTesting is permitted.  All rights reserved.  Unauthorized commercial or website use is prohibited.

We maintain two related websites.

Kitten Testing sells allergen kits to other Siberian breeders.  Information on testing and a full list of breeders in the US & Canada currently licensed to test kittens is maintained on the website.

Siberian Research was formed to study diseases and allergen levels in Siberian cats.  We continue to maintain the site to increase awareness of health issues that have affected the Siberian breed.

TICA ~ The International Cat Association - Cattery #15672

CFA ~  Cat Fanciers Association - Cattery #211793

U© Meredith Lundberg 2015