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Kaleriia’s Kittens 05/03/2009.  Photo by Tom Lundberg ©

Perchta,  Putsha,  Pachek,  Poskin,  and Poladia, what a cute bunch on a snowy day. These kittens were all lined up watching the outdoor world from the safety of the sliding patio door.  


CATTERY QUESTIONS

Are Siberian cats hypoallergenic?  
The simple answer is no.  There are large variations within the breed.  Some Siberians cause little allergic reactions in some people, and other Siberians have very high allergen levels. Our breeding cats are tested and selected for low levels of the Fel d 1 allergen.   If you are allergic to cats, please read our Allergies page, and then feel free to contact us.

What about secondary Allergies?
Families with a history of horse/rabbit reactions or egg allergies should be cautious about bringing a new cat into the home. Cross reactions to cats and other animals are explained our
Allergies Page  and also on our Horse Allergies page. Up to 80% of individuals with horse/rabbit or egg/meat allergies will have some reaction even to low-Fel d1 allergen Siberians.  

Can we visit to test our allergies?  
As a hobby-breeder, we no longer have an open-visitation policy.  We had 200 visitors in one year, and though enjoyable, it was not sustainable. We review Applications for severe allergies and send fur samples if needed.  If that goes well we arrange a cattery visit.  If needed, we ask folks with severe allergies pick up their kitten in person.

Can we visit the kittens?
Folks who have submitted an application - and may be purchasing a kittens from a given litter are welcome to make an appointment and visit the kittens after they are four weeks old.  

Why choose a small home cattery?
Cats imprint between two and eight weeks of age. During this period they need daily physical contact and exposure to household noise. Then they become affectionate pets and to lose their natural fears. Kitten-mills and cage-raised kittens often lack interaction and have unpredictable behaviors.

Can kittens be shipped?
We prefer that all kittens are picked up at the cattery, but are willing to ship on the West Coast. 

What is your health guarantee?
We select our breeding cats from lines with low genetic health risks, and our cattery is free from FIP and FelV. Prior to leaving the cattery, kittens will receive a veterinary exam, upper respiratory vaccinations, and be certified free of disease and parasites.  We warranty kittens against genetic and congenital disorders.

Are the kittens registered?
Kittens will be registered with TICA, and formal registrations for pet kittens will be held until neuter  or spay requirements are met.  We typically alter males from allergen tested litters.

When are kittens neutered?
Studies on neuter/spay are quite comprehensive, with few adverse effects to early altering. We recommend neutering males by 4-5 months and spaying females by 6 months of age.

How are males and females different?
Adult female Siberians are smaller than males, averaging 9 to 12 lbs while adult males often weigh 12-15 lbs, although there is quite a bit of variation in different lines. There is little difference in behaviour or affection between neutered males and females. Once neutered, males make wonderful companions and never spray. Low allergen males and female cats have very similar allergen levels. 


© Meredith Lundberg 2015