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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. The kittens were all lined up watching the outdoor world from the safety of the sliding door.  


CATTERY QUESTIONS

Are Siberian cats hypoallergenic?  
The simple answer is no.  There are large variations within the breed, but some Siberians cause little or no allergic reactions for some people. Our breeding cats have been tested and have low levels of the Fel d 1 cat allergen.  As a breed, Siberians often cause lower allergic response than other cat breeds, but the levels vary widely. 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 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 show some reaction to low-Fel d1 Siberians, though not all will be severe.  

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).  We do arrange Allergy Testing visits for a fee.  Families with reactions to: horses, rebbits, or food allergies to milk, eggs, pork, or beef should always spend time with a known low allergen Siberian before purchasing a kitten. 

Can we visit the kittens?
Folks who have submitted an application and will be purchasing a kittens are welcome to make an appointment and visit the kittens after the kittens are at least six weeks of age.  

Why choose a small home cattery?
Cats imprint between two and eight weeks of age. During this period they need considerable daily physical contact with people to become affectionate pets and to lose their natural fears. Cage-raised kittens or kittens from kitten-mills lack interaction with people, and have unpredictable behaviors.

Can kittens be shipped?
We prefer kittens are picked up at the cattery. When required, we are willing to ship within the United States for $450 fee* which includes for airfare, carrier, rabies vaccine, flight certificates, and our travel to PDX. We do not ship untested kittens to homes with cat allergies.
 * West Coast flights $450.  East Coast and regional Airports $450 - $650 depending on layover and airline fees.

What is your health guarantee?
We have selected our breeding cats from lines with low genetic health risks. Our cattery is free from FIP and FelV. Prior to leaving the cattery, kittens will receive a veterinary exam, a minimum of one vaccination series, and be certified free of disease and parasites. Kittens are sold with a one-year warranty against genetic and congenital disorders.

Are the kittens registered?
Kittens will be registered with TICA.  Formal papers for pet kittens will be held until neuter / spay requirements are met.  We often pre-neuter male kittens that are allergen tested (as they are held longer than un-tested kittens).  We do 
not spay female kittens before sale, as our vet will not spay females that young. 

When are kittens neutered?
Studies on neuter/spay are fairly comprehensive and show there are no real adverse effects to early neuter. In allergic homes, we recommend neutering males at 4-5 months and spaying females at 5- 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 might weigh 3-6 lbs more. There is little difference in behaviour or affection between neutered males and females. Once neutered, males make wonderful companions and do not spray. Low allergen males and female cats have very similar allergen levels. 


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