Most people who are allergic to cats can tolerate a Siberian! Siberians produce lower levels of the Fel-D1 protein that causes allergic reactions.
I personally have moderate cat allergies and live in a small house with Zuko with no issues – I have no reaction even after snuggling with him, brushing him, or cleaning the litter box.
Cats in our breeding program live with allergy-sufferers without any problems, which means our kittens will generally be suitable for people with allergies.
Much of the allergic response comes from dander build-up in your home over time. That is why the best thing that allergy-sufferers can do is to dust and vacuum regularly. A small fur sample isn’t enough to tell how you will react to living with the cat 24/7. Additionally, “allergy tests” cannot guarantee anything – it really depends on each individual kitten and each person’s sensitivity.
Remember that even low-allergen parents can produce a normal-allergen kitten and that even a kitten lab tested for low Fel-D1 levels may still trigger allergies a little. This is why “allergy testing” is unreliable – the only way to really know is to live with a kitten. There is always the chance of having some reaction to any Siberian – you can certainly expect reduced symptoms compared to other cat breeds, but understand that with any Siberian there is no guarantee of being completely symptom-free. However, we do not want any of our families to be unhappy with a kitten or live with a kitten they are allergic to, so we offer a trial period for you to see if you have an allergic reaction and if you are happy with the kitten. If you are unhappy with your kitten or have bad allergic reactions, we will take back the kitten and issue a refund.
This video on the Dr. Oz show has some great tips for how people with cat allergies can live happily with a feline friend! For more information about the Siberian breed in general, check out this Cats 101 episode