Testing with Fur

Feline allergens can cause serious and potentially fatal reactions in some individuals. Allergen information provided by SRI is not a substitution for medical advice.  Always consult a medical doctor prior to visiting and/or purchasing a Siberian cat. By use of this site, you discharge Siberian Research Inc. and all authors from liability regarding individuals or catteries where allergies or allergen levels are concerned. 

Fur Testing has a severe limitation.  Individuals with allergic reactions to horses, rabbits and some other animals may have not react to fur, but still have severe or dangerous reactions to a low allergen Siberian.  In these cases, it is very important to test in person at a cattery.

When visiting a cattery is not possible, testing with a sample of fur can be tried. Testing directly with fur is preferable but you can also try testing with piece of cloth placed where the dam and kittens sleep.

Because allergen levels vary strongly in the Siberian breed, testing is most accurate when using fur from the dam and sire of the kitten that will be purchased.  Allergen levels in fur often rise during late pregnancy and nursing.

Testing kittens can give incorrect reactions, as many people will react to kittens when they do not react to adult Siberians. Nursing kittens can trigger milk and albumin allergies. A common problem is dust from the litter box. Because young kittens tend to play in the litter box, the fur becomes covered in dust and allergens.

Fur samples can be sent in a zip-lock bag or sewed into a section of nylon stocking. Try the samples one at a time, and gently washing your face between trials, or try them on different days. These should help give you a good idea regarding any possible allergic reaction.

We recommend placing the fur on a pillowcase and put your face against it. The pillowcase can be shaken outside and washed to remove any residual allergen. Until you know how you react, it is prudent to be cautious.

  • Test in a room that is easy to cleanup if you do have a reaction.
  • DO NOT take fur into your bedroom, as the allergen persists.
  • Consult your doctor prior to testing with the fur.
  • Have your medications on hand in case you do have a reaction.
  • Antihistamines or prednisone may mask reactions.



DISCLAIMER: Feline allergens can cause serious and potentially fatal reactions in some individuals. Allergen information provided is not a substitution for medical advice. We recommend consulting a medical doctor prior to visiting and/or purchasing a Siberian cat. Siberian Research Inc. and Lundberg Siberians disclaim all liability from individuals or catteries where allergies or feline allergen levels are concerned.

©  Lundberg Siberians    2004

 Tom Lundberg 2005