|Posted on August 24, 2015 at 4:25 AM|
We place most of our kittens into allergy and/or asthmatic homes. 2015 is our 10th year of Siberian Cat breeding. During that time we have needed to rehome three (3) kittens placed in allergy or asthma homes.
We believe a large part of our success rate is careful screening and support of prospective Kitten Families. We are not focused on kitten sales, but rather kitten placements. By this we mean we want to ensure - cat allergy family or not - that there is a proper fit between our kitten and your family. We want to also be sure there is a comfortable fit between you as the buyer and us as the breeder. Purchasing a kitten from a breeder you are not in "synch" with results in not asking for help with questions and any problems that arise. It means that you might make unnecessary expenditures at the Vet's when other advice fits the situation better, or armed with knowledge you are able to ask for the proper testing and treatment of your Siberian.
We also help our prospective Kitten Families consider the steps they will want to take once bringing their Siberian home. These steps go from the early transition period; to proper nutrition for your Siberian (which even impacts allergy levels and temperament!); to keeping your Siberian emotionally and physically healthy - unstressed cats produce less allergens; to cleaning strategies for the home to ensure the majority for any allergens produced are removed; to our step by step support on allergy friendly bathing and grooming of your Siberian.
We have allergy assessment strategies for pre-approval that involve a fur sample challenge and an in-person allergy challenge (which in some cases we can arrange close to your home). These challenges help you assess - prior to committing to a purchase - the level of reactivity you or a family remember will experience. Our allergy / asthma questionnaire provides us with information about your home/ allergy - asthma situation that allows us to provide you with targeted, situation specific information on the chances of a successful purchase as well as steps to take to ensure your purchase is a good one. We do *not* approve every home. In situations where it is clear that the purchase would not be successful for you we explain why. In some case we are able to make alternative suggestions - such as buying a kitten from a cattery that allergy tests its kittens. Those kittens are normally sold for 2500 USD to 3500 USD. However, in extreme situations they are the safest option for some prospective kitten homes.
Finally, we require a Safe Home. this is a non-asthmatic non-allergic person or family who co-signs your purchase contract agreeing to provide a forever home for your kitten should issues around allergy/ asthma arise that necessitate re-homing. We find that this requirement weeds out those people who want to use a Siberian kitten purchase as either a magic bullet (no work necessary on their part) or a "try it and see" situation - which is terribly unfair to the kitten.
By supporting our Kitten Families with information, advice, and care strategies we ensure that those families who bring home a ForestWind Siberian kitten are ready to enjoy many years of happiness and comfort with their sweet pet:)
We look forward to supporrting you through your exploration of purchasing a ForestWind Siberian kitten of your own!
ForestWind Siberian Cats
Healthy, Happy & Hypoallergenic since 2005
Categories: Allergies, Care Practices, Advice