Siberian Forest Cats are one of the few cats that can be kept by people with allergies to cats. The majority of allergic responses are not actually to the fur of the cat but rather to Fel d1 a compound found in the saliva of most cats. When the cat grooms itself the Fel d1 is deposited onto the skin and fur and then falls off in them form of dander. Unlike most cats Siberian Forest Cats produce an extremely small amount of Fel d1 which means that most allergy sufferers do not react to them at all or if they do the reaction is very minimal. Lighter colored cats and females seem to have the lowest amounts of Fel d1 in their saliva so they are the best bet for those with severe allergies.
Simple grooming works wonders. Once or twice a week place your cat on a towel and gently brush it to remove any dander. When you are done thrown the towel into the laundry along with the clothes you are wearing and go take a shower to wash off any dander on you. Better yet, get a nonallergic family member to do the grooming. Occasional baths are also good but beware of over washing your cat as it can be bad for the fur as it washes away natural oils.
Instead of listening to me listen to what Dr. Oz has to say...
Lets face it allergies are no fun. The sneezing, wheezing, itchy eyes, runny nose and general aggravation take a lot of the joy out of life but so does being alone and I am sorry but when you want to cuddle up a gold fish just doesn't do it. Plus parents often hope to break the allergic cycle by having pets in the home. Did you know that children with pets have up to a 77% reduction in their chances of developing allergies and that isn't just to dog and cat fur, it is across the board. In addition pets provide love and emotional support that lengthen our lives and reduce our illnesses. They help manage depression and many disabilities just by being there to accept and love us as we are. They teach children not just responsibility but also how to care for and protect those smaller and more helpless than themselves thereby developing good social and parental skills for later in life. The only problem is not everyone can live with a cat because of that darned sneezing.