Visitation and Allergy Testing
Cattery Visit / Allergy Test Policy
If you would like to visit my cattery before getting on my wait list, there will be a $75.00 cattery visit fee. If you would like to visit my cattery and do an allergy test, there will be a $50.00 allergy test fee. These visits are limited to one hour as a courtesy to my cats and to my family. The fees are non-refundable, must be sent to me in advance of your visit, and will be taken off the price of your kitten if you get one from me. Please make checks payable to Shelly Finley and send them to my home address at: N62W37794 Wadebridge Road, Oconomowoc, WI 53066.
It is mandatory that you do an allergy test if you have or think you may have cat allergies. Kittens will not be placed in homes with people with allergies unless an allergy test is done. Typically, if you are going to have an allergic reaction to the Siberians, you will know it well before the hour is up.
Because I have Siberians, a Birman and a Pug, I do the allergy test in my van, not inside my house. If you came in my house and had an allergic reaction, we would not know if it was from the Siberians, the Birman or Pug. I will bring the cat out to you and you can hold and pet it. It is recommended that you do not change your clothes for 8 hours after you leave to ensure that the allergy test is successful.
I do not place kittens in homes where someone has asthma. This is because the most common allergic reaction to cats is a runny nose and itchy eyes. If someone takes a kitten home and has this type of reaction, most of the time they can live with that and they will build up an immunity with their reactions subsiding over time. However, the most common reaction to cats if you have asthma is wheezing, shortness of breath and trouble breathing. Sometimes these reactions are immediate and other times it can take 3 to 6 months before they show up. With some people, it takes a buildup of being exposed to a cat or kitten over time to cause the asthmatic reaction. You have to be able to breathe, so obviously this reaction is not something you can live with. Since it can take such a long time to react with asthma and to realize you can’t keep your kitten, I will not risk your health or the fact that my baby would have to be re-homed if you were not able to tolerate them.