LIFESTYLE PETS has produced the world's first scientifically-proven
hypoallergenic cats and dogs. These pets allow some of the millions of people
with feline or canine allergies to finally enjoy the love and companionship of
a household pet without suffering from allergic symptoms.
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This page contains important information followed by
a list of Frequently Asked Questions. If you have any additional
questions, please call or email us and we will gladly respond.
Our company is now in its 10th year of operations,
which began in 2004.
ALLERCA Lifestyle Pets delivered its first
hypoallergenic kitten in October 2006 and its first hypoallergenic
dog in early 2008.
In 2006, the ALLERCA GD cat was honored as one of
TIME magazine's Best Inventions.
In March 2011 we made our 500th delivery, an
ALLERCA GD kitten named "Jinxy" to a U.S. client. We have delivered
kittens and puppies to numerous international locations including
Japan, Russia, United Kingdom, Spain, United Arab Emirates, Germany,
Finland and many others.
ABOUT OUR HYPOALLERGENIC PETS
Sometimes people ask us if our hypoallergenic
pets are genuine. ALLERCA GD cats have been featured on a number of
national and international televisions shows, including The Today
Show, The Rachael Ray Show (also featuring a client), NBC, CNN, etc.
Of note is that The Today Show and CBS Early Show broadcasts were
live on-camera trials with allergic individuals
(including well known TV presenters) successfully exposed to the
ALLERCA GD cats - the ultimate live test! Below you can watch
some selected clips:
CLIPS INFO (clockwise from top left): TODAY SHOW
(LIVE), ABC 7 (TAPED), CBS EARLY SHOW (LIVE), NIGHTLINE (TAPED)
There are NO other types of scientifically proven
hypoallergenic cats or dogs, regardless of claims made by certain
breeders (not even the hairless breeds - see section below "BEWARE:
THE TRUTH ABOUT HYPOALLERGENIC BREEDS"). Many of our clients have
tried these other "so-called" hypoallergenic cat or dog breeds and
have seriously reacted, sometimes resulting in hospital
treatment. These same people had no reaction to our
cats or dogs and 5% come back to purchase a second
For an independent report (PDF) on
the tested differences between the ALLERCA kittens and standard
here (will open
in a new window)
ALLERCA Lifestyle Pets does not claim 100%
success for the hypoallergenic cats, as there are still a number of
minor variables and each individual is different; however, we have a
96% success rate amongst our clients who are
extremely allergic to cats. All of our cats and dogs come
with a 30 day return policy allowing you to live with one of our
pets and ensure your are compatible with each other (in addition to
our 12 month guarantee).
Great news for allergic dog lovers: we have
an amazing success rate with our hypoallergenic
dog, the JABARI GD. Jabari GD owners are generally SEVERELY allergic
to dogs and have no reaction to the Jabari GD.
BUYING YOUR ALLERCA HYPOALLERGENIC PET - YOUR
SECURITY AND PEACE OF MIND
We fully appreciate that purchasing one of our pets
is an expensive proposition and we want you to be 100% comfortable with
the process. We also understand that buying anything "via the internet"
is viewed with some trepidation so here are the steps we take to
GUARANTEE your payment and delivery:
To minimize the risk that a customer is unable to
complete the purchase at delivery we do request full payment at time
of order. For your protection your payment is made directly to and
held in escrow* by PaySafe (click
here) and only paid to us when BOTHOF
THE FOLLOWING OCCUR:
Your kitten or puppy is shipped to you
you retain the pet for more than 30 days under
our 30-day return policy
You can speak with existing clients once funds
are in escrow. Should you decide that one of our hypoallergenic pets
is not for you can withdraw your payment in full from escrow (see
How To Purchase page for more
We appreciate that with a delivery lead time of
some months that circumstances may change so you are able to
withdraw the escrowed funds in full right up until the day before
Please note that if you decide to withdraw your
funds from escrow prior to delivery you will be liable for
PaySafe's setup fee of approximately US$125 based on the purchase of
a single ALLERCA GD.
For a copy of Terms and Conditions please click
HERE (opens in a new window)
PaySAFE's escrow service is not currently available to Buyers or Sellers
with residence in California, Arizona or Idaho. PaySAFE's escrow service is
a neutral third party located in the USA. Allerca Lifestyle Pets is not
owned or affiliated with PaySAFE.
LIFESTYLE PETS GD Kitten with Client - Rachael Ray Show
BEWARE: THE TRUTH ABOUT "HYPOALLERGENIC
Unlike cat and dog breeders who will try to sell
you a "so-called" hypoallergenic cat breed with no scientific
backing, ALLERCA conducted an independent study under the
supervision of world renowned UCLA allergist, Dr. Sheldon Spector.
This study confirmed that none of the human subjects exposed to the
ALLERCA GD cats reacted while those same subjects exposed to
non-ALLERCA GD cats demonstrated classic symptoms of a feline
allergic reaction, including watery eyes, runny noses, hives and
In addition to human exposure trials we
commissioned and independent genetic tests to demonstrate the
difference between our cats and others. For an affidavit and report
(PDF) on the tested differences between the ALLERCA kittens and
standard kittens, click
here (will open
in a new window)
Beware of "so-called" hypoallergenic cat breeds,
such as Siberians, Russian Blues or hairless cats (we love these
hairless cats but they are probably the worst cat for people with
allergies because you come into direct contact with the
cat's skin and the allergens). We have seen all sorts of claims
made, and plenty of these breeders continue to claim that their pets
have "hypoallergenic fur" (if you have read through our website you
will understand how absurd such claims are). The same is true for
"hypoallergenic" dog breeds. NONE of these cat or dog breeds are
truly hypoallergenic and you are very liable to react to these
animals with serious consequences. Even if you do not react
immediately, a reaction WILL occur as allergen from these cats or
dogs builds up in your home environment over time. In our years
providing hypoallergenic cats and dogs we have spoken to many people
who have unsuccessfully tried these "so-called" hypoallergenic
breeds, people who have then become clients and owners of our own
kittens and puppies.
The evidence is in and not
surprisingly (at least to us!) so called "hypoallergenic dogs" are
actually MORE allergic than "non-hypoallergenic"
dogs. In a recent study by
Doris W. Vredegoor et al of the Netherlands on so-called
hypoallergenic dog breeds they concluded that "significantly
higher Can f 1 (the canine allergen) levels in hair and coat samples
were found in dog breeds that were considered hypoallergenic than in
other breeds." A copy of the study can be opened by clicking
HERE (opens in a
Is there information regarding the independent
verification of your claims?
LIFESTYLE PETS has spent much time and energy in
achieving its final goal of delivering consistently
hypoallergenic cats to our customers, and therefore our
protocols and procedures remain proprietary and
However, in 2006 we conducted a highly successful trial
supervised by Dr. Sheldon Spector, a renowned allergist
at UCLA. Since then we have conducted our own trials,
and of course, having begun deliveries of kittens to
customers in 2006, we have had a great positive response
from our clients, who are now living for the first time
with a kitten (also see the
page on our website).
For an independent affidavit and report on the tested
differences between the ALLERCA kittens and standard
(will open in a new window)
Can other factors still make you
allergic to the LIFESTYLE PETS kittens
besides Fel D1?
LIFESTYLE PETS has only completed
research specific to Fel D1, the major
cat allergen. To date we have not seen
any confirmed reactions to Fel D1 in
known cat allergic individuals who have
been exposed to the LIFESTYLE PETS cats.
Cats produce three other allergens
(termed the minor allergens) named Fel
D2, 3 and 4 and occasionally clients may
react to one of these allergens. When a
reaction happens it is usually much less
than a standard cat allergic reaction
and in most cases our allergic client
will desensitize after a few days. In
rare cases a reaction continues and in
this scenario a client can choose to
return the pet within the 30 day trial
ill my kitten be declawed or can I declaw my kitten?
At LIFESTYLE PETS we are strongly against declawing and do not
recommend the procedure. If you decide to declaw your kitten,
all warranties, guarantees will become null and void.
One option are vinyl nail caps applied to your kitten's claws
that effectively cover the claws so no damage occurs when your
kitten scratches. For additional information on Soft Paws please
visit the manufacturer’s website at
If I am allergic to the LIFESTYLE PETS kitten or puppy
can it be returned for a refund?
We allow you to keep your hypoallergenic kitten or
puppy for up to 30 days to ensure compatibility and you
can return your pet within this timeframe for a full
refund from the escrow company.
We have yet to see any known allergic reaction to the
main Fel D1 cat allergen in known cat allergic
individuals who have been exposed to, or who own our
cats; however, occasionally we see a reaction to other
minor allergens in cats, and so in the rare event that
someone should react we will help you to return the
kitten or puppy (within 30 days or receipt) and you can
then request a refund from the escrow company.
Can we order two kittens or puppies of the same gender?
If you purchase two kittens or puppies in the same
order, we would do our utmost to provide you with two of
the same gender. Please note that you may have to wait a
few weeks longer than if you allow our automated system
to allocate your kittens.
What happens if I order a kitten or puppy while
living the US and then I move overseas?
We are very experienced with delivering
internationally and ALLERCA pets can be found
throughout the world.
If you want your pet delivered outside of the
USA or Canada you have two options: you can
collect your kitten in the US and be responsible
for importing it into your country of residence,
or we can ship directly to you by changing your
order type from a U.S. order to an international
We do recommend that you allow LIFESTYLE PETS to
ship internationally as the company then assumes
responsibility for the paperwork, additional
international vaccinations etc. required to
import you kitten into a foreign country.
Is there any way to visit an ALLERCA pet or the
breeding facility prior to purchase?
For reasons of security and hygiene control we
do not provide public access to our breeding
As far a visiting with a kitten or puppy, a
couple of hours exposure does not provide any
real indication of long term exposure, which is
why we allow you to keep your ALLERCA pet in
your home environment for up to 30 days to
ensure compatibility or return to us for a full
Can I give a LIFESTYLE PETS pet as a gift and/or
do you offer gift certificates?
We do not provide gift certificates as our
owners must undergo a suitability and approval
process prior to receiving their kitten or
puppy. If you would like to purchase a LIFESTYLE
PETS kitten or puppy as a gift, we would first
suggest that you discuss ownership and
responsibilities involved in the long term
ownership of a pet with the intended recipient.
If the recipient is agreeable, we would then
recommend that the purchase amount be gifted to
the recipient who can then purchase a LIFESTYLE
PETS kitten or puppy on their own accord; or you
may purchase directly by contacting our Sales
Department by phone and we can create a special
order for the person receiving the kitten or
How do I purchase a LIFESTYLE PETS GD kitten or
To proceed, please click on the" How To
Purchase" tab at the top of this page and follow
the instructions. If you have any specific
questions that cannot be answered in this FAQ,
please call us by phone or contact us via email.
Will the price of a LIFESTYLE PETS kitten or
puppy drop over the next few years?
Although we will do our best to keep prices at
their current levels, we have experienced modest
price increases each year.
Can we transfer our kitten or puppy orders to a
third party if our situation changes?
We do not allow transfer to a third party but if
your circumstances change prior to delivery you
can at any time recall the funds held in escrow.
Can I choose a kitten or puppy's gender and
Yes, you are given choices at the time that you
place an order, and we will do our best to
accommodate your choices of color and gender.
If we want more than one LIFESTYLE PETS kitten
or puppy , will we receive them at the same
If you purchase your kittens or puppies under
the same order and they are the same type of
LIFESTYLE PETS, they will be delivered together.
Do your cats have any recurring health problems?
Our cats are extremely healthy and originate
from strong breeding lines.
are living creatures and sometimes an issue
might arise - this is why our animals are
covered by a one year guarantee.
Do you have a catalog or other printed
information on the LIFESTYLE PETS kittens or
We do not have any printed material (catalogs,
brochures etc). We aim to provide the most
updated information on our web site.
Are there color variations in the current
LIFESTYLE PETS animals? If so, what are they?
The ALLERCA GD kittens come in one general color
pattern. The ASHERA GD come
in one variation. JABARI GD's are normally light
in color but some variations do occur. Please
view the HYPOALLERGENIC PETS page for more
information and photos.
Do the LIFESTYLE PETS kittens still produce the
Fel d1 allergen?
The LIFESTYLE PETS GD kittens do continue to
express Fel d1, (the known allergen that is
present in saliva, fur, dander etc.) but at a
different molecular weight. In human exposure
tests, and with further feedback from our
clients that own LIFESTYLE PETS GD cats, this
molecular weight does not trigger allergies in
the same way that "normal" Fel d1 does.
How do you make your pets
The LIFESTYLE PETS GD pets have a
naturally occurring gene mutation that
produces a different "flavor" of the
common cat or dog allergen which in turn
does not appear to cause allergic
reactions in allergic individuals. The
technology behind the discovery and
detection of this mutation is
proprietary but please refer to our
website for an overview.
How long do the kittens and puppies remain with
their mother? And are they socialized?
The LIFESTYLE PETS kittens and puppies remain
with their mother until at least 12 weeks of
age, at which time they are dispatched to their
new owner. The LIFESTYLE PETS kittens and
puppies receive many hours of human
socialization every day from numerous trained
personnel in addition to constant on-site
At LIFESTYLE PETS, we want to ensure that your
new kitten or puppy is healthy and fully
socialized when he or she arrives at their new
home. Clients have marveled at how friendly the
kittens and puppies are on arrival and how
quickly they adapt to their new homes.
How will my LIFESTYLE PETS kitten or
puppy be delivered?
Your kitten or puppy will be delivered
to the nearest major airport ready for
collection by you or someone you
nominate. We will contact you nearer the
delivery date and will discuss the most
Do the LIFESTYLE PETS GD pets have
effect on asthma suffers?
Although we have not run any asthma
specific trials, feedback from customers
have indicated that asthma sufferers do
not react to the LIFESTYLE PETS GD pets.