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Wow! a hypoallergenic cat
    #6087394 - 09/21/06 06:49 PM (14 years, 7 months ago)

pretty neat....if your allergic to cats but still want one :smile:

Cat Who's Nothing To Sneeze At
Biotech Company Say It's Bred Cats That Don't Trigger Allergies

(CBS) San Diego-based biotech company Allerca, Inc. says it's bred hypoallergenic cats, that is, cats that don't cause allergic responses in humans.

One hypoallergenic feline, 18-month-old Joshua, was on the set of The Early Show Thursday along with veterinarian Dr. Bernadine Cruz, an Allerca spokesperson.

Cruz told The Early Show's resident veterinarian, Dr. Debbye Turner, that she's allergic to cats, but Joshua doesn't produce any allergic reactions in her, such as watery eyes, an itchy throat, or runny nose.

And Elana Safar, who is very allergic to cats, couldn't believe how symptom-free she was after spending the morning with Joshua.

"I am shocked," Safar said. "I react to every cat. I cannot date someone who has a cat. This is amazing!"

Cruz explained that allergic reactions to cats are caused by a protein excreted in cat saliva, skin glands and urine. "Even if you have a totally hairless cat," Cruz says, "you still have the protein. A lot of people think it's dander (that causes allergic reactions), but it's the protein that does."

If cats lick their fur, the protein from their saliva gets on the fur.

Allerca says its researchers have figured out ways to harmlessly change the gene that produces the protein so the gene will make a form of the protein that provokes less of a reaction in humans. The company notes that it has a test to detect the genes that produce the less-problematic protein.

Cruz says a cat like Joshua costs roughly $4,000, due to the intense science involved but, "If you are allergic to cats and have always wanted one, then you can't put a price on it."

Before Allerca will send you one of its cats, it sends you a test to make sure you're not so allergic that you'd even react to hypoallergenic felines.

You can order Allerca's hypoallergenic cats through the company's Web site.



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Re: Wow! a hypoallergenic cat [Re: Schwip]
    #6087415 - 09/21/06 06:55 PM (14 years, 7 months ago)

i saw it on tv... the cat looked so sedated.. i think it may be semi-dumb/retarded/slow/ weird..

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Re: Wow! a hypoallergenic cat [Re: Infrared]
    #6087551 - 09/21/06 07:41 PM (14 years, 7 months ago)

A mildly retarded cat with the same name as me?

I like it!


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Re: Wow! a hypoallergenic cat [Re: Schwip]
    #17775618 - 02/10/13 03:01 AM (8 years, 3 months ago)

There are also cats whose fur doesn't seem to bother those that are usually allergic like the Devon Rex, the sphinx, and sometimes most asian breeds. My mom and I are slightly allergic but we have a Snowshoe and he doesn't seem to bother us at all. I can get as close as I want to him! Devon Rexes look weird but their fur isn't the same at all as a regular cat.

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Re: Wow! a hypoallergenic cat [Re: lizzywonderland]
    #17775628 - 02/10/13 03:04 AM (8 years, 3 months ago)

$4,000 for a cat?.... :freshwtf:
I should be able to get a hypoallergenic lion for that much.

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Re: Wow! a hypoallergenic cat [Re: lizzywonderland]
    #17775677 - 02/10/13 03:23 AM (8 years, 3 months ago)

You should start checking post dates before you reply.
This thread is probably older than you.

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