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Finally I can own a cat!

Well, I gotta say, they've really done it now. They've finally genetically engineered hypoallergenic cats! Maybe when the price drops from $4,000 and the waiting list shortens a bit, I can finally get myself my very own kitty to play with.

http://www.local6.com/news/9923915/detail.html

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meladibug
Sep. 25th, 2006 06:28 pm (UTC)
Didn't they already have those, I mean, they're butt ugly, but Hairless cats are hypoallergenic! Don't worry, I'll buy you the next one I see. hahaha. Cause you know you want one.


happinessiseasy
Sep. 25th, 2006 07:41 pm (UTC)
It's my understanding that the allergens are found in the cat's saliva, which is all over their fur since they "clean" themselves constantly.
chris462
Sep. 25th, 2006 07:44 pm (UTC)
It's actually the dander, IIRC. Hairless cats would have none.
happinessiseasy
Sep. 25th, 2006 07:47 pm (UTC)
Dander refers to anything that flakes off of the cat, hair, skin, dried saliva. I found this that backs up my argument:

Older books on cats and cat care usually blame the allergy on cat fur e.g. breathing in small particles of the fur itself. ... It is not the hair which causes the allergic reaction.

The real culprit appears to be cat saliva which contains an allergen; this allergen is a protein called Fel d 1. When a cat washes itself, saliva is deposited on its fur (or skin in the case of hairless cats). The saliva dries into dust (dander or dandruff) which is released when a cat scratches or moves and when humans stroke or brush a cat.

All cats wash, even those which lack guard hairs or which lack hair altogether. The dust forms on all types of cat hair or directly on the cat’s skin if it lacks fur. Hairless Sphynx cats produce dandruff directly on their skin and though they produce less of it than furred cats, they can still produce enough to trigger an allergic reaction. An allergy occurs when the body over-reacts to a substance (allergen) and produces excessive amounts of histamine. Excessive histamine production leads to the irritating symptoms associated with cat-allergy - itchy eyes, sneezing, skin rash etc.
chris462
Sep. 25th, 2006 07:48 pm (UTC)
Hah -- Something learned for the day.

Thanks.
skate_or_die82
Sep. 26th, 2006 07:27 pm (UTC)
It seems like I heard that explanation somewhere, but I can't remember where. Congratulations. Cats are awesome. Unlike dogs, I understand them.
happinessiseasy
Sep. 26th, 2006 07:34 pm (UTC)
There's nothing confusing whatsoever about dogs. Every action they exhibit seems to directly contribute to their survival.
inherentmalaise
Sep. 25th, 2006 08:30 pm (UTC)
Yay!
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