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post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old 04-11-2005, 01:04 PM Thread Starter
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Hypoallergenic Cats

Have you all heard of these?! While talking to my mom on the phone last night, she told me that she'd read an article about these cats that are genetically engineered to not have some gene that makes us allergic to them. She said that the article said to order these cats NOW to reserve yours to be delivered in 2008! I'm sure those of you with severe pet allergies might be interested in these, but I just thought this was very strange. Who knows what long-term affects the G.E. will have.

More info from Webmd: http://my.webmd.com/content/article/96/103591.htm
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Allergy specialists, however, have their doubts
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It would be neat if there really were hypoallergenic cats, but this sounds kind of fishy to me. Almost too good to be true...
Not to mention that it raises some ethical issues as well.

I was reading the Allerca companies website www.allerca.com and any information that they provided was very vague. They don't provide any information on how exactly they are going to be "genetically engineering" these animals. The company says its goal is to create 200,000 of these cats per year, but how, where and in what conditions would they be keeping 100,000 or more of these cats at one time? I can just picture row after row of little cages of unsocialized cats. Also, if they engineer each cat individually, how would they be caring for the kittens that are only days or weeks old? Ideally, a kitten should have it's mother's milk to develop a strong immune system, but aren't these cats being born without a mother? Would these $3500 cats be less resistant to illness and disease as a result? Or would they have a surrogate mother, and if so, in what conditions would the surrogate cat be kept and how often would it be subject to the stress of breeding?
200,000 cats per year is over 500 cats born per day. Sounds like one massive kitty mill operation to me. There would be no way they could properly care for and socialize that many cats without a huge and very costly staff and facilities. That is, if they can actually create a truely hypoallergenic cat...
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