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post #1 of 22 (permalink) Old 02-04-2014, 06:17 PM Thread Starter
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Hypoallergenic Cats

Ok so today in bio my prof brought up some interesting news I thought I'd check out instead of studying for physics. Apparently there are some scientists who are currently trying to develop some hypoallergenic cats (and were thinking of charging $5000 per cat, yikes!) so I wanted to check it out and see if it was true. All I could find was a company, who looks like they already are producing some hypoallergenic cats? Just wondering if anyone else had heard anything about this? And how reputable they are? (Not looking to purchase any hypoallergenic cats, just interested in the topic in general!) And by reputable I mean, does anyone know of any studies proving their cats are significantly more hypoallergenic than regular old felines or cats like siberians and balinese? (They have a little abstract taking about differences, but they had no statistical evidence I could find).

I know it has to do with cats producing less of a protein (Fel D 1 or something?) in their saliva, or in the case of what this company claims, producing the protein at a different molecular weight, but how does that occur? Through some sort of mutation in the genome? And how can breeders test for these sorts of traits besides testing each individual cat on someone who is allergic, especially considering people might be allergic to the other proteins? Would taking a sample of the cats saliva be a reliable way to test for decreased levels of the protein?

I just think it's be neat if breeders had an economical and reliable way to test for decreased levels of Fel D1, and try to breed for decreased levels. I mean, it'd be nice to have a super reliable hypoallergenic cat breed that almost always breeds true (I mean siberians are still pretty hit or miss right? There's just a higher chance of them being hypoallergenic) because I find a lot of people who absolutely despise cats simple do because of severe allergies.

Anyways sorry for a ton of questions, I just find the idea really interesting, especially after our immunology lecture today That and I really, really don't want to study physics :/
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post #2 of 22 (permalink) Old 02-04-2014, 06:23 PM
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This was a link someone brought up in another thread about six months ago. I don't know if this is related to what your prof was talking about.

World's First Hypoallergenic Cat: Scientific Breakthrough or Hype? - ABC News


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I did see an evening news show that did some undercover investigating. I think the someone was advertising that they had hypoallergenic cats...but in reality were just getting regular cats and pawning them off as hypoallergenic-total scam! I think the seller was in England. It was VERY interesting. It might have been the show "The Lookout"? That's not to say there isn't a legitimate hypoallergenic cat. The investigative reporter was able to have tests run on the cat to determine if it had less allergens or something like that. It would be cool if allergies did not have to be a factor for people wanting a cat.
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I would take a gander that, that's exactly it! That was the company I mentioned, and that gives an answer to the question about their reputability . It would be interesting though to compare differences between some "hypoallergenic" breeds and regular cats. I don't know how many siberian breeders try to breed for decreased levels of Fel D1 or how they'd go about that, but it'd be nice to have cats breeding true for a trait like that, if it were even a feasible thing to do!

I'm wondering how they run tests for the allergens? Saliva samples? Fur samples? Blood samples?
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I think "The Lookout" talked to the person who tested in the lab and probably says what kind of sample was taken. Are you able to find the video to stream online?
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Just read a bit of the article and it mentions that "Indoor Biotechnologies" (company) tested hair samples from the alleged hypoallergenic cats.
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What about Siberian cats? A lot of people aren't allergic to them. Some breeders send out test strips to make sure before people buy that the will not have a reaction to their cats.

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Aha found the video, pretty gross what people will do to make a few bucks. The kitten was adorable though, and now I want one.

And I knew Siberians had a tendency to have lower levels, I was just wondering what percentage did, and how breeders could selectively breed for that trait. It just seems like a lot of the testing has such small testing pools, they can't really show any significant evidence pointing one way or the other.

Just found this site Siberian Research Inc. A not-for-profit corporation for the Siberian Cat Testing Allergen Levels Siberian Levels of Fel d1 Fur Testing for Fel d1 Saliva Testing for Fel d1 , which is pretty cool. Though it would appear that low allergen cats don't breed true 100% of the time, which would mean that whatever causes lower levels of the protein isn't a recessive trait, correct? Or it's probably more complex than that...
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I don't understand why anyone would despise cats just because they are allergic. I am allergic to cats and I love them. In fact, I went to a specialist and got myself allergy injections. A few years later and I'm doing much better...yay for kitties!

As for hypoallergenic cats....I think that is ridiculous. I absolutely love how people always have to play God....NOT...there are more than enough cat breeds out there...and if people are truly allergic, then they either should not own cats, own them and deal with allergies, or take injections/medications and modify their circumstances to lessen the effects....I don't see a reason to genetically create YET ANOTHER breed just for the convenience of people...and not to mention one that will likely host a whole bag of genetic health issues to boot....selfish and cruel.
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Breeds that people with allergies seem to tolerate more than others:

Cornish Rex, Sphynx, Devon Rex, Siberian, Russian Blue...there are probably others but these are the main ones that come to mind.
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