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World's first hypoallergenic cat: Scientific breakthrough or hype?
ABC News ^ | 07/18/2013 | staff reporter

Posted on 07/20/2013 12:47:13 AM PDT by Daffynition

A small biotech company earned global acclaim when it announced it had produced the world's first scientifically proven hypoallergenic cat. But while it seemed like a godsend to feline fanatics with allergies, an ABC's "The Lookout" investigation explored allegations that company's cats are no more hypoallergenic than other cats.

In 2006, Allerca: Lifestyle Pets , aimed to fill the niche for pet lovers plagued by allergies and touted what it billed as the world's first scientifically proven, hypoallergenic cat, ABC News reported.

Despite price tags ranging from nearly $4,000 to $28,000, Allerca had year-long wait lists for its felines.

(Excerpt) Read more at thedenverchannel.com ...


TOPICS: Health/Medicine; Pets/Animals
KEYWORDS: cat; kittyping

1 posted on 07/20/2013 12:47:13 AM PDT by Daffynition
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To: Slings and Arrows

Slings-a-pings


2 posted on 07/20/2013 12:47:49 AM PDT by Daffynition (Stand Your Ground)
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To: Daffynition

This looks like a Bengal cat.


3 posted on 07/20/2013 1:16:19 AM PDT by SatinDoll (NATURAL BORN CITIZEN: BORN IN THE USA OFCITIZEN PARENTS)
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To: Daffynition; Slings and Arrows; Glenn; republicangel; Beaker; BADROTOFINGER; etabeta; ...

4 posted on 07/20/2013 1:30:31 AM PDT by Slings and Arrows (You can't have IngSoc without an Emmanuel Goldstein.)
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To: Slings and Arrows

I’d sure hate to be allergic to cats.
Some of my best friends are cats :-)


5 posted on 07/20/2013 1:36:20 AM PDT by Bobalu (It is not obama we are fighting, it is the media.)
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To: SatinDoll

A murky background is reported....
http://www.messybeast.com/asheras.htm


6 posted on 07/20/2013 1:38:49 AM PDT by Daffynition (Stand Your Ground)
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To: Bobalu

More people need to have an allergy to snake-oil-salesmen, or so it seems.


7 posted on 07/20/2013 1:41:10 AM PDT by Daffynition (Stand Your Ground)
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To: Bobalu

Most of my family is allergic to cats, so they can’t stay at my home.

The blessings just keep coming. ;^)


8 posted on 07/20/2013 1:41:13 AM PDT by Slings and Arrows (You can't have IngSoc without an Emmanuel Goldstein.)
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To: Slings and Arrows
>>The blessings just keep coming.<<

O RLY?

They say you can't train a cat....but I know you better..........


9 posted on 07/20/2013 1:44:29 AM PDT by Daffynition (Stand Your Ground)
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To: Daffynition

Well, if the cat is a Savannah it is not a good example. It definitely has Bengal in it, as a true Savannah cat has spots and this cat has rosettes, just like a Bengal.

Michelle Mills owns F1-Hybrids, and breeds Savannah Cats. Take a look.

http://www.f1savannahcats.com/


10 posted on 07/20/2013 1:53:18 AM PDT by SatinDoll (NATURAL BORN CITIZEN: BORN IN THE USA OFCITIZEN PARENTS)
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To: SatinDoll

You are probably right.

Either breed is beautiful.


11 posted on 07/20/2013 1:56:50 AM PDT by Daffynition (Stand Your Ground)
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To: Slings and Arrows
The blessings just keep coming. ;^)

LOLOL :-) I love it....

12 posted on 07/20/2013 1:58:33 AM PDT by Bobalu (It is not obama we are fighting, it is the media.)
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To: Daffynition

It only seems fair - they can surely train us.


13 posted on 07/20/2013 2:03:19 AM PDT by Slings and Arrows (You can't have IngSoc without an Emmanuel Goldstein.)
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To: Bobalu

Thank’ee kindly.


14 posted on 07/20/2013 2:04:09 AM PDT by Slings and Arrows (You can't have IngSoc without an Emmanuel Goldstein.)
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To: Daffynition

As I’ve said on another forum: Simon Brodie is the most brilliant con-artist since Harold Hill. The sheer amount of wildly-successful schemes he’s come up with over the years, and the variety of ways in which he’s fleeced the rubes is absolutely amazing. I’m actually surprised he hasn’t gotten into politics yet.

But if nothing else, I KNOW that someone is going to make a movie about him someday.


15 posted on 07/20/2013 2:24:01 AM PDT by Kriggerel ("All great truths are hard and bitter, but lies... are sweeter than wild honey" (Ragnar Redbeard))
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To: Daffynition

Much less expensive would be a Siberian kitten, which might run around $1,000 or a purebred kitten. They are said to naturally lack a protein in their saliva which is very allergenic to humans. Breeders will sometimes send fur samples. Supposedly about 70% of people who are allergic to cats can tolerate Siberians. They are reputed to be doglike in their character. They’re big, long-haired cats with a triple coat.


16 posted on 07/20/2013 2:30:22 AM PDT by pbmaltzman
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To: Kriggerel

He certainly has left a wake of unhappy consumers on both sides of the pond!

http://www.utsandiego.com/uniontrib/20061028/news_1b28brodie.html


17 posted on 07/20/2013 3:29:19 AM PDT by Daffynition (Stand Your Ground)
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To: pbmaltzman
Love at first sight.


18 posted on 07/20/2013 3:32:03 AM PDT by Daffynition (Stand Your Ground)
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To: Daffynition

Cat-veat emptor!


19 posted on 07/20/2013 3:42:28 AM PDT by mrs. a (It's a short life but a merry one...)
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To: Daffynition

This guy may be a scam artist, but what he claims to have done is possible, at least in principle. Most people who are allergic to cats are allergic to one specific protein that cats secrete. To make non-allergenic cats, one would only have to “knock out” that one protein so that the cat would no longer make it.

In practice, knocking out a protein might have severe and even lethal consequences, or it might have no effect on the cat. If the protein is essential for life, it may be alterable to be less allergenic.

Technically, I could genetically engineer these cats. I just need about 10 years and a lot of money to do it. Plus, I will need an animal use review board to verify that I am using my cats in an ethical manner. Researchers are ethically required to play with their lab cats and keep them clean and well fed... I could handle it.


20 posted on 07/20/2013 4:06:23 AM PDT by exDemMom (Now that I've finally accepted that I'm living a bad hair life, I'm more at peace with the world.)
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To: Daffynition; Lady Jag; Slings and Arrows; PetroniDE; Publius6961
What'd I say.
21 posted on 07/20/2013 5:03:31 AM PDT by martin_fierro (< |:)~)
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To: Daffynition

Cats own me - I’m so allergic to them I cannot visit a house with a cat. If this development is real I will be glad. Can they retro-fit existing cats w this gene? Why not.


22 posted on 07/20/2013 5:58:47 AM PDT by corkoman
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To: Daffynition

Supposedly Siberian cats naturally produce less Fel-d and are hypoallergenic to most people. They’re expensive, but don’t cost nearly as much as the cats in this story, (about $1,400, last I checked, though you can sometimes get an adult Siberian for less.) They’re cute, too...they look a little like Maine Coons or Norwegian Forest cats.


23 posted on 07/20/2013 7:25:40 AM PDT by Nea Wood (When life gets too hard to stand, kneel.)
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To: Daffynition
Allergy free cats? Been around for ages ,,, and you can have fun tattooing them..


24 posted on 07/20/2013 7:32:32 AM PDT by Neidermeyer (I used to be disgusted , now I try to be amused.)
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To: martin_fierro
Repartee, what you think of saying 7 years later.
25 posted on 07/20/2013 10:02:53 AM PDT by Lady Jag (If you can't make them see the light, let them feel the heat. - Reagan)
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