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Saturday, June 10, 2006

Hypoallergenic Cats: Allergy Free Cats

Not everyone is a cat person. Some of you out there seem to hate the furry little creatures, or at least regard them with sheer ambivalence. This news item is not for you. For the rest of us, these independent little mammals make for good companions. Not as needy as a dog, less helpless than a tortoise, easier to pet than a tank of fish. You can leave them alone for a day or two, they don't need walking and watching them hunt errant moths or hurl themselves at a bird feeder on the wrong side of a window can be at times awe-inspiring or side-splitting.

Sadly, not everyone who likes or loves Felis silvestris domesticus is able to take one on as pet. Cats produce a protein, FEL D1, that is an exquisite allergen for some sensitive individuals, meaning contact with a kitty results in streaming eyes, sneezing and general unhappiness on the human side of the relationship.

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