by Tyler Cowen
on September 21, 2006 at 8:51 pm
Hypoallegenic cats: "These cats allow some of the millions of people with feline allergies to finally enjoy the love and companionship of a household pet without suffering from allergic symptoms."
Here is one analysis; CNN seems to believe.
The pointer is from Jacqueline Passey.
A colleague in work got one. These are real. Bizarre but real.
To be positive for a moment: what we need in Britain is cats that will help us cull our out-of-control deer population. What do you think – a gene from a cougar perhaps?
Yes, triticale is right that poodle crosses are a way to limit allergies to dogs. Part of the difference is that poodles don’t shed very much. This is also why poodles require haircuts, unlike short-haired dogs who continually shed.
You still read Passey???
There seems to be two classes of mammal some of whose hair grows just about indefinitely rather than growing to a certain length, staying at that length for a while, and then shedding.
2: humans [head hair including male beards only]
Can anyone out there in cyberspace think of a third example?
While the cat offer is somewhat real, they are not truly hypoallergenic. It is not the hair, it is the dander that humans react to. These cats generate much less dander than the average cat. So not completely allergy free, but less allergic response. Since I am allergic to cats and do not wish to have a pet that considers itself superior to me, I am not taking them up on the offer.
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