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Scientists Might Have Figured Out a Cure For Cat Allergies


Do you think you might like cats, but alas, you’re allergic to them? Do you know you like cats, but you live with someone who would be rendered perpetually sneezy/scratchy-eyed/possibly dead if you got one? (Or two. Or three. Or four.) Do you hate cats and would rather be able to be around one without feeling like death?

Then rejoice! Your suffering may soon be at an end.

According to the The Telegraph, scientists at Cambridge University have isolated the protein in cat dander that combines with a chemical found in us humans (apologies if you’re reading this and are not human) to trigger allergies in one in ten people. Says Dr. Clare Bryant, the study’s lead author:

“When cats lick themselves they spread saliva, hormones and skin cells on to their coat. When the hair falls out, it is proteins in this dandruff stuck on their fur that people are allergic to. How cat dander causes such a severe allergic reaction in some people has long been a mystery. This is the first time we have discovered the process that leads to the allergic reaction. It opens up a whole new type of drug to treat it.”

Currently the only treatment for cat allergies is to take antihistamines or have injections to build up one’s tolerance, but now that the science behind the allergy is better understood there could be a better medicine on the market within five years. “With just a puff of an inhaler which contains the drug, a person would be OK to interact with cats without an adverse reaction, ” Dr Bryant explains.

I much prefer dogs to cats m’self (It’s not that dogs don’t have enough personality, like some people say. It’s that dogs’ personalities don’t tend to be evil. Come at me, cat lovers! The eternal battle rages on.), but I’m really happy for the people who could be positively affected by this. I know the pain of wanting to have a pet but not being able to have one. Darn apartment restrictions.

(via: Death and Taxes)

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  • Anonymous

    Oooh, I know some people who are going to love this.

    I bet cat cafes are gonna be all over this.

  • Anonymous

    shouldn’t it be catfes?

  • http://wildflowered.org/ Rachel

    This is good. This means I can potentially live with my bff who is deathly allergic to cats. COME ON SCIENCE, GET YOUR BUTTS IN GEAR.

  • J Ritchey

    You say cats have evil personalities like that’s a bad thing…

  • Rebecca Pahle

    But how it is a good thing?! I don’t understaaaaand.

    Dog person for life!

  • J Ritchey

    Sort of like how the villain always gets the best lines; you can always count on a cat to find new and creative ways to keep life …interesting >:)

  • Rebecca Pahle

    I appreciate villains from afar, but I wouldn’t want to live with one. :)

  • Stewart Zoot Wymer

    I for one, welcome our furry overlords.

  • Audrey

    I stand for an end to cat stereotyping!

    [cites anecdotal evidence about living with the two sweetest cats ever]

  • Suzanne Larsen

    cats aren’t evil, they’re Chaotic Neutral

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    Sort of like how the villain
    always gets the best lines; you can always count on a cat to find new
    and creative ways to keep life …interesting >:)

  • BatiHoney

    This! I’ve been in a room full of cats. Some will avoid you like you have the pest, others will just ignore you, but there are a few who will want to rub against you and will let you pet them!!!

    My grandma practically adopted a street female cat from the strees (well, she just let her keep going into the house and fed her every now and then and now she just stays there because of food and love) and she doesn’t run away from you, she doesn’t hiss at you, she actually lets anyone pet her and will answer and come upon called. Sweetest cat :3

  • http://gametastical.wordpress.com/feed/ Trace

    Word. I own both a cat and dog (madness) and have a pretty bad anxiety disorder. It’s the cat that reads my moods the most and knows with insane accuracy (and without me seeking her out) when I need her there as distraction and comfort. My dog is sweet, but she’s a lot more aloof when it comes to that. I am always confused at people calling cats evil – I’ve owned a lot in my 27 years, but the closest I’ve gotten to evil is one that didn’t like being picked up (but was fine otherwise). Meanwhile I’ve met plenty of really terrifying dogs, so. :x I guess it’s how we experience the animals?

  • Nat

    Clearly you have not met my cat Sammy who has ADD and is super loving and sometimes he gets so sleepy because he is an actual three year old he sort of just falls over and sleeps. Or when you come home he’ll patter up to see you and demands none of this ridiculous walking three times a day in rain, snow, shine. Just a treat, some love, and please let me outside to go play with wildlife because the other cat won’t play with me.
    Also he looks like Rigel so we’re all good.

  • Ross Van Loan

    Kitty kowtow capacity currently commencing!

  • http://zadl.org/ Captain ZADL

    It’s not the evil, it that Dogs just take too much time and effort. they interfere with schedules and are expensive to board when going out of town. Dogs are too needy. I’ve had enough co-depedence in my life.

  • Diaspora

    This is awesome news; I love cat-sitting for my aunt but I hate needing to dose up on drowsy-making meds beforehand so as not to swell up and stop breathing!

  • http://taste-is-sweet.livejournal.com/ Aundrea Singer

    Cats are awesome. And I say this after suffering through one of my cats repeatedly biting my foot.For no discernible reason. Again.

  • Anonymous

    Yeah, that’s what I’ve always said to people who say they don’t like cats; that cats are standoffish, etc. They simply haven’t met my cats. I only have one at the moment, but she’s unbelievably loving and cuddly. And she loves to play fetch! (take THAT dog lovers!)

  • Ashley Banda

    I’m one of those with the serious allergic to cat and dog dander I REALLY HATE IT:( I break out in a rash INTENSELY and some body parts will swell mainly my face. I recently had to give a precious kitten away due to my allergies. I had her for about two weeks trying to fight this intense itching and uncomfortability but I just couldn’t. Please I need a treatment FAST. Any information let me know. Please and Thank you.