Anyone involved in cat rescue has probably heard something like “I need to relinquish my cat because someone in my family is allergic to cats.”
Approximately 10% of the U.S. population has pet allergies, and cat allergies are twice as common as dog allergies. Most people who are allergic to cats are actually allergic to the protein Fel d1 that is produced largely in cat saliva and sebaceous glands. When a cat grooms, this protein gets transferred to its fur.
Scientists at Purina think they have found a way to neutralize this allergen. If this works, many cats may be able to stay in their homes. And, maybe people who did not adopt in the past will be able to adopt in the future.
Read the article “Purina says it’s cracked the (egg) code on feline allergens” to learn more about this potentially great news.