This is excellent news for animal lovers!
A Solution To A Problem
Many cat lovers have to deal with a cruel hand dealt to them by nature: allergies. No matter how much they love their feline friends, sometimes the allergic reactions are simply too severe. However, scientists from the University Hospital Zurich, Switzerland, claim to have developed a "vaccine" for cats that will cut down on the protein in their fur that triggers allergies.
How It Works
The protein Fel-d1 is present in most animal fur, and the protein bonds with the skin that flakes off of cats and into the surrounding environment. The protein then aggravates certain people's immune systems, triggering annoying allergic reactions. However, this new "vaccine" will lower the percentage of Fel-d1 in cat fur, making it possible for formerly allergic people to be around cats.
Benefits Cats And Humans
According to the scientists behind the development, the injection should be available in three years and benefit cats and humans alike.
"Both humans and animals could profit from this treatment. Allergic cat owners would reduce their risk of developing chronic diseases, such as asthma. Their cats could stay in the households and not need to be relinquished to animal shelters."
Additionally, none of the cats tested suffered any adverse effects, so it's safe for use. Time to start collecting sweaters for your future kitties, formerly allergic people!