Great news for cat lovers and sneezers!
Scientists have developed a vaccine that could potentially put an end to the suffering of millions of animal lovers, as every one out of ten people has a cat allergy.
YES. If you have been looking to get a pet cat and found out it just can’t work out, or if you have feline-familied friends you just can’t handle visiting due to excessive sneezing and itching – those days just might be over soon!
Fear of needles also seems to not be a factor, as this vaccine is used to treat the cat instead of the human. Wait what?
Let us explain.
Basically speaking – an allergy to cats is caused by a type of protein called Fel-d1, which is found in the fur of the animal.
Cats leave the said protein all around the house and their habitat by dandruff and dead skin cells, causing us human to inhale it.
The allergy, in turn, manifests as the body recognizes the protein as a threat and releases histamine, creating the symptoms.
Cat allergies affect almost half of asthmatic kids, according to statistics, meaning that those affected have to take anti-histamines or inhalers to assuage the symptoms.
Another downside of the phenomenon is the heart-breaking fact that cats are being driven out of homes because of allergies.
So researchers have been spending a decade to bring a solution to both 4 legged and 2 legged walkers.
A study, the findings of which were published in the Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology, stated that the injection reduced the amount of Fel-d1 protein produced significantly.
Of 54 cats tested at University Hospital Zurich in Switzerland, all saw an increase in the defensive cells destroying the protein.
Meaning that in three years we can see the uses of the vaccine!
The scientists said: “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.”
Who’s already planning to add a feline friend to their household?