Orders are currently being taken for the world’s first allergy- free cat, a pet created by Allerca, the same people who brought us the first glow-in-the-dark fish (the Glo-Fish). The cats are genetically engineered using a “gene silencing technique” so they don’t produce Fel d 1, the protein in cat urine and saliva that triggers an allergic reaction in people. According to CNN, the cats cost $3950 each and will be available in 2007.
If you look at the Allerca website, they say that people with cat allergies who wish to have a cat may not be able to take allergy medications or allergy injections due to lifestyle limitations.
Allergen immunotherapy requires a weekly injection for several months followed by a monthly injection for 3 to 5 years, after which symptoms to all cat would be significantly diminished or even eliminated. Whereas if you have a $4000 cat, you would still be allergic to other cats and the cat dander on everyone else’s clothes and homes. And what if something happens to your allergy-free cat?
Any one reading this who’s seriously considering getting one of these cats?