if cat's saliva is the reason why people are allergic to them...
March 1, 2007 12:30am CST
then what would happen if you have a cat without hair. because the main cause of allergy is the dander right? it is when the saliva of the cat dries up and gathers on their fur... so would that mean no fur, no dander, no saliva, no allergy?
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1 Mar 07
What most people are allergic to is a protein compound that is actually produced by the cat. There are anti-allergy cats you can buy (for several thousand dollars) who do not make this protein and therefore people who are allergic to cats are not allergic to them. Although, some people may also be allergic to the dander and pet hair.
2 Mar 07
Sorry. Aurone is quite right, and I probably should have mentioned that in my post, although I was working more on the mechanics of the saliva. Proteins have been positively identified as major allergens, and generate some of the worst, most dangerous, reactions.