So, scientists may have just changed my entire life. They have come up with a vaccine to help those that are allergic to those fluffy, puffy kitty cats!
But, the truth is, I LOVE my feline friends, too. I am just super allergic to kitty fur. Or, maybe it’s their dander. I don’t know. I just know I swell up, sneeze, and cry real tears uncontrollably whenever I have tried to own a cuddly kitten.
Well, turns out, I might be allergic to their spit.
Yep — you read that correctly. There is a certain protein in their saliva, and about 10% of the population has an allergy to this particularly pesky protein.
Before you think, “OH NO! Poor kitty!” The cats involved in the study tolerated the vaccine well.
The vaccine was well tolerated and had no overt toxic effect. All cats induced a strong and sustained specific IgG antibody response. The induced anti–Fel d 1 antibodies were of high affinity and exhibited a strong neutralization ability tested both in vitro and in vivo. A reduction in the endogenous allergen level and a reduced allergenicity of tear samples, were observed.The Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology
What does this mean? I may be able to own a cat, yet!
In all honesty, I have owned cats before, but it wasn’t a pretty sight. You do what you gotta do for the sake of the kitty, though, RIGHT?!?
I might, however, be able to stay in the same room as them, and LOVE on them like they hate to be loved on. Ha!
No more just looking at cat memes on Facebook for me! I just might get to go to the Humane Center in my area, and pick out a cuddly kitty or two.
My family is about to be complete!