If you are one of the many cat lovers who finds yourself allergic to your pet, worry no more, there is hope on the horizon. Researchers at the pet food brand, Purina, have discovered a way to counteract the allergen production responsible for many cat allergies.
By, 18 Jun 2019
As many as 1 in 5 adults have sensitivities that are triggered by feline allergens.
How do people manage cat allergens?
Avoiding the cat is the most common route that people who suffer from allergic reactions take. This approach doesn’t always bode well for the cat though, with many pets taken to shelters looking for a new home.
Dr. Ebenezer Satyaraj, an immunologist and Purina’s Director of Molecular Nutrition commented recently, “These allergens have created a huge barrier to cat ownership and may limit the loving interactions between cat lovers and cats. Our discovery has the potential to transform how people manage cat allergens.”
Symptoms of allergies to cats
Do you suffer from any of the following allergic symptoms when stroking or petting your cat, or even just by being in the same room as your pet?
# Itchy, red eyes
# Sneezing, itchy, runny nose
# Wheezing and coughing
# Rash on skin, hives or redness
Is this an end to severe cat allergies?
Researchers have found that the major allergen that triggers a cat allergy, is Fel dl, which is known to be in the cat’s saliva. When the cat grooms himself, this bothersome allergen is transferred to the cat’s dander and fur. When a cat owner strokes, cuddles, or even just comes into contact with the cat’s hair, he comes into direct contact with this Fel dl allergen.
Purina scientists have discovered a practical way to reduce the levels of this allergen by introducing an egg product containing antibodies to the Fel dl, directly into the cat’s diet.
Astounding results after feeding the diet
During research, cats that have been fed this egg product containing IgY in their diet, a huge 97 percent reported decreased amounts of the active Fed dl allergen on their dander and fur. Overall, after a three-week period of being fed this diet, a 47 percent reduction was registered.
This amazing discovery could be the way forward for cat lovers to control their allergies, without putting any limit on direct contact with your favourite pet.