Do you get sniffly when a cat approaches? Are you always having to invite your friends to your house so you don’t interact with their pets? Would you love a feline friend of your own but your body just won’t deal with it? Allergies are a pain, especially when you’re allergic to something as cute as a cat. But now, there’s a vaccine that may help.
Itchy eyes, rashes on the skin, and bouts of sneezing are all symptoms of allergies, so if those things only happen when you’re around cats, I’ve got bad news for you. Well, bad news and good news.
The bad news is that you’re allergic to cats. The good news is that there may be a vaccine for you. Well, for your cat actually. If you’re scared of needles then never fear, because a vet injects your cat with the HypoCat vaccine!
What the vaccine does is neutralizes the Fed-d1 protein in the cat’s fur, which is what causes allergic reactions. To get really technical, the protein activates histamine in humans nearby, which is what causes the allergic reaction and all the symptoms.
But now, allergy-sufferers can bask in the presence of their favorite pet in peace! No longer plagued by horrible allergy symptoms, this could lead to more adoptions and better care for cats. Plus, more humans who wanted a cat in their life but reacted badly can enjoy their new pet!
“Their cats could stay in the households and not need to be relinquished to animal shelters,” researchers say. Scientists plan to release the life-changing vaccine in about three years’ time.
Let us know what you think in the comments, would you give your cat this vaccine? Don’t forget to share with your family and friends as well if you think they’ll enjoy.
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