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Scientists Have Created a Vaccine for Allergies to Cats

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Those who suffer from allergies but who also love cats will be breathing a sigh of relief with this next bit of news. Researchers in Switzerland say they’ve developed a vaccine for cats so their humans (their owners…if you will) won’t be allergic to them! Now, if you can just convince Fluffy that it’s in his or her best interests to get the vaccine, you’ll be able to breathe easier and cohabitate with your feline friend without issue.

A biotechnology company linked to the University of Zurich, HypoPet has reported that it has successfully created this revolutionary vaccine that will allow cat lovers to remain in close quarters with their furry pals. The vaccine is said to instruct the cat’s body to produce antibodies in order that allergies won’t be triggered in humans. Having run four clinical trials on 54 cats, Dr. Gary Jennings, CEO of HypoPet, recently stated, “We are very pleased to publish this data which shows our HypoCat vaccine is able to produce high levels of antibodies in cats and that these antibodies can bind and neutralize the allergen produced by the animals.” Company researchers have also stated that this vaccine has been found to reduce the potential for childhood asthma in homes where cats are beloved pets. The company hopes to have the product sent to the market in the U.S. soon, but an official date has yet to be identified.

Scientists Have Created a Vaccine for Allergies to Cats

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Here in Texas, we’ve long had an affinity for cats as pets and companions. Did you know that there are even two graves at the Alamo which are marked for beloved pet cats? No, they don’t date back to those historic times, but they do hold a special place in the hearts of those who maintained this Lone Star State heritage site, and they’ve been given their just dues as a result. Ruby and C.C. were two felines who made their home at the Alamo in 1981 and 1996, respectively. The staff cared for them and it didn’t take long for the cats to become full-time residents and greeters of guests. Ruby passed on in 1986. C.C. (who would respond to either Spanish or English when her caregivers would call) passed in 2014. Their grave markers can be found to this day amidst the historical monuments on site.