He is not human, but the cat is vaccinated for it
This would be a solution for cat lovers who really want to have a baby with fur but can't do it because of their allergies! Now scientists are looking to develop a vaccine that can stop cat allergies. Not human, but a cat should be vaccinated against a protein that triggers allergy in humans.
No itching and no more watery eyes?
The number of cat owners in Germany is estimated at around eight million people. Research has shown that allergy rates in cats have risen sharply in recent decades. Itchy nose, watery look and sneezing – common symptoms of cat allergy. The culprit: A very specific protein, called "Fel d 1" (abbreviation Felis domesticus, German: domestic cat). It is transmitted by tears and cat saliva.
Because fluffy four-legged friends always clean and lick, allergens spread quickly throughout the coat. As for cat hair or particles, they in turn come in the air. Many cat owners have to treat their symptoms or even give their loved ones pets.
Cat Vaccinated Against Body Protein "Fel d 1"
But the new method of the Zurich University Hospital research team could now bring light into the dark. The cat is vaccinated against the body protein "Fel d 1", which triggers cat allergy in humans. The quadrupeds develop antibodies after injection that neutralize the allergen protein and reduce the reactive allergen. Therefore, symptoms in humans should be alleviated or even prevented.
HypoCatTM is well tolerated in cats
The researchers tested the cat vaccine HypoCatTM on cats. Animals were vaccinated three times within three weeks. The vaccine has been shown to be safe and safe for cats. Antibodies that develop during injection can be detected shortly after vaccination and over a long period of time.
That way, humans and animals can benefit from a cat vaccine. Allergic cat owners can also reduce the risk of chronic diseases such as asthma. Many cats can stay at home and do not have to go to animal shelters.