Millions of people worldwide are allergic to cats
and just as many are confused as to what actually causes them
to react to a pet.
In cats, a glycoprotein called Fel d 1, secreted by the
sebaceous glands, is the major cat allergen - although cats produce
another three known minor allergens.
allergy sufferers come into contact with these allergens through the
animal's skin or saliva. Pet allergens are so small that they can remain
airborne for months and are about 10 times smaller than pollen or dust particles.
Pet allergies can play havoc with the eyes, nose, ears, throat, lungs, and skin. The eyes may become red, itchy, watery, or swollen. The nose may itch, run, sneeze, or become congested. The ears may become plugged or itchy. The throat may have post-nasal drip, frequent throat clearing, itching and hoarseness. The lung symptoms may include coughing, wheezing, chest tightness, shortness of breath, and frequent bronchitis. The skin may develop itchy rashes or hives.
As with any allergy, avoidance is the main course of treatment. A pet-allergic
individual needs to avoid being around pets at all times. Over-the-counter medications, prescription medications, and allergy shots are all ways to treat
pet allergy but they remain expensive, time consuming
and may have long term health consequences.
The LIFESTYLE PETS hypoallergenic pets
The hypoallergenic cats offered by LIFESTYLE PETS are a significant new
proven alternative to the traditional treatment of pet allergies. People who have lived without the companionship of a cat
because of their allergies
can now have one of their own without the costs of allergy treatments and the associated health risks
of those treatments.
As described previously, pet allergens are potent proteins secreted by the
animals' skin and salivary glands.
LIFESTYLE PETS has focused on rare naturally occurring genetic
divergences (GD) already present in minute group that does not harm to the
animals in any way. Our
first hypoallergenic pet, the
resulting ALLERCA GD cats, are now helping to improve the health and quality of life for millions of
While some breeds of cats (and dogs) have been mistakenly promoted as having less allergen than others
(and without any scientific backing), scientists that have tested this hypothesis have shown that
all cats, regardless of breed, produce allergens.
In fact, in a recent study by
Doris W. Vredegoor et al of the Netherlands on so-called
hypoallergenic dog breeds they concluded that "significantly
higher Can f 1 (the canine allergen) levels in hair and coat samples
were found in dog breeds that were considered hypoallergenic than in
other breeds." A copy of the study can be opened by clicking
HERE (opens in a
The LIFESTYLE PETS
hypoallergenic cats are the only
pets that helps those individuals with feline allergies
and were developed using proprietary methods.
Please read on to discover more about
the LIFESTYLE PETS hypoallergenic cats.
ALLERCA GD - US$8,950
Our standard hypoallergenic cat
delivered since 2006, the ALLERCA GD hypoallergenic cat is
friendly, playful and affectionate. The ALLERCA GD
cat comes in one color/pattern which is a combination of black spots and
stripes on a golden background.
ALLERCA GD cats are medium sized cats with averaging between ten and fifteen pounds (4 to 8 kg). They are
fully mature at approximately three years of age and have a long life
ALLERCA GD adult
ALLERCA GD youngster
An ALLERCA GD cat's
personality is very sweet and affectionate, thanks in part to our unique
socialization program. Customers who own ALLERCA GD cats report that they make great family
pets and are wonderful with children.
THE ASHERA GD - US$29,950
exotic hypoallergenic ASHERA GD, available since 2007, has the
markings and standing of a mini-leopard and grows up to a very large 25 pounds (12 kg) in weight
and 3 feet (1m) from tip of tail to nose. The hypoallergenic ASHERA GD
is not only truly hypoallergenic, but also one of the world's rarest cats. They
are very smart, affectionate, chatty and loyal. General care is the same
as any other domestic cat.
ASHERA GD cats do well on a leash