Poor Souls

Regarding Pet Allergies.


cat (Photo credit: Kenny Teo (zoompict)

About 10% of Americans have pet allergies, the most common being cats.  Contrary to popular belief, it is not cats’ fur/hair that people are allergic to but the dander (dead skin), saliva, and urine.  An interesting fact about pet allergies is that they are caused by an oversensitive immune system.  What happens is that the body mistakes something harmless like pet dander for some dangerous invader and attacks it like it is a bacteria or virus.  And the person gets the wonderful symptoms and side-effects that go along with it.  Although sometimes the person might not be allergic to cats or dogs.  Outside animals can carry pollen, mold, or other allergens in their fur.  And then there are the “hypoallergenic” or hairless breeds like the sphinx or the chinese crested.  Now don’t get me wrong, these breeds may cause less of a reaction but if someone in your family is allergic to cats or dogs it is just not a good idea to adopt that kind of pet.  Now for all of you that are not allergic to cats or dogs, pet your cat or play fetch with your dog and think about the poor lonely souls who have never held a kitten or got licked by puppies.  Now go give your cat a bath and brush your dog’s teeth.