Monday, October 17, 2011

Genetically engineered hypoallergenic cat

Ashera GD - F1 or F2 Savannah cat?
Photo copyright Lifestyle Pets
There is no such cat as the genetically engineered hypoallergenic cat. It is simpler than that. Some individual cats are hypoallergenic meaning less likely to cause an allergic reaction in a person who is allergic to cats.

Lifestyle Pets (Allerca) who sell hypoallergenic cats have used genetic testing techniques to isolate those cats that are hypoallergenic. They started with a desirable cat that was already somewhat hypoallergenic, the Savannah cat. Using DNA testing they bred from individual cats that were the best from a hypoallergenic standpoint. That is how I understand what is going on. In other words these cats are naturally hypoallergenic not engineered to be that way.

They don't just sell F1 and F2 Savannah cats which is the Ashera GD. They also sell standard moggie cats that are supposed to be hypoallergenic such as the Chakan GD which is a pointed cat. I suspect that they simply found cats that produced less of the Fel D1 protein that causes the allergic reaction bred from that.

This is all on the basis that we believe that their cats are actually hypoallergenic, which by the way does not mean totally non-allergy producing but less likely to cause an allergic reaction.

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