Did anyone else see that some drug company is breeding hypoallergenic cats?? Somehow they isolated a few cats with a gene that suppresses the protein that makes most people allergic to cats, and they bred it out of theirs. They’ve run some trials with these cats and they really do not set off allergies. Now they’re busily breeding them and selling them for $4000 apiece. After careful screening of the host families (you DO believe that, right?). And of course they neuter them before sending them out – overpopulation control or patent protection – you decide!
OK. It’s actually, a good idea, I suppose. I mean, I have close friends and family that are allergic to cats and it’s been one consideration in whether I would get another. But it’s just weird to think of these cats getting bred at a drug company. I suppose no more so than the company who was cloning pets. I just read in the paper that THEY went under because no-one wanted to shell out $35,000 for a clone of little Fifi. Still…
OK first, there’s the cost factor. Letting your cat run around the neighborhood is one thing, if it really, really wants to (and it’s fixed). But this puts it in the investment category, which really doesn’t seem like the right place for a pet. All kinds of decisions could be wrong, and not with the best interest of the pet or the family, if you’re busy thinking about that $4000 you spent to get the cat in the first place.
Then, what about that idea that we’re sterilizing our world to the point where we’re getting more illnesses and allergies because of it. Wouldn’t this just be another step in that direction? And how about all the poor kitties that will get given up when a family suddenly finds it more convenient to have one of these cats, because the new room-mate, boyfriend, child has allergies?
It’s all more than this tabby can process – Meow!