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Dear Christopher Cat

I love cats, but I’m allergic to some of them.  Is there a product I can put on my cat to prevent my allergies?

Christopher Responds

You humans who are allergic to cats are sensitive to our dander and to proteins in our saliva which are transferred to our coats when we groom. 

Bathe your cat weekly (if she’ll allow it) to remove dander and salivary protein, and try applying a topical anti-dander product.  Talk with your family physician or allergist.

Scientists think it is the cat allergen Fel d 1 that triggers allergies, and that dark cats produce more Fel d 1 than light-colored cats.

A recent study of 300 human patients with allergy symptoms showed that people who share their lives with dark-colored cats are 2-4 times more likely to show moderate to severe allergic symptoms than people with light-colored cats or no cats. 

Interestingly, people with light-colored cats had the same level of allergy symptoms as people who did not have cats at all.

I hate to say this, since I am a handsome dark gray tabby, but you should consider a light-colored cat when you adopt your next cat.

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