Allergies caused by cats

Cats are probably the worse when it comes to allergies. Cats cause more problems than other animals and some people suffer from very serious allergies when coming into contact with them. Some people are so affected by them that it makes it impossible for them to even walk into a house that has a cat without immediately suffering from allergies.

Cats let off a glycoprotein called Felis domesticus 1. This glycoprotein is found in their skin glands, salivary glands and dander. It can also be found in their urine, tears, blood, and in the milk of a female cat. Felis domesticus 1 is spread throughout the house or environment through the hair and dander the cat sheds, and this obviously causes there to be a high concentration of it left within the house.

Felis domesticus 1 in cats: Cats that shed hair and dander throughout the house cause Felis domesticus 1. The problem with this is that very small particles remain in the air for extended periods of time, in some cases hours or even days. In the case of dust mites, dog, pollen, or mold allergens it is different because the size of these allergens are bigger causing them to settle on the ground and only become air born when moved. Felis domesticus 1 is much smaller in size causing it to continually float around in the air, therefore causing many more problems to individuals who have allergy problems.

To a person that is sensitive and allergic, Felis domesticus 1 can be a real problem specifically because of the fact that it remains air born and floats throughout the environment. Another problem is that Felis domesticus 1 sticks onto everything when they do settle down, and so much so that they stick onto the walls, carpets, furniture, curtains, etc. Sensitive people will immediately notice how this affects their eyes almost immediately and when this is inhaled into the lungs it produces a chain of events ranging from wheezing to sneezing etc.

There are people that blame Felis domesticus 1 on the cat's saliva as the main source; however, studies have been made that indicated that a cat's skin is actually indeed the number one source of Felis domesticus 1. This study was conducted by comparing the levels of Felis domesticus 1 found at the base and tip of the hair on different areas of the cat's body such as the belly, which is an area that sebaceous skin glands are sparse but which is also an area cats frequently lick. Another area checked was the armpit or the axillaries and which is an area a cat rarely licks. The base of the tail was another area checked and is an area where there is a numerous amount of sebaceous skin glands and where licking is infrequent. This study proved that if saliva was the main source of allergens, then the cats belly should have therefore produced the most amounts of Felis domesticus 1. However, the outcome showed that there was indeed a much higher concentration of Felis domesticus 1 at the base of the hair rather than the tips. The area, which has the most amounts of sebaceous skin glands, which is the base of the tail and which has less saliva was indeed the area where the most amounts of Felis domesticus 1 were found, in fact it had twice as much Felis domesticus 1 as the other areas did.

Domestic house cats are not the only allergenic animals within the family though. All members of the cat family are potentially allergenic; this would include lions, tigers, panthers, pumas, jaguars, etc, and this has been found in people who work with these types of animals in zoos, circuses etc.

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