About 10% of people have pet allergies, and allergic reactions to cats are twice as common as those to dogs.
Cat allergies can be more dangerous than dog allergies because the allergies are generally caused by proteins that are secreted by the salivary or scent gland that cats transfer to their fur while grooming themselves. These proteins are small, light and sticky, which means they float through the air with ease and they stick easily to clothing or other surfaces. The proteins are also easier to transfer to areas and places where there aren’t any cats around.
Common symptoms of a cat allergy include sneezing, watery eyes, stuffy nose, hives, wheezing and even asthma.
For those people with cat allergies, you find this news anything different or new. But, what you may find interesting is that scientists at the University of Cambridge in the United Kingdom have discovered the receptor protein in human cells that trigger cat allergies. They anticipate new drugs to bind the protein to prevent an inflammatory response.