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(Denver Channel)   Customers who paid up to $28,000 for a hypoallergenic cat are starting to wonder if maybe, just maybe, they've been had   (thedenverchannel.com) divider line 89
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2013-07-19 05:16:43 PM  

ShadowKamui: Somaticasual: Only humanity would be so arrogant to genetically engineer a cat to eliminate what is, in the grand scheme, basically just a nuisance for a small fraction of the population.

Actually they didn't, they just breed them


That's what genetic engineering is. Remember that when people are ranting about GE foodstuffs.
 
2013-07-19 05:21:28 PM  

Satanic_Hamster: Nabb1: As someone who is allergic to cats, all I can say is those idiots who spent that kind of money on a "hypoallergenic cat" and that money were incredibly unlikely to ever find each other in the first place.

You'd be shocked and depressed how the number of rich or well off idiots.


I work for one.
 
2013-07-19 05:25:03 PM  

Bruxellensis: I thought my Bengal kitten was expensive...


CSB:

Had a new client with a nasty virus. Huge house, we're going toward the computer room, and this thing the size of a small to medium dog blazes past me and disappears before I could get a good look at it. She saw my surprise, and said, "Oh, that's our cat Simba, don't worry, he won't bother you, he's just a little scaredy-cat!" A little scaredy-cat? That thing was farking enormous.

She explained to me about Bengals, and assured me that he'd be in hiding for the duration of my visit.

I got to work, and I was waiting for a scan to complete, when I felt a tapping on my leg, I jumped a little and looked, and all of a sudden there was a 25+ pound mini leopard in my lap. I petted him, and he sounded like a go-kart.

When the client came in to see how things were going, I was her computer guy for life.
 
2013-07-19 05:26:28 PM  
Funny how there is all this backlash now of how people should know better.  When this originally broke out 7 years ago it was all over the news about how they now sell hypoallergenic cats.  Not saying people shouldn't know better, but when people are willing to pay $1k for a Siberian cat because it is mostly hypoallergenic, it isn't unreasonable that someone may be willing to pay 4k.  Research of the validity of it when it was first introduced only returned press releases and salivating news articles.  Hindsight is 20/20.
 
2013-07-19 05:40:18 PM  
If you think you're so allergic you must have one of those horrible skinned cats because you love cats but don't want to take a couple allergy pills...you are one sick Fark and deserve to lose money to con men as often as possible.
 
2013-07-19 06:15:09 PM  
FTFA:
However, according to Brodie, each customer was aware of the terms and conditions of the sales agreement, which is "that an order is non-cancelable, non-refundable and that there is no time limitation on the business' obligation to deliver a pet."

I slap the shiat out the fool who don't know unconscionable as a legal term of art.
 
2013-07-19 06:20:45 PM  

buzzcut73: I'm starting to wonder if going back to school to make myself more employable in my field was the right choice.
I should just get into some pseudo-scientific fleecing of people, like claiming the feral cats I catch around town are really hypoallergenic cats that just need a little love to become sociable.

Since mine need socializing, I'll only charge 10k each. I'll even throw in some holistic remedies that you can give the kitty that will help things along.


If you want pseudoscience, and some schmuck to pay for it, marry it to global warming. They are the biggest suckers ever. Say that global warming is causing the fel D1 product to be more antigenic in feral cat colonies, and you need funds to....well it doesn't really matter what you said the funds were for, because you had them at 'global warming'.
 
2013-07-19 06:32:22 PM  
www.savingwithshellie.com
 
2013-07-19 06:37:53 PM  
That's some expensive pussy...
 
2013-07-19 06:42:22 PM  
Hairless cats would be the ticket here.

Although some kind of animal, alpaca(can't remember)? or something camelesque doesn't secrete a certain homone, so people who are allergic to wool can wear things kitted out of it's fur, I've been told.
 
2013-07-19 06:50:22 PM  

octopied: Hairless cats would be the ticket here.

Although some kind of animal, alpaca(can't remember)? or something camelesque doesn't secrete a certain homone, so people who are allergic to wool can wear things kitted out of it's fur, I've been told.


Hairless won't necessarily help.  The protein is in the saliva, and it gets into the environment when the cat licks itself.
 
2013-07-19 07:03:31 PM  
Was seeing an allergy specialist for a while. He said I was allergic to cats. At the time, I owned a cat. I told the Doc that he could have my cat when he pried it from my cold, dead hands. Lived happily with the cat for years longer until the cat finally pined for the fjords.

Turns out that, although I do have mild allergies to stuff (cats included), what I really had was a very bad infection that required a month of antibiotics. Sure glad I didn't get rid of my kitteh!
 
2013-07-19 07:12:06 PM  

FrancoFile: octopied: Hairless cats would be the ticket here.

Although some kind of animal, alpaca(can't remember)? or something camelesque doesn't secrete a certain homone, so people who are allergic to wool can wear things kitted out of it's fur, I've been told.

Hairless won't necessarily help.  The protein is in the saliva, and it gets into the environment when the cat licks itself.



Cats with no tongues, that's what they need. That way there will be none of that licking itself business. Or cats with no saliva.

Hairless cats make no sense at all, the only thing that makes a cat cute is the nice, soft, fluffy fur. Why would anyone want what is basically a miniature, naked, octogenarian around the house? Plus there is definitely no ring of fur keeping that butt-hole from touching bench tops, or any other surface it is sitting on.
 
2013-07-19 07:13:11 PM  
So if I find 4 suckers, I could buy an adotion center and be funded for a couple of years?
 
2013-07-19 07:17:00 PM  

onyxruby: Could this be considered a test for early onset Alzheimer's? I just can't imagine anyone in their right mind forking over $28,000 grand for a cat they haven't even met yet. That much money for a pet that they have grown to love, sure, if they had the money, why not. That's not the case here though, these are people paying money for a /future/ cat. Therefore these people must be crazy.


They are intending to be cat owners, and cat owners are the definition of crazy in the first place.
 
2013-07-19 07:34:21 PM  
Take some Benadryl and STFU. My father was allergic, but the allergies calmed down significantly once he'd spent some time around the cat. New cats were an issue for a couple weeks to a month, but then the symptoms went away.

/farking whiners
 
2013-07-19 07:43:34 PM  
FTA: "[Allerca's] claim is based on that the Fel d 1 allergen [four Allerca] cats produce is somehow different than that perhaps of normal cats. ... That difference is something that we weren't able to show when we look at the immune response of allergic patients."

Why not look at the amino acid sequence itself instead of (or in addition to) just testing the immune response?

The claim that a "different molecular weight" is responsible for the supposed reduction in allergic response is nonsense. A mutation could result in a different molecular weight, but it's the change in the amino acid sequence, resulting in a change in the shape of the protein molecule itself, that would be responsible for any change in the allergic reaction. The cat vendor is using pseudoscientific babble as a marketing ploy, and the news station needs to find a more competent lab for testing.


naughtyrev: Sounds like a $28,000 placebo.



Also, this.
 
2013-07-19 08:16:52 PM  

Kahabut: Astorix: gee and in other news homeopathy is just sugar pills and if water had memory it would remember every pisshole it's been in.

#epicfail

Actually, water does appear to have a memory, but that memory has no quantifiable effect on anything what so ever.  (as yet).  Strange, but true.


*looks at cup of water suspiciously*
 
2013-07-19 08:28:06 PM  

Vector R: Take some Benadryl and STFU. My father was allergic, but the allergies calmed down significantly once he'd spent some time around the cat. New cats were an issue for a couple weeks to a month, but then the symptoms went away.

/farking whiners


THIS

My beloved was terribly allergic when we started dating.  Eyes watering, coughing...we limited the time at my house for starters, but in a year or so he could hang out and spend the night in the same bed I shared with the cats when he wasn't there with a benedryl.
 
2013-07-19 08:34:05 PM  

SweetSaws: Kahabut: Astorix: gee and in other news homeopathy is just sugar pills and if water had memory it would remember every pisshole it's been in.

#epicfail

Actually, water does appear to have a memory, but that memory has no quantifiable effect on anything what so ever.  (as yet).  Strange, but true.

*looks at cup of water suspiciously*


Every time you've drunk water you've drunk a little bit of Hitler's pee.
 
2013-07-19 08:35:59 PM  

A Terrible Human: SweetSaws: Kahabut: Astorix: gee and in other news homeopathy is just sugar pills and if water had memory it would remember every pisshole it's been in.

#epicfail

Actually, water does appear to have a memory, but that memory has no quantifiable effect on anything what so ever.  (as yet).  Strange, but true.

*looks at cup of water suspiciously*

Every time you've drunk water you've drunk a little bit of Hitler's pee.


this is fascinating, and yet, choke inducing.....
 
2013-07-19 08:44:31 PM  
My wife was very allergic to a our rescue kitten so we fostered it to my aunt.  We have three Savannahs now and my wife is only a bit allergic to one (especially when it lays on her chest and rubs her face).  One she is a tiny bit allergic too and the other she has no allergic reaction to at all.
 
2013-07-19 08:47:11 PM  
Any cat can be made hypoallergenic; just boil it.
 
2013-07-19 09:01:54 PM  
fs02.androidpit.info
 
2013-07-19 09:14:30 PM  

Vector R: Take some Benadryl and STFU. My father was allergic, but the allergies calmed down significantly once he'd spent some time around the cat. New cats were an issue for a couple weeks to a month, but then the symptoms went away.

/farking whiners


Pretty much. In my entire 49 years I've met exactly two people who were REALLY allergic to cats (the life-threatening kind of allergic) to the point they couldn't be in the same house where a cat had even recently been. Those two people also hated cats. Everyone else had the sniffles&watery eyes allergy.

Anyone who claims they're sooooooo allergic they need a hairless, wrinkled monstrosity that looks like a boiled egg with ears that cost $10K or more but still love their kittehs are really just attention whores.
 
2013-07-19 09:35:50 PM  

A Terrible Human: SweetSaws: Kahabut: Astorix: gee and in other news homeopathy is just sugar pills and if water had memory it would remember every pisshole it's been in.

#epicfail

Actually, water does appear to have a memory, but that memory has no quantifiable effect on anything what so ever.  (as yet).  Strange, but true.

*looks at cup of water suspiciously*

Every time you've drunk water you've drunk a little bit of Hitler's pee.


Every time you drank water last Wednesday you drank some of mine.
 
2013-07-19 09:46:06 PM  

Zarquon's Flat Tire: A Terrible Human: SweetSaws: Kahabut: Astorix: gee and in other news homeopathy is just sugar pills and if water had memory it would remember every pisshole it's been in.

#epicfail

Actually, water does appear to have a memory, but that memory has no quantifiable effect on anything what so ever.  (as yet).  Strange, but true.

*looks at cup of water suspiciously*

Every time you've drunk water you've drunk a little bit of Hitler's pee.

Every time you drank water last Wednesday you drank some of mine.


I'm sure my drinking binge produced enough pee that eventually everyone in the world with enough time will have drank it.
 
2013-07-19 09:47:43 PM  

Vector R: Take some Benadryl and STFU. My father was allergic, but the allergies calmed down significantly once he'd spent some time around the cat. New cats were an issue for a couple weeks to a month, but then the symptoms went away.

/farking whiners


...or you can just get rid of those sneeze-inducing, parasite carrying organisms and get a dog.
 
2013-07-19 09:48:09 PM  
Best case your up a cat and don't have the sniffles, worst case your up a cat.
 
2013-07-19 10:14:51 PM  

sunderland56: Begoggle: We are truly splitting off into (at least) two separate species.
The intelligent and the extremely stupid.

More commonly referred to as "Democrats" and "Republicans".


More like the stupid and the extremely stupid.
 
2013-07-19 10:18:24 PM  

vpb: I'm not a veterinarian, but that cat doesn't look like it has any allergies to me.


Beat me too it.
/nicely done.
 
2013-07-19 10:21:59 PM  

Jon iz teh kewl: hallucinogenic cat?


THIS is the reason to NOT text and drive. Nearly sucks the eyes from my head. And not in a good way.
 
2013-07-19 10:23:39 PM  

JohnCarter: Yes - we are all hypo allergenic...yeah and Morgan Fairchild is coming by to get some of us..yeah..that's the ticket


Is that the Ariel Castro Kitty Cage?
 
2013-07-19 10:25:22 PM  

Begoggle: We are truly splitting off into (at least) two separate species.
The intelligent and the extremely stupid.


Yes, and the distinguishing characteristic is the possession of food stamps.
 
2013-07-19 10:30:06 PM  

Jon iz teh kewl:


+skittles
+watermelon fruit juice
= Florida tag
 
2013-07-20 12:31:28 AM  

fang06554: Funny how there is all this backlash now of how people should know better.  When this originally broke out 7 years ago it was all over the news about how they now sell hypoallergenic cats.  Not saying people shouldn't know better, but when people are willing to pay $1k for a Siberian cat because it is mostly hypoallergenic, it isn't unreasonable that someone may be willing to pay 4k.  Research of the validity of it when it was first introduced only returned press releases and salivating news articles.  Hindsight is 20/20.


They paid $28k for it. For a cat. $1k, 4k, fine, but when you are paying the price of a new car for a cat, you officially have too much money.
 
2013-07-20 04:35:55 AM  
i'm allergic to both dogs and cats, and we had three dogs in my family when i was a teenager, and my roommates had three cats when i lived with them.  if you like animals you just deal with the allergies.  although to be fair, my allergies were not as extreme as some people i've met.

also, the longer you stay with a specific animal, the less affected you will be by their allergens.  i really wasn't bothered that much at all by my family's dogs, but if i went to someone else's house and they had a dog, i would notice right away and start to have a reaction.  its like my body developed a tolerance to our dogs.  and sometimes allergies eventually go away, a couple years ago i realized that i don't have an allergic reaction anymore when i'm around animals.  i had pretty bad seasonal allergies when i was young, but i'm 33 now and i don't have them at all anymore.
 
2013-07-20 05:07:54 AM  
A fool and his money...

shiat. I wonder if there's  still a market for this?

I'm not going to scam anyone. For $28 a pop I'll buy them a cat and personally come to their house every other day and shave all it's hair off.

/I have a great idea for the business name, but I think people might get the wrong idea!
 
2013-07-20 05:08:49 AM  
 
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