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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 22
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9317 clicks; posted to Main » on 19 Jul 2013 at 3:36 PM (1 year ago)   |  Favorite    |   share:  Share on Twitter share via Email Share on Facebook   more»



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2013-07-19 12:48:31 PM
3 votes:
she spent thousands of dollars on Allerca cats, but her children were so allergic that she was forced to give them away.

She did right thing. I would have given my children away as well.
2013-07-19 03:45:10 PM
2 votes:
Anyone who spends any money buying a cat is a dumbass.

There are so many of them out there that the ones that aren't given away are killed.
2013-07-19 08:47:11 PM
1 votes:
Any cat can be made hypoallergenic; just boil it.
2013-07-19 07:43:34 PM
1 votes:
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 07:17:00 PM
1 votes:

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 05:40:18 PM
1 votes:
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 05:25:03 PM
1 votes:

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 05:16:43 PM
1 votes:

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 04:55:15 PM
1 votes:
We are truly splitting off into (at least) two separate species.
The intelligent and the extremely stupid.
2013-07-19 04:49:51 PM
1 votes:

kid_icarus: What their hypoallergenic cats might look like:

[i76.photobucket.com image 259x194]


farm3.staticflickr.com
2013-07-19 03:54:14 PM
1 votes:

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.


philly.barstoolsports.com
/haz ordered 4 of those cats
2013-07-19 03:48:46 PM
1 votes:
A cat hip replacement costs 15 thousand dollars, or 15 thousand dollars more than whole cat replacement.

/snl
2013-07-19 03:48:32 PM
1 votes:
I just can't believe that in this day and age that people can't figure this stuff out.

30 second of google and reading brings me here:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Allergy_to_cats

Answered the question for me.
2013-07-19 03:47:42 PM
1 votes:

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.


Obviously you've never owned a cat.

They're arrogant as hell!
2013-07-19 03:41:49 PM
1 votes:

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.


Idiots are also often deep in debt.  Just sayin'.
2013-07-19 03:41:05 PM
1 votes:
They probably tried to buy frequent flyer miles from Cpt Chris Hansen, too.
2013-07-19 03:40:46 PM
1 votes:
A $28000 cat is nothing to sneeze at.
2013-07-19 03:39:11 PM
1 votes:
HyPOallergenic? Boy, is my face red.
vpb [TotalFark]
2013-07-19 01:58:25 PM
1 votes:
I'm not a veterinarian, but that cat doesn't look like it has any allergies to me.
2013-07-19 01:03:50 PM
1 votes:
What their hypoallergenic cats might look like:

i76.photobucket.com
2013-07-19 12:52:50 PM
1 votes:
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.
2013-07-19 12:44:00 PM
1 votes:
Sounds like a $28,000 placebo.
 
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