Hypoallergenic Cats, Part II

Maine coon kittens, by eleda 1 on Flickr, used under Creative Commons license

A while back (a long while back) I wrote about Allerca’s hypoallergenic cats, snarking about their low, low, LOW price of only $3,950. I’m happy to say, times have changed. No, the prices aren’t lower — they’re higher, much higher¹. Allerca now lets you select your cat’s coat color, markings and sex (though “fixing” is still mandatory).

Wikipedia has some interesting information on cat allergies and hypoallergenic cats. Our experience somewhat matches. For example, Mother-in-law Dear has a Himalayan cat that doesn’t set off Melissa’s cat allergies, yet Wikipedia doesn’t list Himalayans as less likely to provoke an allergic reaction. Also, this past Sunday, Melissa and I were shopping at PetSmart for a goldfish (“Sushi”). Even though we can’t bring one home (I try not to make the same mistake twice), we “window shop” the cats they have up for adoption. Melissa pointed to a dark-brown cat and said she could never have one like it. When I asked why, she said, “Dark cats like that affect me more.” Wikipedia agrees.

Heh. Learn something every day.

Photo credit: http://www.flickr.com/photos/eleda/ / CC BY-NC 2.0
¹You can buy an Allerca cat at the following special pricing:

  • Alerca GD cat — $6,950¹·¹
  • Chakan GD cat — $9,900
  • Ashera GD cat — $16,000

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¹·¹The Allerca GD cat is available at the special price of $4,950 until July 21. I’m sure operators are standing by. (Can footnotes have footnotes?)

Hypoallergenic Cats

Using “proprietary genetic technologies,” Allerca has produced a line of hypoallergenic cats. These genetically selected/modified cats (the process is not clearly described) produce a variant of the Fel d 1 glycoprotein, the protein normally associated with feline allergies. Allerca claims this makes the GD cats hypoallergenic.

There are only a few catches:

  • You can’t select the color of your cat.
  • The cats are available for the low, low cost of only $3,950.
  • The wait is two years or more, though for a minor expedite fee of $1,950 you can reduce your wait to “a few months.”
  • There is a processing and shipping fee of of $995.

Although our cat Nemo was $6,940 cheaper than Allerca’s GD cats, she didn’t come with all shots, a microchip, and a cat carrier. See what money can get you?

Oh, one more item — all Allerca cats are either spayed or neutered. I wonder why that might be…