Hypoallergic cats can get hypoallergies, experts say
CATS can get allergic reactions from hypo-allergen-free pet foods and cosmetics, including cat treats, and may be at risk for developing allergies, a study published in the Annals of Allergy and Clinical Immunology finds.
The study looked at 6,000 cats from the Cats Allergy Initiative, a partnership of veterinarians, pet food companies, pet retailers and other stakeholders that is dedicated to finding a cure for allergies in cats.
Researchers analyzed the allergens in nearly 300 products to determine which ones were the most frequently encountered allergens.
The results were published this week in the journal Annals.
“What we found is that there is a lot of variability among the products that are available in the marketplace,” said study author Dr. William E. Henshaw, associate professor of medicine and director of the Center for Allergy, Immunology and Diagnostics at the University of Michigan Medical School.
“We have a lot more variability than we would have thought.”
The researchers analyzed the products by using a method known as the EIA Score, which measures a product’s allergens by measuring the level of a chemical that can be released when a substance reacts with the skin.
The higher the score, the more likely the product is a potential allergen, and the more severe the reaction.
Henshaw said that while it is possible for a cat to become allergic to some products, he said it is not likely to be the case for most.
Hematology is the study of the immune system.
Allergy is a broad term that encompasses the body’s response to a variety of substances.
Henna is one of several types of allergy, which include hives, rash, eczema and itching.
Henna is a skin condition that causes a dry, reddish or sticky rash.
It is one symptom of multiple skin conditions including eczematous dermatitis, or redness of the skin caused by the body trying to protect itself from foreign substances.
The allergic reaction to the cat food that researchers tested had the highest EIA score, according to the study.
A total of 638 products tested contained the cat’s favorite food.
Of those products, 1,023 were labeled as cat treats and 474 were labeled cat treats with non-allergens.
The remaining products had no allergens, or ingredients that were not listed on the label.
A study published earlier this year found that a cat that ate a cat food containing cat hairs, called “hair-free cat” cat food, had an increased likelihood of developing allergies to a cat protein called catalase.
Cat treats, cat treats made with cat hair and cat hair-free food also contained the protein, H2, which is the body enzyme that breaks down cat hair into the proteins it is used for.
H2 is used by many people for cat hair removal and cat foods, but it can also cause problems for people who have allergies to cats.
The American Academy of Allergology recommends that people who are allergic to cats not eat cat food made with hair-based ingredients.
The EIA study also found that cats who ate cat food with a higher EIA scored higher than non-cat food eaters on the scale for cat allergies.
The researchers noted that EIA scores are based on testing a product to see if it contains the highest possible level of an allergenic ingredient.
Products with a high EIA rating are typically labeled with the word “cat” or “carnivore” on the ingredient list, and contain ingredients that are known to cause an allergic reaction in humans.
A high EIE score indicates that the product contains a significant amount of allerogens.
Cat owners can also have an allergic response to the products tested.
“The cat food may contain a small amount of ingredients that may be present in small amounts that are not toxic or allerogenic to humans,” the study authors wrote.
They also said the researchers did not test all cat food products, but did test a variety made by pet food manufacturers.
“I do not believe there is any evidence that cats will develop allergies to products containing allergens,” said Dr. Julie L. Kopp, chief of the department of dermatology at the Yale School of Medicine.