Hypoallergenic Cats Denied To High Allergy Sufferers


Allerca and their hypoallergenic cats. How does it work? Is this for real? There are so many questions over these cats that will supposedly not cause an allergic cat lover to sneeze or sniffle.

Many scientists and geneticists are still waiting for the scientific proof and documentation. The company refuses to show the proof due to proprietary reasons. In fact, the founder of Allerca, Simon Brodie, said the proof is in the pets.

Let’s see who has these hypoallergenic cats. There is Judy Smith who was in the Boston Globe article that we posted up yesterday. She believes that Kiki is truly a hypoallergenic cat. The other person that claims to have an Allerca cat was in the news in April. This mother of two from New York (pictured here) said that her family can enjoy having a cat without worrying about allergies and health issues.

How about who doesn’t have a hypoallergenic cat and wants one? Or rather who was denied by Allerca because their allergy levels were too high?

An Itchmo reader, Former Allerca Waiting List, said this about Allerca:

Studies have shown that up to a third of people who think they are allergic to cats are actually allergic to dust mites. Allerca has been testing everyone and denying cats to anyone who tests high for cat allergy. It also takes six months for cat dander to build up in a home. Notice that the lady in this article did not say that she was not having any allergy symptoms, just that they were not severe. The only other person to be shown to have an Allerca cat was actually a PR person they presented as a mother of two. Allerca also used to sell a shampoo that could be used to wash dander off of a cat. This would make it easy to create a fake demo cat that could be used to fool most reporters.

We did some research last night and found out that Allerca has denied people when their allergy test results come back unsatisfactory (which means they have a high level of allergy). The company says that they have not conducted trials with individuals who equal a level of high on the test results and the company’s liability protocols preclude delivery of a kitten to any client where the results are equal to high.

From The Scientist:

Two customers who deposited several thousand dollars for a hypoallergenic cat from a company I investigated earlier this year have written to The Scientist saying they were denied kitties, and got their money back.

Lynne Butler, a mathematics professor at Haverford College, received a $5,900 wire transfer from Allerca, Inc after she posted a comment on our website that she had not received her money back, and urged others not to purchase an Allerca cat.

‘I forwarded our correspondence to Allerca; by 4 pm the $5900 deposit was refunded by wire transfer,’ Butler wrote in an email.

Similarly, Paul Williams, CEO of iKarma, received an email from Allerca that his $3,500 deposit was on its way.

Both Williams and Butler say they were rejected for owning the cats because allergy tests from Allerca came back unsatisfactory. Butler’s husband showed moderate to high allergy to cats, while Williams’ came back high. Both customers received explanations from Allerca that read:

The reason behind our decision is based on the allergy levels reported in your sample(s). Specifically:

[ X ] Results indicate a level that includes HIGH

Explanation: ALLERCA GD cats have proven successful with individuals who are generally regarded as allergic to cats; however, ALLERCA has not conducted trials with individuals who equal a level of HIGH and the company’s liability protocols preclude delivery of a kitten to any client where the results are equal to HIGH. Continued research and new trials are expected to positively shift the thresholds and new data is expected by 2008.

Curiously, Steven May, president of Allerca, told me in October that the best score on the test ‘is somewhere between 3 and 4.75, maybe a little above. You’re a perfect candidate for a hypoallergenic cat.’ Yet according to Lynne Butler’s documents her husband scored a 3 on the allergy test, but it was considered too high for an Allerca cat.

8 Responses to “Hypoallergenic Cats Denied To High Allergy Sufferers”

  1. Elaine Vigneault says:

    I don’t think we should be breeding cats at all. They are not our little toys to meddle with and genetically alter to fit our needs.

    Also, I am highly allergic to cats (been tested) and I still have four cats! I take allergy pills and we all go on with our lives.

  2. AM says:

    Well.. breeding cats is not the issue of this thread… a company making claims that it’s not exactly backing up is!

    If these cats were proven to be HYPOallergenic and “free” of whatever makes people allergic to cats.. Then why on earth would they be telling people that isn’t so by turning them down for… CAT ALLERGY?

    Sounds like they are making sure whoever gets these cats didn’t have much allergy to begin with so it APPEARS they are great and allergy free cats to others.

    Sounds dang fishy to me!

    What Say You?

  3. Faethe says:

    I just had a confusing conversation with my husband about this. He is a biologist specialized in Zoology. We are both also allergic to cats.

    He says that it is impossible to make a hypo allergenic cat, because it is impossible to exclude all the combinations of proteins from the cat. You may think you are allergic to just one part or aspect of the cat, such as dander, saliva, fur. In reality, your body is having an immune response to a protein present, or concentrated in that part of the cat.

    That’s all I got. He started talking about prions and I got lost. Anyway, it’s BS. A hypoallergenic cat cannot exist.

  4. Andrea says:

    I was highly suspicious of this claim when I first read about it. Now that we know that the entire company is a huge scam, maybe people will stop sending them their hard earned money.

  5. Sherri says:

    I have been working with a breed of cat from Russia here in the USA, the Donskoy cat, it is a very hypoallergenic cat. I have place many of my kittens from the past into home with allergies from dander and the owner never have a problem with the cat. They come in a hairy wool type coat or a bald hair type. They are very dog like to train too. I do find that some people with a allergie to saliva have a hard time with this breed weather it has hair or not. I do know that cats can be made hypo.
    This guy seems like a nut asking so much for a kitten just to make people happy to own a cat.. And a bussiness out of it is just weird, we are not making candy.. It’s a love/living/breathing being…

  6. straybaby says:

    another thing that people may be allergic to *on* cats is pollen. my indoor cats can cause a reaction (mostly eyes) with me in the spring and fall when they sit in the open windows. i’m only allergic to cats in pollen/mold seasons ;) and i make sure to keep non-sleeping pillows in front of my sleeping pillows on the bed, it’s a win-win!

  7. Linda says:

    I am considering buying a hypoallergenic cat, and I’m wondering how current owners are doing now that they’ve had their cats for a while. I’m looking for a chat room for owners of these cats. I would appreciate any information!


  8. hipeople says:

    would the kittens work if you didnt have high allergy symtoms?

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