http://www.cnn.com/2004/TECH/10/27/biotechnology.cats/index.html A link to an article about genetically engeneering hypoallergenic cats. They will be selling them in 2007. I like the idea. I like cats but they cause me tons of problems. Comments?
But why does everyone have to have the "perfect" pet? That really frustrates me. If you want the pet, deal with the problems. If you're allergic to cats, either get allergy shots or don't get a cat. And "perfect dogs"....I don't even want to get into that! Well, I like this dog because it doesn't shed much, and I like this one because of it's temperment, and I like the ears on this one and the size of that one....Just get a d@#& dog already and quit trying to find (or make) the perfect one! There is no such thing as "perfect"!!!!! Sorry-just had to get that off my chest!
I think that there's just one hairless cat, as far as I know. And a lot of people are weirded out by the lack of real hair on those. I think it'd be awesome for there to be 'furry' hypoallergenic cats too. Catlover, I'm sorry I disagree with you on the allergy thing. Having to choose having shots for the rest of your life, or even worse, your childs life, vs not having the joys of having a furry pet is a poor selection of choices IMHO.
catlover, I take medication so I can be around catsa already. It isn't 100 percent. Plus the one time cost of such a cat would be cheaper than the ongoing fees I pay for medication. There is also the issue of kids. It you read the article you see that. Cats can cause lots of problems with children. This "new" cat could help. Min, I don't kow if 50k is good for cloning or not. When I read that, I just thought that some people have too much money for their own good. : )
Katz, Aren't those pretty expensive themselves? I don't know anything about them, but I don't think they would like to go outside as much as my cat. He likes to spend time outside when we are out there. A hairless cat might not like the weather. Just a consideration.
I'm just not sure I like all this messing around with genetics. Myself, I have no allergies, and I can't imagine living without pets. But if you're allergic to cats, for example, and you don't want to deal with shots....instead of messing around and trying to "make" a cat you can live with, why not get a dog, or a rabbit, or a guinea pig or a ferret? Why not find a pet that fits your life, instead of "inventing" a pet that fits your life?
Nothing IMHO can take the place of a dog in my life. I have yet to meet a pet that has the same trainiability, adaptability, etc. What's fun about a pet that you have to keep caged up 90% of the time like a guinea pig or a hamster?
I don't know-ask Scout about her guinea pig!!!! But I have to agree-I was never really into rabbits and little, rodent-type animals. Although, believe it or not, we had pet squirrel at one time! He used to climb into the pocket of my husband's flannel shirt and go to sleep!
I, for one, would LOVE a hypoallergenic cat. I am allergic, sniffles, eyes swell. My brother gets a full blown asthma attack and has to be hospitalized. So, needless to say, I don't have a cat, but I love them and wish I could.
Minniyar, I have a hamster named Dudley and he is great. He loves to be out and running around. My cats ignore him. He actually likes to crawl around on them. I have pictures! Let me put them on Catster and I will show you.
Peronsally with myself, my daughter and my hubby all having asthma and hubby being severly allergic to a lot of animals, birds, dogs, cats..basically anything with dander having a hypoallegenic animal would be awesome! Hubby has to get shots all the time just to have our 2 dogs, not to mention daily medication. He's in the Navy and leaves all the time, but it gets terrible when he first comes home..eventually he gets used to it again, but for those people who have allergies and are huge animal lovers, it's like we get to have our cake and eat it too!
guinea pigs are great little animals. they are cuddlers, they will talk to you. mine loves to crawl up on my neck/shoulder and just hang out. and you can take him for a walk. i have a bag that is specially made for small rodent animals that allows for you to take them out. even has mesh on one side so they can see out. granted you can't toss a ball to them or play frisbee but i am not interested in any of that any way so he is perfect for me. catlover i understand your views.but i am also not allergic to animals so i cannot understand that side of it.