MadSci Network: Immunology

Subject: Why are people allergic to cats and not dogs?

Date: Tue May 9 14:34:26 2000
Posted by Andrew Barbour
Grade level: grad (non-science) School: None
City: Tucson State/Province: AZ Country: USA
Area of science: Immunology
ID: 957897266.Im

I know how and why people develop reactions to pet dander, but why is a 
cat allergy so much more common than dog allergies? My gut instinct tells 
me that is has something to do more with the animal's cleaning habits more 
than any inherent extra potency of cat dander. So what gives?

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