Hi, I’m Christopher, a lifetime lover of cats. While I am not an allergy specialist or doctor, I am an information and electronics engineer. The goal of this website is to make information about cat allergies accessible to everyone.
What advice do I have to offer?
Personally speaking, I have been a cat owner for a long time. I also have cat allergies. I know how strong the bond between cat owner and cat can be, and I also know how allergies wreak havoc on your life. I would be devastated if I needed to give up my cats. I used my IT expertise to create this website, so other cat owners with allergies could find information on how to cope.
Since I am not an expert myself, I refer to the expertise of others. I do research and write articles referencing said research. In addition, I factor in my personal experience. An allergist reviews the articles periodically to ensure they are factually correct.
There are a number of different sources I use to compile my articles.
One common type of source is a published research study. The medical understanding of allergies and allergy treatment is constantly evolving. Hundreds of studies are being conducted at any one time. During these studies, professional researchers collect data through controlled experiments. They then publish the data and draw conclusions about it. These studies use a collection of data to support or disprove different hypotheses about allergies.
Another source type is the advice of medical professionals. A number of healthcare professionals are qualified to give advice about allergies. Allergists are specialists who have devoted their entire careers to understanding and treating allergies. They provide excellent information about how cat allergies work, how to prevent flareups, and how to treat the allergies. General practitioners also have basic advice about treating allergies thanks to their overall medical training. Other advice comes from professional medical researchers and scientists.
I also use proven, published medical information. This differs slightly from individual studies. Proven information is information that has been confirmed by multiple studies. It is now considered common knowledge in the cat allergy field. Experts take these facts into account when giving advice on allergy treatment.
For example, cat allergies are caused by the Fel d 1 protein in cats. This has been proven beyond a doubt. It has also been proven that this protein is the reason that cat allergies are more common than dog allergies. When allergists give recommendations on which cats to have, they base their information on the cats that release the least Fel d 1 protein into the environment. Immunotherapy for cat allergies is conducted by injecting increasing amounts of Fel d 1 protein into an allergy sufferer, until their immune system no longer reacts to it.
You’ll find a great deal of information here. I write articles about how allergies work, what medications can be used, immunotherapy, how to prevent flareups, how to cope if you have other respiratory conditions, which cats are best for you, and what research is currently being done in the field.