Monday, Nov. 13, 2006

Meow, no achoo

Love cats but your nose doesn't? A San Diego company is breeding felines that are naturally hypoallergenic. Most cats produce a protein in their saliva that can trigger an allergic reaction in humans; some breeds, like the Siamese, produce less of it than others. But in Allerca's mixed-breed (not genetically engineered) cats, the protein is virtually undetectable. Allerca tests each cat and offers a one-year money-back guarantee. Demand is high: there's already a 15-month wait for the sniffle-proof kitties.

Inventor: Allerca
Availability: 2007; $3,950
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