I'm afraid of reincarnation

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brewnog said:
Trib, you could come back as a hypoallergenic cat instead.

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/health/5375900.stm
Aww, they're cute! Better than my next suggestion, which is that if he came back as a cat, we could shave him to avoid the fur irritating his eyes. :biggrin:
 
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brewnog said:
Trib, you could come back as a hypoallergenic cat instead.

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/health/5375900.stm
There is something fishy going on with those cats and that company. They are a biotech company, but swear they haven't done anything to these cats other than selective breeding. And that 1 out of 50,000 cats is a hypoallergenic cat naturally.
They now have enough of these cats that not only can they breed them and not have to worry about any inbreeding issues, but they can sell them as pets around the world. Either they tested at least 2 or 3 million cats to find a small pool of hypoallergenic cats to use as their first generation, and that just seems like a lot of cats for a small company to sift through. I know there are lots of cats in the world, but it's not like there are herds of cats numbering in the thousands out wandering the plains.
If this new breed of cat started with a first generation of just a couple animals then this company is amazing and we should put them in charge of white rhinos and mountain gorillas and california condors.
My guess is 1 in 50,000 is a made up number and it's closer to about 1 in 5,000 or there has been some secret genetic manipulation going on.
 
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tribdog said:
If this new breed of cat started with a first generation of just a couple animals then this company is amazing and we should put them in charge of white rhinos and mountain gorillas and california condors.
My guess is 1 in 50,000 is a made up number and it's closer to about 1 in 5,000 or there has been some secret genetic manipulation going on.
Cats have been domesticated since before the Pharaohs, they can reproduce quickly and in some places you can find hundreds of them out in the street or in animal care societies. Nothing fishy there.
 
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tribdog said:
or there has been some secret genetic manipulation going on.
I was gonna use this opportunity to flag up bonsai kitten again but the site seems to have gone :cry:
 
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For tribdog: cats numbering in the thousands out wandering the plains.

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Yonoz said:
hundreds of them out in the street or in animal care societies. Nothing fishy there.
so you only need to go to a hundred thousand or so of those places and test all the cats, hope they haven't been spayed or neutered by then, negotiate the cat's purchase and then do the whole thing again to find another one to breed it with.
 
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tribdog said:
so you only need to go to a hundred thousand or so of those places and test all the cats, hope they haven't been spayed or neutered by then, negotiate the cat's purchase and then do the whole thing again to find another one to breed it with.
:uhh: Or you are a breeder of cats, and whenever you come across one with the mutation, you hang onto it and keep breeding it rather than sell it. You'd have to do some inbreeding first, then backcross with wild type, and then breed those offspring. Yeah, it would still be a lot of cats, but the same thing is done to breed all the mice used to select for specific mutations. People haven't always gone deliberatly looking for those mutations, but if they stumble across one with an interesting trait, they hang onto it and keep breeding it. It could have been dumb luck they wound up with a breeding pair that both shared the trait, so decided to run with it.
 
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What is the gestation period of a cat vs mouse, and it's okay to breed 1000s of mice, but do they have places to breed cats like that? I knew of a lady who had 17 cats and she got arrested.
 
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The gestation period for cats is approximately 63-65 days. The size of a litter averages three to five kittens, with the first litter usually smaller than subsequent litters. Kittens are weaned at between six and seven weeks, and cats normally reach sexual maturity at 4-10 months (females) and to 5-7 months (males).
You wouldn't need to go to hundreds of thousands of animal care societies - I suppose a few major cities would suffice. They don't have to find cats that are already "hypoallergenic", they can breed cats that only have the recessive genes, knowing a certain percentage of the offspring will be "hypoallergenic".
 
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tribdog said:
What is the gestation period of a cat vs mouse, and it's okay to breed 1000s of mice, but do they have places to breed cats like that?
Yes, the same places that breed mice also breed cats...not in the same room of course. :wink: They don't breed as many, but if you have them and the ability to do the genetic screening, why not...especially if a bunch of the staff working with them have cat allergies and are motivated to have an allergen-free breed! It'd be even better if they had an allergen-free mouse line...almost everyone who works with mice eventually develops an allergy to them.
 
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It'd be even better if they had an allergen-free mouse line...almost everyone who works with mice eventually develops an allergy to them.
I didn't know that, though we have the world's premiere mouse-breeding facility here in the state. That would be tough, to go to work every day with over a thousand sniffly, runny-eyed co-workers!

http://www.jax.org/about/jax_facts.html [Broken]
 
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I didn't know that, though we have the world's premiere mouse-breeding facility here in the state. That would be tough, to go to work every day with over a thousand sniffly, runny-eyed co-workers!
Yep, it's really quite common. I try to avoid it by wearing surgical masks and gloves any time I'm in a room with mice so I don't get as much exposure to the allergens. That's part of why the air handling systems in lab animal facilities have the requirements they do...they have a fairly rapid exchange rate and all the animal rooms have to be maintained at a negative pressure relative to corridors so the air flow is from the corridor to the animal room rather than from the animal room out to the corridor. It keeps all the allergens contained. If you take mice (or any other animals) out of the animal quarters, you have to keep HEPA filter covers on their cages. That works both ways...to keep them from getting exposed to any pathogens in the environment outside the animal quarters, and to protect the people from the allergens.
 
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That's fascinating about developing allergies from working with mice.

Edited to add: that still doesn't help tribdog not become a seaturtle, though.
 
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GeorginaS said:
That's fascinating about developing allergies from working with mice.

Edited to add: that still doesn't help tribdog not become a seaturtle, though.
It does help him not become an allergenic sea-turtle.
 
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Yonoz said:
It does help him not become an allergenic sea-turtle.
Better than being a dung beetle or a candiru...
 

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