LIFESTYLE PETS provides the world's first scientifically-proven
hypoallergenic cats. These pets allow some of the millions of people
with feline allergies to finally enjoy the love and companionship of
a household pet without suffering from allergic symptoms.
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FACTS, FIGURES AND FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
This page contains important information followed by
a list of Frequently Asked Questions. If you have any additional
questions, please call or email us and we will gladly respond.
Our company is now in its 11th year of operations,
which began in 2004.
ALLERCA Lifestyle Pets delivered its first
hypoallergenic kitten in October 2006.
In 2006, the ALLERCA GD cat was honored as one of
TIME magazine's Best Inventions.
We have delivered
kittens to numerous international locations including
Japan, Russia, United Kingdom, Spain, United Arab Emirates, Germany,
Finland and many others.
ABOUT OUR HYPOALLERGENIC PETS
Sometimes people ask us if our hypoallergenic
pets are genuine. ALLERCA GD cats have been featured on a number of
national and international televisions shows, including The Today
Show, The Rachael Ray Show (also featuring a client), NBC, CNN, etc.
Of note is that The Today Show and CBS Early Show broadcasts were
live on-camera trials with allergic individuals
(including well known TV presenters) successfully exposed to the
ALLERCA GD cats - the ultimate live test! Below you can watch
some selected clips:
CLIPS INFO (clockwise from top left): TODAY SHOW
(LIVE), ABC 7 (TAPED), CBS EARLY SHOW (LIVE), NIGHTLINE (TAPED)
There are NO other types of scientifically proven
hypoallergenic cats, regardless of claims made by certain
breeders (not even the hairless breeds - see section below "BEWARE:
THE TRUTH ABOUT HYPOALLERGENIC BREEDS"). Many of our clients have
tried these other "so-called" hypoallergenic cat breeds and
have seriously reacted, sometimes resulting in hospital
treatment. These same people had no reaction to our
cats and 5% come back to purchase a second
For an independent report (PDF) on
the tested differences between the ALLERCA kittens and standard
here (will open
in a new window)
ALLERCA Lifestyle Pets does not claim 100%
success for the hypoallergenic cats, as there are still a number of
minor variables and each individual is different; however, we have a
96% success rate amongst our clients who are
extremely allergic to cats. All of our cats are provided
with a 30 day return policy allowing you to live with one of our
pets and ensure your are compatible with each other (in addition to
our 12 month guarantee).
LIFESTYLE PETS GD Kitten with Client - Rachael Ray Show
BEWARE: THE TRUTH ABOUT "HYPOALLERGENIC
Unlike cat breeders who will try to sell
you a "so-called" hypoallergenic cat breed with no scientific
backing, ALLERCA conducted an independent study under the
supervision of world renowned UCLA allergist, Dr. Sheldon Spector.
This study confirmed that none of the human subjects exposed to the
ALLERCA GD cats reacted while those same subjects exposed to
non-ALLERCA GD cats demonstrated classic symptoms of a feline
allergic reaction, including watery eyes, runny noses, hives and
In addition to human exposure trials we
commissioned and independent genetic tests to demonstrate the
difference between our cats and others. For a report
(PDF) on the tested differences between the ALLERCA kittens and
standard kittens, click
here (will open
in a new window)
Beware of "so-called" hypoallergenic cat breeds,
such as Siberians, Russian Blues or hairless cats (we love these
hairless cats but they are probably the worst cat for people with
allergies because you come into direct contact with the
cat's skin and the allergens). We have seen all sorts of claims
made, and plenty of these breeders continue to claim that their pets
have "hypoallergenic fur" (if you have read through our website you
will understand how absurd such claims are). NONE of these cat breeds are
truly hypoallergenic and you are very liable to react to these
animals with serious consequences. Even if you do not react
immediately, a reaction WILL occur as allergen from these cats builds up in your home environment over time. In our years
providing hypoallergenic cats we have spoken to many people
who have unsuccessfully tried these "so-called" hypoallergenic
breeds, people who have then become clients and owners of our own
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Is there information regarding the independent
verification of your claims?
LIFESTYLE PETS has spent much time and energy in
achieving its final goal of delivering consistently
hypoallergenic cats to our customers, and therefore our
protocols and procedures remain proprietary and
However, in 2006 we conducted a highly successful trial
supervised by Dr. Sheldon Spector, a renowned allergist
at UCLA. Since then we have conducted our own trials,
and of course, having begun deliveries of kittens to
customers in 2006, we have had a great positive response
from our clients, who are now living for the first time
with a kitten (also see the
page on our website).
For an independent report on the tested
differences between the ALLERCA kittens and standard
(will open in a new window)
Can other factors still make you
allergic to the LIFESTYLE PETS kittens
besides Fel D1?
LIFESTYLE PETS has only completed
research specific to Fel D1, the major
cat allergen. To date we have not seen
any confirmed reactions to Fel D1 in
known cat allergic individuals who have
been exposed to the LIFESTYLE PETS cats.
Cats produce three other allergens
(termed the minor allergens) named Fel
D2, 3 and 4 and occasionally clients may
react to one of these allergens. When a
reaction happens it is usually much less
than a standard cat allergic reaction
and in most cases our allergic client
will desensitize after a few days. In
rare cases a reaction continues and in
this scenario a client can choose to
return the pet within the 30 day trial
ill my kitten be declawed or can I declaw my kitten?
At LIFESTYLE PETS we are strongly against declawing and do not
recommend the procedure. If you decide to declaw your kitten,
all warranties, guarantees will become null and void.
One option are vinyl nail caps applied to your kitten's claws
that effectively cover the claws so no damage occurs when your
kitten scratches. For additional information on Soft Paws please
visit the manufacturer’s website at
If I am allergic to the LIFESTYLE PETS kitten can it be returned for a refund?
We allow you to keep your hypoallergenic kitten for up to 30 days to ensure compatibility and you
can return your pet within this timeframe for a full
We have yet to see any proven allergic reaction to the
main Fel D1 cat allergen in known cat allergic
individuals who have been exposed to, or who own our
cats; however, occasionally we see a reaction that we
believe is associated with other
minor allergens in cats, and so in the rare event that
someone should react we will help you to return the
kitten (within 30 days or receipt) and you can then
request a refund.
Can we order two kittens of the same gender?
If you purchase two kittens in the same order, we would
do our utmost to provide you with two of the same
gender. Please note that you may have to wait a few
weeks longer than if you allow our automated system to
allocate your kittens.
Is there any way to visit an ALLERCA pet or the
breeding facility prior to purchase?
For reasons of security and hygiene control we
do not provide public access to our breeding
As for visiting with a kitten, a couple of
hours exposure does not provide any real
indication of long term exposure, which is why
we allow you to keep your ALLERCA pet in your
home environment for up to 30 days to ensure
compatibility or return to us for a full refund.
How do I purchase a LIFESTYLE PETS GD kitten?
To proceed, please click on the" How To
Purchase" tab at the top of this page and follow
the instructions. If you have any specific
questions that cannot be answered in this FAQ,
please call us by phone or contact us via email.
Can I choose a kitten's gender and color?
Yes, you are given choices at the time that you
place an order, and we will do our best to
accommodate your choices of color and gender.
If we want more than one LIFESTYLE PETS kitten,
will we receive them at the same time?
If you purchase your kittens under the same
order and they are the same type of LIFESTYLE
PETS, they will be delivered together.
Do your cats have any recurring health problems?
Our cats are extremely healthy and originate
from strong breeding lines.
are living creatures and sometimes an issue
might arise - this is why our animals are
covered by a one year guarantee.
Do you have a catalog or other printed
information on the LIFESTYLE PETS kittens?
We do not have any printed material (catalogs,
brochures etc). We aim to provide the most
updated information on our web site.
Are there color variations in the current
LIFESTYLE PETS animals? If so, what are they?
The ALLERCA GD kittens come in one general color
pattern. The ASHERA GD come in one variation.
Please view the HYPOALLERGENIC PETS page for
more information and photos.
Do the LIFESTYLE PETS kittens still produce the
Fel d1 allergen?
The LIFESTYLE PETS GD kittens do continue to
express Fel d1, (the known allergen that is
present in saliva, fur, dander etc.) but at a
different molecular weight. In human exposure
tests, and with further feedback from our
clients that own LIFESTYLE PETS GD cats, this
molecular weight does not trigger allergies in
the same way that "normal" Fel d1 does.
How do you make your pets
The LIFESTYLE PETS GD pets have a
naturally occurring gene mutation that
produces a different "flavor" of the
common cat allergen which in turn does
not appear to cause allergic reactions
in allergic individuals. The technology
behind the discovery and detection of
this mutation is proprietary but please
refer to our website for an overview.
How long do the kittens remain with their
mother? And are they socialized?
The LIFESTYLE PETS kittens remain with their
mother until at least 12 weeks of age, at which
time they are dispatched to their new owner. The
LIFESTYLE PETS kittens receive many hours of
human socialization every day from numerous
trained personnel in addition to constant
on-site veterinary monitoring.
At LIFESTYLE PETS, we want to ensure that your
new kitten is healthy and fully socialized when
he or she arrives at their new home. Clients
have marveled at how friendly the kittens are on
arrival and how quickly they adapt to their new
How will my LIFESTYLE PETS kitten be
Your kittenwill be delivered to the
nearest major airport ready for
collection by you or someone you
nominate. We will contact you nearer the
delivery date and will discuss the most
Do the LIFESTYLE PETS GD pets have
effect on asthma suffers?
Although we have not run any asthma
specific trials, feedback from customers
have indicated that asthma sufferers do
not react to the LIFESTYLE PETS GD pets.