According to medical scientists from Copenhagen, the presence in the family of domestic cats by the time the child was born and in the first 7 years of his life contributes to a significant decrease in the risk of developing bronchial asthma, writes The Daily Mail.
The results of the study, which was headed by Professor Jacob Stockholm, were published in the journal Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology... Experts say that with constant contact with a domestic cat, children “deactivate” a special genotype that can affect the development of the disease. A total of 377 children were studied, each of whom was highly rated on the scale of risk of developing bronchial asthma. The doctors noted that the variation in genotype thought to be responsible for the disease changes in the presence of a cat. Experts cannot say anything similar about dogs.
The lead researcher believes that the phenomenon may be associated with specific bacteria, viruses and fungi, as well as allergens, which are present in micro doses on the skin and coat, as well as in the secretions of the pet. All this becomes a mini-"vaccination" for the child and helps his immune system to work better as the body develops, in contrast to adults in whom the immune system is already formed. Why cats? Perhaps because they are more likely to lie in cots than is allowed for domestic dogs.