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Friday the 13th special: Are black cats really bad luck for allergy sufferers?


It’s Friday the 13th, and we’re taking a look at another popular superstition: Are black cats really bad luck?


Okay, we all know they’re not. But black cats can’t seem to catch a break: Back in 2000, a study found that people who lived with dark-furred cats were more likely to report having bad allergies than pet parents with lighter-furred cats. (Read an excerpt from the study here.)

But we’re happy to clear the air — and black cats’ reputations.

One of that study’s authors told the New York Times the color association was not conclusive, and a 2001 study in The Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology reported that the amount of allergen found in a cat parent’s home had no relationship to the color of the cat (in fact, the title of the study is “Fel d 1 levels in domestic living rooms are not related to cat color or hair length“).

Of course, if you are allergic to cats, there are ways to cope with your symptoms (after the jump). So if you’re thinking of adopting one of the thousands of adorable black cats posted on Petfinder, you can breathe easy. And isn’t Friday the 13th the perfect day to adopt a black cat? We suggest naming your new friend Lucky.

After the jump: Resources for allergy sufferers, plus: Some of our adoptable black cats

Resources for allergy sufferers:

More pet allergy tips from Discovery News:

Meet some of Petfinder’s adoptable black cats:

Tell us: Is your black cat a good luck charm?

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More on this subject:

Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology: Fel d 1 Levels In Domestic Living Rooms Are Not Related to Cat Color or Hair Length

The New York Times: The Claim: Dark Cats Cause More Allergies Than Light Ones

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