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Please be aware that the following text is about the cat itself and not about the milk:
- Early American colonists believed that a broth made from boiling a black cat would cure tuberculosis, but no one wanted to risk the bad luck that would befall them if they killed the cat.
- A common folk cure for a stye on the eyelid was to rub it with the tail of a black cat.
- Contrary to popular belief, people are not allergic to cat fur, dander, saliva, or urine - they are allergic to "sebum," a fatty substance secreted by the cat's sebaceous glands. More interesting, someone who is allergic to one cat may not be allergic to another cat. Though there isn't (yet) a way of predicting which cat is more likely to cause allergic reactions, it has been proven that male cats shed much greater amounts of allergen than females. A neutered male, however, sheds much less than a non-neutered male.
- Cat bites are more likely to become infected than dog bites - but human bites are the most dangerous of all, because people have more bacteria in their mouths.