Each feline is incredibly unique, as we all know. Almost every cell in your cat’s body contains your cat’s unique genetic code. This DNA is inherited from your cat’s parents, which they inherited from kitty grandparents, and so on.
Your cat’s health is shaped by 3 main factors: Nutrition, Environment and Genetics. By understanding all three, you can provide your cat with the ultimate cat care.
Basepaws is the first cat care company built around Genetics. The company developed the first consumer genetics test for cats which include detailed information about breed and ancestry, physical traits, health, and genetic markers for potential hereditary disease.
They study most common hereditary disease and report on traits which can affect the cat late in life, thus giving the owners and veterinarians a specific action plan. They can test hundreds of thousands of genetic markers and dozens of genetic disease.
Once the cat’s fur and cheek swab arrives Basepaws‘s Los Angeles facility, they take the DNA out of it with a chemical extraction process. One cat’s DNA contains more than 20,000 genes, which are spelled out in a unique genetic code that is around 2,700,000,000 letters (nucleotide bases) long. Basepaws takes this DNA and uses sequencing machines to read and record these letters.
They compare the tested cat’s DNA sequence to sequences from other Basepaws cats and the scientific community. More than 99% of one cat’s genetic sequence will be similar to every other cat. It’s the small differences that make every cat unique!
If you want order Basepaws CatKit and make a genetic test for your cat, please visit: basepaws.com.
Watch this video to see how to collect kitty DNA using Basepaws CatKit: