Genetic Testing for Your Cat
DNA Genetic testing has been all the rage lately. If you need something to tide you over while you wait for the results of your 23andme or Ancestry DNA tests to return in the mail, then you’re going to love this.
According to recent news, the Veterinary Genetics Laboratory at the University of California, Davis has just released the official Cat Ancestry DNA Test. Now, you can find out exactly where Fluffy really hails from, without having to guess which neighborhood cats may have been the responsible pair.
How Cat DNA Testing Works
You may not have known that cats are sorted into 8 major races and 38 different populations. During the testing process, your cat DNA is compared to each of these groups in order to get a solid understanding of their genetic paw print. Then, the data will be compared to the 29 well-defined cat breeds to see where your cat ends up.
The majority of cats come from randomly bred populations, so your feline pal may not end up exactly in the breed you might have guessed. But this can still be a fun and interesting way to learn where your cat is from, especially if you’ve got a couple of little ones involved in the guessing game.
What Info Can You Discover With the Feline DNA Test?
The Cat Ancestry report includes information about the genetics of the cat’s coat, fur, fur type, and fur length. The 29 well-defined cat breeds were developed from only 4 of the cat races. These include: the Arabian Sea (Sokoke), the Eastern Mediterranean (Turkish Angora and Turkish Van), South Asia (Ocicat, Birman, Burmese, Havana Brown, Korat, Russian Blue, Siamese, Singapura, and Australia Mist), and Western Europe (Abyssinian, American Shorthair, Bengal, British Shorthair, Chartreux, Cornish Rex, Egyptian Mau, Exotic Shorthair, Japanese Bobtail, Maine Coon, Manx, Norwegian Forest Cat, Persian, Ragdoll, Scottish Fold, Siberian, Sphynx).
The Cat Ancestry test can also be used on a pedigreed cat. Like other cats, it will first be matched to the race origin and then matched with the specific breeds.
Cat DNA Testing Is Easy!
Here’s what to expect when administering the test. Cat Ancestry will provide you with 3 small brushes, and all you have to do is to swab the inside of your cat’s cheek with the brushes for about 15 seconds. Allow the brushes to air-dry for 30 seconds, and reseal them into the packaging that comes included in the testing kit. Then, just ship the package off to the Cat Ancestry Labs and wait 6-8 weeks for the results, which will be emailed to you.
Why Do You Need a Cat Ancestry Test?
If you think your cat is part of a very mixed breed that might be undetectable by the test, it will still be fun to know which part of the world their lineage traces back to. Finding out about your genetics is a fascinating experience, and what could be more fun than sharing the activity with your feline pal?
If you are thinking about taking advantage of this fun cat activity, you can learn more about it or order your very own home testing kit atÂ UC Davis’s website here.