Your first question might be, “This is a cat blog, why are you writing an article about the Consumer Electronics Show”? The Consumer Electronics Show is happening right now in Las Vegas. It’s on my bucket list to attend because I’m a self-admitted “techie”. But that’s not the reason for the post. I received alerts about a new product release and couldn’t wait to share it with you.
Basepaws – Genetic Testing For Your Cat
I’m sure you’ve heard of 23andMe where you can send in a saliva sample and learn more about your genetic history.
This is also on my to do list, someday. But before I do that, I might have it done for some of my kitties. Basepaws unveiled their Cat DNA Kit at CES 2019.
The goal of Basepaws is to build a database of cat DNA to help identify genetic markers to assist in the care and well-being of your cat.
How It Works
Once you order and receive your kit, you collect the sample. The sample is collected by sending in some of your cat’s hair by using the supplied adhesives. You can also send in a swab of their cheek (if they are hairless). It is sent back to the company in a prepaid envelope for analysis.
Once your sample is received it will be tested and a detailed report will be written about your cat. As the database grows, more information will be included in this report. Some items included in the report (as of this post) are:
- Your Cats Breed Index -Is it related to any breeds already in the database or is it Domestic (untested breed).
- Your Cats Wild Cat Index – Explains which wild cat your cat is related to.
- Identification of any abnormality in a few of your cat’s genes. (Mentioned on their website but not on the report example page).