Updated on: October 16, 2020

DNA testing has become very popular in the last several years. People want to know more about their heritage and how their genetics could affect their health.

More recently, pet owners have begun DNA testing their pets. DNA tests like Wisdom Panel for cats and other tests let people learn more about their pet’s ancestry and health risks than ever before. Basepaws offers what it calls “the world’s first DNA test for cats” and many cat owners have decided to give it a try.

But are cat DNA tests accurate?

The Wisdom Panel for cats works in much the same way as DNA testing kits work for humans.

First, you’ll need to gather a DNA sample. This process is even easier with cats than it is with humans.

Kits include tools to help you with fur collection or a saliva sample. The latter makes for a more accurate testing sample and also makes it easier to process samples. Saliva samples also mean hairless breeds can now undergo genetic testing, too.

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Why Use DNA Testing for Your cat?

Cat owners can learn more about their beloved pets from DNA information. This includes specific information about their breed, as well as which of the big cats your cat is most closely linked to genetically.

It’s also possible to identify the health risks your pet faces. It’s expected that testing companies will eventually break down this information for you. In the meantime, you can share your cat’s results with your veterinarian and discuss whether or not any changes should be made to improve your cat’s overall health. Basepaws retains your cat’s DNA information once it’s submitted and it plans to grow its database and be able to offer additional information in time.

Nearly all of your cat’s genetic sequences match other cats. But there are small differences that make your cat uniquely who he or she is.

How Much Does a Cat DNA Test Cost?

Most test kits cost around $100. The Basepaws kit costs $95. Wisdom Panel for cats is about $80 to $100 depending on where you buy it. Coupons might be available. The Wisdom Panel is also available for dogs.

It takes anywhere from one to two and a half months to get the results from your cat’s DNA test once you submit the sample depending on which testing company you choose.

Cat DNA Testing: It's Not Just a Cat Breed Identifier

One of the most interesting aspects of DNA testing is learning about your cat’s breed makeup. But it’s not the only reason people choose to DNA test their cat.

The Wisdom Panel for cats and other DNA tests help you understand your pet’s health and dietary needs. The Basepaws test helps you discover your cat’s genetic background, origins, and health predispositions. Other tests provide the same information. For example, you can use DNA test results from your cat to:

Make Health Decisions for Your Pet

Your cat’s genetic profile can help you make the best choices possible for him or her. It can also help you determine if you want to breed your cat or if you should choose similar breeds in the future if you decide to adopt another cat.

DNA testing lets you identify which breeds are genetically most closely related to your pet and determine if there are certain disease or health concerns you need to deal with.

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Determine If Your Cat’s Personality is Linked to Its Breed

Does your cat have quirks? Have you ever wondered why he or she does things a certain way?

In some cases, your cat’s personality is attributable to your specific pet. But in other cases, it’s your cat’s breed makeup that affects how your cat behaves. Certain personality traits are genetic and your cat has these traits because of the cats from which he or she descended.

What do the results of your cat’s DNA test include?

Most DNA tests for cats provide information about:

  • Information for interpreting the results
  • Milestones in the evolution of cats
  • Summary of findings including information about the links between your cat and other domestic breeds and wild cats (breed and ancestry results)
  • Detailed information regarding your cat’s genetics
  • Health information that you can discuss with your cat’s vet and use to determine the best way to care for your cat to reduce his or her genetic risks

Keep in mind, the specific information you receive is based on the test you choose and what information that particular testing company has collected. 

Different testing companies have collected data on different breeds. There is a chance you’ll get different results if you take more than one test. This is even the case if you repeat a test with the same company several years after taking the first test because companies continue to build their databases so they can provide increasingly accurate results.

Wisdom Panel for Cats

Wisdom Panel for Cats provides information about 40+ genetic diseases and 20+ genetic traits. It takes about a month to get your results after submitting your cat’s DNA sample.

This particular test is for breeders and it helps them develop the best breeding programs. However, many individual cat owners choose this test because they know it provides solid and detailed results. Wisdom Panel uses a mouth swab sample and your results include information about:

  • Blood type
  • Coat color
  • Coat type
  • Coat pattern
  • Morphology
  • And more
Joel is a writer with a passion for the science of DNA and the power of its manipulation.
Resources

“Wisdom Panel | World’s Leading Dog DNA Test by Wisdom Health.” Wisdom Panel | World’s Leading Dog DNA Test by Wisdom Health, www.wisdompanel.com. Accessed 15 Oct. 2020.

“Basepaws Cat DNA Test | At-Home Cat Health Testing | Learn About Your Cat’s Health, Breed & Traits, Review Basepaws Products & Pricing.” Www.Basepaws.Com, www.basepaws.com/. Accessed 15 Oct. 2020.

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