Have you ever wondered what different breeds was in your cat? We have a beautiful white girl, and we are thinking she has a bit of Siamese in her, due to some flame point markings. I had the opportunity to try out Basepaws, and I jumped on it! That is, until I realized it involved a mouth swab..haha.
Seriously, though, this is a super easy, non invasive cat DNA testing kit. Now, you do have to do a swab of the inside of the cheek, but if you have a cat that won’t murder you in the process, you’re golden. If you have a cat like my Snowflake, it takes some planning.
The kit itself is super simple, and comes with everything you need. The box that it comes in, is used to mail the sample back, which I like because it allows it to serve a dual purpose and use less waste! The kit has your collection swab, and a bag to seal it in for mailing it back.
Now, like I said, if your kitty is cooperative, you can be done with the process in about a minute. Unless you are Snowflake. Then it requires being wrapped in a towel, held tightly by your human, while shooting daggers at said human. Then you wriggle out of the towel, and try to murder your human, while your human hurries and wraps you back up. At this point, you have managed to inflict several scratches on the human’s arms. This makes you very happy..bwahahaha. Eventually your human gets you wrapped tightly, and attempts to stick the swab in your cheek. They think they are sooo slick. Oh, let me chew on it for them..haha. Fine I will let them do it…geesh!
Yes, that is how it seemed when we got Snowflake’s swab..lol. Cats are generally not cooperative, but it’s definitely worth the end result! The Basepaws kit is $99, and it takes a few weeks to get results back. Once you order your kit, you simply activate it, get your sample and mail it in. It’s that easy! I love that it tells us about their DNA, and that it gives us insight on health! Once our results come in, I will update this post to reflect them 🙂
About The Kit
Basepaws DNA CatKit helps cat owners learn about their cat’s traits, breed characteristics and ultimately their health and habits – all with just a bit of DNA, collected at home.
Ships in 3-5 business days.
- Shipping costs: FREE U.S. shipping (return shipping included), $15 for International shipping (no return shipping included).
- Expect results in 8-10 weeks from the date your sample arrives at the laboratory.
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"Time spent with cats is never wasted." ~ Sigmund Freud