Expert advice from an exclusive cat DNA test can reveal exciting secrets

If you have ever questioned what type of breeds your mixed breed cat has in his heritage, you are not alone. Nearly all cat owners would like to know this information about their feline pals. Although it wasn’t possible to get this information before, now you can find out your cat’s genetic make-up with the help of a cat DNA test. Knowing your cat genetic make-up can help dictate everything about your cat, from coat color to its personality.

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Many owners wondered where their cat came from, why they display certain personality, how they got the unique color pattern and marking, and if their cat was really supposed to weigh that much. A cat DNA test is the answer to all these, it can help you discover a lot about your cat’s lineage. It can also help you take proper care of your pet’s health by looking out for conditions that certain cat breeds are known to be susceptible to. The good news is that present technology has given us a new option if we want to know more about our feline pals. When it comes to cat genetic make-up, there is absolutely a lot to learn.

A cat DNA test may look like a step too far for some people. It is not just for fun or curiosity, although it might be fun and interesting to find out about your cat genetic make-up. But it turns out there may be some fascinating health benefits when it comes to knowing your cat’s genetic makeup. You may finally get clarification for that annoying behavior, which you always thought was completely illogical. So, let’s take a look at some of the exciting secrets that a cat DNA test can reveal.

The similarity between domestic Cats and wild Cats

Scientists have discovered that the DNA of domestic cats is 95 percent identical to that of tigers. The Cat DNA test also identifies your feline pal’s similarity to different wild cats like the leopard, cheetah, and cougar. So, when next you see your kitty stalk its favorite toy and pounce for the kill, consider the fact that you have a small tiger at home, with a few minor genetic differences. A lot of these Cat’s DNA test kits give you details on the percentage of wild cat DNA that your domestic cat has. This is not your cat’s ancestry history or its origin. It assesses more recent incursions from the wild. This type of test is more applicable to a larger, spotted or ambiguous cats than your common tabby.

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It helps you predict your future kitten coat color

Cats around the world display a wide variety of coat colors, which is why they have always been the subject of research in the fields of genetics and heredity. The effect of some genes on a cat’s coat color can be quite easy to explain, while some may be more complex than expected. Therefore, knowing your feline pals family tree can help you predict its future coat color, but because some recessive traits may be hidden by colors that are dominant throughout generations, it is not possible to know with 100 percent accuracy. It is only a DNA test that can give a comprehensive view of your cat’s genetic make-up and reveals the potential of your future kitten’s fur color, depending on the parents.

It helps prevent passing on of genetic mutations to offspring during breeding

Knowing the genetic makeup of your cat breed and testing your breeding cat for genetic diseases can ensure that you do not force cats to pass on any genetic mutations to their offspring when breeding your cats. This is very helpful in the case of conditions like polycystic kidney disease (PKD) in Persians cat. This disease causes cysts to form in the kidneys of affected cats, leading to early kidney failure. As a simple autosomal dominant genetic disease, PKD is passed on to the offspring even if only one parent has the mutation. The test can help spot this genetic mutation, and helps reduces the prevalence of PKD when cats are tested before breeding.

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It helps prevent purebred cats from developing genetic diseases

Like humans, cats can have mutations in their genomes that code sequenced wrongly and make them vulnerable to develop certain diseases. Though any cat can develop a genetic mutation that causes disease, feline genetic disorders tend to be more frequent in purebred cats. The reason is that breeders choose cats to breed for certain characteristics that can increase the possibility of hereditary problems. To date, around 250 cats’ genetic diseases have been identified, and since purebred cats are from a smaller gene pool, they are more likely to develop these diseases. Although a DNA test cannot replace a diagnosis made by a veterinarian, knowing what is in your cat’s genes can effectively help you look for the symptoms. For example, polycystic kidney disease in cats is most commonly diagnosed in Himalayans and Persians cats due to a genetic defect.

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Persian cat

There are several reasons to DNA test your cats. It enables you to discover the genetic influences your furry companion carries before they ever manifest and help you to be more proactive about your cat’s health. You can avoid surprises when it comes to diseases that may manifest, and as well get a confirmation on the components for your cat’s mix. Tests like this can give you a new appreciation of your furry pal’s heritage. Knowing the genetic make-up of every hair on your cat’s head is interesting, but it’s also important to treat your cats as an individual, with needs and personality traits that only you and your vet know best. By providing a healthy environment, good nutrition, and taking genetic factors into consideration, you can certainly shape your pet’s health and well-being.

Basepaws, located in Los Angeles USA, is a leading pet genetics company that has developed a cat DNA test that assists cat owners to learn about their domestic cat’s health, breed traits, and habits – all obtained with just a minute piece of DNA, collected from their cat at home. Check out this video which explains how this is done.


In conclusion, we hope this information helps you to personalize your kitty’s healthcare in a manner that was not possible before. And if you discover that your cat is at risk of developing a genetic disease, you will know the signs to watch for and be able to consult a veterinarian, to design suitable preventative measures.


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Author: James Kelly

James Kelly is a network marketer and blogger who earns a living from affiliate programs and blogs


49 thoughts on “Expert advice from an exclusive cat DNA test can reveal exciting secrets”

  1. Wow thank you for this article! Haha honestly, I never knew this was a thing. But, I’m glad it is! I used to have a cat, and when I did, I was really curious on what breed she was. She looked like a tuxedo cat, but I have no idea if she was mixed or not. Thanks again! 

  2. I’ve been searching for the perfect gift for my mother in law, and I think you just convinced me! She has half a dozen cats, and is your typical “cat lady”. With an affinity for and loving care of both her own cats, as well as any neighborhood strays. She even takes the strays to get fixed, so she’s a responsible cat lady too! I think she will absolutely love this! Thank you!

    1. Nice to hear from you Randi and pleased that you have discovered the ideal gift for your mother in law. Wow she is certainly a cat lover! I don’t think that I would personally go that far by feeling responsible for neighborhood strays in the way she does! Best regards. Jim

  3. It’s good to know your cats in and out, it makes it easier for you as a pet owner to be able to understand why your pet behave in the way it does, how you can help it grow healthily and also to be able to ensure a good life for it. This expert advice is a good one to have and it is very reasonable and resourceful to have, thanks a lot.

  4. Wow DNA for cats! I wonder how much this costs? It’s amazing what science can do these days. I have two cats myself. One looks like the black panther and the other is a tortoise shell puddy cat.

    I would love to know more about the DNA results and what they find.

  5. Thank you Jim, for such an informative article. We adopted a cat a few months back and have always wondered why it was shedding off its hair. The vet couldn’t find any aliments causing our feline to lose its fur. Now from your explanation, it could be because it has some Sphynx cat genes. What a useful discovery! Would you know if there is any Cat DNA testing center here in South Africa? My search hasn’t yielded any tangible results.

    1. Good to hear from you Amos and many thanks for those comments. There is a cat DNA testing center in South Africa called homeDNAdirect land it is located in Cape Town. Hope this helps you. JIm

  6. It might be worth trying out. And I honestly think it would be better to just know the kind of pets you have and how they evolved. I agree that it might be extreme but for people like us who value our relationship with them, it would just be another thing that we are willing to do to get to know them more closely

  7. Oh, this is some good advice in my opinion and I think it would be very exciting to know all the secrets about our pets that we didn’t know about in the past. The advice from the experts would really be useful for us cat owners. This is so good. Thanks for the info.

  8. Hi James, and thanks for such an informative post. I would have never thought of doing a DNA test on a cat, before. I have had several cats through the years. They did have different habits and characteristics. If I had known that earlier, it would be interesting to have discovered the differences between them all. The cat we presently have is much more laid-back. The first cat we had was the total opposite. Another cat we had came down with kidney disease. I never before really wondered why. Now I have learned there is so much more to know about my furry friends. Thanks!

  9. That’s amazing! Knowing all the details about your cat with just a test and nothing to do other than going through a series of steps is truly amazing. Definitely this will help in knowing how to better care for the cat. Also you could say we’ve got small tigers at home. Just a little difference then wild and domestic cats might have been the same

    1. Thank you for your interest in this article and for your comments. Yes some of us cat owners definitely do have little tigers in our household! Jim

  10. Nice to hear from you Yvonne and thank you for your comments. In answer to your question the Breed and Health DNA test from Basepaws costs USD $99.00 and you also receive a free cat toy. The Breeds group only DNA test costs USD$89.00. If you are interested you can order from the link on the blog article above. Best regards. Jim

  11. Ever since I was a kid. I always loved cats and that is what made this article hit me differently because it shared amazing facts about the animal I love so much and it is from an expert which made me like it more, I shared this with my friends who love cats as well and they enjoyed it as well

  12. WOW! This has officially been the 1 number one read on my list for articles on interesting facts! I love doing research on random things and running into websites like these. They really teach you a lot. I had no idea about all this and I didn’t know that cat DNA had secrets like these. This is definitely a good read, I will be sharing this article with my amigos

    1. Thank you Misael, I really appreciate those comments. Thank you also for sharing the article with your friends. Jim

  13. That’s amazing, we have had many cats, most of them were stray cats and it would be interesting to know their origin. I wonder whether it’s possible to have the test done on other domestic animals, e.g. dogs.
    I also find the fact that the DNA of domestic cats is almost identical to the one of tigers very interesting, I would never have thought that! 
    Thank you for all the valuable information!

    1. Many thanks Lenka for those comments and very pleased that you found the article interesting. In answer to your question Embark carries out accurate DNA tests on dogs. Jim

  14. We all strive to give our pets the best health care and I have seem so many people who are so into making sure their pets are in the best conditions. However, it’s very amazing to see that the DNA of a cat can play a very vital time in determining if they can pose a chance to having some diseases and that’s very important to know. Great information. 

  15. Wow…such a very interesting article. It’s a pleasure to read through this article. I didn’t know cats have such amazing features. The kitty’s healthcare is very important. One have to be conscious of any genetic disease and visit the veterinary doctor regularly for proper check ups and in the end you will have a great time with your cats. Thanks so much for sharing these articles.

  16. Hey there!

    It is really amazing reading through the story you shared. I am not really a fan of cats but I must confess that every cat owners needs to see this article. That expert advice from the exclusive cat DNA test has really revealed exciting secrets and I’m sure people who have cats as pets will be glad they saw this piece.


  17. Hello James! A big thank you for sharing this informative piece with us. DNA for cats! Wow! Who would have thought? I am glad  I came across this though, knowing the DNA could really serve as an eye opener on steps  to preventing all sort of  possible sickness for our cats in the future.  I am definitely sharing this! 

    1. Glad you found the article interesting Josh and many thanks for those comments. Thanks also for sharing the article. Jim

  18. Honestly, when I saw your article on cat DNA tests, it made me think a lot. What will this reveal and what is it good for? But you explained this all in the simplest way possible and also the best way possible for me to understand. Knowing that the DNA will help me know why cats display certain traits and the expected traits of the next offspring is a good one. Advances in technology is always of benefit when we know how to use it rightly 

  19. Cats were my favorite animals when I was I child, and I found this post very interesting. The similarity between wild and domestic cats in DNA 95 percent is amazing information! It is also great that we could predict the coat color of our future kitten with a DNA test. Everyone should hear about that!

  20. wow! getting to know and prevent genetic mutation diseases in offsprings is really a lifesaver of the cats. My previous cat died and we couldn’t save her because after a year, she developed a disease that the vet could not cure even after isolation and it was a very sad moment for us all. A lot of cat lovers would be delighted to hear this 😀

  21. Great information on the basepaws cat DNA kit. I have been thinking about purchasing DNA kits for both of my cats simply because I am curious as to what breeds they are, they’re just mixed breed cats, but also for some of the same reasons you mentioned in the article like potential illnesses and things of that nature. 

    1. Thank you Rachel for those comments and pleased you found the information interesting. If you do purchase any DNA kits let me know what the results were for your cats. Jim

  22. Now I found this article very interesting. We have a Tabby Kitten, and previously we had a Tabby Wilcat, till it got sadly run over by a drunk driver outside our this post you have written is very interesting, as it gives answers to questions I have had about our new cat. I had certainly never thought about a DNA test before, but having read this and shared the post with my wife by email, as she is more into that side of things with our Kitten, its might be interesting to find out more.

    its certainly an emotive subject, which is covered well in this well written and informative post

  23. I did not know that it was possible to explore the DNA of a cat on a level accessible for the general public.  We love animals, but somehow cats seem to win most of our attention.  We have had cats that live very long lives and others who have health problems resulting in a much shorter life.  I have wondered why and regretted not really being able to help.  this seems like a great opportunity.  Of course, some things just can’t be changed but awareness is good.  I have sending your article to my daughter.  She has 3 cats.  One of them just showed up at her door so she is curious about that one.  Thanks for the information.

    1. Thank you Anastazja for your thoughts on this matter which are most welcome and also for sharing the article with your daughter. Jim

  24. I was always curious to know the heritage of my “Pound Puppy” but I considered it a frivolous waste of money just to satisfy my curiosity.  I mean, he’ll still be the same dog, right?  I know this is about feline DNA tests but I imagine I could find out many similar things from a dog DNA test as well, could I?  Can you recommend a test for dogs?

    1. Thank you Cynthia for those comments. Whilst I have no personal experience with this product I believe the Orivet Dog DNA Test kit is what you would need and this can be purchased from Amazon. Jim 


  25. Hello dear, this is a great article and it is great to have experts advice on cats If you have ever questioned what type of breeds your mixed breed cat has in his heritage, you are not alone. Nearly all cat owners would like to know this information about their feline pals. Although it wasn’t possible to get this information before, now you can find out your cat’s genetic make-up with the help of a cat DNA test. Knowing your cat genetic make-up can help dictate everything about your cat, from coat color to its personality. Thank you for this information.

    1. Many thanks Maureen for those comments. Pleased that you enjoyed reading this article and gained some useful information. Jim

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