Cat DNA Day!

September 19th is Cat DNA Day. Doggy DNA tests are becoming quite popular, especially for people who adopt shelter pups and are curious as to what Fido’s genetic makeup actually is. However, Fluffy can also get tested! A local London, ON vet goes over some basic information about kitty DNA tests below.

Why is September 19th Cat DNA Day?

This date wasn’t selected arbitrarily: September is the ninth month of the year. That represents Fluffy’s nine lives. (Note: this is just a myth, but apparently some kitties never got that memo.) As for the 19th, that number stands for the 19 pairs of chromosomes each kitty has. Of course, if you tell your furball that, she’ll probably just blink at you, and maybe lick her paw.

What Can You Learn From A Cat DNA Test?

If you could ask Fluffy, she’d probably insist on learning how many royal cats she’s related to. However, it’s actually much more helpful for your feline overlord if you could learn if she has any genetic markers associated with specific diseases. For instance, polycystic kidney disease, or PKD, is common in Persians, while Maine Coons are prone to developing hypertrophic cardiomyopathy. Getting that information is the main benefit of getting your furry pal tested.

How Do You Collect Dna From A Cat Without Getting Scratched?

To get Fluffy’s DNA, you’d just need to swab the inside of her mouth. That may sound like a good way to end up in the ER, but in many cases, it’s over and done with before the furball knows what happened. It would help to have someone hold your feline pal as you take the swab. Also, don’t do this just after your feline pal has had food or water. Once you have the sample, you’ll seal it, sign up on the website of the appropriate company, and send it off.

And Meow, A Word About Cat Breeds

Although there aren’t as many cat breeds as there are dog breeds, there are some distinct differences between them. These can affect your feline friend’s appearance and her personality, as well as her health. It may be fun to learn that your fluffy buddy is part Maine Coon and part Persian. That’s also useful, as you’ll get some insight into Fluffy’s specific needs and character. 

If you have questions about your cat’s health, care, or behavior, please do not hesitate to contact us. As your local London, ON pet hospital, we’re here to help!

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