CatKit, the first home cat DNA kit, allows cat-owners to learn more about their pet's past, present and future.
CatKit – not to be confused with the popular chocolate bar – is a non-invasive DNA testing kit conceived by Basepaws. The company is introducing this groundbreaking cat-ancestry tool at this year's Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, where it's been bow-wowing visitors... not all of whom even have cats.
Basepaws is effectively hitching a ride on the wildly popular “ancestry” bandwagon, currently manifested in websites like Ancestry.com and products/services such as 23andMe. “DNA research has revealed a vast amount of useful, often life-saving information for humans,” explains Anna Skaya, founder and CEO of Basepaws. “We want to facilitate those same kind of breakthroughs for cats.”
This short video from the Basepaws – Cat DNA Testing channel at YouTube features Skaya (above) and provides a concise rundown on the CatKit.
So, why would anyone want to give their cat a DNA test? Plenty of reasons, actually. Not everyone's prized pet was acquired from a reputable breeder who can vouch for their kitten's provenance. Instead, more and more people are adopting a cat or cats from their local pet shelter. That's a good thing – but there's more to a cat than meets the eye, and that's where CatKit proves its worth.
According to Basepaws, CatKit can reveal the genetics of any cat. You'll be able to find out what breed your cat is or, more likely, what breeds you cat is derived from. It can even determine if any wild cat genes are part of Fluffy's chromosomal mix.
Last but not least, the test can indicate whether your cat may be at risk to acquire a genetically-transferred illness or disease in the future. Please visit Basepaws online for more info on CatKit and instructions on how to order a CatKit of your own.