The other morning, I was sipping my coffee in bed, checking emails on my tablet, and I felt a tap, tap, tap on my knee. I looked over to find two crossed blue eyes peering at me. “Can I help you?” I asked Harley. He crawled up and settled right down next to me and said, “Mama, who am I?”
Huh? Well, I guess there comes a time in a cat’s life when he wants to know where he comes from…what makes him who he is. Not just his personality, but what makes up his core – his DNA. Well, Harley is in luck!
Enter Basepaws, the company behind the CatKit, which is a DNA test for cats!
A Little Bit About Harley
Regular readers of the blog know that Harley is our newest addition at the Three Chatty Cats household. Both he and Woodrow (our two foster fails) have taken on the Jr. Associates title. While our other cats easily fall into the “domestic shorthaired” category, Harley appears to be more of an identifiable breed.
On his adoption paperwork, it stated he may be a Himalayan mix. But our vet thought more like Siamese. That’s one of the reasons why it will be so interesting to see the results from the Basepaws CatKit!
About the Basepaws CatKit DNA Test
Not only will the CatKit tell us about Harley’s ancestry and breed determination, but we’ll also find out how his genetics may influence any health risks and conditions.
What I like about the Basepaws CatKit is that it’s not a one and done result that you receive. Basepaws will continue to update Harley’s report as their database grows and they make new discoveries. Their website says:
“Once you are part of the Basepaws family, your cat will receive a lifetime of benefits. This includes report updates, newsletters and articles about your cat’s DNA, access to the latest research on cat science, tools to connect owners of similar cats, and discounts on future products that will be specifically formulated for your cat’s genetic needs.”
Collecting the Sample
Basepaws uses hair to test the DNA, and collecting the sample is done in the comfort of your own home. Basepaws sends the CatKit in the mail, and then you go about collecting the hair samples. It’s quite simple. You place a strip of tape (provided in the CatKit) on your cat’s back and gently peel it off. You do this twice and then mail back both strips of tape. Pretty simple! Harley’s collected hair is on the left. Don’t worry, cats have so much fur that you can’t even tell any is missing.
The collection process took less than one minute. I will say that with Harley, it was a two-person operation. So, I don’t have any photos of collecting the hair. However, you can watch this Basepaws video to see how it’s done.
The DNA Test Results
We only mailed back Harley’s sample this week. And results can take anywhere from 2 to 6 months to analyze and return. That may seem like a long time, but I bet the wait will be worth it! Here’s what Basepaws says about receiving the results:
“After we have received your sample, it will take approximately 2 to 6 months for us to analyze and report back on results. We are working very hard to reduce the wait time for the first report, however, this is the first time this is done, and science takes time. As we collect more and more samples, it will be faster to provide the report – longterm we are shooting for 4 weeks for report delivery. As new information is discovered, your report will grow. We will notify you every time there are new things to look at!”
You can be sure we’ll let readers know what Harley’s test results show!
Basepaws has been kind enough to offer our readers a discount code! Regularly $95.00, our discount code allows readers to purchase the CatKit for $75.00 (USD).
Order Now: Buy the CatKit!
Discount code: threechattycats
Code good through September 12th, 2018 until 5pm Pacific
Basepaws is also letting us give away one CatKit to one lucky reader! Simply enter a blog comment below and then enter the giveaway.
The giveaway is open to U.S. residents who reside in the 48 contiguous states, 18+ years of age, except where prohibited by law. One winner will be selected randomly by Rafflecopter and contacted via email. Each winner will have 48 hours to claim their prize. Failure to do so will result in forfeiture of the prize, and a new winner will be randomly selected by Rafflecopter. The giveaway closes on Sunday, September 9, 2018 at 5pm Pacific.
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Stay tuned for Harley’s test results! And…we just may be giving away another Basepaws CatKit to a reader later in the year. Be sure you’re signed up for our newsletter so you don’t miss out!