The Basepaws DNA CatKit helps cat owners learn about their cat’s health, breed traits, and habits - all with just a bit of DNA, collected at home.
- FREE shipping both ways within the continental U.S.
International shipping: $15 USD (see additional info in the FAQs below).
- Kits arrive in 3-5 business days.
Why get a DNA Test for your Cat?
Because the more you know now, the more you can do to prevent health issues and minimize risk.
Because we finally know more about not only mixed-breed cats, but feline genetics in general.
Because the DNA test results generate a living document, an evolving part of your cat's history that will continue to update.
Collect your cats sample in 4 easy steps:
Create an account at basepaws.com and activate your CatKit's barcode ID
Follow the instructions inside your CatKit to collect your cat's DNA sample
Mail in your sample using the pre-paid USPS postage provided
Receive your cat's DNA test results in 6-9 weeks
The impact you’ll make:
By joining Basepaws today, you will be helping cats everywhere for years to come. Our DNA database is advancing pet science and changing the way we treat, nourish and provide our cats with veterinary care. As we grow, we learn more about feline genetics and become that much closer to eradicating feline genetic disease.
Frequently Asked Questions
Simple! Order your Basepaws CatKit online. Once you receive it in the mail, follow the detailed instructions for sample collection and barcode activation located on the inside of the CatKit box. After collecting your sample, send it back to us in the provided prepaid packaging. We will notify you via email once your sample is received. Your report will be available in 6-9 weeks from the date your sample arrives at our laboratory. We are working on trying to shorten this time frame as much as possible. Long-term, we plan to provide the results within 4 weeks. Every sample helps us create the biggest database of feline genetic data and will contribute to new discoveries in feline health.
Breed is among our top priorities. We test by comparing your cat’s genetic DNA sample to our pedigreed cat database, as well as to all the other cat samples which we’ve received. Not all breeds are included (yet!), but we are working hard to quickly add as many as possible. As we expand our kitty community, your cat's report findings will continue to be refined. Take a look at our sample report to get an idea of what your cat’s report will look like, as well as our roadmap to see what your cat’s report will include in the future!
The wildcat index percentage is determined using the relative genetic similarity between all of the domestic cat samples we test and four big cats (Tiger, Leopard, Cheetah, Cougar). This means we measure how genomically similar your cat is to these wildcats when being compared to all other domestic cat samples in our database, not to the specific wildcat base pairs themselves. We plan to add additional big cats and expand this testing throughout the year.
Yes. For all orders in the continental U.S., a pre-paid return shipping label is included in every kit. Simply activate your kit, swab your cat, and send it back to us.
*INTERNATIONAL CUSTOMERS outside of the U.S.: Return postage is NOT included.
Yes! We charge $15 for International shipping (return shipping NOT included).
PLEASE NOTE: We cannot guarantee that you will or will not be charged any customs taxes or duties. Any customs or import duties are charged once the parcel reaches its destination country. These charges must be paid by the recipient of the parcel. This applies only to International and Canadian orders.
Yes! Ping us at firstname.lastname@example.org and we will help you with that.