Basepaws Cat DNA Test Kit - Free

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The Basepaws Cat DNA Test helps you learn about your cat’s breed, health, traits, and habits and helps them live a longer, healthier life.

  • 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
  • Receive your cat's DNA test results in 6-9 weeks.
  • Do you have 2 or more cats? Save money by buying our multipacks!
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Chromosome Map and Breed Groups

Let Their Genome Do the Talking

Is your cat a Western Maine Coon? An Eastern Burmese? Or a perfectly adorable polycat? Using our world-class database of feline genetics, Basepaws can estimate your tabby’s origins to more than 17 breed types and four breed regions.

Visit our breed guide

Feline Health Markers

A Healthy Cat is a Happy Cat

Your cat’s DNA will be able to say so many of the things they can’t. Using the latest science we can show if your cat has any health risks in their genes. We have manually curated health markers for every sample we have sequenced and can recognize 40+ markers representing 17 genetic diseases including:

  • Polycystic Kidney Disease (PKD)
  • Hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HCM)
  • Retinal degeneration
  • Hypothyroidism
See a sample report

Wildcat Index

Your Cat’s Wild Side

You’ll find out if your cat is a Tiger, Cheetah, or maybe even a Lion when we compare your cat’s DNA with the 37 common cat species. It’s may explain your kitten’s roar-like meow.

Learn more about Cat Ancestry

The Test

How Does This Work?

  • Get one simple cheek swab
  • Mail the sample to Basepaws Lab
  • Receive your cat’s results in 6-9 weeks

Coming Soon

Science Waits for No Cat

When you join Basepaws, you are joining a community that is constantly evolving. Our database grows larger on a daily basis, so when we have updates for your cat’s report, we send you updates.

Community

  • Sibling matches
  • Relative finder
  • Genetic counseling

360 Cat care

  • Health and Wellness Assessments
  • Behavior and Environment coaching
  • Nutritional advice

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 meow@basepaws.com and we will help you with that.