Basepaws Breed + Health DNA Test

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The Breed + Health Cat DNA Test helps cat owners learn about their cat's breed, health, traits, and habits - all with just a bit of DNA, collected at home. 

  • We ship in 1-2 business days! 
  • FREE shipping both ways within the continental U.S.
  • FREE shipping to Canada.
  • International shipping: $15 USD (see additional info in the FAQs below).
  • Receive your cat's DNA test results in 4-6 weeksIn the rare cases where a sample fails internal quality checks and needs to be reprocessed, we will contact you regarding the next steps.

Chromosome Map and Breed Groups

Let Their Genome Do the Talking

Does your cat have more in common with the Western Maine Coon or the Eastern Burmese? Using our world-class database of feline genetics, Basepaws can estimate your tabby’s origins to more than 20 breed types and 4 breed regions. IMPORTANT NOTE - this is NOT a breed identifier (we can not confirm your cat’s pedigree). We report the breed composition of your cat by looking for genomic similarities to specific breeds.

Visit our Breed Groups Guide

Feline Health Markers

A Healthy Cat is a Happy Cat

Your cat’s DNA is able to say so many of the things that 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 39+ markers representing 17 genetic diseases including:

  • Polycystic Kidney Disease (PKD)
  • Hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HCM)
  • Retinal degeneration
  • Hypothyroidism
View Sample Report

Wildcat Index

Your Cat’s Wild Side

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

Learn more about Cat Ancestry

The Test

How Does This Work?

  • Collect a simple cheek swab sample
  • Mail the sample back to Basepaws Lab
  • Receive your cat’s results in 4-6 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, you'll have them too.


  • 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 4-6 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.

IMPORTANT NOTE - this is NOT a breed identifier (we can not confirm your cat’s pedigree). We report the breed composition of your cat by looking for genomic similarities to specific breeds. 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.

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