Have you ever wondered just where your feline companion comes from? Maybe you're fed up of ticking the "unknown breed" box at the vet, or maybe you just want Mr.Tiddlesworth to know more about his history. Whatever the reason, Basepaws could provide you with some answers.
According to Mental Floss, this revolutionary new company is offering do-it-yourself DNA kits to be used on the kitties in our lives, so your cat's ancestry will no longer be a mystery.
Similar to the various human equivalents, the current CatKit requires you to take a snippet of your cat's hair so it can be processed. Basepaws is also working on introducing other kits which will take saliva samples instead, potentially making for even more precise results. Plus, owners of hairless breeds like Sphinx cats will also be able to take part in this super-fun exercise as well.
Dog DNA kits have been around for a while now, but Basepaws claim to be the first company to focus on cats. As with most mail-order products, the return time isn't as speedy as you'd like. Customers can wait up to three months to find out if their cat is more lion than tiger. While some pet owners might take the test merely for the fun value, there's another reason behind it that makes it more practical for conscientious cat lovers.
As well as discovering your cat's ancestry, the kit can also help you to discover if your beloved furbaby is likely to develop any nasty diseases or illnesses in its lifetime. Although the test won't be able to tell you for sure if they'll develop anything, it can make you more aware of the risks and give you time to pre-meditate any large vet bills in the future. Sick pets can cost a small fortune, so it's best to be prepared by making sure you have insurance. No one wants to think about their animal buddies getting injured, but it's necessary.
If you like the idea of rooting through your cat's family tree, then hop on over to the Basepaws website to make your purchase. It'll set you back a cool $73 bucks, but might be worth it for the medical side alone.
Would you get one for your cat? Let us know in the comments.