New Genetic Traits in the Basepaws Breed + Health Cat DNA Report

Basepaws offers the most advanced and comprehensive cat DNA test on the market. With the addition of new genetic health and trait markers, pet parents receive even more information about what makes their cat so unique—both inside and out. In this post, we discuss the new genetic trait marker results section of the upgraded Basepaws digital report.

The Basepaws Breed + Health Cat DNA test now screens for 25 genetic traits that are represented by 50 genetic markers. The new traits section of the digital report presents a summary of some of the genes and mutations that are responsible for a cat’s unique physical appearance. It also includes results for a non-aesthetic trait that is important to a cat’s health: the likelihood of resistance to the Feline Immunodeficiency Virus (FIV).

Genetic Trait Types

The traits section of the Basepaws digital report provides results for 24 of the 25 genetic traits* we screen for, and they fall into five categories:

  1. Coat length: Includes the long-haired coat trait, which can be a typical feature of Maine Coon, Persian, Ragdoll, and Somali cats, as well as of some mixed-breed cats. The long-haired coat phenotype (observable expression of a specific trait) is associated with various mutations in the fibroblast growth factor 5 (FGF5) gene.



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