Tuesday, April 6, 2021

Feline Genetic Testing

An article by the NIH discusses how more testing on domestic cat diseases is being done. There are around 33 genes that have 50 different mutations in which result in health problems or physical appearance within a cat. Commercial laboratories are able to perform cat genetic diagnostics, which can then allow vets and pet owners to receive DNA test results. The DNA can be obtained simply by a buccal swab or cytological brush and sent to any lab in the world. These can identify whether the cat is a carrier of any trait, predict the incidence of a trait showing up, and then create possible treatments. The article further discusses genetic tests for domestic cats, potential sources of error for genetic testing as well as the disadvantages of DNA results in veterinary medicine. In addition, this article also emphasizes further studies on felines regarding diseases.


  1. That is interesting. The ease of testing cats for genetic diseases shows how much our technology and knowledge has evolved. I like this blog topic Keith.

  2. This is a very interesting topic and a major breakthrough for veterinary health. Many cat owners (myself included) would appreciate the peace of mind in ensuring the best care for their pets.