This Exists: DNA Tests for Cats

Now you can verify your cat's lineage
By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 27, 2012 1:45 PM CDT
This Exists: DNA Tests for Cats
Where did she get that eye? A good DNA test might be able to tell you.   (Shutterstock)

Do you have a burning desire to know your cat's ancestry? Are you dying to know if she's really a pure Abyssinian or if the guy at the pet store ripped you off? Well, now you can. Lyons Feline Genetics Laboratory at the University of California now offers cat genome tests that can determine what part of the globe your furry pal's family hails from, whether her parents belonged to one of the 29 "fancy breeds," and more, Wired reports.

Once the lab sends you your kit, all you need to do is swab your cat's back cheek. Within 15 days you'll have a 90% accurate report. But don't get too excited; if your cat isn't particularly well bred, odds are the test won't come up with much. "A true random bred cat will not match to specific breeds," the lab warns. (More cat stories.)

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