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Best Place To Have Genetic Testing Done

Discussion in 'Showing and Ethical Breeding' started by ameezers, Apr 25, 2018.

  1. ameezers

    ameezers Thread Starter TCS Member Adult Cat

    May 6, 2017
    Who did you use to do your genetic testing for your cats?

    My vet doesn't do it and neither did my old vet they suggested catDNAtest.org, animalsdna.com and easydna.ca (but they only test for PKD)

    Someone else suggested UC Davis.. Any thoughts?

  2. abyeb

    abyeb Charlie's Purrson Staff Member Forum Helper

    Feb 18, 2017
    I haven’t had my cat DNA tested, but I’ve heard that UC Davis is terrific for genetic testing. They’re one of the best vet schools in the country, so I imagine their results would be very trustworthy.
    1CatOverTheLine purraised this.

  3. posiepurrs

    posiepurrs TCS Member Top Cat

    Jan 11, 2015
    Western Massachusetts, USA
    I think it depends on what test you are having done. When the DNA test for PKD came out, UCDavis was the gold standard since the test was developed there. I think my next testing will be done through the CatDNAtest.org. They offer a few more tests such for about the same price. I know my new boy, Sterling is negative for health issues, but I plan to test him to see if he carries a dilute gene.
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  4. ameezers

    ameezers Thread Starter TCS Member Adult Cat

    May 6, 2017
    I live in Canada so the exchange rate is crazy! UC Davis would be over $300 for two tests per cat with the exchange rate, where as catDNAtest would be $178 for all cats with plus you get more tests done...

    I don't mind spending the extra money if one is better than the other, but if they are both good companies I would rather spend the extra money else where.

    People weren't lying when they said that breeding is a VERY expensive hobby!

    Also do you guys normally do a stool sample test prior to giving the kittens wormer or do you just give it to them? (I did the ova and parasite with giardia test for my kittens and everything came back negative, vet said to test them shortly before going to their new homes)

  5. TroyRag

    TroyRag TCS Member Alpha Cat

    Nov 14, 2017
    What would be discovered in these tests?

  6. 1CatOverTheLine

    1CatOverTheLine TCS Member Top Cat

    Feb 6, 2017

  7. lutece

    lutece TCS Member Super Cat

    Mar 8, 2018
    It depends on what you are testing. I always use UC Davis but I don't have a long list of things to test. If you need to do a more comprehensive panel it would make sense to go with catDNAtest since they bundle the tests together. I have never used catDNAtest so I don't know how quickly they get back to you with the results... UC Davis is very quick (just a few days) which is good when making decisions about kittens.
    mani, ameezers and 1CatOverTheLine purraised this.

  8. ameezers

    ameezers Thread Starter TCS Member Adult Cat

    May 6, 2017
    Well we just sent out the swabs to UC Davis. Had some issues with purolator and the address even though it was the correct one. So fingers crossed it makes it there!

    Ended up just doing the CEP290, GM1, MPSVI for each cat as those were the only tests I could find relating to the breed.

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