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Cat Ancestry - Tracing the Lineage of Your Feline

We are now able to offer Cat Ancestry Analysis performed by the Veterinary Genetics Laboratory at UC Davis

£126 per test for delivery in the UK
£132 per test for International delivery

Order via PayPal below, and we will post out the mouth swab kits which you simply return to us in Cambridge. The process is simple; you swab your cat’s cheek, dry the swabs and place them in the provided packaging, then pop them in the post with the completed form. The analysis takes 8-10 weeks, after which your report will be emailed.

Cat breeds were developed from random bred cats and most breeds are less than 100 years old. Random bred cats from around the world can be traced back to 8 geographic regions of origin: Western Europe, Egypt, East Mediterranean, Iran/Iraq, Arabian Sea, India, South Asia and East Asia. The Cat Ancestry test will determine if a cat descends from one or more of the 8 ancestral groups.  Once the ancestral origin is determined, comparisons are done with 29 breeds of cats to determine if the cat has similarities to any of the reference breeds.

Cats are not like dogs. Dog breeds have a long history of development and selection for specific tasks such as herding, retrieving and hunting.  Today, most mixed dogs descend from crosses between different breeds. Wild cats were originally tamed to provide vermin control for human settlements. Cat breeds were more recently developed from these tamed, random-breeding cat populations. Cat breeds were selected more for their appearance than performance. Today, most mixed (random bred) cats descend from crosses between random bred cats and not from crosses between breed cats.

The Cat Ancestry test traces the lineage of your cat and provides results for common physical traits of coat color, fur length and type. This is not a breed test.

Antique appearing old-world map showing 8 random bred cat race locations


The 29 reference breeds are:

Western Europe: Abyssinian, American Shorthair, Bengal, British Shorthair, Chartreux, Cornish Rex, Egyptian Mau, Exotic Shorthair, Japanese Bobtail, Maine Coon, Manx, Norwegian Forest Cat, Persian, Ragdoll, Scottish Fold, Siberian, Sphynx.

South Asia: Ocicat, Birman, Burmese, Havana Brown, Korat, Russian Blue, Siamese, Singapura, and Australia Mist.

Eastern Mediterranean: Turkish Angora and Turkish Van.

Arabian Sea: Sokoke

The Cat Ancestry test was developed by Dr. Leslie Lyons and the Lyon's Feline Genetics Laboratory in the Department of Population Health and Reproduction, School of Veterinary Medicine, University of California at Davis.

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