Cat Parentage (Dam, Sire, Offspring)
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The powerful tool of DNA testing now addresses questions relating to the true identity of cats.
The “DNA profile”, or “DNA fingerprint” of a cat is unique (except for identical twins). The same technology is used by law enforcement agencies throughout the world to accurately identify suspects of crime.
Many breeding associations throughout the world are now relying on DNA profiles to ensure the accuracy of their registries.
DNA technology is the most accurate way to determine a cats true parentage. Each individual cat has two copies of DNA, one inherited from the dam and one from the sire. In the laboratory, we can distinguish these two DNA’s and determine whether a particular sire or dam is the true biological parent.
Animal DNA Laboratory uses multiple genetic markers to determine the true parentage of a cat. Markers use include some recommended by the International Society of Animal Genetics and some developed in-house to ensure the greatest level of accuracy.
Applications of DNA testing
- Confirmation of parentage
- Multiple sire mating
- Permanent animal identification record
- Bloodstock and breeding registries
- Semen identity confirmation
A quick and easy mouth swab is used to collect the sample of DNA. Clients will be sent kits free-of-charge, containing swabs and sample collection instructions. Once collected the sample can simply be mailed back to the laboratory. Results will be sent back both electronically and hard-copy within 5-10 working days.
Results of DNA testing are reported as a “Certificate of DNA Profile & Parentage” which can be kept for the life of the animal.