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Basepaws Cat DNA Test Kit – Comprehensive Breed, Health and Dental Analysis

Learn about your cat’s breed and test for over 100 health conditions! This easy to use DNA test helps you make informed decisions about your cat’s health.

$109.00

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From the brand

Founded in 2017, Basepaws is a petcare genetics company that offers affordable, easy-to-use screening tools for the early recognition and treatment of diseases in pets.

We created the world’s first at-home comprehensive cat DNA test and oral health test for cats, and we continue to grow the largest feline genomic and oral microbiome database.

What problem are we solving?

Basepaws harnesses the power of science to help you know your pet better—both inside and out—and provide you with the resources you need to make informed decisions for their health and well-being.

What makes our products unique?

Basepaws addresses key unmet needs in pet health by tapping into the experience, knowledge, and passion of pet parents, veterinarians, scientists, and pet health professionals.

Why do we love what we do?

We collaborate with pet parents, geneticists, veterinarians, and other visionaries so that all pets can live better lives, even longer.

 

EASY TO USE: Basepaws Cat DNA test kit makes it easy to collect a sample, package it up, and send it securely back. Just register, swab, return, and receive a detailed online report of the results.

COMPREHENSIVE BREED IDENTIFICATION: Pinpoint your cat’s lineage with accuracy. Our test distinguishes over 20+ distinct breeds and 50+ trait markers with the most scientifically advanced cat DNA test kit for breed similarity.

 

SCREEN FOR 40+ GENETIC DISEASES: Get peace of mind by screening for 64 health markers associated with 43 diseases for which your cat may be genetically predisposed. Early detection helps you and your veterinarian avoid diseases before they become life-threatening.

ACTIVE DENTAL HEALTH REPORT: Take preventative action against dental health issues that affect 50-90% of all adult cats. Test for periodontal disease, bad breath, and tooth resorption to safeguard against diabetes, chronic kidney, and heart disease, and other conditions linked to dental health

VET-TESTED, PET-PARENT APPROVED: Basepaws has been trusted by tens of thousands of pet parents, veterinarians, and even Sharktank to provide the most actionable insights to help create care plans for your furry friend

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Size

Cat Breed + Health DNA Test, Cat Whole Genome Sequencing, Dog DNA Test, Cat Breed + Health DNA Test (2 Pack)

Color

Basic

Package Dimensions ‏ : ‎

9.7 x 4.1 x 0.95 inches; 0.32 ounces

Date First Available ‏ : ‎

April 14, 2019

Manufacturer ‏ : ‎

Basepaws

ASIN ‏ : ‎

B07NP4Q3Z8

Best Sellers Rank:

#283 in Cat Health Supplies

Customer Reviews:

1,740 ratings

60 reviews for Basepaws Cat DNA Test Kit – Comprehensive Breed, Health and Dental Analysis

  1. MS Mama

    5.0 out of 5 stars

    Really interesting and informative!

    We’ve loved using this on our cats. (we’ve done the dog one too). All our pets are rescues and I was curious about their breed. However, we got much more than that! We learned about some important health issues we need to have on our radar and even got results that answered a question about one of our cats that our vet couldn’t even figure out. People complain about the wait, but DNA sequencing takes time… all the tests (even for humans) require wait time. My results were always available within the predicted window. Highly recommend this for folks who are curious about their pet’s background and want to be proactive with their health.

    4 people found this helpful

  2. Kerri Monis

    5.0 out of 5 stars

    Excellent item!

    Came fast! Easy to use! You do need to know that the number cannot be registered unless you email the basepaws company since it was ordered from Amazon (considered a third party). They are polite and make everything easily accessible. I will definitely re-order in the future.

  3. Cat Nelson

    5.0 out of 5 stars

    Super fun and Informative

    I adopted a kitty from the rescue and thought it would be fun to see what breeds he was because he was starting to get longer hair in places. Well not only was finding out what breeds made up my kitty but also very informative how his health, I really loved reading all about his genetics.

  4. N.M.N.M.

    1.0 out of 5 stars

    “polycat” isn’t a breed and it’s the main breed they called my cat

    As I read my cats results I saw the breed area. The main bred they classified my cat as was “Maine coon” (20.1 percent). That shocked me because my cat isn’t even 8 lbs. She is short haired, no ear Tufts, small, non-muscular frame. She hates water. She is all white with a few black hairs on top of her head. Then I noticed this category called “Polycat” (not even a breed) with no defined breeds under it and said my cat was 21.22 percent this category. Um… I thought the reason people were doing these DNA tests was to find out what breeds their mixed cat was, not to just say the main breed is an unknown mixed breed with no characteristics about what that fake breed meant. Most people know their cats are a mixed breed and it’s why they are having this test done. Why not call it unknown because that is basically what was done here.Since I actually did this test because my now 11 month old cat is having major health problems, it makes me not trust the results if they cannot even get the breed right. My now 11 month old kitten is having seizures, tremors, intension tremors, ataxia, vestibular issues, issues getting her claws stuck out, she struggles to walk after resting or sleeping and even push herself up, she has a head tilt, she goes to jump up and misses her mark jumping too short. She relies a lot on her claws by gripping the carpet to get around, but she walks and runs normally at times too. She has seen a neurologist who doesn’t know what is wrong with her, but says Multifocal brain disease or vestibular disease are most likely based on her symptoms. Given she might also have kidney disease too, we didn’t do an MRI or a spinal test because they cost thousands of dollars each and even the neurologist said they mights show her nothing or show her the symptoms of what is wrong without the actual cause and that most causes are likely incurable. How much life she has left is unknown, a seizure could take her any day (or kidney disease in a year), and she has short seizures almost daily that are not completely uncontrolled by the meds the neurologist put her on.I also have allergies to cats. My cat is white and doesn’t bother me as much as some cats do (and I grew up with white cats who didn’t eitherwho looked the same), so we decided to do the DNA test. At best result we would see a health marker that explains her issues, at worst we would at least know her hidden breed (since she is white) so we would know what cat to get in the future (when she passes) to know which cat might not bother my allergies.When I read the health report, I was amazed that there were actually like 7 conditions that were neurological in the report, however my cat didn’t have any of the markers for them. I was excited reading the names because three of them were things I had found my cat might have when doing research based on the symptoms of the health conditions. So it’s kind of disappointing my cat has neurological problems, but none of these came back as markers she has. Her condition could be infectious disease related though (even though the vet neuro tests all came back negative), so she could have other things going on to explain this beyond DNA tests.It also said she has genes for black fur, and that her coat is a gene that makes coats be faded or white (okay, anyone could get that just by looking at her or her picture, which I sent).The only oral health marker they noted her having was tooth resorption. She is too young to know if that will be a problem.The health issues she is noted to have is factor 12 deficiency, a blood clotting disorder. She had a surgery done no problems, so at least so far that doesn’t seem to be a problem for her.I will take these results to my vet soon, but they don’t explain anything she has going on, which is disappointing. The biggest disappointment though is not even trusting the breed results.Hopefully my baby passes before she has to struggle with any of these other painful conditions if these results are accurate. She shows no signs of being in pain to date even with the problems she has. She is very social and likes to be cuddled in blankets and sit in your lap. She likes to hunt and play. She walks and runs crazy and falls over all the time and gets her claws stuck in things, but she is our baby, she wants to be near us and play with us. She is also super smart. She isn’t agile enough to do those word buttons, but when you say anyone’s name, she knows who you mean by either going to their room or getting exited when you tell her that her favorite playmate is home. She knows words for “scratchy” (scratching post), mousie, food, play, treat, downstairs, and “go to bed”. So even though her brain is failing her body, it isn’t failing her intelligence. So she will be our cat as long as she isn’t in pain or hasn’t succumb to her unknown condition.So overall, this test didn’t tell us health issues or breeds that make sense, which is disappointing. We didn’t just do this test for fun, which seems to be the main thing people feel they get out of this by reading other comments.

    5 people found this helpful

  5. Ronald L. Blackgrave

    4.0 out of 5 stars

    Great Test For Cats

    I used BasePaws on my third cat. Previously had used Wisdom Panel. I was more satisfied with the results from BasePaws. Clearly presented and in a more user friendly format. A DNA test with a cat is iffy…too many breeds intermixed. But BasePaws did a great job of breaking that all down.My reason for 4 stars was the wait time. It was almost 6 weeks before I had any results.

    2 people found this helpful

  6. Lages Nerak

    5.0 out of 5 stars

    Waiting waiting waiting

    Update! I finally heard from customer service. Seems we had a snafu and my email went to their spam. I messaged on the app/website and that got a response, fyi. The response has been absolutely perfect. New test is on its way. Seems the package was lost by usps. Sigh. Other than the lost mail, both electronic and snail, the test was easy to use. Simple to prepare. Excited for results! 📊I adopted the oddest cat and believed he’s at least part Maine Coon. I was eager to see if I could find out with this test. I completed and mailed the kit back 12/22. It’s now over a month later, I’ve emailed 3 times now with not so much as a confirmation as to whether the test is there. Crickets. Im annoyed at the LACK OF CUSTOMER SERVICE, even though contact info is readily available on the website. Albeit only email.I wouldn’t buy this test again because of this issue. It wasn’t exactly cheap

    5 people found this helpful

  7. Danielle ErnstDanielle Ernst

    5.0 out of 5 stars

    Excellent product/service!!

    I know going in that cat dna isn’t nearly as precise and studied as dog or human, but wanted to do it for fun. My husband and I rescued this dumped older kitten from his work and dude grew up huge and fluffier than we could have imagined. Everyone asked if he was part Maine coon so we decided to dna test him for fun. I did not provide a picture just in case there would be a bias and he came back with 80.72% of his dna markers being similar to a Maine coon! It also noted based on dna he was most likely long haired and carried a genetic trait that his coloring could be dilute. My vet got her own cats this product and we are excitedly waiting for results! It took 6 weeks from time they emailed confirming they extracted dna, in total 8 weeks since sending out. Customer service is awesome as well!

    6 people found this helpful

  8. Amazon CustomerAmazon Customer

    5.0 out of 5 stars

    Informative and fun! Got a surprise!

    I tested both my cats. My shorthair male came back half big longhair breeds, and knowing him it made sense. My little tabby kitten came back with a good chunk of exotic in her, including Savannah- surprise! I can see it as she grows in strange body details and behaviors. Both have peterbald? Weird. Both are healthy!!!!!! That’s great to know, as my last cat died of cardiomyopathy. Good deal!

    2 people found this helpful

  9. A. Guenther

    4.0 out of 5 stars

    Very thorough report…results take weeks

    As far as I can tell, the results seem reasonable and are probably accurate. My cat was a stray, so I have no knowledge of her background. Results showed some large breeds in her genetics and she is on the larger side of normal (vets often comment on her weight, but she’s not fat). Other breeds in her genetics suggested she’d be friendly, loyal, and adventurous and that’s all true as well. So although I can’t be scientific about it without ordering more tests to compare against, it seems likely to be correct.I wish they would state clearly up front that results can take six weeks or so. I was checking my email and waiting and wondering. If I’d known up front, it would have saved me some worry and some time. But it seems like a good way to get some info (including potential health risks).

    One person found this helpful

  10. MiamiGirlintheWorldMiamiGirlintheWorld

    3.0 out of 5 stars

    Mixed feelings

    We finally received our results on the last day of the 6-week window we were provided. Seeing other reviews, it seems we were lucky that they abode that time frame.I am somewhat disappointed as I had seen screenshots of other tests and had assumed we would get a similar detailed breakdown of our rescue pup’s mix. It looks like they recently changed their reports to eliminate breed percentage and now only provide a “breed similarity score.” The report identified only 3 breeds, with the top match being a Great Pyrenees (9.4/10). These are BIG FLUFFY dogs. The other breeds IDed were shepherd-German (7/10) and White Swiss (4.5/10). Also pretty big, fluffy dogs. (A White Swiss Shepherd is an offshoot of German Shepherds who were bred to have a white coat.)Our dog is just a 4-month-old pup but she isn’t that big and she’s not at all fluffy or white. I can understand she may share some of these breeds’ genomes, but it feels like other potential breed matches were not included and should have been.Overall, I have more questions than answers after receiving these results and feel we should have used a different doggy DNA test. I was looking forward to gaining insight on how best to train her, and any predispositions to health conditions. Now I feel like I’m in a Jerry Springer episode and should get another test.

  11. scott

    5.0 out of 5 stars

    Simple And Effective

    The whole process was super easy to figure out and when we got the results back, they were extremely thorough and easy to decipher. I accidentally sent one of my kits in before registering it and their customer service was top of the line. They were able to locate my kit and help me register it.

    One person found this helpful

  12. littia

    3.0 out of 5 stars

    Not user friendly

    I use embark for my dogs which I love. I do have a wisdom test for one of my dogs so when I wanted to test my cats I already knew that wisdom was not what I wanted to use. This looks to be closer to what embark offers, reviews and ratings across online sources are all positive. My cats are all rescues. I recently found a 6 week old kitten that was from a ferel colony so it was important for me to see his genetics and possible health concerns. I took their samples today and I gotta say the “swabs” are awful! Way, way to big for a feline mouth. It kept falling out because it wouldn’t fit inside the mouth pouch. So I struggled to get the samples while seemingly gaging my guys. The swabs should be the size of qtips but they are monsters! Two or three times that. Excellent for canine mouths but traumatic for felines. I’m stumped at how I’m going to get samples from my younger, smaller cats.Once the results are back I guess I’ll see if it was worth it.

    One person found this helpful

  13. Ali Gowrie

    5.0 out of 5 stars

    So cool

    We loved getting the results on our little baby! Took longer than expected but worth the wait

  14. jsjmorgjsjmorg

    5.0 out of 5 stars

    VERY INTERESTING RESULTS

    My two kittens were born from ferral cats and we had no clue what they were. On a whim, I ordered these tests and they came quickly, were easy to use and I got results back quickly. It is interesting to see the characteristic traits of each kitten. They pretty much match their personalities. Even though they are from the same litter, they are VERY DIFFERENT kittens. Very impressed with Basepaws.

    7 people found this helpful

  15. frizgig4

    5.0 out of 5 stars

    Confident, satisfied, and relieved

    On February 10 we had to let one of our cats peacefully move on due to a saddle thrombus. She had hypertrophic cardiomyopathy which apparently is almost impossible to detect until the saddle thrombus forms. And once there’s a saddle thrombus, there’s almost no chance of survival. Hypertropic cardiomyopathy is caused by a genetic defect that Basepaws checks for. Completely broken hearted, my husband and I never wanted to go through the experience of losing a cat due to an undetected disease again.This is where Basepaws comes in. We ordered 2 Basepaw kits and 2 Wisdom Panel kits. We have received the results of one of the Wisdom Panel kits (still waiting on the second), and we received the results of both Basepaw kits today. I am confident the results are reliable for a few reasons. The first is that the results of the Basepaws test was the same as the results from the one Wisdom Panel test we’ve received. The second reason why I think Basepaws is reliable is because my cats went to their regular vet for their annual exam and we discovered one of them really needs a teeth cleaning, and then other one has good teeth. Their Basepaws results reflected this as well.I didn’t care so much about the ancestry part. While both of my cats are siamese cats, the only indication of that was their results said their coat is likely a siamese pattern. The rest of the ancestry was very non-specific. I’m not sure this is the right product if you’re looking to learn about your cat’s breed.I 100% recommend if you want to know if your kitty is at risk for health problems. I appreciate Basepaws for giving me some peace of mind.

    50 people found this helpful

  16. Jennifer B.Jennifer B.

    5.0 out of 5 stars

    Fun and interesting and worth the money

    Well, I love genetics so as soon as I found out about Basepaws cat DNA tests I immediately wanted to have my 2 cats tested. I’m quite satisfied with the results. Basepaws compares your cat’s DNA to the DNA in their database and then tells you which breed groups your cat has the most similar DNA to. And they rank the breeds in that group by how similar the DNA of your cat is to that breed. It’s not like the dog DNA breed tests which are much more black & white because DNA breed testing for cats hasn’t been around as long and cat’s did not go through the same process of domestication that dogs did. Basepaws also tests for a number of diseases which can be very useful. Both my cats came back as carriers for a gene mutation that causes a hemophilia-like bleeding disorder, but they only have one copy of the gene so they don’t have the disease, so that was a relief.Basepaws was really good about keeping you up to date on the progress of the DNA sample. I got numerous emails letting me know when the samples were being processed and analyzed. I does take a while after mailing in the samples for the results to be reported so it was nice to get the updates.All in all, this DNA test is definitely worth it. It seems pretty accurate and with more time and more DNA samples I expect Basepaws will continuously update their algorithms and send clients their updated DNA results.For now my cats came back as…Hazel is the torbie and she came back as a polycat (mixed breed) and Norwegian Forest Cat mix, and Ruby the orange tabby came back as a Ragdoll, polycat mix with a little Persian. Both had a small amount of Bengal. (I was told that Ruby is Hazel’s mother, but not 100% sure.) I was expecting them to be Maine Coon mixes and I suspected Ruby had a tiny bit of Persian because she has such a pretty profile, so I was right about the Persian, but surprised to see the Ragdoll and NFC instead, but I can see it now that I know what to look for. NFC is so close to Maine Coon, anyway. The tests results have simply fascinated me. I recommend getting your cat tested through Basepaws. It’s not just fun, it can be very helpful as far as health issues, too. And the more samples they get, the more their database will increase, thus making the tests more accurate and informative. We will actually all help each other to help our cats the more we get them tested. It’s a snowball effect type thing.

    184 people found this helpful

  17. Richard

    3.0 out of 5 stars

    Expensive, mostly useless, and likely incorrect

    I paid $160 in December 2022 – that same kit is now $130 as of Feb 2023.It took (6) weeks for the report to be returned. Throughout that time, Basepaws sent me a massive number of spam emails.I was ecstatic when my cats DNA report was finally ready – until I read it.1 page to find out my cat is “broadly western” which they don’t define, but I suspect simply means “mixed breed.” The remaining 67 pages are just generic definitions (“here’s what a Maine Coon breed is”), and “Health Markers” and “Oral health” report. Both were useless because my cat was deceased when I sent in the kit.However, I found the results interesting because they were blatantly incorrect in most areas. My cat was 21 years old and passed from long-term kidney failure, and suffered from chronic rhinitis. Basepaws basically reported my cat to have a clean bill of health in all categories.To be honest, I learned nearly nothing about my cat except that she was 40% mixed, and a bunch of 5% random western breeds. I was hoping to learn a lot about my now-deceased companion. Waste of money and hope. Furthermore, the irrefutable fact that my cat passed of kidney disease vs. the contradicting results of their “health markers” gives me no faith in their product.

    140 people found this helpful

  18. Rachel

    5.0 out of 5 stars

    Unexpected Insights

    Turns out my cat is an opossum, but he’s a descendent of another opossum who was in the Civil War.

    9 people found this helpful

  19. K. H. C.K. H. C.

    4.0 out of 5 stars

    Breed reports need to be improved.

    So I got this cat DNA kit; because Basepaws finally added Health markers, this year. The health reports were straight forward and mostly easy to understand.The Breed reports were more vague; and I had to watch some videos, and a hard to find new Basepaws help article.From how I understand it, Basepaws currently believes my cat has…39.5% Western DNA; and shares DNA with all 7 breeds in that group. The American Shorthair was assigned top spot, because dominant genes or physical looks-wise my cat got his tabby stripes from this breed.He has 17.01% Eastern DNA; and shares DNA with all four breeds in that group.He seems to have the American Burmese’s small skull and short nose muzzle. The American Burmese is short legged, and the European Burmese is long legged. My cat has short front legs and tall back hind legs.He has 7.77% Exotic DNA; and shares DNA with all 3 breeds in that group. The Egyptian Mau has short front legs and tall back hind legs. The Egyptian Mau is the fastest domestic cat; and wiggle vibrates it’s tail to mark it’s territory.He has 12% Persian DNA; and shares DNA with all 4 breeds in that group. The Exotic Shorthair comes in a wide range of colors; has shaggy short fur; and holds it’s tail low to the ground, most of the time.In short, these top four breeds are where my cat gets all his physical traits. So I think Basepaws’s breed analysis is good, but could be presented better and clearer.I would like Basepaws to add a traits list, so I don’t have to do the research on any future cats I might get. Cat blood type would be nice. Sibling and parent relationships as well.The Polycat DNA is unknown DNA, that might be whittled down in a couple years.

    115 people found this helpful

  20. Placeholder

    3.0 out of 5 stars

    Little information

    Very little info . For the price .

  21. Amazon Customer

    2.0 out of 5 stars

    It takes forever

    I’ve done 3 different dna kits on my dogs (I foster, and as part of the process I like to do the dna so their forever families have a good idea of their background and potential health issues). The one I have found to be the best so far is Wisdom. This one takes FOREVER to process. Although the other ones disclose a similar timeline, they process much faster. I won’t buy this one again.

  22. Sydney rae Bresch

    4.0 out of 5 stars

    RESULTS STILL PENDING WILL UPDATE ONCE POSTED

    This little kit is awesome! I am hoping we get the results back soon! I got him one and me one through Invate, i know different company, but, his did take two weeks to register from when i mailed it back. That is the only downside. That is the only reason i am giving it 4 stars.

    5 people found this helpful

  23. Kellie Collins

    4.0 out of 5 stars

    Cat DNA Kit

    I bought two kits to test out our kitties. The swab needs to be in the mouth for 5 seconds. At first I thought this would never happen with our two particular cats but it ended up being easier than we thought. I mainly did this for health markers. Thankfully my two cats are clear on all markers. I know the base is small but one of our cats is part calico and the calico didn’t come up at all. That is my only complaint. The company sends you updates every 10-14 days on where they are at with the process. I did send an email on progress close to the 6 week mark. There was a fast reply and we got the results soon after that so expect to wait the full 6 weeks. Overall, I am very happy with the process and the information obtained from the DNA tests. Our Vet was interested in the results as well. They have had lots of people perform Dog DNA but we were the first clients to perform Cat DNA. Good stuff!

    5 people found this helpful

  24. JD

    2.0 out of 5 stars

    Waste of money

    I wish that I could rate these well as I love the idea, but it’s just not worth the money. For $50 I would have no complaints. But for $100+ per test, it just isn’t worth it. Cats are basically mutts. You won’t find out much of anything that you don’t already know. I did these tests on 5 different cats with completely different patterns, fur lengths, locations, ages, etc. and they all had very similar results. All the long hairs had around 15% maine coon and a small percentage of a bunch of other random breeds. All the short hairs had about 5-10% maine coon and a small percentage of a bunch of other random breeds. I got no real information on their breeds. A cat I have with a ragdoll mother only came back with 5% ragdoll while a short hair tabby from the shelter had 10%. It just doesn’t make sense and you don’t get enough information for the money.

    9 people found this helpful

  25. Saychez

    3.0 out of 5 stars

    It’s not as clear as dog DNA tests

    Friend enjoyed her gift! Cat DNA is a little different, as you have specific breeds, and main types of cats. For this cat he was 20 different kinds of cat. Unlike a dog who might be 2-6 kinds. But it was fun, and expensive.

    One person found this helpful

  26. torukai

    4.0 out of 5 stars

    DNA for the Fur Kids

    EDIT: I had originally given this a 1-star review due to the company ignoring my multiple pleas for help getting into my account. Their PW reset functionality on their site was not working and they did not return multiple emails and phone calls over the course of a week.However, they have since reached out to me and are working to resolve their issues. I am still dinging 1 star off an otherwise perfect review due to their initial lack of response.The product itself was easy to use. One cat didn’t mind, another cat protested a little bit. The communication of receipt, processing, and results were timely.The DNA reports themselves were rather interesting. Our smallest cat (9 years old, runt of his litter) we thought for years to be close to a Norwegian Forest Cat but didn’t rule out some Maine Coon or Siberian. Well his DNA report said his mix is closest to that of a Siberian. Interestingly NFC was a lot farther down the list.Health markers, where available, are interesting as well. It’s all grain-of-salt stuff that is interesting but of course doesn’t rule out any actual health problems that may occur in the future.All in all this was a bit of an impulse / curiosity purchase and I’m not disappointed that I grabbed it. We’ve had our DNA results for a while, it’s nice to have our furry kids done too.

    31 people found this helpful

  27. Toni R DayToni R Day

    1.0 out of 5 stars

    Expectations

    I can’t even tell you if the product is accurate as they have not given me the results yet. I’ve been waiting since 12/27. It wouldn’t be so much of an issue if I didn’t need to know my dog’s makeup. I’ve trained dogs for years and this is the first time I’ve come across a mixed breed where I can’t train them due to not knowing the breed I’m dealing with. So these results are pretty important. If you are going to set expectations by giving a date range, as a company…your goal should always be to exceed the customers expectations not leave them waiting and sitting here writing a negative review. Your competitors get more accurate results in far less time. Save your money and just go with Embark or Wisdom. Just skip this one altogether.UPDATE: got my results from wisdom panel and he is 1/4 pitbull terrier and 1/4 Staffordshire terrier with a smattering of German Shepherd. Do not use base paws. It is never acceptable to have your main genetic match. Be a poly anything. I’m asking for a refund on this product due to false advertisement. Poor customer service and just an all-around piss poor product. After getting my results from wisdom panel, I am reducing this to one star.

    3 people found this helpful

  28. KnoKno

    5.0 out of 5 stars

    Gave me more information than I expected!

    I had always been curious if my Nozdormu had Ragdoll in him based off of nothing more than how he happily melts when he’s picked up, but that on its own it was never important enough for me to pay for a test. I finally caved when this went on sale because it said it ran for health markers, and boy it wasn’t lying!It came back with all the details on if he has the gene for them at all, right down to if he just passively carries it. It even tells me what to look out for with his teeth heslth and goes into the trait genes he has to explain his coloring. The picture I uploaded is just the front page, but there’s about another 70 pages to help detail everything.The page count might sound daunting, but it’s organized super clearly and is made very easy to digest!Overall I’m thrilled with how it worked and the results! I will say that I’m lucky my goofy baby is as laid back as he is to let me use the cheek swab, so if you have surly cats keep that in mind.Of course–cat tax included! 😊

    32 people found this helpful

  29. Kainna

    2.0 out of 5 stars

    Taking longer than 6 weeks

    I still haven’t received results for the 2 tests I sent at the beginning of December – they “received” the kits on 12/7 & said to expect results by 1/18 at the latest. Today (1/18) I conveniently got an email from Basepaws saying their sequencing software is down so it could take another 2.5 weeks… only giving 2 stars because I’m hopeful the reports will be interesting but at this point I’m not sure I’ll ever get results back.

    2 people found this helpful

  30. Gpskcu

    5.0 out of 5 stars

    Some people here don’t science.

    Several reviews criticized how long it takes for the results to come back. I’m curious: how long to people assume DNA sequencing and analysis should take? It can take years for human DNA sequencing to be completed, depending on how busy the lab is and how good the sample provided is. It took seven weeks for me to receive the results, which is more than reasonable.The swab itself is incredibly easy to use – simply stick it in your cat’s mouth, move around a bit, put it in the provided tube, shake around, and ship it off in the box provided. The company was very good at keeping me up to date. They let me know when they received the sample, when it arrived at their labs, when it was finished sequencing, and when analysis was completed.In terms of accuracy: you people need to understand that DNA sequencing is not cut-and-dry. A real person analyzes DNA samples, be it for a cat or for a human, so some of it is subjective (for both cat and human). The larger the DNA pool is, the more accurate the results will be. I had suspicions in terms of what breed/s my cat was, and this confirmed it. I mostly got it for the health markers, which were extensive and very detailed. Overall, if you’re curious about your cat’s breed and health, this DNA kit is as good as it gets.

    23 people found this helpful

  31. SP

    2.0 out of 5 stars

    Still waiting on results

    I followed all the instructions on the kit over 1-2 months ago and I still have not received my cat’s test results. For example, I got an email today saying ” We are tremendously sorry for the delay as our sequencing instrument software ran into challenges processing your pet’s sample.” This is not acceptable and I’m disappointed by the wait time of the results. I’m currently requesting a refund of the item.

    One person found this helpful

  32. CC

    5.0 out of 5 stars

    Growing Database & Great Customer Support

    I used Basepaws to try and get an idea of what my little one (her name is Sarabi) is composed of! While Basepaws is still a growing database, I knew going in that the results wouldn’t be 100% and I was fine with that. I was more concerned with health-related things and just a general idea of Sarabi’s lineage (we adopted her from a rescue shelter).Unfortunately, our first kit with Basepaws didn’t provide enough DNA for the lab to use (aka- I messed up with acquiring my cat’s DNA). I will say that this part was the trickiest, since my cat (and most cats) do not like having objects inserted into their mouths & rubbed around (LOL)HOWEVER- Basepaws was super helpful and sent us another kit FOR FREE. We were able to send off another kit that had enough DNA for the lab to use and got Sarabi’s results in about 4 weeks perhaps?The report we received was really detailed and explained things even for the not-so science-savvy.Additionally, I like that Basepaws will be adding to their database overtime and that I’ll get to potentially learn more about Sarabi as they grow. (:tldr: dont expect perfection, but it is extremely helpful for rescue/adopted cats!

    60 people found this helpful

  33. Mickey Thomas

    5.0 out of 5 stars

    BEST OPTION!!!

    Okay already dropped a review on Wisdom Panel (1star because 0 isn’t an option) but basically I bought both kits, used them on my weird cat, and mailed them off together. Basepaws emailed me each step of the process. They also have a customer service number that just goes to human. No robot. I felt so had in my automatic braindead mumbling representative repeatedly until the machine gives me human and instead an absolute gem of a person chirps out that they are infact human. I was having a problem with their sight and needed help. She not only sent a report to IT about the already known and thought to be fixed bug still happening and then emailed a PDF of the results so that even if the entire sight stops working I still have the little list that shows my cat is 27.04 percent who tf knows. Less than expected.TLDR: cross-tested with wisdom panel. Stop debating and buy Basepaws. I will be looking for a refund from Wisdom Panel by comparison

    13 people found this helpful

  34. Sarah Daugherty

    5.0 out of 5 stars

    Takes a while but worth it

    I got my cat a little over three years ago. I had to have my boxer put to sleep and was devastated. My sister called me the next day and said she had a cat for me. My sister is a teacher and one of her students was living in a homeless shelter and wasn’t able to keep the kitten she had found. I hadn’t a had a cat in several years and immediately told her I didn’t want one. She swore that this cat “was different” and I needed to see him. Anyway, I ended up falling in love with him. I suspected that he was part maine coon but wasn’t entirely sure. The breed report was incredibly helpful and lined up with what I suspected. It does take a while but overall I am happy I did it. It took nine weeks from when I originally mailed the sample and just over six weeks from when they received it.12/29/20 – Dropped the kit off at the post office.1/15/21 – Received an email that my CatKit was received (not sure why it took so long since it was only travelling 30 miles).1/28/21 – Received an email that the DNA sample was being sequenced.2/9/21 – Received an email that sequencing was complete and there is only one more step (ETA 5-10 days).2/22/21 – Received an email that my report is running late.3/2/21 – Report available.

    108 people found this helpful

  35. Amber KAmber K

    2.0 out of 5 stars

    My dog is a mutt and her DNA showed Polydog

    I did this to find out what kind of DNA my dog had and was basically told she is mostly mutt. I do appreciate the health information for my pup, but the DNA information was basically useless.

  36. lucy

    5.0 out of 5 stars

    Great Resourse for cat care

    We’ve bought basepaws DNA and health test kits and the dental health tests. The DNA and health test is a great resource to determine issues your cats may have in the future and have helped us to have more informed conversations with our vet about what bloodwork and tests are beneficial to our cats health. The dental test so far seems like a very good tool but our vets are only documenting the results and keeping a close eye on our cats teeth. Both of my cats came back with concerning dental health results but upon inspection do not have any signs/symptoms that lead us or our vet to believe a cleaning is worth the risk of anesthesia.Overall the tests are worth the cost but I think the value will increase with time and as more Vets become familiar how to use the results.

    7 people found this helpful

  37. AffineurAffineur

    5.0 out of 5 stars

    Worth the money

    We adopted this little guy and his brother four months ago and their striking appearance and interesting markings made us curious. They had been described to us as part Siamese, but we wanted to get more info. The test was easy to administer and very easy to send off. The best part of Basepaws is their customer service, however. When we hadn’t heard back, I checked with the company and found that the kit had arrived and been. Processed, but wasn’t registered properly. We were able to identify our kit from the package details with little trouble. The lab was even able to answer a few questions that were not part of the DNA analysis! The kids were identified as part Maine Coon, part Norwegian Forest cats and a tiny part Turkish Van cats. They look exactly like Turkish Vans, and they are huge for their age, a sure sign of Maine Coon heritage. Was the test necessary? Nah, but informative,, fun and useful, absolutely!

    101 people found this helpful

  38. CKTCKT

    5.0 out of 5 stars

    Arrived quickly and easy to use!

    This product arrived quickly and in great shape. The packaging made it easy to use and then seal up to return, and the test itself had clearly written directions. We’re looking forward to our results!

    15 people found this helpful

  39. maromaro

    5.0 out of 5 stars

    Great product

    I really enjoyed finding out my Russian blue was 0% Russia blue, he ended up being a British blue and the personality description was right on a British blue . Of course he had other breeds show up but in his test . I’m a bit confused on how the %of certainty of the breed is determined. Unlike the older version of this test , I’m not sure how to maneuver over the results,

    18 people found this helpful

  40. oceanbleuoceanbleu

    5.0 out of 5 stars

    good to know

    Helped me make sense of some of his behaviors- so fun to find out all of his breeds.

    16 people found this helpful

  41. J.Mal

    4.0 out of 5 stars

    As described

    I appreciated how you could follow along with process and it was just as explained, about 8 weeks.Reading the results are a little difficult and does not answer things as definitively as some others I have seen.Still good to know the main make-up of the breed and some possible health things that “may or may not” be accurate 😂

  42. Erica p.

    4.0 out of 5 stars

    Breed classifications are very obscure

    This product works and customer service is good, but I feel like the breed classification is lacking. Most of my cats DNA was classified as “broadly western” which seems somewhat lazy. I paid a lot to know my cat’s breed groups and the feedback was too general in my opinion. Just wish I knew that this breed classification was a possibility before buying.

  43. Trev p.

    4.0 out of 5 stars

    My cats dna

    Have not gotten the results back yet or any things saying they got the kit in the lab.

  44. Amazon Customer

    3.0 out of 5 stars

    6+ weeks… Still don’t have report…Update Refund

    Update: The company reached out and offered me a full refund. It did take too long and the extensions were frustrating, but wanted to update that I appreciate the customer service. This seemed very easy to use. I was impressed by how quickly it came and how quickly I received an email that they had gotten the DNA sample. However, since then, it has been extremely slow. Received an email a couple weeks ago that we would get the report within a few days. We did not, so I reached out to the company…who let me know we would receive it on February 19 (I let them know the email said a couple days and they responded they would tell the manager). On February 19 got an email that said we would receive it by the end of the week, so over the six week period Advertised. I’m not sure if we will actually get it by the end of the week so this may be premature. However, we have used a different dog DNA company for our other four pets and it had about half the waiting time with no delays. This is what I get for trying to save a few bucks!

    2 people found this helpful

  45. Haley

    4.0 out of 5 stars

    Good-late results

    We got this for our cat and it was simple and easy to use! the only downside was it took longer than i thought it would for results, which isn’t a huge deal. came back with a 68 page pdf of everything we needed to know which was pretty cool! glad we bough this kit.

  46. Lexi

    5.0 out of 5 stars

    Great service!

    I actually really enjoined the results, they were quite specific and helpful! i read some reviews prior saying it wasn’t good so i was quite skeptical but it was great!

  47. Randall W. Rasner

    5.0 out of 5 stars

    Wide range of results. Using this on a rescue with little background information available.

    Review of Basepaws Dog DNA Test @ $109.00I was fortunate to get this on sale with a coupon for $89. We have used an Embark DNA kit before and this was cheaper on sale and provided more results. This one includes health screening, health risks and traits. I ordered as a Christmas gift; this is for the German Shepherd my daughter rescued. There was little background on him, and we hoped this might help know what to expect. Plus, we think he might have a tad bit of Husky in him. The sample gathering was not too bad even though he did not readily help. She got notified when they received the sample. She was told that the results would take 4-6 weeks. As it stands right now, I am giving this 5 stars. Should any hiccups develop, I will update the review.

    5 people found this helpful

  48. Matthew G

    4.0 out of 5 stars

    Bought this for our kitty 12/18/23

    We felt it could have been little more detailedBut overall good

  49. Tabitha

    4.0 out of 5 stars

    Took a while but very cool

    The results took longer than expected, but they updated me that it would be delayed. Once I got the results though it was worth the wait. Very cool breakdown of the breeds, including one I had been curious of. Health results were also great.

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  50. Amazon CustomerAmazon Customer

    5.0 out of 5 stars

    Awesome experience

    I know a lot of folks haven’t had as good of an experience, but I knew when we got this wild bundle of ridiculousness that our kitten was different. We named him Floki because the markings on the side of his face reminded us of Floki of Vikings, plus he is wild and playful and odd to say the least. LOL He loves water, carrying things around in his mouth, he loves to be up high and his jump scares are the best. He is all muscle with polka dots on his belly and tiger looking like stripes down his arms. He is a gorgeous cat to look at. This is why I wanted to know more about him.I did not upload a photo of Floki on Basepaws website. I did not want them to have a hint of anything before we got the results back. So after registering the kit and sending it back I got an email on 11/28/23 that his DNA was being sequenced and yesterday 1/01/2023 I got an email saying his DNA results were back. To me that was not that long to wait. Especially with how thorough his DNA report was.Shocked is an understatement. I have nothing but good things to say about Basepaws DNA testing. I know we all want things faster, but it was worth the wait for our family.

    22 people found this helpful

  51. JackieS

    2.0 out of 5 stars

    Extremely long wait

    They said results returned in 7-10 business days. It has now been 36 calendar days and still no results.

  52. L

    2.0 out of 5 stars

    Not the best test!

    They don’t give as good detail as Embatk. Too long to get results back.

  53. Kindle Customer

    2.0 out of 5 stars

    Not what I thought

    Buyer beware, these are not accurate for Breed determination. With that said I did get value in the health record DNA. I did not know what Vets and Breeders know that the data is not regulated nor is there a way with cat breeds to determine breed specific DNA. I feel everyone should know this going into purchasing the tests as they are expensive.

    2 people found this helpful

  54. AnnaAnna

    1.0 out of 5 stars

    DON’T BUY IT’S A SCAM

    I normally never write reviews, especially any negative reviews, and have been sitting on this for a couple of months to calm down but I decided to share my experience so that no one else wastes so much money.I have two cats from the same litter who look absolutely identical – even I struggle to tell them apart. I bought two kits because I was interested to test their health background so that I am aware of they have any high-risk genes, because I love them to bits and always worry something might happen to them. The tests showed a completely different result for each cat in terms of their breed mix, not just in terms of % of different breed types but also the breeds themselves – one cat is allegedly a Savannah x Arabian Mau x Thai Siamese x Polycat and the other one is Siberian x Peterbald x Ragdoll x Polycat. Such nonsense!So I emailed them, sending them photos of my cats together where they look like identical twins (even their tiny markings like their tiny white spots behind their ears are identical), thinking they might have mixed up the results with some other cat for one of them (although I sent both tests on the same day in June, one result arrived mid July and another one end of August). They claimed that both tests are accurate and that they “don’t yet have enough data on different breeds” to give 100% accurate results, and couldn’t explain the differences in my cat’s results at all. And this was an email from the owner herself, Anna. She didn’t even apologize, which is really bad.So, I wasted nearly $200 and got absolutely nothing. I had to conclude that this is a scam. They just come up with some wild lies, and because people don’t know, they believe them. I even checked with our vet if the results could be different, and he confirmed that even if they had different fathers and the same mother (which is not the case) their results should overlap by at least 45%, which is not the case.

    171 people found this helpful

  55. Kat

    5.0 out of 5 stars

    Meow-gical Results!!!

    This kit was very easy to use! I know that most cats are just a big mix of everything (Polycat) due to so much mix-breeding between stray/outdoor cats but I wanted to find out what my cat could possibly have him in out of boredom due to the pandemic but also my own curiosity & love for animals! The results did take awhile due to all the sequencing & whatnot that has to be done with the DNA but it was totally worth it! The science behind the test results is very insightful & even taught me new things about my own cat; it even shows results for certain cat health markers (health issues that can be recessive traits passed down by their ancestors). The results even update in real time as more & more cats join! I HIGHLY recommend this kit for any cat lover! It’s well worth the money!!!

    2 people found this helpful

  56. Joshua Elizondo

    5.0 out of 5 stars

    Informative & Worth It (Especially for Adopted Cats)

    This product was literally something I didn’t know I needed OR even existed! I was randomly searching through amazon when this came up and I had to buy. I adopted my cat several years ago from the shelter but had no clue exactly what mix she was except that she was part Siamese.Once the kit arrived, the process was simple and easy, with clear instructions. The swabbing wasn’t too bad… but make sure you’re prepared for a little push back if your cat doesn’t like it and has claws.After taking the sample, I mailed it off and received an email a few days later that my sample was received. It originally said it would take several weeks but the results came much sooner and in two separate batches. General make up of my cats genetics and then health statistics.If purely for the fun of it, or even to find out more health/genetic make up (they claim to be updating regularly as more small less are received for new catalogues etc) I highly recommend buying this product. And I’ll definitely use again if I ever adopt a new feline friend or get for a friend when they do!

    5 people found this helpful

  57. White Meadow

    5.0 out of 5 stars

    Very easy to use swab test

    We have been curious about the background of our cat since he was adopted from a local shelter in September of 2010. We do know that feline DNA testing is still somewhat new. However, the knowledge gained about our cat’s background and health markers was worth it. The swab test was very easy to do. We sent in our kit in the beginning of December and got the results back at the end of January. Along the way, we received multiple email updates about the progress of the testing. We liked his aspect of the process because we felt connected. The final report was very detailed and clear and showed us that the Siberian Forest cat was the predominant breed in our cat’s DNA. We also learned that our cat did not have any adverse health markers. This was the most valuable information piece to us as our cat is now considered a “senior citizen”. Another plus to this kit testing is the knowledge that we will receive updated information as feline DNA testing is expanded and refined in the future. How can this not be a great thing to know?!

    One person found this helpful

  58. Paul CampisePaul Campise

    5.0 out of 5 stars

    Great

    Adopted my new fur ball after my precious cat left me for the other side of the rainbow. My new cat looked much like a Siamese cat, maybe with a mixture of some other breeds. The adoption papers just said white cat, I knew better but needed proof to confirm my belief. What better way than using Basepaws DNA kit to get results to confirm my cats breeds and as a bonus get information regarding my cats health. After mailing in the easy to use sample kit, I registered online and within a short time received an emailed that my sample was received. Within a reasonable amount of time through another email, I was notified the DNA analysis was complete. The information is presented on-line and is easy to understand using nice graphics. Now I know more about my cats genetics and health than I thought possible. What I like is as the database continues to expand, my cats genetics will be updated as more information becomes available through additional DNA testing, same as the human DNA database. I am a happy customer.

    13 people found this helpful

  59. C. Chen

    5.0 out of 5 stars

    For the curious

    It takes about 7 or 8 weeks to recieve the report. They send plenty of emails to update you on the progress.The results were not too shocking. I already had an idea of what my cat was. A savannah/scottish fold mix.Main points of interest:- They give you percentages of what category of cat your furry friend is most similar to (exotic, eastern, western, Persian).- They tell you which wild cat they are most similar to, no percentages though.- Tells you your cat is more eastern, western, exotic, Persian than ××.××% of other cats tested.- Has many breed descriptions for you to refer to- There are also several health markers it checks for, to tell you whether your cat is a carrier or not.I was a little disappointed because the report did not mention the scottish fold breed. My cat is obviously scottish fold (his ears are very folded) yet the report says he is mainly american shorthair. Hopefully more breeds will be added, and the percentage of “polycat” (unknown) will decrease. I look forward to updates as the report continues to become more defined.

    2 people found this helpful

  60. Laurie

    5.0 out of 5 stars

    Very Awesome!!

    Living in the country I have a variety of feral cats that temporarily live in my barn and raise their litters of kittens. I couldn’t pass up a couple of beauties and decided to bring them into a domestic lifestyle. I was so curious what breeds they were so decided to get 1 kit to test one of the kitties who was identical to her brother. It was so cool to see the variety of breeds present in my “wild” kitty. After a friend wanted me to capture two more kittens from a different breed, I got attached and couldn’t give them up! I decided to get two more kits to see if there were similarities to my first kitty from a different litter (same mom). While some rare similarities were there, I was shocked to see a wider array of breeds in one kitty (Maine Coone and Peterbald)! Very, very cool! I’m excited to see what else will come of the research BasePaws continues to find! I love this product!

    55 people found this helpful

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