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Genetic testing for cats

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Genetic testing for cats

Genetic testing, or DNA testing, describes a number of different types of tests that examine the DNA of the cat to determine whether particular genetic variants (mutations) are present and, hence, whether these can be passed on to offspring.  For owners, genetic testing can be a way to learn more about their cat’s health or genetic make-up. Responsible cat breeders can use these tests to help select breeding pairs to reduce risks of some inherited diseases, and also to identify desirable characteristics they would like in the kittens. Your veterinary surgeon may use genetic testing to aid in disease diagnosis, or to help determine risks of disease development.

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