Basepaws is giving away hundreds of FREE cat DNA tests to special cats willing to give a little fur to improve the lives of all felines, everywhere.
Thank you for all those that participated. Please expect to receive instructions within the next few days. In the meantime, we are still looking for cats with select diseases or carriers for those diseases like Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy (HCM) and Polycystic Kidney Disease (PKD). If you have such special cat, please reach out to us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
We just received funding to sequence hundreds of cats’ DNA for science. And now we need your help locating the special cats and kittens that will help us create the future of personalized therapies and products for cats. Millions of cats could benefit from your cat’s participation today.
What do I get?
We will send you our CatKit and will do all testing for FREE, plus you will become part of our ongoing work in feline health. Join other citizen scientists to help us end hereditary diseases in all cats through the power of genomics!
Does my cat qualify?
Is your cat a purebred? Does your cat have a really unique physical trait? Has your cat been diagnosed with a genetic disorder? Then we have a FREE GIFT for you – a Basepaws CatKit – the world’s most comprehensive hair-based DNA test for cats that’s as simple as brushing your cat.*
* Free CatKits are provided to the first 3-10 responders for each category. This page will be updated regularly and categories removed when we have enough representative cats.
Your cat qualifies if it falls into any of the following categories:
Norwegian Forest cat
Polydactyly (extra toes)
Short curled whiskers
White feet (color on legs and body)
Adrenal hyperplasia (11-beta hydroxylase deficiency)
Autoimmune lymphoproliferative syndrome
Blood group system AB
Cystinuria (type B or I-A)
Deficient acetaminophen glucuronidation
Factor XII deficiency
Gangliosidosis (GM1 or GM2)
Glaucoma 3, primary congenital
Glycogen storage disease IV
Hypokalaemic periodic paralysis
Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD)
Leber congenital amaurosis (stationary night blindness)
Mucopolysaccharidosis (I, VI, or VII)
Multidrug resistance 1
Muscular dystrophy (Duchenne or limb-girdle)
Niemann-Pick disease, (type C1 or C2)
Polycystic kidney disease
Porphyria (acute or congenital)
Primary hyperoxaluria type II (Oxalosis II)
Pyruvate kinase deficiency of erythrocyte
Resistance/susceptibility to FIV
Retinal degeneration (II or fluoroquinolone-induced)
Spinal muscular atrophy
Vitamin D-deficiency rickets, type I
My cat qualifies!
Here’s how you can redeem your free cat DNA test if your cat qualifies:
- Send an email to email@example.com.
- In the email, tell us what specific category your cat falls into.
- Attach appropriate documentation that your cat qualifies:
- For breeds – A snapshot of your cat’s breed registration
- For traits – A photo of your cat showing the trait
- For disorders – A diagnosis from your veterinarian or a copy of a genetic test report
Can’t find your cat on this list?
Don’t worry, we know your cat’s special too. We can only provide free kits to qualifying cats, but you can use the discount code SPECIAL at checkout for $20 off your CatKit orders for the rest of July. Thanks for spreading the word!