Hello Human, Meet Your Cat’s DNA
The official Basepaws Alpha Report is now available to our first batch of kitties. Here is an overview of what’s included in your cat’s Alpha Report.
Your Cat’s Breed Index
The Basepaws Alpha Report includes 26 popular cat breeds, with more to come. Cat breeds which have been compared to your cat are listed in order of best match.
If the marker (blue bubble) is to the right of "Domestic," then your cat has more DNA in common with that breed than a typical cat. If the marker is positioned directly under "More Likely," than your cat or one of your cat’s parents belongs to that breed.
The markers can be narrow or wide – the width shows the range of our index for each breed. These ranges will improve with later versions of the report.
If this is what your cat’s report looks like, then your cat appears to belong to the Somali breed. At least one of your cat’s parents is probably a purebred Somali.
If this is what your cat’s report looks like, then your cat’s DNA is not a strong match with any of the purebred cats in our database. In other words, your cat is a Domestic (or an untested breed).
However, this report also shows that your cat is more related to Siamese and British Shorthairs than the average Domestic cat. In other words, your cat has a lot of DNA in common with these breeds. We have given very detailed overviews of each breeds health and genetic predisposition - do take a look! We hope you enjoy finding out what else your cat shares with its closest relatives!
Why did Basepaws develop a Breed Index?
Unlike dogs, most cats do not have purebred ancestors (read our previous blog for more about the recent history of cat breeds). If our report focused on the breakdown of cat family trees, the majority of cats would come back 100% Domestic.
However, every cat shares more ancestors with some cat breeds than others. In order to serve all cats regardless of their pedigree, Basepaws developed a Breed Index that can be used by any Domestic or purebred cat.
You can read more about the calculation and interpretation of the Breed Index here.
Your Cat’s Wild Cat Index
The Basepaws Alpha Report also includes comparisons of your cat to 16 different wild cats. Wild cats that have been compared to your cat are listed in order of best match.
Our Wild Cat Index tells you which wild cats your cat is most related to, ranked in comparison to other cats in our database. If the percentage is higher than 50%, then your cat shares more DNA with this wild cat when compared to the average house cat.
If this is what your cat’s Wild Cat report looks like, then your cat (compared to most housecats) has more DNA in common with Snow leopard and Puma.
Most wild cats, like Snow Leopards, cannot breed with housecats. If your cat has more DNA in common with Snow Leopards than other cats, it is probably caused by random inheritance.
Other wild cats, like Servals, can breed with housecats. If your cat has more DNA in common with Servals than other cats, it might indicate an actual Serval in your cat’s family tree!
You can read more about the calculation and interpretation of the Wild Cat Index here.
We hope you enjoy discovering more about your cat’s wild relatives!
Your Cat’s Dashboard
Your cat’s Breed Index and Wild Cat Index can be accessed through your cat’s dashboard in your Basepaws Account. As your cat’s report continues to improve and grow, new dashboard links will be unlocked.
If you are a Basepaws customer and haven’t received your cat’s Alpha Report yet, thank you for your patience! We are currently reviewing our first results, tweaking our algorithms and processing another batch of kitty DNA. We will be releasing reports throughout the next few months, and hope to be caught up to our original timeline by May!
Have questions or comments about the Alpha Report? You can reach us here!