“Except for a few hybrid breeds with wild cat DNA, all housecats are descended from the same ancestors – the Near Eastern wild cats. However, as cats around the world evolved, some kittens inherited more DNA in common with wild cat relatives than did their siblings. The Basepaws Wild Cat Index now offers you a way to see if your furry companion has more in common with different wild cats than other cats.
As we gear up for the release of the first batch of Basepaws results to our earliest customers, we would like to introduce you to our Breed and Wildcat Indexes. Read up on the ways your cat is similar to wildcats, and how Basepaws is creating a way to compare your cats DNA to those of it’s more wild ancestors.
Do you ever wonder about your cat’s breed? Is she as cuddly as a Ragdoll? Or maybe she’s as large as a Maine Coon or he has a Russian Blue’s gray coat. Should you call her a Domestic even though she’s as regal as any registered purebred?
“You can keep a dog, but it is the cat who keeps people, because cats find humans useful domestic animals.” – George Mikes
While Persian and Siamese cats represent dolls and divas of the cat world, the world’s most favorite cat is the humble and diverse “house cat”, or officially the “Domestic Shorthair” (DSH). This is not a pure and recognized feline breed, but rather a cat of mixed ancestry. Thanks to the natural breeding, meaning a larger genetic pool, Domestic Shorthair cats actually account for the healthiest and smartest cats of all.