We are recruiting cats to help pioneer feline medicine and genetics

Does your cat have a specific health condition? Apply now to take part in our research study and join us in learning more about genetically occurring diseases in all pets.

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Who are we looking for?

Your cat qualifies if he or she falls into any of the following categories:


  • American Shorthair
  • Bengal
  • Birman
  • Bombay
  • Burmese
  • Egyptian Mau
  • Exotic Shorthair
  • Korat
  • Napoleon
  • Nebelung
  • Ocicat
  • Persian
  • Scottish Fold
  • Siberian
  • Sphynx
  • Turkish Angora


  • Acromegaly
  • Asthma
  • Calcium Oxalate Urolithiasis
  • Diabetes (Type II or Insulin Resistant)
  • Feline Idiopathic Cystitis
  • Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy
  • Polycystic Kidney Disease
  • Struvite Urolithiasis

Basepaws is seeking study participants!

We are conducting a study by collecting cat DNA samples and outcome data. Join us and become part of the movement to gain better knowledge of cats and their world among ours.

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This data will be shared with partners across the veterinary industry to promote meaningful research and advancements in feline health.


What is DNA actually used for?

Our goal is to further characterize the genetic basis of specific traits and diseases which are currently unknown. At the same time, we are assaying the prevalence of known genetic mutations that exists in the feline population. Our work will further the understanding of the complex relationships between genetic variations and their physical expression.

This understanding will lead to cutting edge information for you and our community.


What is our study design?

We are seeking to collect feline genetic material and physical trait data from our users. Please subscribe to get updates and join us to contribute.


What is our inclusion and exclusion criteria?

At this time, we require pet owners to submit records of any disease listed above. Our list changes often and we encourage our community to make suggestions as well. Please contact us by submitting the following application, or send us an email cure@basepaws.com.

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How are we funded?

We are funded by cat enthusiasts and investors. Our funding is spent on providing as many free kits to cats with naturally occuring health conditions as possible. Follow our blog where we chronicle our findings.

By collecting samples from numerous cats of different breed origin and of various traits and diseases, we will be able to provide our users with additional insights about their pets in the future. As our findings and database numbers increase, all existing CatKit owners will benefit from instant access to any and all updates.

If you have any questions about our research efforts, please contact us at cure@basepaws.com!

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