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The database was designed and launched by the appropriately named, Dr. Leslie Lyons, who collected DNA samples from felines worldwide, specifically at cat shows sponsored by the Cat Fancier’s Association and the International Cat Association.  National Geographic highlighted Dr. Lyon’s innovative work in their recent documentary, The Science of Cats.

Actually after writing this post, I am now even more curious about Sushi’s lineage and I think I will order the test. When I get the results back of both my test and Sushi’s (about 8 weeks for both), I will share with you the results — as long as you promise not to laugh if I turn out to be 10% Neanderthal!








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Cherise Udell

Cherise Udell is a mom, clean air advocate, anthropologist and feline aficionado with the nomadic habit of taking spontaneous sojourns to unusual destinations. Before her adventures in motherhood, she was an intrepid Amazon jungle guide equipped with a pair of sturdy wellingtons and a 24-inch machete, as well as a volunteer at a rainforest animal rescue center.


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9:59AM PDT on May 1, 2013

meh, seems like a waste. It wouldn't change anything, I love my kitty (and myself) no matter what our ancestry may be. I would rather spend that money on books, or yarn, or a vacation with my family

7:22AM PST on Feb 8, 2013

Thank you very much for sharing.If I lived in California and I had funds, I'll order tests for me and for my two cats

5:27AM PST on Feb 8, 2013

Thank you Cherise, for Sharing this!

9:53PM PST on Feb 2, 2013

If I had the spare funds, I'd be fascinated to see the genetic history of myself and my furry brood.

6:38AM PST on Jan 28, 2013

thanks for sharing :)

7:15PM PST on Jan 24, 2013

In high school I had the genetic testing done d as part of my genetics class. Their difference was we extracted our own DNA and once our sample was coded, we were given our genetic code and looked for the matches ourselves. I am pretty sure they won't mention you being part-extinct species since it focuses on countries you have a similar genome to. It will give you matches to a bunch of different places.It is interesting they now do it for pets.

1:23PM PST on Jan 21, 2013

I would think that MOST of the 'purebred' cats (and dogs) these days have been genetically engineered to produce breeds with particular characteristics.
I love my moggy just the way he is - genetically varied :)

10:43AM PST on Jan 15, 2013

@ Katie P -- thank you!

9:27AM PST on Jan 15, 2013

This post is awesome! I wanted the Geno kit too- but I will have to buy it for myself. I don't have a cat right now though so I don't even know why I read this article, but I'm sure glad I did :D

12:55PM PST on Jan 14, 2013

thank you

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