Cats Now Have 10 Lives: Basepaws Launches Highly Anticipated New Health Report

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The award-winning startup, Basepaws, is providing an enhanced analysis of 39 feline genetic mutations corresponding to 17 genetic conditions

Los Angeles-based Basepaws is a pet genetics company that has developed the first consumer genetics test for cats.

Cat owners are now armed with advance insights in their Health Report about their cat’s healthcare needs, making it possible to potentially mitigate or even prevent illness down the road. We know already our products save lives.

Basepaws, the first company to offer comprehensive, at-home feline DNA testing (think 23andMeow), has announced just in time for the holidays the launch of their new Basepaws Health Report. The new report includes 39 genetic mutations that correspond to 17 genetic health conditions. This vital information now aids more than 47 million US cat households if their beloved feline has tested positive for a genetic variant associated with any of the genetic diseases included in the Basepaws database and has the potential to save lives with prevention and education.

One of the most innovative feline health companies, Basepaws gained immediate acclaim after appearing on ABC’s Shark Tank earlier this year. In its initial offering to cat owners, Basepaws provided breed relativity information alongside with a similarity to the wild cats. Today, the highly anticipated new Health Marker report has launched, which analyzes 39 genetic markers that are associated with 17 genetic diseases, including polycystic kidney disorder (PKD), Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy (HCM) and retinal degeneration. A complete list of currently included genetic conditions in our Health Markers report is available here.

According to Basepaws Founder and CEO, Anna Skaya, PKD affects about one in three Persian breeds and its related gene pool. PKD is a result of a genetic fault in kidney cell development that leads to multiple cysts forming in the kidneys. HCM is the most common feline heart disease impacting up to 15 percent of all cats. Retinal atrophy is a gene mutation causing severe degeneration of vision impacts millions of cats each year.

“Identifying those key health markers that can immediately help make a difference in the lives of our pets has been a critical step for the development of our testing, and it will truly make an impact on the lives of cats everywhere,” says Skaya. “Cat owners are now armed with advance insights in their Health Report about their cat’s healthcare needs, making it possible to potentially mitigate or even prevent illness down the road. We know already our products save lives.”

Basepaws offers cat lovers a fascinating window into their cats’ origins and breed makeup. Even more important are the implications for cat health and the knowledge base of veterinary science. The Basepaws report includes Breed and Health reports, and each report is specifically designed to provide cat owners with a host of breed and genetic insights especially useful for mixed-breed cats. The Basepaws Breed and Health testing product can be purchased on Amazon.com or Basepaws.com.

Learn more and purchase your cat kit online at basepaws.com.

About Basepaws
Los Angeles-based Basepaws is a pet genetics company that has developed the first consumer genetics test for cats. With a mission to improve the lives of cats everywhere and help foster stronger bonds between humans and their pets, Basepaws offers pet owners insight into their cat’s unique background, including detailed information about breeds, traits, health and genetic markers for potential hereditary disease. With new data from each CatKit completed, Basepaws’ database continues to provide new and valuable information into genetic correlations and cat-specific diseases.

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