Polycystic Kidney Disease (PKD) is a condition which is prevalent in Persian cats. It causes cysts on the ovaries and swelling, abdominal paid and often results in death as the kidneys become overwhelmed by the liquid filled sacs. Because of the characteristically large number of cysts, draining each cyst is generally impossible and vets will suggest putting the animal down. DNA testing offers the only way of preventing the disease by selectively mating only those felines that are free of the gene responsible for PKD. If you are interested in buying a kit but are concerned about whether or not it carries the gene, you can carry out our DNA test.
The disease does not require a copy of the gene from both parents to develop and thus, from a litter of kittens having one parent carrying the PKD gene, half will suffer from the condition. This is due to the fact that the PKD gene is dominant. The onset of the disease usually happen quite late in the cat’s life, which means that by then, many litters could have been affected with the gene.
How a cat DNA test is done?
Carrying out a dog or cat DNA test couldn’t be simpler! The DNA is collected from the animal’s mouth using sterile cotton swabs. This means no expensive visits to the veterinary clinic and no need for blood samples! Holding the cat’s head firmly you will simply need to rub the swab inside the cat’s mouth.
All you require for sample collection will be provided in the DNA testing kit. Inside you will find the oral swabs for DNA sample collection, detailed instructions and a pre-addressed envelope for sending the samples back to the laboratory. Simply rub the cotton end of the oral swab inside your cat’s mouth, against the inside of the cheek, in this way you will be collecting the loose cheek cells needed for DNA extraction and analysis.
Depending on the type of test you require, results can be available in as little as 10-14 working days and your detailed report will be sent via email, unless otherwise requested.