This is a sponsored guest post by Carolina Gonzales, R&D Coordinator at Basepaws*
Basepaws, a leading innovator in pet biotechnology, is committed to research and discovering new knowledge that will help veterinary professionals provide better care for their patients. We are developing a unique category of screening tools that combines genomic, microbiome and health history data to identify pre-clinical indicators associated with health-related outcomes.
Understanding genetic factors can help keep cats alive longer
A current Basepaws research project is focused on finding genetic markers of feline longevity that can potentially be used in therapeutics development for prolonging life and promoting healthy ageing in cats. Feline life expectancy varies widely among cats, mainly depending on their breed and lifestyle. It is generally accepted, however, that cats become seniors around the age of 7 to 10 years old and ‘super seniors’ after 17 years of age (the equivalent of 88 human birthdays.)
Is your cat 17 or older? Get a free DNA kit and help advance science!
Is your cat thriving in their 17th, 18th or 20th year of life? Congratulations! You have a very special feline super senior at your home! We are actively recruiting cats aged 17 years or older to partake in our longevity research study. If you have a super senior cat, they could be a perfect candidate for this study focused on discovering the genetic markers associated with longer feline lifespan and healthspan in domestic cats.
Pet parents of qualifying cats will be sent an oral swab kit and required to collect a DNA sample from their cat. They will then ship the sample back to the Basepaws lab using prepaid shipping. Additionally, they will be asked to fill out a short questionnaire and provide the cat’s medical records. All qualifying participants who are not current Basepaws customers will receive the company’s signature cat DNA report free of charge as a complimentary thank you for their contribution.
Contribute to feline science by taking part in our research studies and apply here to help us uncover the secrets of longer feline lifespan.
You can also review and participate in other citizen science research initiatives of the company here.
*FTC Disclosure: This is a sponsored post, which means that I was compensated to feature this content. The Conscious Cat is an affiliate partner of Basepaws. This means that if you decide to purchase through any of our links, we get a small commission. Regardless of payment received, you will only see products or services featured on this site that we’ve either used or would use ourselves.
Ingrid King is an award-winning author, former veterinary hospital manager, and veterinary journalist who is passionate about cats.