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How Much Does a Cat DNA Test Cost? Complete Price Guide

Written by: Brooke Billingsley

Last Updated on June 18, 2024 by Catster Editorial Team

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How Much Does a Cat DNA Test Cost? Complete Price Guide

DNA testing has proven to be a highly beneficial technological advancement and is now available for our pets. DNA testing for pets can give you a good idea of your cat’s breed and which medical conditions your cat may be predisposed to. For a long time, DNA tests for pets were cost-prohibitive for most people and weren’t particularly accurate. As time has passed, the tests have become more accurate, although not infallible, and have become far more affordable to the average cat owner.

In short, you can find DNA tests from $60–$150, but some might cost a bit more. It depends on the company, the kit, and several other factors. Let’s dive into them.

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How Much Does a Cat DNA Test Cost?

To get DNA testing for your cat, you can expect to spend a minimum of $60–$150, but you may spend as much as $200 for a more reliable test. Advanced testing or tests with more features will cost more. If you add on specialty medical and genetic testing, you will pay the higher end of the price range. Some companies even provide advanced genome sequencing, which can cost around $500.

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What Extra Expenses Should I Expect?

Check to ensure the company you choose covers the shipping costs. You may have to pay to ship the test to your house, and you also may have to pay to ship the swabs back to the company. Often, shipping is included in the test’s cost, but there will likely be added shipping fees for people who live outside the continental US. The shipping fees start around $15 but could cost significantly more depending on where you live.

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How Does DNA Testing for Cats Work?

Getting the sample for DNA testing your cat is easy, assuming your cat is somewhat cooperative. The company will send you a kit with swabs that you’ll use to swab your cat’s gums for a sample of cells that will be used for the DNA testing. If needed, you can wrap your kitty in a towel or blanket like a “kitty burrito,” or you may need someone to help you hold your cat.

Your veterinarian will likely be willing to help you, but you may pay a fee for this service for the time of your vet or their staff. Make sure to thoroughly read through the directions before you swab your cat. Some tests may be specific about how soon after eating and drinking you can swab your cat’s mouth for the sample. Sometimes, if you swab too soon after eating and drinking, you may not get a good sample, thus causing the test to be inaccurate or unable to be completed.

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Conclusion

Depending on what you expect from a DNA test for your cat, you’ll spend at least $60 or as much as $500. Health and genetic testing are more expensive, but if you’re just curious to discover the breeds that compose your cat’s genetics, a less expensive test will likely suffice. Make sure to look into the possibility of additional fees, like shipping charges, especially if you are on a budget.


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