How to swab your cat
1. The cat’s mouth should be free of food, therefore delay sampling for at least an hour after the cat has eaten.
2. Kittens can be tested from birth, but since they should be removed from the mother 30-60 minutes before sampling we recommend they are not tested until 2-3 weeks of age.
3. A cytobrush or cotton tipped swab is used.
4. Insert the brush/cotton tip into the cat’s mouth between the cheek and gum.
5. Twist/rub the brush/swab several times to collect the cheek cells.
6. Remove the brush/swab from the cat’s mouth and replace in its plastic sleeve.
7. Label the plastic sleeve with the cat’s name.
8. Complete the submission form and send us your samples.
Please note: The test is run on DNA extracted from the cheek cells, not on saliva. Failure to collect adequate cellular material on the brush/swab will result in a failed genetic test result. The genetic test identifies if a sample fails, in such cases repeat sampling will be required.