This is a sponsored post, written by Rowyn Rose,
Director of Research & Science Communications at Basepaws*

Is your cat at least 17 years of age or older? If so, they’re eligible to join the Basepaws feline longevity research program—it’s that simple, and participation is free!

Basepaws’ research is part of Project 25, which aims to increase longevity, improve quality of life, decrease disease and pain, and elevate the way we interact and communicate with our pets. This partnership will enable Basepaws to better understand the role of genetics in the lives of healthy and thriving senior cats.

Help Basepaws reach their goal of recruiting 500+ DNA samples from cats who are 17+ years of age by applying today!


Why Study Longevity in Cats?

Results from Basepaws’ feline longevity research will inform the development of an at-home test that identifies genetic factors linked to longer lifespan and healthspan in a cat. Such a test would complement the existing Basepaws Breed + Health Cat DNA Test, which identifies a cat’s risk for potentially developing 43 common feline genetic conditions.

Knowing the genetic factors linked to your cat’s healthspan and lifespan allows you and your veterinarian to consider lifestyle changes or targeted treatments that could delay, or in some cases avoid, the onset of common health conditions.

The study of feline genetics continues to gain momentum, and there could be many potential applications for feline longevity research that we haven’t thought about yet. You and your kitty also share over 90 percent DNA! The impressive amount of genetic similarity means that the applications for Basepaws’ feline health research could potentially translate to humans. Basepaws welcomes you and your beloved senior cat(s) to be a part of this groundbreaking journey that could help all cats live better lives, even longer.


Participation is Easy, and Free!

It only takes a few minutes to apply to the Basepaws feline longevity program, and all cats aged 17 years or older are eligible to participate. When you apply, you’ll just need to upload a digital copy of your cat’s records from the vet that confirm your cat’s age. All cat parents based in the U.S. who are new to Basepaws get an oral swab test shipped to them for free, as well as free return shipping for sending their cat’s DNA sample back to the Basepaws lab.

You’ll also get a free Basepaws report that provides a comprehensive overview of your cat’s general and oral health. Results include information about the genetics behind your kitty’s fabulous appearance, as well as a detailed breakdown of the different breeds that share genetic similarity with your cat!

If you would like to include your senior kitty in Basepaws’ feline longevity study, the eligibility criteria is about as simple as it gets:

Inclusion Criteria

Cats aged 17 years or older.

Exclusion Criteria

Cats younger than 17 years of age.

Click here to apply for the
Basepaws feline longevity study

Don’t forget to tell your friends and family about this study, and let them know that there are other opportunities to join Basepaws’ feline health programs. Thank you!

*This post is sponsored by Basepaws. We only spread the word about products and services we’ve either used or would use ourselves. 

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4 Comments on Your Senior Cat Can Help Basepaws Study Feline Longevity

  1. We have a female cat that is over 18 years old, she was hiding in the bushes and was feral, we spent quite a few evenings coaxing her out, made friends with her and then she came inside to live with our other cat (a male Snowshoe who lived to be 19 1/2 years old). I will have to get the records from the vet but I know our female cat is over 18 years, when we found her she was not a kitten, she was either a teen kitty or a young adult!
    I will get the information you need and we will be happy to participate!!

  2. I hope many will join this study. Unfortunately many do not take the to join studies. Studies like this will help discover so much that will help cats live a longer healthier life. The DCM study for dogs did not get enough dogs submitted by vets. It is still going on, started several yrs ago.

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