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Information for breeders

DNS Samples of your cats and kittens:

DNS Sample collection

An appeal to all breeders, but especially to the members of the IG-HGK:
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Please take DNS samples of all your cats and kittens!
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For many years, scientists have been encouraging breeders to collect the DNS of all cats being born in their catteries. 
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The proposal is to collect two DNS samples of each cat/kitten in the cattery.
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Since 01.01.2012, the FĂ©dĂ©ration Internationale FĂ©line FiFĂ© recommends the archiving of cheek swabs www1.fifeweb.org/dnld/rules/br_reg_gr.zip
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Sample taking and storage of DNS is easy and should you discover HCM or other hereditary diseases in a cat after you have sold it, this valuable material will be available.
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Taking a DNS sample is a simple routine every breeder can follow.
It is suggested to provide an envelope with all necessary information about the cat and then archive the DNS samples.
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IG Heart Healthy Cats e. V. encourages breeders to collect samples as a matter of routine of all kittens being born in their cattery. 
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It is simple and can be very valuable for both the breeder as well as the breed.

DNS sample taking

A short information on how to take a DNS sample of your cat:
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Swaps of the oral mucosa are used to collect cells from the inside of the cheek of your cat. This method can be carried out quickly and is free of pain for the cat.
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Before you begin, make sure you have everything ready and that all samples are labeled carefully should you take swabs of more than one cat. 
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Your cat must not have eaten 20 minutes before carrying out the procedure (otherwise you might collect the DNA of tuna or chicken).
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Use two standard cotton buds for each cat, one for each cheek.
Turn the cotton bud firmly around the inside of the cheek for at least 5 seconds.
Let the cotton bud air-dry – do not blow on it and protect it from direct sunlight.
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Using scotch tape, secure the cotton bud to the middle of a DIN A4 paper. Fold the upper and under third of the paper over the cotton bud.
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Do not store the DNS sample in a closed container or a plastic cover, but preferably paper envelopes.

Archiving of DNS samples

We recommend to use Leitz folders (or similar brands) with double closure for archiving your samples so you can file two stacks of DIN C5 on top of each other.
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Mark a seperate DIN C5 envelope for every cat wth the following data: 

  • Cattery number
  • Cat’s name
  • Cat’s date of birth
  • Information about the cat’s parents – or simply add a copy of the family tree 

Put the DNS samples which you have taken as described above, together with the folded paper, into the envelope, punch the envelope at the flap and file it into your folder

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translated by Julia Vogl

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last update on 18 December 2012

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