This is an open Forum - visible to Members and non-Members

Replies

  • I haven't used CatGenes, but I have just recently used
    http://www.animalsdna.com/ in Australia

    They are very quick 5-7 working day turn around. They send you a hard copy as well as a copy on your computer.


    Penny
  • Thanks, Penny - that's a good turnaround and will investigate. I looked at them in the past but method of payment was going to be a problem.

    Penny said:
    I haven't used CatGenes, but I have just recently used
    http://www.animalsdna.com/ in Australia

    They are very quick 5-7 working day turn around. They send you a hard copy as well as a copy on your computer.


    Penny
  • I use http://www.vgl.ucdavis.edu/services/index.php they tell you by mail when they recieve the sample and gives you the results by mail less than 15days after.
  • I have used the same one as Penny in australia. Its good, but it depends what you want to get tested. They charge per test, whereas CatGenes do all the tests for the one price (or so i am told). Also CatGenes test for a lot more things...
    Let us know how it goes :)
  • Someone else has told me that CatGenes doesn't have the best reputation for reliable results - may or may not be so - they may just have had a hiccup. However, because it is a blood type test - potential life or death for future little kittens - I would prefer reliability and so I've decided to go with VGL which I have used before or AnimalsDNA.
  • It might be best to go with VGL then. Im not sure if AnimalsDNA do bloodtyping? Penny... do you know if they do?? If you are just after a bloodtype test, cant your vet do it? Here in NZ and Australia, we just get our vets to do it. Results are either on the spot or take up to 2 days. There are some instant test cards that you can buy that you just add a drop of blood to, and it tells you straight away. I will try and find out more about them and get a link.

    Elizabeth Brown said:
    Someone else has told me that CatGenes doesn't have the best reputation for reliable results - may or may not be so - they may just have had a hiccup. However, because it is a blood type test - potential life or death for future little kittens - I would prefer reliability and so I've decided to go with VGL which I have used before or AnimalsDNA.
  • Hmm - I've just had a look and you are right - I don't think AnimalsDNA do blood typing. My vet can do it but it is a lab test and the cost is around £45-50. Blood typing via DNA is far less invasive and costs about £24 from VGL.
  • I'll keep that in mind for when i need to bloodtype a cat again. Less invasive sounds good!! I may have to be doing this in a few months as i have a B girl bred to an A boy and im planning on keeping something.
  • You can do it as soon as the kitten is big enough to swab too, which is good when considering buying or keeping a kitten. Provided the turn around time is reasonably quick!

    Abby Vazey said:
    I'll keep that in mind for when i need to bloodtype a cat again. Less invasive sounds good!! I may have to be doing this in a few months as i have a B girl bred to an A boy and im planning on keeping something.
  • Thanks, Rhonda. 'Them' being VGL or CatGenes?

    Rhonda Wahlberg said:
    I have used them several times. The last time it only took a couple weeks. It makes a difference if you do everything correctly. Mainly write your payment confirmation on the order sheet when you send it in. I didn't on one and I finally had to e-mail with it to get the results. Too bad they don't have it combined so that all the info is on the order form.

    Also isolate the kitten for maybe a half hour or so before swabbing so they haven't been nursing or licking other cats and getting cross over. Only had it happen once but it was only color that came up funny. For blood typing its nice because it tells you more than just A or b. It tells you both genes. AA Ab BB.
This reply was deleted.