UC Davis announces new Cat Ancestry Test

I got this very interesting email yesterday:

As a client of the Veterinary Genetics Laboratory, you may be interested to learn about our new Cat Ancestry test. The test, developed by Dr. Leslie Lyons and the Lyons’ Feline Genetics Laboratory at UC Davis, can identify the racial origin and possible breed of a cat. The test also provides information regarding coat color and fur type.

As an owner/breeder of purebred cats, the test may not be useful to you, but if you have friends who own random bred cats, please let them know about the Cat Ancestry test as they might be interested to learn more about the genetic history of their cats.

For more information regarding our Cat Ancestry test, go to: http://www.vgl.ucdavis.edu/services/cat/ancestry/

Thank you,
Veterinary Genetics Laboratory
UC Davis
PO Box 1102
Davis, CA 95617-1102
(530) 752-2211

It’s a bit pricey ($120), but if you’ve got a mixed-breed cat and wonder about his or her ancestry, this may be well worth it. Since I already got Kylie’s coat length and colour tested, this test may not tell me any more about what she is underneath her white, but I’ve sent them an email to ask if this new test will tell me anything more. If I get her the Ancestry Test, I’ll keep you posted!

Aby-a-Day – May 16: Wordless Wednesday (The Most Interesting Cat in the World)


Abys in Need: Lost Fawn Boy near Toronto, Ontario

Deborah Feltham of Glendoveer Abyssinians posted a message to the Facebook Abyssinian Cat Club on Monday:

Is there anyone on this list who has lost a ruddy Aby in the last few months (probably). I have just been notified of one who was found living in a feral colony, and the astute rescue worker trapped him and turned him in to a vet here. He is middle age and is suffering from his recent outside living but probably was well cared for prior. He is safe and being cared for but whomever owns him will have to prove ownership and care of his present health care before the vet in charge will release him. He is in NO danger of euthanasia unless his medical problems cannot be corrected!! Please contact me ASAP if you know anything about this Aby.


She updated the group last night:

Update on the Aby found in the feral colony. He is NOT a ruddy as you can see 🙂 He is a fawn. We visited him today at the vet clinic. He is very affectionate and sweet. About 7 years old. DECLAWED!! I am not sure where he originated from as there are only a couple of breeders here in Ontario. Heather & I breed only red and ruddy, and I breed only ruddy. It appears that he will be ok but his mouth is very bad. He is a BIG Aby with a ton of coat.

We are still looking for his proper owner first. Judging from his condition, allowing that he has been outside for at least a couple of weeks, he was definitely well cared for prior. The owner may be frantic! We have already found another person whose blue Aby got out and has not been seen since early March, so we will check all we can first. Then, there is a possibility of adopting him out, but the vet who is caring for him is very attached to him herself. Let’s consider his owner first though, because even though he is declawed, there is no reason to feel that they did it, or what the circumstances were (they may be sick over this). They could well be someone who got him after he was already declawed also. His personality and condition despite his experience says that someone loved him. She also mentioned that he is not microchipped.

So if you know anyone in the Toronto area who may have lost a non-microchipped, declawed, older adult fawn Abyssinian…point them towards this post, or to the Abyssinian Cat Club on Facebook