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Feline Diversity

 

Why genetic diversity?

In addition to testing for traits and diseases, OPTIMAL SELECTION™ includes a valuable diversity analysis in the same single test. Genetic diversity is essential for survival of a species, and can be thought of as the breed’s "tool kit" for this purpose. Breeding for genetic diversity may help to:

  • Decrease the incidence of kittens affected with recessively inherited diseases and diseases influenced by multiple genes.
  • Increased litter sizes.
  • Provide defense against diseases of unknown or complex genetic basis that cannot be otherwise addressed, until research finds the genetic cause.

Breeding for genetic diversity is an investment in the future health of the breed. Optimal Selection provides information on the diversity in three ways:

  • Diversity of the individual cat tested.
  • Diversity of the overall breed population.
  • Diversity of the overall breed population compared to the diversity of other pedigreed and random-bred cat populations.
 
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Sample of one of the diversity charts provided for the individual cat, the cat within their breed, and the cat within the overall population.