We recommend waiting at least two hours after feeding your pet a meal or treat to swab. (Water is fine—no delay necessary.) This helps ensure you get an uncontaminated sample.
You might not see anything on the swabs. But if you followed the instructions above, you likely captured plenty of genetic material. Regardless, our lab performs quality checks on every sample prior to analysis. So, in the unlikely event that yours don’t have enough high-quality DNA for processing, we’ll let you know.
To prevent scratches or sudden escapes, try wrapping your cat’s body in a blanket or towel (AKA, cat burrito) before you swab. And be sure to have treats on hand to reward a job well done afterward! Find more tips in our full FAQs →