Is it worth it to genetic test your cat before breeding?
ABSOLUTELY without a doubt it is worth ever single penny to genetic test any animal BEFORE you breed them. I love my cats and I want to be able to guarantee that any kitten born here will be born from parents that are negative for SMA, PKD, and HCM. Maine Coons are generally a healthy, hearty breed of cat but like all animals they are only as healthy as their parents are.
All of our cats have been tested for these genetic conditions through Optimal Selection and have tested negative. The Optimal Selection test is a swab-at-home kit that screens for more than 25 genetic mutations causing inherited feline diseases and tests for traits such as coat color and length and morphology. Unfortunately because other dishonest breeders have been known to falsify records, I will not be posting the results of their genetic testing online. I have read several heartbreaking stories of healthy kittens that years later develop HCM and pass away at a very young age. Because there is a genetic component to several feline diseases, it is imperative to genetic test their parent's before deciding to breed them. Yes it is costly, but it also ensures that kittens will not suffer and die from these horrible diseases.