Egyptian Mau Breed Council


Feline Genome project

Directions to take cheek swab sample:


Ideally a cheek swab sample should NOT be taken right after the cat has eaten!


  1. Use a clean dry Q-tip. Cut off one end. Do not touch the collection tip of the swab with your fingers.
  2. Insert the Q-tip between the catís cheek and gum and roll it for a couple of seconds.
  3. ALLOW Q-TIP TO AIR DRY! (otherwise it molds!)
  4. Place dried Q-tip in a clean envelope (one Q-tip/envelope).
  5. Write the name of the cat on the envelope and itís CFA/TICA number.
  6. Fill out the sample collection sheet (sample sheet is an attachment to this e-mail). On the sample sheet provided, record number of each sample with information about the cat from which the sample was taken (breed, age, sex, any health problems).
  7. Wash hands between samplings if you take samples from more than one cat.


Both you and your catís identity will be kept anonymous for any of our research!


Thank you for your willingness in participating in our research. If you have any questions, my e-mail address is located below.


  1. Please ship the samples to the following address through Fedex (check the freight collect, and our Fedex account number is: 136997750)


Dr. Shujin Luo

Rm 632, School of Life Sciences, Peking University,

5 Yiheyuan Road, Haidian District, Beijing 100871, China

cell: +86-182-1062-9824

office: +86-10-6275 2307


  1. Send the sample collection sheet to If available, please also send digital photo and pedigree of each sampled cat.


Please send information sheet in following format with samples:

Sample collection sheet

Cat Name Breed Coat Color Pattern Sex Age Notes

Please include

Your name, address, email address

pedigree of cat and picture of each cat as well  if possible










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