Study of PK deficiency in MCO and NFO
Ongoing study of pyruvate kinase deficiency in Maine Coon and Norwegian Forest Cats
Study participation via IG HGK e. V. and UC Davis (framework contract)
Please note that participation in the study is only possible if the genetic testing is done at UC Davis laboratory!
Please fill out this form completely (including weight, if applicable diseases and reports on diseases), sign it and send it by postal service to:
IG Herzgesunde Katze e. V.
- PK deficiency study -
c/o Britta Singethan
Or, please fill out this form, sign it and send it by email to:
Upon receipt of the letter / email you will immediately receive via email an invoice with a request to transfer the amount (currently about 26, - â‚¬ per test), based on the current exchange rate (price fluctuations are not predictable).
Once your payment is received, you will receive from IG HGK a link to a form for sampling and for identity confirmation (if desired) via email.
You can preview an example of how the form for sampling looks like.
If you want that your cat's identity is confirmed by your vet, please take both forms and a fresh pack of cotton swabs with your veterinarian.
He will have to confirm the identity of your cat on the first sheet and stick the samples taken on the second sheet.
If you do not want an identity confirmation of your cat, you can also take the samples yourself at home.
Here is the complete step-by-step instruction for the test:
If you order a test within IG HGK/UC Davis framework contract, you will receive a form that consists out of TWO pages for every single cat, that you will have to print on DIN A4 paper or similar size.
- Please do not write on the second page of the form.
Contact the IG HGK registry for corrections, if there are errors.
Then, fold the second page of the form.
Fold the lower 1/3 part of the page backwards (the part with the field for the cotton swabs), then fold the top 1/3 part of the page backwards, to cover the field.
The form is folded properly, when the IG HGK logo is on the outside.
- Before collecting sample, make sure that the cat has not nursed or had anything to eat or drink 30 minutes prior to collecting the sample.
- Sample one cat at a time.
- If samples are to be collected from several cats in the same session, complete all steps for one cat before sampling the next.
- Use 2, commercially (supermarket, drug store) available, double ended cotton swabs of type of Q-tips.
Use a fresh pack.
Do not use special, one-ended sterile cotton swabs from the vet.
- Place swab head against the inside of the cheek and gums, swirl vigorously 8-10 times.
Use both ends of both cotton swabs.
- Wave cotton swabs in the air for 20-30 seconds to air dry.
Do not blow on it!
- Tape cotton swabs to designated area on below, fold as indicated and prepared.
Swabs should be enclosed with the instructions and animal identification information on the outside.
Do not seal submission form with tape or staple shut.
Do not wrap in plastic nor pack in bags.
- Place in envelope and mail to the address of UC Davis on the form.
You can put multiple test forms in one envelope together!
If your veterinarian takes the samples, ask him to check the microchip and then to place his stamp and signature in the field "Unterschrift des Probensammlers" on the first page of the form.
Cut off this part of the form and scan it and mail it to your IG HGK registry contact or send it via postal service to the IG HGK registry.
Once the result is available, you will get the results as a PDF document.
The test result, the name of your cat and the names of your cat's parents will be published in the database of IG Heart Healthy Cat eV.
Here you can see an anonymous example of a finding with identity confirmation and of a finding without identity confirmation.
If your cat’s result is N/N, IG HGK team will publish the result simultanously with your receipt of the result.
If your cat’s result is N/K or K/K, IG HGK team will inform you first and ask you, how much time you will need to inform your comrades before publication of the result.
The result will be published no later than 6 weeks after reception.
All other data of your cat will be kept confidential and made available only to Dr. Bartels for the preparation of the study.
If you wish to, IG HGK e. V. can pass the test result of your cat for additional publication to mcats.de database and / or pawpeds.com, too.
last update on 20 August 2013