Genetic Preservation Cloning Will Replicate Your Furbaby, So You Don’t Have to Say Goodbye
I recently experienced one of the most painful decisions in my life, whether or not to put my feline best friend Pookie down due to serious health concerns. The loss was great, but now with genetic preservation cloning, for some it does not have to be. Innovative company Viagen Pets will clone an identical copy of your loved fur-baby or k-nine and preserve their genetic code in case you decide you would like to bring them back.
One Viagen customer who had his male and female dogs cloned was asked “if their cloned pets personality was similar,” and responded, “almost identical, it’s like deja vu. Going back 12 years when the original Angel and Casper were alive. Casper would come to me immediately, say hello! Angel, just like this this one. If she doesn’t want to come, catch me if you can. So… that was exactly the same as the original. I see so much resemblance that it is uncanny, I mean its really uncanny how they interacted the same way, they interact with me the same way.”
Viagen Pets claims:
“A cloned cat is simply a genetic twin of your current cat, born at a later date in time. Cat cloning does not change the genetic make-up of your cat and does not involve any genetic modification. Your cloned cat will share many of the most important attributes of your current cat, including appearance, intelligence and temperament. Your cloned cat will be just as healthy and live just as long as your current cat, and is no more susceptible to health issues than any other cat.”
The UK Guardian detailed the process of genetic cloning of a pet stating: “Cloning requires a biopsy to extract tissue from the original pet.” Barbra Streisand’s late dog Samantha was cloned and “In Streisand’s case, cells were taken from the late Samantha’s mouth and stomach. Cloning companies have different requirements.” If your pet dies, all hope is not lost. The Guardian claims, “If a pet dies before tissue has been extracted, cloning is still possible. But dead pets should not be put in the freezer – apparently, they belong in the fridge.”
Cat lover website the Purrington Post inquired about the process and asked when did the company first start getting involved in cloning pets. “ViaGen began in 2002 as a livestock cloning company. Since then, we have offered cloning service for cattle, pig, and horses and have preserved cell lines for those species, as well as for dogs and cats, through our Genetic Preservation (GP) service. In 2015 we expanded our cloning services to include cats and dogs and our first cloned kittens were born in the fall of 2015,” according to the pet lover website.
The process according to Viagen only takes a short time to complete. “After we receive the pet’s biopsy samples, it takes approximately 1 month to culture the cells. We culture millions of cells, and then these cells are cryopreserved and stored in vials in liquid nitrogen in two separate locations for extra security.”
So if you’re in love with your fur-baby. You may be able to relive your experience with a identical clone provided by Viagen. Current costs run you about $25,000 to clone your loved fur-baby and $1,600 to preserve their DNA, the UK Guardian claims.