FINALLY, cats’ natural gift for shedding is gaining the respect it deserves.
Back in 1997, a murderer in Canada got 18 years in prison after fur found in the lining of his leather jacket matched Snowball, his victim’s cat. (Why murderers do only 18 years in Canada, who knows?)
That case was the first time cat DNA was ever used to convict somebody (an American scientist in Maryland actually performed the analysis). Not that there haven’t been ample other opportunities. Humans have just been slow to recognize the usefulness of shedding.
Now a scientist at the School of Veterinary Medicine at the University of California at Davis has collected DNA samples “from hundreds of cats from 25 distinct worldwide populations and 26 breeds. The samples came from drawn blood, cheek swabs and tissues collected during routine spay and neuter surgeries.”
The myriad results have experts convinced that an individual cat’s DNA is as distinctive as anybody else’s. (Previously, they believed the DNA of all cats of a certain breed is basically the same. How stupid is that?)
Given the fact that no criminal could possibly enter any location where there’s a furry cat and leave with nothing on his clothes, using cats to solve crimes is no-brainer and checking for cat hair at crime scenes will become as routine as dusting for prints.
I won’t go all technical and explain the science, because it’s boring and I don’t understand it myself, but it should have come as no surprise to scientists that humans haven’t cornered the market on incriminating DNA.
So what does this mean for criminals? I’ll tell them…
If you’re thinking about committing a crime anywhere near a cat, scram! The chances of you getting away with it are now ZERO. You’ll be hunted down like a dog (no pun intended) and sniffed for so much as a particle of cat dander. Then you will pay for your crime. Promise.