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Cats Personality Unique as SignatureDNA

At Global Pet Expo, amid the myriad of leashes, collars, food and treats, I started to get into a bit of a trade show fog. Aisle after aisle of  beautiful and alluring pet products were on display and even with the best of intentions, I found myself on sensory overload. Then I walked by  SignatureDNA Unleashed and was mesmerized by the portrait of a beautiful gray Abyssinian cat.

Signature DNA Cat

Signature DNA Captures your Cat's Unique Personality

The goal of Signature DNA Unleashed is to bring out the singular, vivid personality of every pet. Our artists serve that uniqueness in everything they do.

Cat’s Unique Traits are both Visible and Invisible

All of us who are fortunate enough to share our lives with cats know the  traits, quirks and temperament that define the unique personality of each individual. We know their likes and dislikes, their moods and express love and respect  by looking into their eyes.  Sure, we talk to our cats, but if you are like me, the closest bond you feel is when you exchange a deep soulful look into their eyes.

Each cat’s visible personality is as unique as their invisible DNA. It is even becoming standard in the scientific community to speak about animal emotions. Not only are there differences among species in how they express their emotions and what they feel, but there are also differences among individuals of the same species. Not all animals will experience or express joy, grief, or jealousy in the same way so it is important to take each individual’s needs into consideration. Award winning scientist Marc Bekoff’s  research has shown that just as in humans, each animal has their own personality and that animals can be bold, shy, playful, aggressive, sociable, curious, emotionally stable, agreeable, extroverted, introverted, dominant or submissive (Bekoff, 2007). And this is also true for the big cats. Each tiger is distinct both visible in their personality and invisible in their DNA.

I think most of us agree that our cats are members of our family and we  know what is best for the cats that share our lives. It stands to reason that decisions about a cat’s well-being and emotional health should be guided by those that love, care  and know them best. Amid the captive big cat crisis, it is important to remember that each cat should be evaluated for their individual needs. We cannot ignore  their emotional well-being.  Just because the cat is classified as a “generic” tiger does not mean there are generic solutions. Stricter laws and regulations are needed and are being enacted but that does not change the fact that there are captive cats caught in the crossfire. We, as humans owe it to each captive cat to allow them to live their best life, whether we believe it to be ideal or not.

Animals can suffer greatly over a separation or loss and the universal signs of grief are seen when animals respond to death of a mate, family member, or friend (Bekoff, 2007).  Animals that have developed a bond with a human deserve to be evaluated on an individual basis and not just lumped into a species classification with groups rallying about what should have or could have been. Those of us bonded with our domestic cats would not want a stranger deciding what is best for our cat based on statistics and armchair activists. The same is true for the big cats. We need to approach each situation gently with humility and open hearts to achieve understanding (Goodall,2003). There is no place for accusations, anger and hostility.

A Vivid Expression of the One-of-a-Kind Friend who Means the World to You.

The unique genetic portraits of the animals that are created by SignatureDNA  stirred  emotion in me. It is incredibly important to remember, that each animal is as unique as each human being, with wants and needs, likes and dislikes,  and an emotional well-being that needs guarded and protected.  It is our duty and responsibility as their friends and caretakers for the privilege of getting to share our lives with them.

And it is also our responsibility as individuals to take the time and make the effort to learn about the unique personality and needs of an individual animal, no matter what we read on the internet, or see and hear on the videos we watch on YouTube. Just like with the unique DNA of an animal, there are things both visible and invisible that need to be evaluated and respected in every animal.

SignatureDNA Caught my Eye and Tugged at my Heart

This is why SignatureDNA Unleashed caught my eye and tugged at my heart. The hauntingly beautiful images are a gentle reminder of the uniqueness of every living being.  They create an actual image of your animal’s DNA and combine it with your favorite pet photo as a vivid expression of the one-of-a-kind friend who means the world to you and will endure as a loving memory for years to come.

What personality traits are unique to your cat and dog that share your life?

Signature DNA Dog

Signature DNA applies Creative Artistry to Each Genetic Portrait

Bekoff, M. (2007). The Emotional Lives of Animals: A Leading Scientist Explores Animal Joy, Sorrow, and Empathy- and Why They Matter. Novato, CA: New World Library.

Goodall, J. (2003). Reason for Hope: A Spiritual Journey. New York, NY: Grand Central Publishing.

Joanne McGonagle’s Global Field  Masters of  Zoology will be completed in 2012. Her Master Plan is focused on big cats.

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  • http://www.facebook.com/ShadowDanceRanch Elizabeth Flynn

    These aare really cool. Thanks for sharing them, Gracey. xoxoxo

  • jasph

    Love this post!  Cats are mysterious, and so is DNA.  It’s fascinating to think that there’s a genetic basis for the personality quirks of our cat (she’s a Birman, very calm, a little less lovey-dovey than our previous cat, but likes being around people, and will fetch like a dog), but the more we learn about DNA, the more connections we find between behaviors and heritable genetic traits.  And it’s great, too, that the patterns DNA makes when photographed are beautiful enough to complement the photo of a gorgeous cat.

    Disclaimer: I do most of the writing for Signature DNA.  So I hope some of you will check out the Unleashed site and order genetic portraits of your cats!

    • thetiniesttiger

      Thank you for stopping by.  I think my parents are interested in a genetic portrait of me.  SignatureDNA does a wonderful job of creating works of art that pet parents can cherish.

  • http://petnewsandviews.com/ Michele

    I think this is your best post. You keep on topping yourself. I’ve always believed that every creature has a distinct personality. No two cats–big or small–are the same. I’ve lived with 5 cats and all were completely different. Earl Gray is so playful. He is 19, and has slowed down a lot, but he still can be quite playful. He is also quite friendly. 

    • thetiniesttiger

      Thank you Michele, that is a big compliment.  My parents describe me as having a sweet personality with just enough mischief to keep them on their toes.  I think I will allow my mom to post some more articles since you liked this one. 

  • StacyMantle

    Fantastic post!  I loved this part: “Each cat’s visible personality is as unique as their invisible DNA. It
    is even becoming standard in the scientific community to speak about
    animal emotions.” – So important in today’s world! I saw Signature DNA at Superzoo and they do some amazing work with photography! 

    • thetiniesttiger

      Thank you Stacy.  I liked that part too.  Maybe I will let my mom write another article. What do you think?

  • http://www.facebook.com/malia.ragan Malia Ragan

    Great post!

    • thetiniesttiger

      Thank you Malia!

  • Magwhisk

    Thanks for putting into words, what I have been trying, in my feeble attempts, to explain to others!!!  I will save this article, and share with others!!!

    • thetiniesttiger

      Thank you so much for your kind words.  Sometimes feelings are hard to express and especially to others that might not feel and thing the same as we do.  xoxoox