Skip to comments.California company sells cloned cat, generating ethics debate
Posted on 12/22/2004 3:55:52 PM PST by SmithL
SAN FRANCISCO -- The first cloned-to-order pet sold in the United States is named Little Nicky, an eight-week-old kitten delivered to a Texas woman saddened by the loss of a cat she had owned for 17 years.
The kitten cost its owner $50,000 and was cloned from a beloved cat, named Nicky, that died last year. Nicky's owner banked the cat's DNA, which was used to create the clone.
"He is identical. His personality is the same," the woman told The Associated Press in a telephone interview.
The company, Sausalito-based Genetic Savings and Clone, made her available to speak to reporters only on condition that her name or hometown not be used. The woman said she fears being the target of groups opposed to cloning.
"Nicky loved water, which is an unusual characteristic of cats. Little Nicky jumped into my bath," said the woman, who said she is in her early 40s and employed in the airline industry.
The company delivered Little Nicky two weeks ago and was expected to publicly announced the news Thursday.
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Little Nicky was cloned from a deceased cat owned by a Texas woman.
Ethical issues aside, that is one adorable kitten.
It is adorable. On the other hand I'm sure her local humane society has more than a few just as cute.
Its fur is poisonous quills, and it can shoot heat rays out of its eyes.
Did anyone see that Schwartzenegger movie where they have stores like these at malls called: REPET.
Yeah, and the cat she's holding is cute too. :-)
LOL! Now, Bob...
I agree. All of my cats came from the humane society or were strays I picked up. Paying $50,000 for a feline friend is demented.
And it knows what you're thinking. Better think only good thoughts or it will preemptively urinate on your bed sheets. Beware the cloned cats.
Our local shelter is in trouble ( like everything else in NY). She could have adopted a kitten for $50.00 and donated the rest to her SPCA. $50 grand.......I wonder what something as big as a horse might cost?
It is for people with more dollars than sense. Kalifornia, what a surprise.
A fool and his money are soon parted . . .
I live in the SF Bay area and the shelters around here are hard up, too. With so many cats running around Oakland, I can have my pick, just by giving them some food and water. It gets a cat off the street, frees up space at the SPCA, and I get a pet.
Two of our three cats were strays that found us. We fed them, captured them, took them the vet for shots and spaying, and we're all happy. Why pay $50,000 for a clone when there are so many stray or abandoned little animals that need a home?
For someone with $100,000.00, $50,000.00 might seem like a huge sum...For someone with $100,000,000.00, $50,000.00 is a mere pittance..
It is all a matter of perspective...
It is NOT the cat that died but I suppose some fool will think their lost spouse,child or worker can be cloned and will be the same as the original.
Good for you! My daughter wanted to get her cat a buddy, so we checked out PetSmart. They had a beautiful grey and black cat that was picked up as a stray. Everyone had told us she didn't want a stray, it would be mean. This cat is nicer than her homegrown and raised cat.
"Paying $50,000 for a feline friend is demented."
Agreed. However, like anything else, the more common this practice becomes, the lower the price will eventually be.
Yes, the price will eventually go down. But with so many cats running around, free for the taking, why spend an arm and a leg for one?
Its her money fer cryin out loud - she can do whatever she wants with it. Sheesh!
I also have a cloned cat for sale. Please Freepmail me with your offers. Certified by the ACSPCA (American Cloning Society for the Preservation of Cats in America). It's a great investment that will only increase in value (well, until it dies - sell it before then).
If one is faced with taxes or cloned cat - choose the cloned cat.
"Sometimes, dead is bettah..."
Nono... when it dies, you just clone it again.
We just had made heartbreaking decision to put our beloved 20 year old cat Mindy to sleep. She had recently developed a thyroid condition, and couldn't find off the problem because, the vet said, of her age. She was suffering so, and after selfishly trying to keep our friend and loved one with us for several weeks while she wasted away, we sadly took her in and said a tearful goodbye.
I used to call her my first born, as our daughter didn't come until three years later. LOL :)
I can understand this lady's decision, but for the outrageous cost and the abundance of cats already needing good homes. But I can't think of her without breaking into tears.
I miss my cat!!
Heck, I don't even have to go get them. They just appear, cats and their kittens.
All your DNA are belong to me!
"The kitten cost its owner $50,000"
I just spit Reisling all over my monitor.
That's one pricey kitten.
Hey, I wouldn't spend that type of cash for a cloned (or non-cloned) pet even if I had that kind of money. However, it's her money and she can spend it as she sees fit. My only point was that the price for such services will eventually drop.
Within ten years, cloned and or designer pets will likely be a growth industry, the stocks of companies engaged in said services being traded on Wall Street.
Why does a winsome picture of Tatum O' Neal come fluttering across my mind's eye like the pages of a newly minted book?
I'm leaning toward the hard-wired theory myself.
I'll bet $1,000 right here and now that the owner is a complete and total psycho-b!tch.
I understand your feelings. My wife's cat, which she'd had since she was 12 years old, died a little over a month ago, after a long life of 19 years. The poor thing quit eating and we knew it was the end for her. I gave her a nice burial.
What is the bet this kitty gets run over within the week?
When will they come up with designer kittens? They are to live for 20-30 years, but remain kittens and never grow up (physiologically or psychologically) beyond, say, the state of 2-3 months old kitten. THAT could be worth 50K.
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