Hemophilia in cats

Hemophilia is a group or rare hereditary bleeding disorders in which the cat’s blood doesn’t clot appropriately in case of an injury. Although uncommon, hemophilia is a severe condition that can be inborn or acquired. Today we aim to explain to you what happens when bleeding in cats occurs, how bleeding disorders develop and what hemophilia actually is.

A quick look into the world of cats DNA analysis: those among us and those that we miss

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Our job here at Basepaws is to help you get to know your beloved felines on a molecular level and discover all the secrets hiding in their DNA. Our ultimate aim is to form a rich feline database to secure better health care for cats in the future, and fortunately many of you have already joined us on our mission!

Hypothyroidism in cats

Feline hypothyroidism is a rare, complex glandular disorder caused by an under-active thyroid gland. Fortunately, this serious condition is usually not deadly and can be successfully treated if recognized and addressed correctly in a timely manner. This article will provide you with a comprehensive overview of everything you need to know about feline hypothyroidism – from the anatomy of the gland, the signs and symptoms of the disorder, to the diagnosis and the treatment. Read on to learn more!

2019-08-31T15:36:13+00:00CARE, HEALTH, HEALTH INDEX|

Whole genome sequencing

The genome is the complete genetic information of an organism. Most organisms have DNA genomes, although there are known viruses with RNA genomes too. The genome consists of the coding and noncoding DNA, as well as the organelles’ DNA (mitochondria and chloroplasts). Whole genome sequencing is the determination of the entire sequence of the whole genome (the order of all the bases, A, T, G and C) at a single time. After reading this blog you will learn more about the history, techniques and applications of this advanced method, as well as a little bit about the genome of your favourite feline friend.

2019-03-06T11:00:07+00:00GENETICS, SCIENCE|

Odd-Eyed Cats (Heterochromia)

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If your beautiful feline has two different eyes - a yellow and a blue, perhaps, then you’ve got yourself an odd-eyed kitten! These captivating little creatures are carriers of a feline form of a condition known as complete heterochromia. Read on and find out more!

Factor XII deficiency in cats

Factor XII deficiency, also known as Hageman deficiency, is the most common congenital coagulopathy among cats. Although common among bleeding disorders, this condition is actually often asymptomatic. Hageman trait is a blood clotting disorder characterized by deficiency in the coagulation factor XII. For more background information about blood coagulation as well as other hemophilia disorders, please read our blog Hemophilia in cats.

Myth Busted: Are Cats Really Hydrophobic?

Our fur babies are hunted by the reputation of being terrified of water. But does it really precede them? Not so fast! While tigers and jaguars are famous for being great swimmers, some domestic cats will gladly embrace a splash or two in the pool as well. And those felines that forgo a good swim? Well, they don’t actually fear the water, but rather just dislike the feeling of being wet. And they have a handful of reasons for it, many of which are often overseen.

Happy meowmy’s day!

Once upon a time, ancient Greeks and Romans held festivals in honor of the mother goddesses Rhea and Cybele. In the years to come, Christians followed in the footsteps with celebrations known as "Mothering Sunday". This custom eventually faded in popularity until Anna Jarvis, daughter of Ann Reeves Jarvis, conceived the modern Mother’s Day in the 1900s. Today in the US, we honor motherhood every year on the second Sundays of May. This is a very special day of the year when mommies get just a little bit extra of the well-deserved love, attention and care. And here at Basepaws, we share this love with our darling moewmies too!

2019-03-06T10:43:01+00:00FUN, TOP LISTS|

Cat coat genetics (part 1)

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Cats come in a highly diverse variety of coat patterns, coloration and textures. Many different genes are involved in creating just how unique your feline companion will turn out to be. Today we attempt to take a narrow glimpse into the role genetics play in your cat’s coat pigmentation, pattern, length and texture. Due to the complexity of the issue, we decided to break this article down into two parts. In the first part we will discuss the coat colors and some of the coat patterns. In the second part we will continue with coat patterns, lengths and textures.

2019-03-06T10:39:01+00:00COAT CARE, GENETICS, SCIENCE|

Cat coat genetics (part 2)

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In the first part of "Cat coat genetics" article we discussed the genetics of feline coat colors and we explained some of the coat patterns. In the second part we now continue with coat patterns, lengths and textures. Read on to learn more!

2019-03-06T10:30:36+00:00COAT CARE, GENETICS, SCIENCE|