Feline Cancer – Background, Science and Answers (part 2)

According to Animal Cancer Foundation, 1 in 5 cats will develop cancer in their lifetime. Cancer in cats is actually less common than cancer in dogs, but once it is diagnosed, it tends to move faster. Knowledge is power, and our role as pet parents is to be armed with information and provide our companions with the best possible care. Yet, how much do we really know about this deadly disease in cats? It's time to talk science!

2019-03-05T13:50:38+00:00CANCER, GENETICS, HEALTH, SCIENCE|

My Cat Has Polycystic Kidney Disease: What Does This Mean?

Has your cat been diagnosed with polycystic kidney disease? You are not alone. Polycystic kidney disease (PKD) is one of the most common genetic diseases in cats. It is widely described in Persian and related cats, but also, sporadically, in other cat breeds (Nivy et al, 2015 & Volta et al, 2009). PKD is diagnosed in approximately 38% of Persian cats worldwide, which accounts for about 6% of all cats (Lyons et al, 2014). The disease is characterized by a formation of small fluid-filled cysts in the kidneys and may lead to kidney failure. An autosomal dominant mutation in the PKD1 gene has been identified as a cause for this condition.

Happy Halloween Hoomans!

The spookiest night of the year is upon us. Our frightening costumes are prepared, eerily pumpkins carved and homes filled with buckets full of candy. We are also no strangers to sharing this spirit of celebration with our purrfect companions! The MarketWatch writes that, according to the National Retail Federation report, more than 30 million people will spend an estimated $480 million treating their pets with costumes this Halloween!

To honor the occasion, all the featured kitties in this blog are some of the best-dressed Basepaws cats.

2019-03-05T13:48:05+00:00BASEPAWS CATS, FUN, TOP LISTS|

Common Skin Problems In Cats

Notorious for their perfectionism, cats spend large portions of their time grooming and polishing. Their impeccable coats, however, can sometimes hide various skin problems and irritations that need our attention. In order to timely recognize and correctly address these issues, we must know what signs to be on the lookout for. Here are seven groups of the most commonly observed skin problems among cats.

2019-03-05T13:44:29+00:00CARE, COAT CARE, HEALTH, SKIN CARE|

How To Train A Cat

One of the most remarkable feline characteristics must be their notorious independence. Cats know what they want, when they want it and how to get it. And we admire them for this! Their canine rivals, on the other side, enjoy a much better reputation in regard to their trainability. They show off with lots of pawesome tricks and are often trained for high profile jobs too, such as looking for illegal goods or helping impaired people. Does this mean that your cat can’t learn just as many cool tricks as the dog next door though? Not at all!

Domestic Shorthair: Celebrating the Polycat

“What greater gift than the love of a cat?” – Charles Dickens.

While the Persian and the Siamese may be the dolls and divas of the Cat World, the world’s most favorite cat has always been the purrfectly wonderful and diverse domestic cat. The domestic cat is not a recognized breed with gilded papers, but is rather a cat of mixed ancestries. Here at Basepaws, we affectionately call these diverse and captivating companions Polycats - because why do purebreds get to have all the cool names?

Parasitism in Cats

Lurking in cats’ furs, digestive tracts and our carpets, feline parasites are great at escaping our eyes. This is why, for the most of the time, we can be completely unaware of them. However, even if invisible, parasites and diseases they carry can seriously harm our cats’ (and ours!) health. This is why we must continuously monitor our pets for the common parasites and apply the appropriate preventative and therapeutic measurements. To get started, here are few things every cat owner should know about the most common parasites in cats.

2019-03-05T13:40:35+00:00CARE, COAT CARE, HEALTH, SKIN CARE|

The Holidays Are Coming Up!

Looking for the best and most original presents is an exciting and rewarding task which often keeps us on our toes. What is the best gift for each of your loved ones? Should you buy or craft your presents? How many, how big, what colour, should you pack it, wrap it, decorate it? Searching for the best gift can be truly tortuous! But, there is a simple solution – enter Basepaws.

2019-03-05T13:37:50+00:00FAQ, FUN|

Feline Urticaria Pigmentosa

Urticaria pigmentosa is a form of a condition known as cutaneous mastocytosis and it is caused by the accumulation of the defective mast cells (a type of white blood cells) in the skin, bone marrow, liver, spleen and lymph nodes. This skin condition is poorly documented and it is better described in humans and Sphynx and Devon Rex cat breeds. A study about five affected Devon Rex cats (Nolie et al, 2009) emphasizes that naked feline breeds are predisposed to this condition.

Oh no! My Cat Was Diagnosed With Cystinuria! What Do I Need to Know?

Cystinuria is an inherited metabolic disease that is relatively common in dogs, but rare in cats (Mizukami, 2016). The condition is characterized by defective amino acid reabsorption, leading to the formation of cystine stones in the kidney, ureter and the bladder (cystine urolithiasis). This can lead to urinary obstruction. In cats, only two cystinuria types have been identified so far: I-A and II-B (Mizukami et al, 2015 & Mizukami et al, 2016).