Breed Index: Newest Iteration

With the newest update of the Basepaws Cat DNA Report, your cat's breed index was notably changed. Our database has significantly increased, thus allowing us to add more breeds, improve breed relativity accuracy and adapt the breed group classification. Your newest breed report is the most accurate one yet, and we are very proud to present the new improvements to you!

Announcement: New 2019 Basepaws Cat DNA Report

Buckle up, cat guardians, because Basepaws has GREAT news to share! We are immensely excited to announce the next iteration of the Basepaws Cat DNA Report, our biggest update so far. Thanks to the fantastic support we got from cat parents around the world, this summer we are able to notably step up our game and bring you a number of remarkable additions to your cat's DNA report. Read ahead and learn what to expect from your latest Basepaws DNA Report!

Back to The Basics: Understanding Your Cat’s DNA Report

The mission of our work as a cat genetics company is to decipher the secrets of feline genetics and find new answers and solutions in feline science and health. In light of this, we often get urgent questions from our pet parents who’ve decided to DNA test their cat companions. The most frequently asked questions concern the breed index section of our cat DNA report. Many of you have wondered why we don't offer breed percentages and why your cat results sometimes don't match their physical appearance and/or personality.

Chromosome Painting: New Report Feature Explained

As you may know, we are currently launching our updated Basepaws Genetic Report! We are so excited to share all that we have learned, as well as many new features of the report. One of the sections that we are most excited about is the Chromosome Painting, a beautiful visual representation of the genetic similarities of your cat’s DNA. Allow us to walk you through the usefulness of this unique feature, so that we may provide some clarity on the newly available information.

Odd Eyes in Cats (Heterochromia)

If your beautiful feline’s eyes are two different colors – yellow and 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. Heterochromia is a captivating genetic anomaly most commonly observed in white kitties.

2019-10-17T14:39:54+00:00GENETIC ANOMALY, GENETICS|

Body-Type Mutations In Cats

Genetic mutations are permanent alterations (or anomalies) of genes. While these anomalies can have different impacts on an individual – beneficial, neutral or even harmful – they are important sources of genetic diversity in populations of all species, including cats. Some of these genetic anomalies can result in interesting differences in physical appearance. Here are some of the unusual physical features in cats caused by genetic mutations.

2019-10-17T15:11:58+00:00GENETIC ANOMALY, GENETICS|

The Chimera Cat – Its Own Non-Identical Twin

The cat featured in the heading image is Narnia De La Grace (credits).

In Greek mythology, a chimera is a monstrous fire-breathing, three-headed hybrid creature. It was usually portrayed as a lion with a goat rising from its back with a snake for its tail. Homer described the Chimera in the Iliad as “a thing of immortal make, not human, lion-fronted and snake behind, a goat in the middle, and snorting out the breath of the terrible flame of bright fire."

2019-10-17T14:26:57+00:00FUN, GENETIC ANOMALY, GENETICS|

Our 15 Favorite Facts About Kittens

Kittens! Even the word is cute. Kittens are adorable and lovable, and they sneak their way into our hearts the moment they are born. But, how well do we really know these bundles of joy we are so bluntly in love with? Some of these facts might surprise you, but some of these you simply must know before you bring one into your home.

2019-07-25T11:20:27+00:00CARE, FUN, KITTEN CARE, TOP LISTS|

Japanese Bobtail – The Lucky Pom-Pom Cat

The Japanese Bobtail is an affectionate and furriendly cat best known for its sweet nature and inimitable, pom-pom tail. They are quiet, gentle and fun-loving kitties who truly cherish every moment with their favorite hoomans. Japanese Bobtails, who were kept by the emperor of Japan himself thousands of years ago, are surrounded by many mystical stories and myths that are bound to captivate you. Here is everything you must know about your darling Japanese Bobtail cat!