The Basepaws family is blessed with so many incredible cat guardians and cats. And we want to get to know you ALL! We strive to create a welcoming and warm family of pets and their caretakers, so we take every opportunity to meet as many of you as possible. We were recently honored to speak to an inspiring fur mom Roxanne and meet her lovely little Basepaws cat Casper.
According to Allergy UK, the UK’s leading medical charity dealing with allergies, pets represent the second most important cause of home allergies in hoomans. Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America confirms that in the US, three in ten people have allergic reactions to cats and dogs. And, interestingly, cat allergies seem to be twice as common as dog allergies. Life with cat allergies raises a lot of questions for all of us longing to keep a kitty. And Basepaws is here to answer them for you! From the causes and diagnosis, to the treatment and prevention, here is our guide through cat allergies.
The posh and plush Turkish Angora is an ancient, natural breed from Turkey. Turkish Angora is a graceful and elegant kitty, famous for its luxurious, silky fur and friendly personality. Interestingly, it is believed that the white coat and long fur in domestic cats may have originated from this ancient breed. How marvelous! Here is the fascinating story of Turkish Angora, the national treasure of its native country.
Since the launch, the Basepaws team has been striving to create one of the largest databases of feline genetic and physical information in an effort to improve feline health and learn more about the genetic basis of cat breeds. Seeing as how most domestic breeds are relatively young (created in mid 1800s - present), our work would have been daunting without your help. We have received a fantastic amount of support from cat parents around the world and are proud to announce the second iteration of our report!
Have you ever looked at your cat and wondered about its origins, lineage and history? With most of our cats, we have no clue about their genetic origins, which is changing fast. You can now find out more about your cat's genetic heritage with a simple test that requires nothing more than a few of kitty's hairs! The founder & CEO of Basepaws, Anna Skaya, recently gave an interview to TheCatSite. Built from scratch, Anna reveals how Basepaws came to be, the mission of the company and how is important to promote scientific research into cat health.
Hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HCM) is the most common feline heart disease -- up to 15% of all cats may suffer from it (Payne et al, 2015). This disease affects the cat's myocardium and causes thickening of the heart’s left ventricle. Many cats with HCM can live long and healthy lives, however, for some cats, HCM can be a devastating disease. Maine Coons and Ragdolls are thought to be at a higher risk from HCM. We have recently lost an office cat to this cruel disease, so we have been extra-focused on adding this marker to our health report.
Rabies is a viral, devastating disease that causes brain inflammation in all mammals, including humans, cats and dogs. The disease is caused by lyssaviruses and it is transmitted via saliva. The speed of the disease progression varies, but as soon as the symptoms are presented, this severe disease nearly always results in death. Today, rabies is preventable through animal control and vaccination. Here is everything you need to know about rabies in cats.
Oh, those baby blues! The sapphirine eyes of a Ragdoll are truly meowgical and spell-binding. This incredibly plush kitty is known for its gentle and affectionate personality and the reputation of being the ultimate 'lap' cat. Their patient and playful spirit resulted in their nickname of being the "puppy cats".
Loyal, playful and exceptionally athletic, the Egyptian Mau is one of the few naturally spotted domestic cat breeds out there. "The Cornell Book of Cats" describes this gorgeous cat as "a balance between the compactness of a Burmese and the slim elegance of a Siamese. This breed is extremely rare and it is estimated that there might be as little as 3 000 Maus worldwide today. And did you know the Egyptian Mau is the fastest of all domestic cats? Oh yass! But this is not where the excellence of the breed stops. Read on to learn more mind-blowing facts about the speedy Maus.