Wild Cat Index Blurb

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"Except for a few hybrid breeds with wild cat DNA, all housecats are descended from the same ancestors – the Near Eastern wild cats. However, as cats around the world evolved, some kittens inherited more DNA in common with wild cat relatives than did their siblings. The Basepaws Wild Cat Index now offers you a way to see if your furry companion has more in common with different wild cats than other cats.

About The Wild Cat Index

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"Except for a few hybrid breeds with wild cat DNA, all housecats are descended from the same ancestors – the Near Eastern wild cats. However, as cats around the world evolved, some kittens inherited more DNA in common with wild cat relatives than did their siblings. The Basepaws Wild Cat Index now offers you a way to see if your furry companion has more in common with different wild cats than other cats.

Nature vs Nurture: Fat Cats and the Threat of Diabetes

Attention all fur-parents! Do you have an overweight cat? Or a greedy little Burmese? Well this is the article for you. Diabetes is perhaps one of the most common endocrine diseases seen today in modern domestic cats. It’s most prevalent in indoor cats and chubby cats, and has been shown to be over-represented in Burmese cats. In this article we will cover everything you need to know about diabetes and its relation to overweight cats, feline diet, pedigree and breed and environmental risk factors. Important stuff, so do read on!

2019-03-18T10:00:20+00:00CARE, DIET, HEALTH|

Personalized diet: myth or reality

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"Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food" - Hippocrates, a Greek physician and The Father of Western medicine

One of the main factors that influences and shapes the health of all cats is nutrition. The idea behind he targeted nutrition is planning a personalized diet for cats based on its genetics, physique and lifestyle. In order to design a personalized diet, it is crucial to learn the role of genetics in diverse responses to different nutritional intakes. And two young fields of nutrigenomics and nutrigenetics may be hiding the answers we are all looking for.

2019-03-16T12:54:06+00:00CARE, DIET, HEALTH|

Stress-Free Vet Visit: Mystery or Reality?

Once again the time has come to pay a visit to the vet. Ugh! Your pet is scared, you're stressed, everything is a hectic mess. Does this sound familiar to you? You are not alone! But, no worries, we got your back. We dug deep and fished out some pawsome secrets to a vet visit as stress-free as possible. Whether you are owned by a cat or any other loving bundle, make sure to read these tips up, test them out and let us know if it helped!

2019-03-16T12:18:03+00:00CARE, TOP LISTS|

Feline Cancer – Background, Science and Answers (part 1)

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!

2019-03-16T12:15:12+00:00CANCER, GENETICS, HEALTH, SCIENCE|

Gangliosidosis in Cats: Genetic Disease Explained

Gangliosidosis is a group of lipid storage disorders characterized by the accumulation of lipids – gangliosides in neurons. The disease was identified both in humans and cats. Human gangliosidosis is classified into two types, GM1 and GM2. The second type is further classified into three subtypes: GM2A (Tay-Sachs disease), GM2AB (AB variant) and GM2B (Sandhoff disease or 0 variant). All of the variants of the human disease have been identified in cats except for the Tay-Sachs (GM2A).

Fears And Anxiety in Cats: Do You Have a Fearful Kitty?

Fears and anxiety play a major role in a number of behavior problems in cats and can often interfere with their overall well-being. It is usually not too difficult to recognize a stressed kitty, but it can be challenging to work with an anxious cat and support it through its fears. Anxiety in your cat is often implemented by intense or prolonged exposure to a stressful or unpleasant event. While you may not always be able to prevent this, there are ways in which you can reduce your cat's anxiety and fears and provide them with the support and encouragement they need from you.

2019-03-14T00:43:50+00:00BEHAVIOR, CARE, HEALTH|

Genetics of Polydactyly: Celebrating the Hemingway Cats

Header photo: Basepaws cat Simon, Lewiston, ID, hooman Mia Carlson

Paws are cute. And who has extra-adorable paws? Hemingway cats, of course! Hemingway cats are carriers of a genetic anomaly polydactyly. Polydactyly is a trait of an unusually high number of digits and it has been described in several species, including humans, cats, dogs, horses, mice, cattle, goats, sheep, springboks and birds (Hamelin et al, 2016). Polydactyl cats are often referred to as Hemingway cats, as they have gained their popularity thanks to the famous American writer Ernest Hemingway. Maine Coons are thought to be predisposed to this genetic feature.

Hemingway Cats

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Polydactylism is one of the traits both humans and cats have. Actually, mice, dogs and even horses also have extra toes (or small supernumerary digits terminating in hooves either side of the main hoof). Alexander the Great and Caesar both rode polydactyl horses.