Many of us like keeping our kitties indoors in an effort to protect them and keep them safe and healthy for many years to come. We mustn't forget, however, that cats love and crave the outdoors just like us! They need to be active, explore the surroundings and enjoy the fresh air just as much as we do. Because it can be unsafe to let them roam freely in the city, your solution could be to take them for a little stroll on a leash instead! Many people find it quite challenging to train their cats for walks on a leash, but with a little bit of patience and consistency, we promise you that it is totally doable! After all, why should dogs have all the fun? To help you get started on the journey, here are a few things to keep in mind when it comes to cat walking.
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"Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food," – Hippocrates, a Greek physician and The Father of Western Medicine. Your cat's diet plays a key role in its overall health status, and it needs to be carefully designed and monitored. A healthy, well-balanced diet should address the cat's personal nutritional needs, physique, and lifestyle. However, sometimes we can get carried away when spoiling our purrfect companions, thus making a few mistakes when designing their diet. To help you learn what not to do when feeding your kitty, here are the most common feeding mistakes to avoid.
Feline senses are exceptionally powerful and sharp, making cats one of the most notorious and successful hunters in the predatory world. One of the most important senses that helps cats interact with their environment is their hearing. Some cats may suffer from partial or complete hearing loss, particularly as they age, which can profoundly impact their perception of the world. If you do have a deaf kitty, here are a few things which can help you provide them with long, happy and comfortable lives!
As cat parents, we strive to provide our fur babies with the very best care possible. And, whether we find it unpleasant or not, an insightful indicator of a cat's overall health status is its poop. If you know what to look out for, your cat's stool can help you recognize key signs of certain dietary and health problems. This article will help you get acquainted with healthy cat poop and teach you what signs to look out for the next time you're cleaning your cat's litter box. So, let's talk about poop!
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.
Growing up alongside the loving – and unavoidably annoying – siblings is a priceless experience. Our brothers and sisters know us in a way nobody else does, relate to our earliest experiences and, most importantly, play a key role in shaping us into the people we grow up to be. In a strikingly similar way, kitten siblings are each other's prized companions during the early weeks of kittenhood. Young kittens cuddle to keep warm, groom each other to show affection and train their survival skills through a whole lot of playing. The relationship between cat littermates can be puzzling and many of us have wondered about the feline siblinghood. Without further ado, here are some of the most important facts you should know about cat siblings.
A healthy cat makes for a happy cat. Did you know your kitty's coat and dental conditions are some of the best indicators of overall health? It is a known fact that cats take good care of their own coats, seeing as how they spend as much time grooming and polishing as they do. However, easier said than done, which is why you should still make it a goal to regularly groom your cat. Grooming your cat will benefit your cat's overall health in a number of ways and it will give you an opportunity to keep a close eye on their coat and skin condition. Without further ado, here is your new guide through feline coat care.
Feline infectious peritonitis (FIP) is a rare and progressive disease caused by feline coronavirus (FCoV). Most strains of this virus are avirulent, meaning they don't actually cause the disease. These strains are marked as feline enteric coronavirus (FECV). In 5-10% of infected cats, however, the infection will progress into clinical FIP. This virus is then referred to as feline infectious peritonitis virus (FIPV). Once clinical FIP develops, it almost always has a fatal destiny.
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.
Our main responsibility as the loyal cat guardians is to provide our purrfect companions with lots of love and the very best health care we can get for them. An extremely important aspect of every cat's health is dental hygiene. Unlike us, cats can't brush their own teeth and unlike their wild relatives, they don't chew on bones and grass nearly as sufficiently to naturally maintain their oral hygiene. For these reasons, domestic cats need a little bit of help from us. In light of this, here is our guide through the basics of feline dental care and hygiene.
One of the main factors that influences and shapes the health of all cats is nutrition. Personalized diet for cats is designed according to the cat's genetics, physique and lifestyle. In order to be able to design a high-quality personalized diet, it is crucial to learn the role of genetics in diverse responses to different nutritional intakes. There are currently two young fields of nutrigenomics and nutrigenetics that are actively searching for the answers we are all looking for.
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.
Just like us humans, our purrfect companions also have different blood groups. Do you already know what know your kitty's blood type is? Knowing your cat’s blood group can be vital in different situations, yet, unless it's an emergency, this doesn't come up often. To keep you on top of your game, here is everything you need to know about different blood groups in cats and why you really should know your letters!
Happy New Year, dear hoomans. We hope you all had meowgical and cozy holidays filled with laughter, joy and purrs. As we gear up for the New Year, the timing is now as purrfect as ever to reflect on your kitty's last year's lifestyle, health, wellness and care. To help you support your kitty to step, hop and jump into the New Year on the right paw, we have a few tips you won't want to miss.
Playing is an important aspect of every cat's life. It helps them learn and maintain their health and overall well-being. One of the health aspects where playing plays a major part is obesity. Obesity is a serious condition that can have dangerous effects on a cat and can even shorten its lifespan. Treatment and prevention of obesity in cats focuses on balanced diet and healthy exercise.
Sleep is a naturally recurring state of body and mind, characterized by altered consciousness, limited sensory activity, inhibited voluntary muscle activity and reduced interactions with surroundings (NIH, 2018). While humans typically spend one-third of their time sleeping, cats often spend more than half of the day snoozing their troubles away. This qualifies our furriends as one of the sleepiest animals out there!
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.
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!
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.
Hand in paw, through thick and thin, your cat and you have been standing together through it all. As time goes by, both you and your precious companion are slowly growing older. Fortunately, thanks to the improvements in feline health care, our favorite pets can now live much longer than ever before. Nevertheless, although many cats live well into their twenties, they are still considered feline senior citizens already around the age of 8. While many more exciting adventures are ahead for them, they still need be handled with a pinch of extra care and attention. To provide them with this, it is important to learn a thing or two about the changes they are going through.
Cats bring an irreplaceable amount of love and companionship into our lives. Unfortunately, our furriends can sometimes fall ill or become injured for diverse number of reasons. Many of the illnesses commonly diagnosed in cats are caused by viral or bacterial infections.
Feline dwarfism is a condition caused by genetic anomalies which lead to stunted growth and abnormal feline body proportions. Unlike other variants of small cats, feline dwarfs are often associated with numerous health issues. While dwarfism in cats can be a result of genetic accidents, there are a few cat breeds selectively bred to promote the condition too. Follow-up to acquire the basic understanding of this potentially painful genetic defect.
To ascertain the best possible care for our cats we all vigorously fight to keep them healthy, well-fed, warm, groomed and happily spoiled. However, in order to protect our purrfect companions from diverse health-threatening factors, we must possess knowledge and skills to recognize an issue and assert preventative measurements and/or treatments. One such threat, affecting about 0.5-1% of feline population, is feline lower urinary tract disease (FLUTD).
Wonderfully distinct from all the other animals, cats never fail to impress. From mesmerizing eye colours and charming ‘squints’ to extraordinarily powerful and precise vision, feline eyes are truly a wonder of nature. Unfortunately, sometimes, cats can suffer from certain complications which can affect their vision and overall health status. One of the more severe disorders of this kind is a group of retinal diseases known as progressive retinal atrophy (PRA).
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!
Diabetes mellitus (DM), or simply diabetes, is a group of metabolic disorders in which blood sugar levels remain high for long periods of time. This occurs when there are insufficient levels of insulin produced in the body or the body isn’t responding properly to this hormone. Just like in humans, related to the modern-day lifestyle factors and obesity, a rising prevalence of diabetes has been described in cats too. Most recorded cases of feline diabetes are similar to the human diabetes type 2.
Do you have a mighty hunter in your home too? Big cats are notorious for their hunting strategies in comparison to other mammalian predators. And your little Simba uses the same chasing and killing techniques as do his wild ancestors. Read up!
Cat sitting can be a fun, rewarding and easy way to earn a little extra money. I had two cats growing up: Lucy and Tabby. Having a cat is a great way to learn care taking skills at a young age without a super big commitment like a dog. Luckily, cats are pretty self-sufficient. You can leave them food and water, and they’ll be good for a few days. And, unlike dogs, they can relieve themselves indoors in a litter box. Further, most don’t require much exercise and attention.
Awww..little baby kittens! Is your home about to become richer by a few extra mini cats? Lucky! Having kittens is a wonderful experience for both you and your queen, but before you can welcome new furry bundles into your home, we need to take time to talk about feline reproduction and pregnancy, appropriate care for your queens and kittens and the possible complications that may arise during this emotional process. Here is everything you need to know in order to support your expectant cat and her babies as well as you possibly can.
Genetic mutations are important sources of variability among individuals of all species, including cats. While these genetic anomalies can have different impacts—beneficial, neutral or even harmful—their occurrence is very important as it provides the populations with diverse and unique individuals. This furthermore increases the chances of survival of at least one fraction of the population in case of sudden environmental changes.
Every cat has an immune system that fights off harmful substances (bacteria and viruses) with antibodies and protects its host from the enemies. But sometimes, just like in humans, a cat’s immune system can be overly sensitive and mistake completely harmless proteins for dangerous substances. This is when your kitty will develop an allergic reaction.
An umbilical hernia is a bulging or a protrusion of the abdominal lining, abdominal fat or even portions of abdominal organs through the area around the belly button (navel, umbilicus). This is the result of an occurrence of a small hole in the muscle wall of the abdomen. Hernias are usually not health threatening and can be easily surgically treated. But why is it important to be aware of this problem? Because umbilical hernias are actually a quite common occurrence in kittens, specifically bottle fed kittens and if not resolved on its own and left untreated, hernias can stretch and get larger. The bigger the hernia, the more insides can protrude to the outside. This further leads to major complications. Without further ado, let’s discuss why this problem arises in the first place and what we can do about it!
We’re bluntly in love with cats. It’s not something we just say – it’s a fact. Cats bring us love, happiness, purrs and cuddles and they even improve our health. They calm our nerves, they dry our tears and heal our hearts. In return, we try our best to protect them and take the best possible care of them. Today we will talk about some of the many viruses afflicting our furry balls, their signs, symptoms and possible vaccinations.
Cats are smart and curious. Very, very curious. Even if it’s from a safe distance, they keep an eye on everything. And whether we like to admit it or not – they love to do things they are not supposed to. Most of the time, cat’s curiosity is harmless. But sometimes they need some extra protection against everyday things you - a mere cat parent - never considered harmful. Here’s our list of top kitty no-no’s you should be aware of.
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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.
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!
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 will surprise you, and some you must know before you bring one into your home.
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Just like us humans, our favorite pets also have different blood groups. Do you already know what know your feline’s is? Knowing your cat’s blood group can be vital in certain situations, yet rarely does this come up, unless it’s an emergency. Today we will tell you everything you need to know about different blood groups in cats and why you should know your letters!
Feline osteoarthritis is one of the most common degenerative joint diseases in cats, and yet more owners don’t know what this disease really is, how common it is, what the causes are and the potential treatments. 90% of cats over the age of 10% develop join disease, so if you have an older kitty - do read up!
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According to Allergy UK, the UK’s leading medical charity dealing with allergies, pets represent the second most important cause of home allergies in humans. In the US, three in ten people have allergic reactions to cats and dogs. And cat allergies seem to be twice as common as dog allergies. Life with cat allergies raises a lot of questions to all of us feline lover, from what they really are and how to recognize them, to treatment and avoidance. Here is what we need to know.
Our friends at reviews.com pulled together some of their best ideas for keeping you cats healthy and satisfied, especially during the holiday season!
Take a deep breath. Meowwww. Feels good? Now imagine not being able to breathe well. Oh, it’s terrible. If your cat (especially of Siamese or Korat pedigrees) has been diagnosed with feline asthma or bronchitis, read on!
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!