COAT CARE

The Chimera cat – its own non-identical twin

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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."

The Chimera Cat – Its Own Non-Identical Twin

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Merry Christmas dear pet hoomans! We hope you are all having a wonderful time with your families today. To help brighten this blissful day even more, we would like to tell you one of the most meowgical stories of feline genetics – the story of the Chimeras! In Greek mythology, a chimera is a monstrous fire-breathing, three-headed hybrid creature. In cat terms, luckily, a chimera is not scary at all! Chimeras, as we here know them at Basepaws are gorgeous and breathtaking genetic anomalies.

Meowgical Science Behind Your Cat’s Coat

Cats come in a highly diverse variety of coat patterns, colorations and textures. Many different genes are involved in creating just how unique your purrfect companion will turn out to be. Have you ever wondered about the role of genetics in your cat’s captivating looks? To get you started on the long journey of feline genetics, we prepared a short guide through the genetics of the feline coat for you. Read up!

2019-07-14T08:55:58+00:00COAT CARE, GENETICS, SCIENCE|

Curly Cat Coat: A Special Kind of Eye Candy

Kitties come in so many different colors, shapes and patterns. And we are in love with all of them! Soft, curly cats, however, seem to be exceptionally captivating and spell-binding. Have you ever wondered about the role of genetics in your cat's charming locks? The time has come to unravel some science behind feline curls and share a few tips and tricks on how to care for the soft, wavy fur. Let's go!

2019-07-03T22:58:02+00:00COAT CARE, GENETICS, GROOMING|

A Guide Through Feline Coat Care

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.

2019-04-08T20:31:53+00:00CARE, COAT CARE, HEALTH, SKIN CARE|

Cat coat genetics (part 1)

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Cats come in a highly diverse variety of coat patterns, coloration and textures. Many different genes are involved in creating just how unique your feline companion will turn out to be. Today we attempt to take a narrow glimpse into the role genetics play in your cat’s coat pigmentation, pattern, length and texture. Due to the complexity of the issue, we decided to break this article down into two parts. In the first part we will discuss the coat colors and some of the coat patterns. In the second part we will continue with coat patterns, lengths and textures.

2019-03-06T10:39:01+00:00COAT CARE, GENETICS, SCIENCE|

Cat coat genetics (part 2)

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In the first part of "Cat coat genetics" article we discussed the genetics of feline coat colors and we explained some of the coat patterns. In the second part we now continue with coat patterns, lengths and textures. Read on to learn more!

2019-03-06T10:30:36+00:00COAT CARE, GENETICS, SCIENCE|

It’s Black Cat Appreciation Day!

Happy Black Cat Appreciation Day! This special day of the year, marked every August 17th, was launched in efforts to raise awareness about black cats and debunk countless misconceptions about these fantastic pets. Often associated with bad luck, witchcraft and evil, black cats still seem to be hunted by the spooky myths ever since the ancient times and to this very day. Interestingly, long before the tales about evil black cats even began to spread, Ancient Egyptians actually believed that they were symbols of luck, wealth and strength and the Japanese that they were a symbol of prosperity.

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|

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|