GENETICS

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.

2019-07-31T22:51:22+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.

2019-07-30T09:10:33+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."

2019-07-25T11:29:09+00:00FUN, GENETIC ANOMALY, GENETICS|

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.

Genetic Quirks Behind The White Gloves

All fur parents are utterly in love with the flawless white tips of their pets' paws. This charming feature is often lovingly referred to as "gloves", "socks", "boots" or "mittens". Do you know how this genetic phenomenon actually occurs though? The time has finally come to debunk some of the very confusing genetic quirks behind your kitty's mittens!

2019-07-15T23:04:15+00:00FUN, GENETICS|

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|

Hypokalemic Periodic Polymyopathy

Hypokalemia refers to athe state of low potassium ion (K+) levels in the blood. It's often a secondary problem caused by other deficiencies or diseases, but it may also be a result of a primary congenital disease, such as hypokalemic period polymyopathy. Hypokalemic polymyopathy is a genetic disease of the Burmese and closely related cats. The condition is marked by either generalized or localized skeletal muscle weakness, often episodic in nature.