HEALTH

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.

Leukocyte Adhesion Deficiency (Type I)

Leukocyte adhesion deficiency (LAD) is an immunodeficiency disorder associated with recurrent infections. This genetic disorder has been described in humans, cats, dogs and cattle. Human LAD is classified into three types (LAD-1 to -3), of which type 1 most closely resembles LAD in cats. Feline LAD is a very difficult condition and, if left untreated, it can be lethal for affected kittens. Genetic tests could help recognize any predisposition to the disease and prevent its succession through generations.

Top 5 Most Common Feeding Mistakes

"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.

2019-06-19T22:28:58+00:00CARE, DIET, HEALTH, TOP LISTS|

Hearing Loss in Cats

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!

2019-06-18T01:25:58+00:00CARE, HEALTH|

Let’s talk about poop!

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!

2019-05-30T06:11:41+00:00CARE, HEALTH|

New Basepaws Research Initiative!

On our journey towards a better future for all cats, we are leading novel discoveries and advances in the field of feline science and genetics. As we continue to grasp new knowledge and information, we drive the focus on research initiatives which can help improve the understanding of feline biology and improve the health management of cats everywhere. Today, we are thrilled to announce our new research initiative - the Basepaws Feline Diabetes Mellitus (DM) Research Project!

Health Risks Associated With Obesity

As over 50% of all American cats have been diagnosed as clinically overweight or obese, it is extremely important to raise more awareness about the seriousness of this problem and the impact it has on feline health. Obesity has a great potential to detriment the quality of your cat's life and it has been associated with increased risks from a number of diseases and conditions. The following article will inform you on health risks associated with obesity all cat guardians need to be aware of.

2019-05-14T03:20:36+00:00DIET, HEALTH, OBESITY|

Cat Allergy: Are You Allergic To Your Kitty?

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.

2019-05-05T06:45:10+00:00ALLERGY, CARE, HEALTH|

Basepaws + Catstradamus: Together in the Fight Against HCM

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 and lethal 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.