"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.
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This very special weekend is dedicated to all the pawsome dads who we treat with just a little extra love and attention for the occasion. And here at Basepaws, we, of course, we give some extra cuddles to our pawsome fur daddies too! In honor of (often overlooked) fur fathers out there, here is a list of our top most favorite famous men who are just as crazy about cats as all of us here at Basepaws! Happy Pawther's day dear fur-dads!
Once upon a time, ancient Greeks and Romans held festivals in honor of the mother goddesses Rhea and Cybele. In the years to come, Christians followed in the footsteps with festivals known as "Mothering Sunday". This custom eventually faded in popularity until Anna Jarvis, daughter of Ann Reeves Jarvis, conceived the modern Mother’s Day in the 1900s. Ever since, we honor motherhood every year on the second Sunday of May. On this very special day all moms get just a little bit extra of the well-deserved love, attention and care. And here at Basepaws, we share this love with our darling fur moms too!
"It's not just the right thing to do; adoption is a reward." - The Humane Society of The United States
Did you know that 2.7 million adoptable dogs and cats are euthanized in The United States every year? This is simply because abandoned animals arrive to shelters at a faster rate than they're being adopted. As a way to raise awareness for so many pets needing adoption from shelters and promote pet adoption, a National Adopt A Shelter Pet Day is observed every April 30th.
Did you know that most of us choose our purrfect pet companions which complement our own personalities best? Is your heart set on a cuddly Ragdoll or a fun-loving Abyssinian? Luckily for us, cats are all charmingly different and uniquely purrfect in their own rightful ways. In light of the feline peculiarity, cat fanciers have been selecting and breeding cats specifically for certain features and traits. If you're looking for an energetic cat that will bring tons of laughter and spark into your home, here are the top 10 most playful cat breeds of all time! What are your thoughts?
Have you ever stopped for a second to think "why is my cat SO strange"? Yep, we've all been there. Cats bring lots of joy and laughter into our lives, especially when they act oh-so-strangely. So now, the time has finally come for us to attempt to decipher the 10 most common kitty quirks that get us giggling every day! Which of these is your furriend guilty of?
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.
Most of us are familiar with some sort of magical tales about our kitties. Adored for their mysterious ways, the world has been dreaming up fascinating stories about cats ever since the ancient times. Cats make appearances in many religions, superstitions, poems and narratives. Magical or lucky, angelic or devilish, here are some of the most interesting and surprising myths about these impressive animals from all around the globe.
Happy Thanksgiving hoomans! This year we all have plenty to be thankful for, and that includes our purrfect companions! Cats are adorable and loving animals who paw their way into our lives with the sole purpose of stealing our hearts. In return, they give us much more than we could ever hope for. Here are the top 7 reasons why we should be thankful for our fur-balls this Thanksgiving.
The spookiest night of the year is upon us. Our frightening costumes are prepared, eerily pumpkins carved and homes filled with buckets full of candy. We are also no strangers to sharing this spirit of celebration with our purrfect companions! The MarketWatch writes that, according to the National Retail Federation report, more than 30 million people will spend an estimated $480 million treating their pets with costumes this Halloween!
To honor the occasion, all the featured kitties in this blog are some of the best-dressed Basepaws cats.
Looks. Smarts. Health. We inherit a whole lot from our parents (and their DNA). While the world of science is untangling the role that DNA has in making you – you – Basepaws is working on this same special treatment for your favorite furriend too! We are only just starting to unravel the secrets hidden within the feline DNA, but there are many peculiar things about cat DNA that we know already. Dear hooman, meet some of the most curious facts about your favorite pet’s DNA.
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!
Ever since the Middle Ages, Catholic Europe celebrates fatherhood every March 19th, the feast day observed in honor of Saint Joseph, the Nutritor Domini (“Nourisher of the Lord”). Today this celebration is common in many parts of the world, but the dates greatly vary. In the US, we spoil our dads with just a little extra love and attention every third Sunday of June. And here at Basepaws, we, of course, we give some extra cuddles to our pawsome fur daddies too!
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.
Once upon a time, ancient Greeks and Romans held festivals in honor of the mother goddesses Rhea and Cybele. In the years to come, Christians followed in the footsteps with celebrations known as "Mothering Sunday". This custom eventually faded in popularity until Anna Jarvis, daughter of Ann Reeves Jarvis, conceived the modern Mother’s Day in the 1900s. Today in the US, we honor motherhood every year on the second Sundays of May. This is a very special day of the year when mommies get just a little bit extra of the well-deserved love, attention and care. And here at Basepaws, we share this love with our darling moewmies too!
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Most of us are familiar with some sort of magical tale about our felines. Adored for their mysterious ways, the world has been dreaming up fascinating myths about cats ever since the ancient times. Cats make appearances in many religions, superstitions, poems and narratives. Magical or lucky, angelic or devilish, here are some of the most interesting and surprising legends about these impressive animals from all around the globe.
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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Happy New Year dear cat lovers! We hope you had wonderful and cozy holidays filled with laughter, joy and purrs! If you're anything like us, then you enthusiastically welcomed the New Year with arms wide open and excitingly committed to your New Year Resolutions. It is important to lead, step, hop and jump into the new beginnings on the right foot, no? This is why today we come to you with some useful tips and tricks to help you make sure your furry feline friend starts the New Year on the right paw as well!
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Well, probably we should have started our blog with this post. As they say, better late than never ;)
So we are going to talk about basic genetics today. The feline genome was fully decoded in 2007. Of all of the cats in the world, a 4-year old Abyssinian cat named Cinnamon was chosen to be a genetic model for all felines in a project called the feline genome project. By donating a small vial of blood, Cinnamon provided scientists the wherewithal to map the feline genetic structure, eventually allowing for each gene's function to be noted and studied.
You may not have heard about this adorable breed of cat - they keep a low profile. But Munchkin cats are a new "short" breed of cat, quickly gaining fame and love worldwide. They come in all shapes and sizes, but have one thing in common: Unbelievably short, stumpy legs. If you're thinking about getting a Munchkin (or just want to see photos of adorable short kitties), this article's for you.
Although chubby cats are adorable, those extra pounds can have terrible consequences for kitty’s joints, heart and pancreas. Feline obesity lowers your cat’s life expectancy and increases your cat’s risk for diabetes and cancer. If your cat is overweight, you CAN help your cat achieve a healthy weight before it’s too late. Here are 6 reasons why your cat could have a big belly, and ways to get around them:
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Looks. Smarts. Health. You inherited a lot from your parents (and their DNA). Science is just starting to untangle the role that DNA has in making you, YOU. And now Basepaws is working on this same special treatment for your favorite pet!