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.
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.
Oh, those baby blues! The sapphirine eyes of a Ragdoll are truly meowgical and spell-binding. This incredibly plush kitty is known for its gentle and affectionate personality and the reputation of being the ultimate 'lap' cat. Their patient and playful spirit resulted in their nickname of being the "puppy cats".
Cat lovers rejoice! DNA testing is now available for cats, and it's pretty pawsome!
While canine DNA tests have been around since 2007, feline science, widely understudied and underfunded, has been lagging behind. Thanks to Basepaws, we're now able to reveal the secrets hidden within feline DNA and get to know our cats on a whole new level. Basepaws Cat DNA test is a novel approach to cat DNA testing which reveals your pet's background, origins and health predispositions. The mission of this genetics company is to create one of the largest feline genetic databases and find new answers and solutions in feline science and health. Pretty pawsome goals, we say!
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.
Here at Basepaws, we passionately pursue novel discoveries in the field of feline science and strive to advance feline healthcare. It remains important to remember, however, that the true stars behind our work are the cats themselves, of course. Because as a team we are admittedly cat-crazy, we LOVE getting to know every one of the wonderful Basepaws cats who joined our mission. And today, dear cat guardians, we met Loki, a self-proclaimed boss of his home and a professional face snuggler.
Loyal, playful and exceptionally athletic, the Egyptian Mau is one of the few naturally spotted domestic cat breeds out there. "The Cornell Book of Cats" describes this gorgeous cat as "a balance between the compactness of a Burmese and the slim elegance of a Siamese. This breed is extremely rare and it is estimated that there might be as little as 3 000 Maus worldwide today. And did you know the Egyptian Mau is the fastest of all domestic cats? Oh yass! But this is not where the excellence of the breed stops. Read on to learn more mind-blowing facts about the speedy Maus.
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.
The mission of our work as a cat genetics company is to decipher the secrets of feline genetics and find new answers and solutions in feline science and health. In light of this, we often get urgent questions from our pet parents who’ve decided to DNA test their cat companions. The most frequently asked questions concern the breed index section of our cat DNA report. Many of you have wondered why we don't offer breed percentages and why your cat results sometimes don't match their physical appearance and/or personality.
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.