Our job here at Basepaws is to help you get to know your beloved felines on a molecular level and discover all the secrets hiding in their DNA. Our ultimate aim is to form a rich feline database to secure better health care for cats in the future, and fortunately many of you have already joined us on our mission!
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.
Hemophilia is a group or rare hereditary bleeding disorders in which the cat’s blood doesn’t clot appropriately in case of an injury. Although uncommon, hemophilia is a severe condition that can be inborn or acquired. Today we aim to explain to you what happens when bleeding in cats occurs, how bleeding disorders develop and what hemophilia actually is.
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 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.
Just like us humans, our favorite pets also have different blood groups. Do you already know what know your feline’s is? Knowing your cat’s blood group can be vital in certain situations, yet rarely does this come up, unless it’s an emergency. Today we will tell you everything you need to know about different blood groups in cats and why you should know your letters!
Feline osteoarthritis is one of the most common degenerative joint diseases in cats, and yet more owners don’t know what this disease really is, how common it is, what the causes are and the potential treatments. 90% of cats over the age of 10% develop join disease, so if you have an older kitty - do read up!
The official Basepaws Alpha Report is now available to our first batch of kitties. Here is an overview of what’s included in your cat’s Alpha Report.
Your Cat’s Breed Index
The Basepaws Alpha Report includes 24 popular cat breeds, with more to come. Cat breeds that have been compared to your cat are listed in order of best match.
If the marker (blue bubble) is to the right of "Domestic," then your cat has more DNA in common with that breed than a typical cat. If the marker is positioned directly under "More Likely," than your cat or one of your cat’s parents probably belongs to that breed.
The markers can be narrow or wide – the width shows the range of our index for each breed. These ranges will improve with later versions of the report.
According to Allergy UK, the UK’s leading medical charity dealing with allergies, pets represent the second most important cause of home allergies in humans. In the US, three in ten people have allergic reactions to cats and dogs. And cat allergies seem to be twice as common as dog allergies. Life with cat allergies raises a lot of questions to all of us feline lover, from what they really are and how to recognize them, to treatment and avoidance. Here is what we need to know.
Unlike dogs, most cats do not have purebred ancestors (read our previous blog for more about the recent history of cat breeds). However, every cat shares more ancestors with some cat breeds than others. In order to serve all cats regardless of their pedigree, Basepaws developed a Breed Index that can be used by any Domestic or purebred cat.
"Except for a few hybrid breeds with wild cat DNA, all housecats are descended from the same ancestors – the Near Eastern wild cats. However, as cats around the world evolved, some kittens inherited more DNA in common with wild cat relatives than did their siblings. The Basepaws Wild Cat Index now offers you a way to see if your furry companion has more in common with different wild cats than other cats.