Genetic mutations are important sources of variability among individuals of all species, including cats. While these genetic anomalies can have different impacts—beneficial, neutral or even harmful—their occurrence is very important as it provides the populations with diverse and unique individuals. This furthermore increases the chances of survival of at least one fraction of the population in case of sudden environmental changes.
Every cat has an immune system that fights off harmful substances (bacteria and viruses) with antibodies and protects its host from the enemies. But sometimes, just like in humans, a cat’s immune system can be overly sensitive and mistake completely harmless proteins for dangerous substances. This is when your kitty will develop an allergic reaction.
An umbilical hernia is a bulging or a protrusion of the abdominal lining, abdominal fat or even portions of abdominal organs through the area around the belly button (navel, umbilicus). This is the result of an occurrence of a small hole in the muscle wall of the abdomen. Hernias are usually not health threatening and can be easily surgically treated. But why is it important to be aware of this problem? Because umbilical hernias are actually a quite common occurrence in kittens, specifically bottle fed kittens and if not resolved on its own and left untreated, hernias can stretch and get larger. The bigger the hernia, the more insides can protrude to the outside. This further leads to major complications. Without further ado, let’s discuss why this problem arises in the first place and what we can do about it!
"Friendship is born at that moment when one person says to another: 'What? You too? I thought I was the only one!'" In light of this, the time has come for another magical story from the Basepaws family! Please meet Sylvia and her hoomans Jen and Dan.
"If animals could speak, the dog would be a blundering outspoken fellow; but the cat would have the rare grace of never saying a word too much." – Mark Twain. Cats are mysterious wonders and sometimes we wish we could figure out what’s going through their smart little heads. Luckily for us, cats give away a lot of tell-tale signs that can help us pick up exactly how they’re feeling. With the little bit of help from Nicky Trevorrow, the Behavior Manager from Cats Protection, today we present to you a quick guide through 'cat'.
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!
You’ve purchased a CatKit, collected some of your cat’s DNA and shipped it back to us. Exciting stuff! Wait, but what happens next? The time has come for us to unravel a little bit about our recipe to unfolding your feline’s DNA secrets. No, not everything - there is still a lot we don’t know ourselves, and every sample helps get us closer. But we want to tell you a bit about us, inside and out. Let’s take a quick look behind the curtains and see what really happens once your sample reaches the Basepaws Labs!
Have you ever looked at your cat and wondered about its origins, lineage and history? With most of our cats, we have no clue about their genetic origins, which is changing fast. You can now find out more about your cat's genetic heritage with a simple test that requires nothing more than a few of kitty's hairs! The founder & CEO of Basepaws, Anna Skaya, recently gave an interview to TheCatSite. Built from scratch, Anna reveals how Basepaws came to be, the mission of the company and how is important to promote scientific research into cat health.
Every year, on June 4th, the world takes a moment to celebrate and honor the nostrum of the kitty hugs with a "Hug your cat today" holiday. This means that today you get to spoil yourself and your lion with just a tad of extra snuggles. Will your cat jump to the opportunity or will it wriggle its way out of your arms? That really depends on its personality, doesn’t it? To honor the importance and value of kitty hugs, today we decided to strike a discussion on different cat personalities. What influences a cat’s personality and which type suits your Simba best? Take a look!
We’re bluntly in love with cats. It’s not something we just say – it’s a fact. Cats bring us love, happiness, purrs and cuddles and they even improve our health. They calm our nerves, they dry our tears and heal our hearts. In return, we try our best to protect them and take the best possible care of them. Today we will talk about some of the many viruses afflicting our furry balls, their signs, symptoms and possible vaccinations.