Basepaws Cats Stories: Rachel and Her Daisy Basepaws Cats Stories: Rachel and Her Daisy
Basepaws
05/30/2018

"I love cats because I enjoy my home; and little by little, they become its visible soul." (Jean Co)

Regardless of all our differences and preferences, the one thing that brings us all together here at Basepaws is our love for cats. We are always excited to hear your stories and share them with the rest of our community. Recently we met Rachel and her adorable, upbeat bundle – Daisy - and we can’t wait for you guys to meet them too!

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Top Kitty No-Nos Top Kitty No-Nos
Basepaws
05/25/2018

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.

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Cat coat genetics (part 2) Cat coat genetics (part 2)
Basepaws
05/22/2018

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In the first part of "Cat coat genetics" article we discussed the genetics of feline coat colors and we explained some of the coat patterns. In the second part we now continue with coat patterns, lengths and textures. Read on to learn more!

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Cat coat genetics (part 1) Cat coat genetics (part 1)
Basepaws
05/18/2018

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Cats come in a highly diverse variety of coat patterns, coloration and textures. Many different genes are involved in creating just how unique your feline companion will turn out to be. Today we attempt to take a narrow glimpse into the role genetics play in your cat’s coat pigmentation, pattern, length and texture. Due to the complexity of the issue, we decided to break this article down into two parts. In the first part we will discuss the coat colors and some of the coat patterns. In the second part we will continue with coat patterns, lengths and textures.

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The Chimera cat – its own non-identical twin The Chimera cat – its own non-identical twin
Basepaws
05/15/2018

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In Greek mythology, a chimera is a monstrous fire-breathing, three-headed hybrid creature. It was usually portrayed as a lion with a goat rising from its back with a snake for its tail. Homer described the Chimera in the Iliad as "a thing of immortal make, not human, lion-fronted and snake behind, a goat in the middle, and snorting out the breath of the terrible flame of bright fire."

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Happy meowmy's day! Happy meowmy's day!
Basepaws
05/10/2018

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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Myth Busted: Are Cats Really Hydrophobic? Myth Busted: Are Cats Really Hydrophobic?
Basepaws
05/08/2018

Our fur babies are hunted by the reputation of being terrified of water. But does it really precede them? Not so fast! While tigers and jaguars are famous for being great swimmers, some domestic cats will gladly embrace a splash or two in the pool as well. And those felines that forgo a good swim? Well, they don’t actually fear the water, but rather just dislike the feeling of being wet. And they have a handful of reasons for it, many of which are often overseen.

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Basepaws Cats Stories: Oh those baby blues... we can’t stay away! Basepaws Cats Stories: Oh those baby blues... we can’t stay away!
Basepaws
05/04/2018

"Animals are the bridge between us and the beauty of all that is natural. They show us what's missing in our lives, and how to love ourselves more completely and unconditionally. They connect us back to who we are, and to the purpose of why we're here."― Trisha McCagh

Cats, cats, cats! Why are we so crazy about them? Possibly because they rule our internet, eat our food, sleep in our beds and generally own us. Eh, we don’t mind - especially when they look like our new favorite snowball. Please, meet Casper, a gorgeous blue-eyed therapy cat and his fur parent Jessica!

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Factor XII deficiency in cats Factor XII deficiency in cats
Basepaws
05/01/2018

Factor XII deficiency, also known as Hageman deficiency, is the most common congenital coagulopathy among cats. Although common among bleeding disorders, this condition is actually often asymptomatic. Hageman trait is a blood clotting disorder characterized by deficiency in the coagulation factor XII. For more background information about blood coagulation as well as other hemophilia disorders, please read our blog Hemophilia in cats.

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Odd-Eyed Cats (Heterochromia) Odd-Eyed Cats (Heterochromia)
Basepaws
04/27/2018

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If your beautiful feline has two different eyes - a yellow and a blue, perhaps, then you’ve got yourself an odd-eyed kitten! These captivating little creatures are carriers of a feline form of a condition known as complete heterochromia. Read on and find out more!

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