We are thrilled to announce that we will soon deliver our first CatKit Alpha Report! Many of our favorite clients (and kittens!) have been very patient while waiting for the first report to arrive. We want to take this opportunity to say THANK YOU to everyone for allowing us the extra time to get the first report out, and show our appreciation by giving everyone here a little sneak peek!
Celebrities of social media, the rulers of the internet, cats seem to easily be one of the most popular pets present in many households around the world. These loving fur-babies seem to have an array of personalities, ranging from quiet and affectionate to sassy and stand-offish. Like our friends and family, cats come in all personalities, shades and colors.
Take a deep breath. Meowwww. Feels good? Now imagine not being able to breathe well. Oh, it’s terrible. If your cat (especially of Siamese or Korat pedigrees) has been diagnosed with feline asthma or bronchitis, read on!
Attention all fur-parents! Do you have an overweight cat? Or a greedy little Burmese? Well this is the article for you. Diabetes is perhaps one of the most common endocrine diseases seen today in modern domestic cats. It’s most prevalent in indoor cats and chubby cats, and has been shown to be over-represented in Burmese cats. In this article we will cover everything you need to know about diabetes and its relation to overweight cats, feline diet, pedigree and breed and environmental risk factors. Important stuff, so do read on!
Have you ever wondered why pretty much all Calico cats are female? Well, it’s all about the power of genetics! So here’s a little genetics 101 that will help explain this very interesting phenomenon. If you’d like to read more information to help build your foundation in genetics then have a read at this Basepaw’s blog!
Polydactylism is one of the traits both humans and cats have. Actually, mice, dogs and even horses also have extra toes (or small supernumerary digits terminating in hooves either side of the main hoof). Alexander the Great and Caesar both rode polydactyl horses.
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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.
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Happy International Cat Day, all your citizen scientists and feline fellows!
International Cat Day, one of our FAVORITE holidays, was created to celebrate our beloved felines across the globe. This holiday helps spread public awareness of the many needs of cats worldwide - because we know that cats need more than just a little TLC. Today, while we are celebrating all that is wonderful about our pawsome kitties, we are asking you to join our fight to improve global cat health.
Has your cat been diagnosed with polycystic kidney disease? You are not alone. Polycystic kidney disease (PKD) affects up to 6% of all cats. Many cats with PKD will live long, happy lives despite having cysts in their kidneys. Unfortunately, some cats develop more or larger cysts than other PKD cats, and this can lead to chronic renal disease and kidney failure. It’s best to identify and treat this feline disease as soon as possible.