Happy Thanksgiving hoomans! This year we all have plenty to be thankful for, and that includes our purrfect companions! Cats are adorable and loving animals who paw their way into our lives with the sole purpose of stealing our hearts. In return, they give us much more than we could ever hope for. Here are the top 7 reasons why we should be thankful for our fur-balls this Thanksgiving.
Love is the strongest bonding force of all. It fades the differences away, brings us closer together and fortifies our friendships. In the foundation of Basepaws lies a special kind of love – love for cats. One particularly loving and caring member of our community is a beautiful hooman and fur parent, Vanessa. Over the years, Vanessa has gone to great lengths to help numerous animals and provide them with the best lives possible. Nowadays, she is taking care of four lucky pets, of which three are on hospice levels. Ladies and gents, please meet one of Vanessa's utmost darling companions – inimitable Cassidy Catters.
Every cat is purrfectly unique and special in their own rightful way. While some cats will spend hours working on that new toy you got them, others will carelessly snooze most of the day away. In light of this feline peculiarity, many hoomans notice that their kitties are particularly more or less chatty than other cats. Interestingly enough, as in many other aspects, your cat's breed seems to be closely associated with it’s vocalization as well. While Abyssinians are thought to be one of the quietest cats out there, the royal Siamese are in the lead for the title of the World's Chattiest Cats. Without further ado, ladies and gents, please meet the feline breeds famously preceded by their talkative reputation!
Autoimmune lymphoproliferative syndrome (abbr. ALPS) is a lymphoproliferative disorder (LPD) distinguished by massive enlargement of lymphatic nodes and spleen caused by the accumulation of lymphocytes. The disease is caused by irregular lymphocyte apoptosis. This is a lethal genetic condition that has, for now, only been identified in British Shorthair cats. Kittens suffering from ALPS show signs around the age of 6-8 weeks and die or are euthanized shortly after (Aberdein et al, 2017). The disease shows similarities to the human disorder autoimmune lymphoproliferative syndrome (ALPS), also known as the Canale-Smith syndrome.