As of 2016, The International Cat Association (TICA) recognizes 58 distinct cat breeds, all charmingly different and purrfect in their own rightful way. Even though cat fanciers have been selecting and breeding cats specifically for their unique appearances, some cat breeds seem to be distinctly friendlier and more affectionate than others. Are you dreaming of a companion who will gladly leap into your arms and purr the hours away in your lap? If so, here are the top 10 cuddliest and most affectionate cat breeds of all time! What are your thoughts?
Did you know that more than 50% of all American cats are obese or overweight? In a 2017 survey by Association for Pet Obesity Prevention (APOP), 56% of dogs and 60% of cats were classified as clinically overweight or obese by their veterinary healthcare professional. This means that in 2017, there were 50.2 million registered dogs and 56.5 million registered cats who are overweight. Although chubby cats are adorable, those extra pounds can have terrible consequences for their joints, heart, and pancreas. Read on to learn more about the prevention and treatment of feline obesity and keep your kitty healthy and happy for many years to come.
The Burmese is a curious kitty of a compact, muscular body and glossy, silky coat. In a testament to its appearance, it is sometimes described as a "brick wrapped in silk". The Burmese loves to observe its hoomans and other animals, which explains its devotion to the important task of supervising the street through the window. The breed originally originated in Thailand but was developed in the United States and Britain.
Please note: the Burmese cat is not to be confused with the Birman cat or "sacred cat of Burma".
Gangliosidosis is a group of lipid storage disorders characterized by the accumulation of lipids – gangliosides in neurons. The disease was identified both in humans and cats. Human gangliosidosis is classified into two types, GM1 and GM2. The second type is further classified into three subtypes: GM2A (Tay-Sachs disease), GM2AB (AB variant) and GM2B (Sandhoff disease or 0 variant). All of the variants of the human disease have been identified in cats except for the Tay-Sachs (GM2A).
Fears and anxiety play a major role in a number of behavior problems in cats and can often interfere with their overall well-being. It is usually not too difficult to recognize a stressed kitty, but it can be challenging to work with an anxious cat and support it through its fears. Anxiety in your cat is often implemented by intense or prolonged exposure to a stressful or unpleasant event. While you may not always be able to prevent this, there are ways in which you can reduce your cat's anxiety and fears and provide them with the support and encouragement they need from you.
Header photo: Basepaws cat Simon, Lewiston, ID, hooman Mia Carlson
Paws are cute. And who has extra-adorable paws? Hemingway cats, of course! Hemingway cats are carriers of a genetic anomaly polydactyly. Polydactyly is a trait of an unusually high number of digits and it has been described in several species, including humans, cats, dogs, horses, mice, cattle, goats, sheep, springboks and birds (Hamelin et al, 2016). Polydactyl cats are often referred to as Hemingway cats, as they have gained their popularity thanks to the famous American writer Ernest Hemingway. Maine Coons are thought to be predisposed to this genetic feature.
Our main responsibility as the loyal cat guardians is to provide our purrfect companions with lots of love and the very best health care we can get for them. An extremely important aspect of every cat's health is dental hygiene. Unlike us, cats can't brush their own teeth and unlike their wild relatives, they don't chew on bones and grass nearly as sufficiently to naturally maintain their oral hygiene. For these reasons, domestic cats need a little bit of help from us. In light of this, here is our guide through the basics of feline dental care and hygiene.
"My cat is not insane, she's just a really good actress." - Phyllis Christine Cast in Untamed.
About nine months ago, OliveJune, a (then) five-week-old rescue kitty from the ASPCA, was discovered and adopted by her hooman guardian Linda. Little did Linda know, with this little kitten she was in for an unexpectedly wild ride. Today, a happy and healthy OliveJune seems to be on a mission to lovingly disrupt Linda's life with the trouble and humor Linda never knew she was missing. And yes, Linda's life is now all better for it! Ladies and gents, please meet the most darling troublemaker of the Basepaws family – the heart-winning OliveJune.
Did you know that most of us choose our purrfect pet companions which complement our own personalities best? Is your heart set on a cuddly Ragdoll or a fun-loving Abyssinian? Luckily for us, cats are all charmingly different and uniquely purrfect in their own rightful ways. In light of the feline peculiarity, cat fanciers have been selecting and breeding cats specifically for certain features and traits. If you're looking for an energetic cat that will bring tons of laughter and spark into your home, here are the top 10 most playful cat breeds of all time! What are your thoughts?
Since the launch, the Basepaws team has been striving to create one of the largest databases of feline genetic and physical information in an effort to improve feline health and learn more about the genetic basis of cat breeds. Seeing as how most domestic breeds are relatively young (created in mid 1800s - present), our work would have been daunting without your help. We have received a fantastic amount of support from cat parents around the world and are proud to announce the second iteration of our report!