According to Allergy UK, the UK’s leading medical charity dealing with allergies, pets represent the second most important cause of home allergies in humans. In the US, three in ten people have allergic reactions to cats and dogs. And cat allergies seem to be twice as common as dog allergies. Life with cat allergies raises a lot of questions to all of us feline lover, from what they really are and how to recognize them, to treatment and avoidance. Here is what we need to know.
Unlike dogs, most cats do not have purebred ancestors (read our previous blog for more about the recent history of cat breeds). However, every cat shares more ancestors with some cat breeds than others. In order to serve all cats regardless of their pedigree, Basepaws developed a Breed Index that can be used by any Domestic or purebred cat.
“Except for a few hybrid breeds with wild cat DNA, all housecats are descended from the same ancestors – the Near Eastern wild cats. However, as cats around the world evolved, some kittens inherited more DNA in common with wild cat relatives than did their siblings. The Basepaws Wild Cat Index now offers you a way to see if your furry companion has more in common with different wild cats than other cats.
As we gear up for the release of the first batch of Basepaws results to our earliest customers, we would like to introduce you to our Breed and Wildcat Indexes. Read up on the ways your cat is similar to wildcats, and how Basepaws is creating a way to compare your cats DNA to those of it’s more wild ancestors.