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Nature vs Nurture: Fat Cats and the Threat of Diabetes
Nature vs Nurture: Fat Cats and the Threat of Diabetes

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!

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Why Calico Cats Are Always Female
Why Calico Cats Are Always Female

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!

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Hemingway Cats
Hemingway Cats

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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Genetics 101
Genetics 101

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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.

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