Feline osteoarthritis is one of the most common degenerative joint diseases in cats, and yet more owners don’t know what this disease really is, how common it is, what the causes are and the potential treatments. 90% of cats over the age of 10% develop join disease, so if you have an older kitty - do read up!
The official Basepaws Alpha Report is now available to our first batch of kitties. Here is an overview of what’s included in your cat’s Alpha Report.
Your Cat’s Breed Index
The Basepaws Alpha Report includes 24 popular cat breeds, with more to come. Cat breeds that have been compared to your cat are listed in order of best match.
If the marker (blue bubble) is to the right of “Domestic,” then your cat has more DNA in common with that breed than a typical cat. If the marker is positioned directly under “More Likely,” than your cat or one of your cat’s parents probably belongs to that breed.
The markers can be narrow or wide – the width shows the range of our index for each breed. These ranges will improve with later versions of the report.
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.