Chromosome Painting: New Report Feature Explained Chromosome Painting: New Report Feature Explained
Basepaws
02/23/2019

As you may know, we are currently launching our updated Basepaws Genetic Report! We are so excited to share all that we have learned, as well as many new features of the report. One of the sections that we are most excited about is the Chromosome Painting, a beautiful visual representation of the genetic similarities of your cat’s DNA. Allow us to walk you through the usefulness of this unique feature, so that we may provide some clarity on the newly available information.

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Domestic Shorthair: Celebrating the Polycat Domestic Shorthair: Celebrating the Polycat
Basepaws
02/23/2019

“What greater gift than the love of a cat?” – Charles Dickens.

While the Persian and the Siamese may be the dolls and divas of the Cat World, the world’s most favorite cat has always been the purrfectly wonderful and diverse domestic cat. The domestic cat is not a recognized breed with gilded papers, but is rather a cat of mixed ancestries. Here at Basepaws, we affectionately call these diverse and captivating companions Polycats - because why do purebreds get to have all the cool names?

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My Cat Has Polycystic Kidney Disease: What Does This Mean? My Cat Has Polycystic Kidney Disease: What Does This Mean?
Basepaws
02/21/2019

Has your cat been diagnosed with polycystic kidney disease? You are not alone. Polycystic kidney disease (PKD) is one of the most common genetic diseases in cats. It is widely described in Persian and related cats, but also, sporadically, in other cat breeds (Nivy et al, 2015 & Volta et al, 2009). PKD is diagnosed in approximately 38% of Persian cats worldwide, which accounts for about 6% of all cats (Lyons et al, 2014). The disease is characterized by a formation of small fluid-filled cysts in the kidneys and may lead to kidney failure. An autosomal dominant mutation in the PKD1 gene has been identified as a cause for this condition.

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Feline Cancer – Background, Science and Answers (part 2) Feline Cancer – Background, Science and Answers (part 2)
Basepaws
02/19/2019

According to Animal Cancer Foundation, 1 in 5 cats will develop cancer in their lifetime. Cancer in cats is actually less common than cancer in dogs, but once it is diagnosed, it tends to move faster. Knowledge is power, and our role as pet parents is to be armed with information and provide our companions with the best possible care. Yet, how much do we really know about this deadly disease in cats? It's time to talk science!

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Feline Cancer – Background, Science and Answers (part 1) Feline Cancer – Background, Science and Answers (part 1)
Basepaws
02/15/2019

According to Animal Cancer Foundation, 1 in 5 cats will develop cancer in their lifetime. Cancer in cats is actually less common than cancer in dogs, but once it is diagnosed, it tends to move faster. Knowledge is power, and our role as pet parents is to be armed with information and provide our companions with the best possible care. Yet, how much do we really know about this deadly disease in cats? It's time to talk science!

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The Story of The British Shorthair The Story of The British Shorthair
Basepaws
02/12/2019

The most popular pedigreed breed in its native country, the British Shorthair is widely recognized for its well-behaved nature and sweet personality. The handsome looks and calm temperament of this kitty make them frequent media stars. The most notable appearance of the breed was in Alice in Wonderland, as the Cheshire Cat. The Cat Fanciers' Association profile for the breed reads: "When gracelessness is observed, the British Shorthair is duly embarrassed, quickly recovering with a 'Cheshire cat smile'". Ladies and gents, please meet the British shorthair cat!

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Personalized Diet: Myth Or Reality? Personalized Diet: Myth Or Reality?
Basepaws
02/07/2019

One of the main factors that influences and shapes the health of all cats is nutrition. Personalized diet for cats is designed according to the cat's genetics, physique and lifestyle. In order to be able to design a high-quality personalized diet, it is crucial to learn the role of genetics in diverse responses to different nutritional intakes. There are currently two young fields of nutrigenomics and nutrigenetics that are actively searching for the answers we are all looking for.

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Cat Allergy: Are You Allergic To Your Kitty? Cat Allergy: Are You Allergic To Your Kitty?
Basepaws
02/05/2019

According to Allergy UK, the UK’s leading medical charity dealing with allergies, pets represent the second most important cause of home allergies in hoomans. Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America confirms that in the US, three in ten people have allergic reactions to cats and dogs. And, interestingly, cat allergies seem to be twice as common as dog allergies. Life with cat allergies raises a lot of questions for all of us longing to keep a kitty. And Basepaws is here to answer them for you! From the causes and diagnosis, to the treatment and prevention, here is our guide through cat allergies.

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Why Is My Cat So Strange? 10 Feline Quirks Deciphered! Why Is My Cat So Strange? 10 Feline Quirks Deciphered!
Basepaws
01/31/2019

Have you ever stopped for a second to think "why is my cat SO strange"? Yep, we've all been there. Cats bring lots of joy and laughter into our lives, especially when they act oh-so-strangely. So now, the time has finally come for us to attempt to decipher the 10 most common kitty quirks that get us giggling every day! Which of these is your furriend guilty of?

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