Playing is one of the best ways to get your cat to move and exercise. You will have fun, you will bond with your kitty and you will maintain its health – and all at once! Here are a few tips to help you get started.
Brachycephaly is a trait of skull bones shortened in length, giving the face and nose of a cat a "pushed in" appearance. Due to shorter bones of the face and nose, the anatomy of the face is altered. This can potentially cause various physical problems, such as breathing difficulties. A condition that is related to this abnormality is brachycephaly airway syndrome. This is a set of airway abnormalities in cats (and dogs) which may involve stenotic nares, elongated soft palate, hypoplastic trachea and everted laryngeal saccules. Typical brachycephalic cat breeds are Persian, Himalayan and Burmese cats.
With an increasing number of people joining us, we get more questions about the science behind our work than ever before. One of the most frequently asked questions we get is: "What if my cat passed away, but I still want to do a DNA test?"
Tipping scales at almost 20 lbs., the Maine Coon is said to be one of the heaviest cat breeds out there. This strong, athletic cat of valuable hunting skills is gentle-mannered, friendly and highly intelligent. Such a unique combination of features led to their affectionate nickname "the gentle giant". Because their paws are often white in color, they are also called "the snowshoe cats". Ladies and gents, please meet one of the world's oldest natural cat breeds – the Maine Coon cats
All cats around the world share the same common ancestor from ~10.8 million of years ago. As the evolution progressed bringing cats from the jungles into our homes, some domestic kittens inherited more or less DNA from particular wild relatives. The Basepaws Wild Cat Index now offers you a way to see if your furry companion has more DNA in common with different wild cats in comparison to other domestic cats.
Happy Thanksgiving hoomans! This year we all have plenty to be thankful for, and that includes our purrfect companions! Cats are adorable and loving animals who paw their way into our lives with the sole purpose of stealing our hearts. In return, they give us much more than we could ever hope for. Here are the top 7 reasons why we should be thankful for our fur-balls this Thanksgiving.
Love is the strongest bonding force of all. It fades the differences away, brings us closer together and fortifies our friendships. In the foundation of Basepaws lies a special kind of love – love for cats. One particularly loving and caring member of our community is a beautiful hooman and fur parent, Vanessa. Over the years, Vanessa has gone to great lengths to help numerous animals and provide them with the best lives possible. Nowadays, she is taking care of four lucky pets, of which three are on hospice levels. Ladies and gents, please meet one of Vanessa's utmost darling companions – inimitable Cassidy Catters.
Every cat is purrfectly unique and special in their own rightful way. While some cats will spend hours working on that new toy you got them, others will carelessly snooze most of the day away. In light of this feline peculiarity, many hoomans notice that their kitties are particularly more or less chatty than other cats. Interestingly enough, as in many other aspects, your cat's breed seems to be closely associated with it’s vocalization as well. While Abyssinians are thought to be one of the quietest cats out there, the royal Siamese are in the lead for the title of the World's Chattiest Cats. Without further ado, ladies and gents, please meet the feline breeds famously preceded by their talkative reputation!
Autoimmune lymphoproliferative syndrome (abbr. ALPS) is a lymphoproliferative disorder (LPD) distinguished by massive enlargement of lymphatic nodes and spleen caused by the accumulation of lymphocytes. The disease is caused by irregular lymphocyte apoptosis. This is a lethal genetic condition that has, for now, only been identified in British Shorthair cats. Kittens suffering from ALPS show signs around the age of 6-8 weeks and die or are euthanized shortly after (Aberdein et al, 2017). The disease shows similarities to the human disorder autoimmune lymphoproliferative syndrome (ALPS), also known as the Canale-Smith syndrome.
Sleep is a naturally recurring state of body and mind, characterized by altered consciousness, limited sensory activity, inhibited voluntary muscle activity and reduced interactions with surroundings (NIH, 2018). While humans typically spend one-third of their time sleeping, cats often spend more than half of the day snoozing their troubles away. This qualifies our furriends as one of the sleepiest animals out there!