Once upon a time, a young kitten wandered onto a lovely farm family’s doorstep. Seemingly in distress, the little thing was skinny, disheveled and desperately searching for food and shelter. Little did he know, he had stumbled upon a lifetime of love, warmth and safety. Ladies and gents, please meet Basepaws cat Ricky and his hooman Cindy, the pawesome pet parent of six.
Cats often surprise us by performing diverse tasks that seem beyond their capabilities. When they gaze at us, it appears as if they're trying to communicate in their own meowgical way. The lingering mystery around our independent furriends leads to an inevitable wonder: just how smart are they?
In the spirit of spookiness, many Halloween decorations feature black cats. Although here at Basepaws we’ll gladly jump into any opportunity to celebrate clowders, the association of black cats with Halloween has not always been very furriendly. Often linked to bad luck, witchcraft and evil, black kitties are continuously haunted by spooky myths and countless misconceptions. In efforts to spread love for the black cats, we hereby present just some of the reasons why these fantastic pets should be cherished, celebrated and never be feared! To make things even more pawesome, all the featured kitties in this blog are some of the best-dressed Basepaws cats!
Looks. Smarts. Health. We inherit a whole lot from our parents (and their DNA). While the world of science is untangling the role that DNA has in making you – you – Basepaws is working on this same special treatment for your favorite furriend too! We are only just starting to unravel the secrets hidden within the feline DNA, but there are many peculiar things about cat DNA that we know already. Dear hooman, meet some of the most curious facts about your favorite pet’s DNA.
A story, by definition, is a depiction of a journey. Sharing the bits and pieces from of our life-long adventures has an immense power to bring us all together, strengthen our bonds and fortify our friendships. And today, we are taking you for a stroll through one more meowical journey from the family of Basepaws. Dear furriends and pet hoomans, please meet Stacey and her fur-baby Tom Petty.
Melanism (dark coat coloration) is a common polymorphism observed in many animals. This remarkable feature has been described in as many as 13 out of 37 felid species (Schneider et al, 2015). It is still widely speculated exactly why feline melanism evolved in the first place and what kind of adaptive and evolutionary significance it has for our favorite furriends. A 2003 study by Eduardo Eizirik, an evolutionary geneticist at the US National Cancer Institute in Maryland, emphasizes that there must be at least four independent genetic origins for melanism in the cat family. The recurrent evolution of the trait and its preservation in the feline population indicate its potential adaptive importance and raises a question: does melanism have an evolutionary advantage for cats? A 2015 study by Schneider supports the claim by demonstrating that "some "black cats" are black not by chance, but by selection for a mutation that provides increased fitness".
Urticaria pigmentosa is a form of a condition known as cutaneous mastocytosis and it is caused by the accumulation of the defective mast cells (a type of white blood cells) in the skin, bone marrow, liver, spleen and lymph nodes. This skin condition is poorly documented and it is better described in humans and Sphynx and Devon Rex cat breeds. A study about five affected Devon Rex cats (Nolie et al, 2009) emphasizes that naked feline breeds are predisposed to this condition.
Ever since she pawed her way into her hoomans' lives, Shelby has won over every bit of their hearts and home. With her mystical history, exotic appearance, and incredibly unique personality — she never fails to impress her fur parents with yet another one of her quirks. She even managed to win over her fur-brother Max, too. The pair of them couldn't possibly be any more different in nature and temperament.
Looking for the best and most original presents is an exciting and rewarding task which often keeps us on our toes. What is the best gift for each of your loved ones? Should you buy or craft your presents? How many, how big, what colour, should you pack it, wrap it, decorate it? Searching for the best gift can be truly tortuous! But, there is a simple solution – enter Basepaws.
Lurking in cats’ furs, digestive tracts and our carpets, feline parasites are great at escaping our eyes. This is why, for the most of the time, we can be completely unaware of them. However, even if invisible, parasites and diseases they carry can seriously harm our cats’ (and ours!) health. This is why we must continuously monitor our pets for the common parasites and apply the appropriate preventative and therapeutic measurements. To get started, here are few things every cat owner should know about the most common parasites in cats.