One of the most remarkable feline characteristics must be their notorious independence. Cats know what they want, when they want it and how to get it. And we admire them for this! Their canine rivals, on the other side, enjoy a much better reputation in regard to their trainability. They show off with lots of pawesome tricks and are often trained for high profile jobs too, such as looking for illegal goods or helping impaired people. Does this mean that your cat can’t learn just as many cool tricks as the dog next door though? Not at all!
Notorious for their perfectionism, cats spend large portions of their time grooming and polishing. Their impeccable coats, however, can sometimes hide various skin problems and irritations that need our attention. In order to timely recognize and correctly address these issues, we must know what signs to be on the lookout for. Here are seven groups of the most commonly observed skin problems among cats.
The first time Clark came to my house to meet me, he was curled up into a ball and trembling next to me on the couch. Even though he was scared-to-death to be in an unfamiliar place, he managed to lift up his little head and briefly make eye contact with me as if to say, "I’ve had a rough start in life and I need someone to love me." - Basepaws client Rebecca.
Myotonia Congenita (MC) is a hereditary neuromuscular disorder characterized by persistent contraction (or delayed relaxation of muscles), particularly during the muscle movement. The word myotonia derives from the Greek word "myo" for muscle and Latin word "tonus" for tension. This disease is caused by an autosomal recessive point mutation and it is not breed-specific. Other than cats, the disease has been described in humans, dogs, horses, goats, mice and water buffalos too.
Hand in paw, through thick and thin, your cat and you have been standing together through it all. As time goes by, both you and your precious companion are slowly growing older. Fortunately, thanks to the improvements in feline health care, our favorite pets can now live much longer than ever before. Nevertheless, although many cats live well into their twenties, they are still considered feline senior citizens already around the age of 8. While many more exciting adventures are ahead for them, they still need be handled with a pinch of extra care and attention. To provide them with this, it is important to learn a thing or two about the changes they are going through.
Cats bring an irreplaceable amount of love and companionship into our lives. Unfortunately, our furriends can sometimes fall ill or become injured for diverse number of reasons. Many of the illnesses commonly diagnosed in cats are caused by viral or bacterial infections.
Samantha is a pawesome hooman companion to five fantastic pets – three cats and two dogs. Such immense bundle of furriness is bound to bless a home with a vast amount of love, happiness, meows and barks! Ladies and gents, please meet Basepaws cat Lexie with her hooman Samantha and four fur siblings.
Feline dwarfism is a condition caused by genetic anomalies which lead to stunted growth and abnormal feline body proportions. Unlike other variants of small cats, feline dwarfs are often associated with numerous health issues. While dwarfism in cats can be a result of genetic accidents, there are a few cat breeds selectively bred to promote the condition too. Follow-up to acquire the basic understanding of this potentially painful genetic defect.
The Norwegian Forest cat is a mystical breed, originally thought of as fairy cat. This is the feline of the Vikings, so popular and beloved in Northern Europe that it is a frequent muse in numerous Norwegian urban stories and myths. Although believed to be between 1000 to 2000 years old, their mythology continues to live on to this very day.
To ascertain the best possible care for our cats we all vigorously fight to keep them healthy, well-fed, warm, groomed and happily spoiled. However, in order to protect our purrfect companions from diverse health-threatening factors, we must possess knowledge and skills to recognize an issue and assert preventative measurements and/or treatments. One such threat, affecting about 0.5-1% of feline population, is feline lower urinary tract disease (FLUTD).