Merry Christmas dear pet hoomans! We hope you are all having a wonderful time with your families today. To help brighten this blissful day even more, we would like to tell you one of the most meowgical stories of feline genetics – the story of the Chimeras! In Greek mythology, a chimera is a monstrous fire-breathing, three-headed hybrid creature. In cat terms, luckily, a chimera is not scary at all! Chimeras, as we here know them at Basepaws are gorgeous and breathtaking genetic anomalies.
Cats come in a highly diverse variety of coat patterns, colorations and textures. Many different genes are involved in creating just how unique your purrfect companion will turn out to be. Have you ever wondered about the role of genetics in your cat’s captivating looks? To get you started on the long journey of feline genetics, we prepared a short guide through the genetics of the feline coat for you. Read up!
Most of us are familiar with some sort of magical tales about our kitties. Adored for their mysterious ways, the world has been dreaming up fascinating stories about cats ever since the ancient times. Cats make appearances in many religions, superstitions, poems and narratives. Magical or lucky, angelic or devilish, here are some of the most interesting and surprising myths about these impressive animals from all around the globe.
The Abyssinian cat is a peculiar breed that, thanks to its unique, ticked coat, is often said to resemble the wild cats found all over North America. These gorgeous, energetic cats are impressive athletes of sharp minds and charming personalities. The confident Aby is always on the go, on yet another mischievous mission. For this and many more reasons, today we are excited to introduce to you the Miniature Cougar of the cat world – the Abyssinian!
Playing is an important aspect of every cat's life. It helps them learn and maintain their health and overall well-being. One of the health aspects where playing plays a major part is obesity. Obesity is a serious condition that can have dangerous effects on a cat and can even shorten its lifespan. Treatment and prevention of obesity in cats focuses on balanced diet and healthy exercise.
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. The progressive evolution of the common ancestor eventually led to the development of 37 modern cat species (Figure 1). According to ancient feline DNA analysis, the most recent wild ancestor of domestic cats in particular seems to be the African wildcat (lat. Felis silvestris lybica) (Ottoni et al, 2017).
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.