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!
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?
The spookiest night of the year is upon us. Our frightening costumes are prepared, eerily pumpkins carved and homes filled with buckets full of candy. We are also no strangers to sharing this spirit of celebration with our purrfect companions! The MarketWatch writes that, according to the National Retail Federation report, more than 30 million people will spend an estimated $480 million treating their pets with costumes this Halloween!
To honor the occasion, 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.