In Greek mythology, a chimera is a monstrous fire-breathing, three-headed hybrid creature. It was usually portrayed as a lion with a goat rising from its back with a snake for its tail. Homer described the Chimera in the Iliad as "a thing of immortal make, not human, lion-fronted and snake behind, a goat in the middle, and snorting out the breath of the terrible flame of bright fire."
Once upon a time, ancient Greeks and Romans held festivals in honor of the mother goddesses Rhea and Cybele. In the years to come, Christians followed in the footsteps with celebrations known as "Mothering Sunday". This custom eventually faded in popularity until Anna Jarvis, daughter of Ann Reeves Jarvis, conceived the modern Mother’s Day in the 1900s. Today in the US, we honor motherhood every year on the second Sundays of May. This is a very special day of the year when mommies get just a little bit extra of the well-deserved love, attention and care. And here at Basepaws, we share this love with our darling moewmies too!
Our fur babies are hunted by the reputation of being terrified of water. But does it really precede them? Not so fast! While tigers and jaguars are famous for being great swimmers, some domestic cats will gladly embrace a splash or two in the pool as well. And those felines that forgo a good swim? Well, they don’t actually fear the water, but rather just dislike the feeling of being wet. And they have a handful of reasons for it, many of which are often overseen.
"Animals are the bridge between us and the beauty of all that is natural. They show us what's missing in our lives, and how to love ourselves more completely and unconditionally. They connect us back to who we are, and to the purpose of why we're here."― Trisha McCagh
Cats, cats, cats! Why are we so crazy about them? Possibly because they rule our internet, eat our food, sleep in our beds and generally own us. Eh, we don’t mind - especially when they look like our new favorite snowball. Please, meet Casper, a gorgeous blue-eyed therapy cat and his fur parent Jessica!
Factor XII deficiency, also known as Hageman deficiency, is the most common congenital coagulopathy among cats. Although common among bleeding disorders, this condition is actually often asymptomatic. Hageman trait is a blood clotting disorder characterized by deficiency in the coagulation factor XII. For more background information about blood coagulation as well as other hemophilia disorders, please read our blog Hemophilia in cats.
If your beautiful feline has two different eyes - a yellow and a blue, perhaps, then you’ve got yourself an odd-eyed kitten! These captivating little creatures are carriers of a feline form of a condition known as complete heterochromia. Read on and find out more!
The genome is the complete genetic information of an organism. Most organisms have DNA genomes, although there are known viruses with RNA genomes too. The genome consists of the coding and noncoding DNA, as well as the organelles’ DNA (mitochondria and chloroplasts). Whole genome sequencing is the determination of the entire sequence of the whole genome (the order of all the bases, A, T, G and C) at a single time. After reading this blog you will learn more about the history, techniques and applications of this advanced method, as well as a little bit about the genome of your favourite feline friend.
One of the main factors that influences and shapes the health of all cats is nutrition. The idea behind he targeted nutrition is planning a personalized diet for cats based on its genetics, physique and lifestyle. In order to design a personalized diet, it is crucial to learn the role of genetics in diverse responses to different nutritional intakes. And two young fields of nutrigenomics and nutrigenetics may be hiding the answers we are all looking for.
Feline hypothyroidism is a rare, complex glandular disorder caused by an underactive thyroid gland. Fortunately, this serious condition is usually not deadly and can be successfully treated if recognized and addressed correctly in a timely manner. This article will provide you with a comprehensive overview of everything you need to know about feline hypothyroidism – from the anatomy of the gland, the signs and symptoms of the disorder, to the diagnosis and the treatment. Read on to learn more!
Pets, pets, pets! They are treasured family members in two-thirds of American households (about 71.1 million)! They may bark, meow, chirp, squeak or quietly swim around, but one thing is for sure: they are our favorite life companions and our best friends who keep our hearts warm, loved and happy.