The Basepaws family is blessed with so many incredible cat guardians and cats. And we want to get to know you ALL! We strive to create a welcoming and warm family of pets and their caretakers, so we take every opportunity to meet as many of you as possible. We were recently honored to speak to an inspiring fur mom Roxanne and meet her lovely little Basepaws cat Casper.
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"Tayto had the sweetest nature, no matter what she went through. Even at the vets, she was her lovely wee self. I have never known a cat or another animal like her." - pet hooman Rachael
The Basepaws crew has one firm mission on their mind: better future for all the cats out there! We aspire to create new opportunities and discoveries in the world of cat science. Sadly, as beautiful and exciting as our research is, it can sometimes take a heartbreaking turn. One of the most heartfelt stories we want to share with you today is the story of Tayto. Tayto was the most lovable kitty who suffered from dwarfism and had sadly passed away in October last year. Tayto's cat mom Rachael DNA tested Tayto in an effort to learn about her genetic background and, hopefully, help other cats of a similar destiny.
Here at Basepaws, we passionately pursue novel discoveries in the field of feline science and strive to advance feline healthcare. It remains important to remember, however, that the true stars behind our work are the cats themselves, of course. Because as a team we are admittedly cat-crazy, we LOVE getting to know every one of the wonderful Basepaws cats who joined our mission. And today, dear cat guardians, we met Loki, a self-proclaimed boss of his home and a professional face snuggler.
Header photo: Basepaws cat Simon, Lewiston, ID, hooman Mia Carlson
Paws are cute. And who has extra-adorable paws? Hemingway cats, of course! Hemingway cats are carriers of a genetic anomaly polydactyly. Polydactyly is a trait of an unusually high number of digits and it has been described in several species, including humans, cats, dogs, horses, mice, cattle, goats, sheep, springboks and birds (Hamelin et al, 2016). Polydactyl cats are often referred to as Hemingway cats, as they have gained their popularity thanks to the famous American writer Ernest Hemingway. Maine Coons are thought to be predisposed to this genetic feature.
"My cat is not insane, she's just a really good actress." - Phyllis Christine Cast in Untamed.
About nine months ago, OliveJune, a (then) five-week-old rescue kitty from the ASPCA, was discovered and adopted by her hooman guardian Linda. Little did Linda know, with this little kitten she was in for an unexpectedly wild ride. Today, a happy and healthy OliveJune seems to be on a mission to lovingly disrupt Linda's life with the trouble and humor Linda never knew she was missing. And yes, Linda's life is now all better for it! Ladies and gents, please meet the most darling troublemaker of the Basepaws family – the heart-winning OliveJune.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
"I decided to take the Basepaws DNA test because Maddie is so very important to me. We are very closely bonded and I want him to be around for many years. I am hoping that with this DNA testing I will be able to find out if he is prone to any health conditions so I can keep a sharp eye out for them." - describes our dear client Ashley - "I want to find out how to provide the best possible care for him, based on his DNA, to help him live the longest and healthiest that he can. I was also intrigued to learn if he had strong tendencies towards any particular breeds."
"I have always been a dog person, so our dog Lucy, she is my heart on four legs. And Tommy is the love of my husband’s life! But, Mortimer, he is the sweetest cat I have ever met!" - gushed Angela when we asked her about her three wonderfully distinct, but equally loving fur companions.
"Alex really loves being around people more so than any other cat I have ever had in my life." – remarked Chris when we asked him and his wife Sarah to introduce Alex to us, their tiger cat from the picture above. The core of his home’s soul and the leading hunter in the family, Alex daily treats his humans with tons of love, kitty head butts and chipmunks. He never fails to charm with his noble, dog-like behavior whilst never losing a snippet of his feline grace. Ladies and gents, please meet Alex and his hoomans Sarah and Chris.
"Friendship is born at that moment when one person says to another: 'What? You too? I thought I was the only one!'" In light of this, the time has come for another magical story from the Basepaws family! Please meet Sylvia and her hoomans Jen and Dan.
"I love cats because I enjoy my home; and little by little, they become its visible soul." (Jean Co)
Regardless of all our differences and preferences, the one thing that brings us all together here at Basepaws is our love for cats. We are always excited to hear your stories and share them with the rest of our community. Recently we met Rachel and her adorable, upbeat bundle – Daisy - and we can’t wait for you guys to meet them too!
"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!
"Until one has loved an animal, a part of one's soul remains unawakened." ― Anatole France
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.
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Polydactylism is one of the traits both humans and cats have. Actually, mice, dogs and even horses also have extra toes (or small supernumerary digits terminating in hooves either side of the main hoof). Alexander the Great and Caesar both rode polydactyl horses.