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Health Risks Associated With Obesity Health Risks Associated With Obesity
Basepaws
05/14/2019

As over 50% of all American cats have been diagnosed as clinically overweight or obese, it is extremely important to raise more awareness about the seriousness of this problem and the impact it has on feline health. Obesity has a great potential to detriment the quality of your cat's life and it has been associated with increased risks from a number of diseases and conditions. The following article will inform you on health risks associated with obesity all cat guardians need to be aware of.

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New Basepaws Research Initiative! New Basepaws Research Initiative!
Basepaws
05/10/2019

On our journey towards a better future for all cats, we are leading novel discoveries and advances in the field of feline science and genetics. As we continue to grasp new knowledge and information, we drive the focus on research initiatives which can help improve the understanding of feline biology and improve the health management of cats everywhere. Today, we are thrilled to announce our new research initiative - the Basepaws Feline Diabetes Mellitus (DM) Research Project!

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Basepaws + Catstradamus: Together in the Fight Against HCM Basepaws + Catstradamus: Together in the Fight Against HCM
Basepaws
04/20/2019

Hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HCM) is the most common feline heart disease -- up to 15% of all cats may suffer from it (Payne et al, 2015). This disease affects the cat's myocardium and causes thickening of the heart’s left ventricle. Many cats with HCM can live long and healthy lives, however, for some cats, HCM can be a devastating and lethal disease. Maine Coons and Ragdolls are thought to be at a higher risk from HCM. We have recently lost an office cat to this cruel disease, so we have been extra-focused on adding this marker to our health report.

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Rabies in Cats Rabies in Cats
Basepaws
04/18/2019

Rabies is a viral, devastating disease that causes brain inflammation in all mammals, including humans, cats and dogs. The disease is caused by lyssaviruses and it is transmitted via saliva. The speed of the disease progression varies, but as soon as the symptoms are presented, this severe disease nearly always results in death. Today, rabies is preventable through animal control and vaccination. Here is everything you need to know about rabies in cats.


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A Guide Through Feline Coat Care A Guide Through Feline Coat Care
Basepaws
04/02/2019

A healthy cat makes for a happy cat. Did you know your kitty's coat and dental conditions are some of the best indicators of overall health? It is a known fact that cats take good care of their own coats, seeing as how they spend as much time grooming and polishing as they do. However, easier said than done, which is why you should still make it a goal to regularly groom your cat. Grooming your cat will benefit your cat's overall health in a number of ways and it will give you an opportunity to keep a close eye on their coat and skin condition. Without further ado, here is your new guide through feline coat care.

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Feline Infectious Peritonitis (FIP) – A Viral Disease Explained Feline Infectious Peritonitis (FIP) – A Viral Disease Explained
Basepaws
03/28/2019

Feline infectious peritonitis (FIP) is a rare and progressive disease caused by feline coronavirus (FCoV). Most strains of this virus are avirulent, meaning they don't actually cause the disease. These strains are marked as feline enteric coronavirus (FECV). In 5-10% of infected cats, however, the infection will progress into clinical FIP. This virus is then referred to as feline infectious peritonitis virus (FIPV). Once clinical FIP develops, it almost always has a fatal destiny.

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A Guide Through Feline Obesity: Is Your Cat 'Just Fluffy' Or Overweight? A Guide Through Feline Obesity: Is Your Cat 'Just Fluffy' Or Overweight?
Basepaws
03/21/2019

Did you know that more than 50% of all American cats are obese or overweight? In a 2017 survey by Association for Pet Obesity Prevention (APOP), 56% of dogs and 60% of cats were classified as clinically overweight or obese by their veterinary healthcare professional. This means that in 2017, there were 50.2 million registered dogs and 56.5 million registered cats who are overweight. Although chubby cats are adorable, those extra pounds can have terrible consequences for their joints, heart, and pancreas. Read on to learn more about the prevention and treatment of feline obesity and keep your kitty healthy and happy for many years to come.

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Gangliosidosis in Cats: Genetic Disease Explained Gangliosidosis in Cats: Genetic Disease Explained
Basepaws
03/14/2019

Gangliosidosis is a group of lipid storage disorders characterized by the accumulation of lipids – gangliosides in neurons. The disease was identified both in humans and cats. Human gangliosidosis is classified into two types, GM1 and GM2. The second type is further classified into three subtypes: GM2A (Tay-Sachs disease), GM2AB (AB variant) and GM2B (Sandhoff disease or 0 variant). All of the variants of the human disease have been identified in cats except for the Tay-Sachs (GM2A).

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Fears And Anxiety in Cats: Do You Have a Fearful Kitty? Fears And Anxiety in Cats: Do You Have a Fearful Kitty?
Basepaws
03/12/2019

Fears and anxiety play a major role in a number of behavior problems in cats and can often interfere with their overall well-being. It is usually not too difficult to recognize a stressed kitty, but it can be challenging to work with an anxious cat and support it through its fears. Anxiety in your cat is often implemented by intense or prolonged exposure to a stressful or unpleasant event. While you may not always be able to prevent this, there are ways in which you can reduce your cat's anxiety and fears and provide them with the support and encouragement they need from you.

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Genetics of Polydactyly: Celebrating the Hemingway Cats Genetics of Polydactyly: Celebrating the Hemingway Cats
Basepaws
03/07/2019

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.

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A Guide Through Feline Dental Care A Guide Through Feline Dental Care
Basepaws
03/05/2019

Our main responsibility as the loyal cat guardians is to provide our purrfect companions with lots of love and the very best health care we can get for them. An extremely important aspect of every cat's health is dental hygiene. Unlike us, cats can't brush their own teeth and unlike their wild relatives, they don't chew on bones and grass nearly as sufficiently to naturally maintain their oral hygiene. For these reasons, domestic cats need a little bit of help from us. In light of this, here is our guide through the basics of feline dental care and hygiene.

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My Cat Has Polycystic Kidney Disease: What Does This Mean? My Cat Has Polycystic Kidney Disease: What Does This Mean?
Basepaws
02/21/2019

Has your cat been diagnosed with polycystic kidney disease? You are not alone. Polycystic kidney disease (PKD) is one of the most common genetic diseases in cats. It is widely described in Persian and related cats, but also, sporadically, in other cat breeds (Nivy et al, 2015 & Volta et al, 2009). PKD is diagnosed in approximately 38% of Persian cats worldwide, which accounts for about 6% of all cats (Lyons et al, 2014). The disease is characterized by a formation of small fluid-filled cysts in the kidneys and may lead to kidney failure. An autosomal dominant mutation in the PKD1 gene has been identified as a cause for this condition.

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Feline Cancer – Background, Science and Answers (part 2) Feline Cancer – Background, Science and Answers (part 2)
Basepaws
02/19/2019

According to Animal Cancer Foundation, 1 in 5 cats will develop cancer in their lifetime. Cancer in cats is actually less common than cancer in dogs, but once it is diagnosed, it tends to move faster. Knowledge is power, and our role as pet parents is to be armed with information and provide our companions with the best possible care. Yet, how much do we really know about this deadly disease in cats? It's time to talk science!

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Feline Cancer – Background, Science and Answers (part 1) Feline Cancer – Background, Science and Answers (part 1)
Basepaws
02/15/2019

According to Animal Cancer Foundation, 1 in 5 cats will develop cancer in their lifetime. Cancer in cats is actually less common than cancer in dogs, but once it is diagnosed, it tends to move faster. Knowledge is power, and our role as pet parents is to be armed with information and provide our companions with the best possible care. Yet, how much do we really know about this deadly disease in cats? It's time to talk science!

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Cat Allergy: Are You Allergic To Your Kitty? Cat Allergy: Are You Allergic To Your Kitty?
Basepaws
02/05/2019

According to Allergy UK, the UK’s leading medical charity dealing with allergies, pets represent the second most important cause of home allergies in hoomans. Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America confirms that in the US, three in ten people have allergic reactions to cats and dogs. And, interestingly, cat allergies seem to be twice as common as dog allergies. Life with cat allergies raises a lot of questions for all of us longing to keep a kitty. And Basepaws is here to answer them for you! From the causes and diagnosis, to the treatment and prevention, here is our guide through cat allergies.

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Oh no! My Cat Was Diagnosed With Cystinuria! What Do I Need to Know? Oh no! My Cat Was Diagnosed With Cystinuria! What Do I Need to Know?
Basepaws
01/29/2019

Cystinuria is an inherited metabolic disease that is relatively common in dogs, but rare in cats (Mizukami, 2016). The condition is characterized by defective amino acid reabsorption, leading to the formation of cystine stones in the kidney, ureter and the bladder (cystine urolithiasis). This can lead to urinary obstruction. In cats, only two cystinuria types have been identified so far: I-A and II-B (Mizukami et al, 2015 & Mizukami et al, 2016).

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A Short Guide Through The Chronic Kidney Disease In Cats A Short Guide Through The Chronic Kidney Disease In Cats
Basepaws
01/22/2019

Chronic kidney disease (CKD) is a renal disease associated with a gradual loss of kidney function over a period of several months or years. Unlike acute renal disease, which develops suddenly and progresses rapidly, CKD progresses slowly and persistently, often with no apparent symptoms until later stages. CKD is also known under terms chronic renal disease (CRD), chronic renal failure (CRF) and chronic renal insufficiency.

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Knowing Your Cat’s Blood Type Could Save Its Life Knowing Your Cat’s Blood Type Could Save Its Life
Basepaws
01/18/2019

Just like us humans, our purrfect companions also have different blood groups. Do you already know what know your kitty's blood type is? Knowing your cat’s blood group can be vital in different situations, yet, unless it's an emergency, this doesn't come up often. To keep you on top of your game, here is everything you need to know about different blood groups in cats and why you really should know your letters!

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Congenital Myasthenic Syndrome: What Do I Need To Know? Congenital Myasthenic Syndrome: What Do I Need To Know?
Basepaws
01/08/2019

Congenital myasthenic syndrome (CMS) is a genetic neuromuscular disorder caused by defects at the neuromuscular junction. In cats, this condition is associated with a deficiency of the acetylcholinesterase (AChE). The deficiency of the enzyme is caused by a truncation of the collagen-like tail subunit of acetylcholinesterase (COLQ). The deficiency of the signal transduction termination leads to prolonged muscle contraction and muscle stiffness (spasticity) which interferes with normal movement. The disease seems to be associated with Devon Rex and Sphynx cats.

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Our Top Tips Towards a Better Year For Your Kitty Our Top Tips Towards a Better Year For Your Kitty
Basepaws
01/01/2019

Happy New Year, dear hoomans. We hope you all had meowgical and cozy holidays filled with laughter, joy and purrs. As we gear up for the New Year, the timing is now as purrfect as ever to reflect on your kitty's last year's lifestyle, health, wellness and care. To help you support your kitty to step, hop and jump into the New Year on the right paw, we have a few tips you won't want to miss.

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How Should I Play With My Kitty? How Should I Play With My Kitty?
Basepaws
12/11/2018

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.

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Brachycephaly In Cats Brachycephaly In Cats
Basepaws
12/06/2018

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.

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Autoimmune Lymphoproliferative Syndrome (ALPS) Autoimmune Lymphoproliferative Syndrome (ALPS)
Basepaws
11/14/2018

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.

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How Do Cats Sleep? How Do Cats Sleep?
Basepaws
11/08/2018

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!

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Feline Urticaria Pigmentosa Feline Urticaria Pigmentosa
Basepaws
10/16/2018

Urticaria pigmentosa is a form of a condition known as cutaneous mastocytosis and it is caused by the accumulation of the defective mast cells (a type of white blood cells) in the skin, bone marrow, liver, spleen and lymph nodes. This skin condition is poorly documented and it is better described in humans and Sphynx and Devon Rex cat breeds. A study about five affected Devon Rex cats (Nolie et al, 2009) emphasizes that naked feline breeds are predisposed to this condition.

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Parasitism in Cats Parasitism in Cats
Basepaws
10/05/2018

Lurking in cats’ furs, digestive tracts and our carpets, feline parasites are great at escaping our eyes. This is why, for the most of the time, we can be completely unaware of them. However, even if invisible, parasites and diseases they carry can seriously harm our cats’ (and ours!) health. This is why we must continuously monitor our pets for the common parasites and apply the appropriate preventative and therapeutic measurements. To get started, here are few things every cat owner should know about the most common parasites in cats.

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Common Skin Problems In Cats Common Skin Problems In Cats
Basepaws
09/28/2018

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.

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Feline Myotonia Congenita Feline Myotonia Congenita
Basepaws
09/21/2018

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.

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Caring For Senior Cats Caring For Senior Cats
Basepaws
09/18/2018

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.

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Bacterial Infections in Cats Bacterial Infections in Cats
Basepaws
09/14/2018

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.

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Feline Dwarfism Feline Dwarfism
Basepaws
09/07/2018

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.

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Feline Lower Urinary Tract Disease (FLUTD) Feline Lower Urinary Tract Disease (FLUTD)
Basepaws
08/31/2018

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).

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The Power of The Feline Senses The Power of The Feline Senses
Basepaws
08/24/2018

Evolution has lead cats to become highly specialized and successful hunters. They are physically and behaviorally completely adapted to the predator lifestyle. Always on the look-out, feline’s powerful and sharp senses help them operate smoothly and maintain their superior hunting strategies. Ever wondered just how special your cat’s powers really are? Read up to find out!

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Progressive Retinal Atrophy (PRA) Progressive Retinal Atrophy (PRA)
Basepaws
08/10/2018

Wonderfully distinct from all the other animals, cats never fail to impress. From mesmerizing eye colours and charming ‘squints’ to extraordinarily powerful and precise vision, feline eyes are truly a wonder of nature. Unfortunately, sometimes, cats can suffer from certain complications which can affect their vision and overall health status. One of the more severe disorders of this kind is a group of retinal diseases known as progressive retinal atrophy (PRA).

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Feline Diabetes Mellitus Overview Feline Diabetes Mellitus Overview
Basepaws
07/24/2018

Diabetes mellitus (DM), or simply diabetes, is a group of metabolic disorders in which blood sugar levels remain high for long periods of time. This occurs when there are insufficient levels of insulin produced in the body or the body isn’t responding properly to this hormone. Just like in humans, related to the modern-day lifestyle factors and obesity, a rising prevalence of diabetes has been described in cats too. Most recorded cases of feline diabetes are similar to the human diabetes type 2.

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Pregnancy in Cats Pregnancy in Cats
Basepaws
07/06/2018

Awww..little baby kittens! Is your home about to become richer by a few extra mini cats? Lucky! Having kittens is a wonderful experience for both you and your queen, but before you can welcome new furry bundles into your home, we need to take time to talk about feline reproduction and pregnancy, appropriate care for your queens and kittens and the possible complications that may arise during this emotional process. Here is everything you need to know in order to support your expectant cat and her babies as well as you possibly can.

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Cat Body-type Mutations Cat Body-type Mutations
Basepaws
07/04/2018

Genetic mutations are important sources of variability among individuals of all species, including cats. While these genetic anomalies can have different impacts—beneficial, neutral or even harmful—their occurrence is very important as it provides the populations with diverse and unique individuals. This furthermore increases the chances of survival of at least one fraction of the population in case of sudden environmental changes.

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Achoo! Do You Have an Allergic Kitty? Achoo! Do You Have an Allergic Kitty?
Basepaws
06/29/2018

Every cat has an immune system that fights off harmful substances (bacteria and viruses) with antibodies and protects its host from the enemies. But sometimes, just like in humans, a cat’s immune system can be overly sensitive and mistake completely harmless proteins for dangerous substances. This is when your kitty will develop an allergic reaction.

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Kitten care: Umbilical Hernia Kitten care: Umbilical Hernia
Basepaws
06/26/2018

An umbilical hernia is a bulging or a protrusion of the abdominal lining, abdominal fat or even portions of abdominal organs through the area around the belly button (navel, umbilicus). This is the result of an occurrence of a small hole in the muscle wall of the abdomen. Hernias are usually not health threatening and can be easily surgically treated. But why is it important to be aware of this problem? Because umbilical hernias are actually a quite common occurrence in kittens, specifically bottle fed kittens and if not resolved on its own and left untreated, hernias can stretch and get larger. The bigger the hernia, the more insides can protrude to the outside. This further leads to major complications. Without further ado, let’s discuss why this problem arises in the first place and what we can do about it!

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Some of the Most Common Viruses Afflicting Cats Some of the Most Common Viruses Afflicting Cats
Basepaws
06/01/2018

We’re bluntly in love with cats. It’s not something we just say – it’s a fact. Cats bring us love, happiness, purrs and cuddles and they even improve our health. They calm our nerves, they dry our tears and heal our hearts. In return, we try our best to protect them and take the best possible care of them. Today we will talk about some of the many viruses afflicting our furry balls, their signs, symptoms and possible vaccinations.

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Top Kitty No-Nos Top Kitty No-Nos
Basepaws
05/25/2018

Cats are smart and curious. Very, very curious. Even if it’s from a safe distance, they keep an eye on everything. And whether we like to admit it or not – they love to do things they are not supposed to. Most of the time, cat’s curiosity is harmless. But sometimes they need some extra protection against everyday things you - a mere cat parent - never considered harmful. Here’s our list of top kitty no-no’s you should be aware of.

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Factor XII deficiency in cats Factor XII deficiency in cats
Basepaws
05/01/2018

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.

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Personalized diet: myth or reality Personalized diet: myth or reality
Basepaws
04/20/2018

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"Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food" - Hippocrates, a Greek physician and The Father of Western medicine

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.

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Hypothyroidism in cats Hypothyroidism in cats
Basepaws
04/17/2018

Feline hypothyroidism is a rare, complex glandular disorder caused by an under-active 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!

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Hemophilia in cats Hemophilia in cats
Basepaws
04/03/2018

Hemophilia is a group or rare hereditary bleeding disorders in which the cat’s blood doesn’t clot appropriately in case of an injury. Although uncommon, hemophilia is a severe condition that can be inborn or acquired. Today we aim to explain to you what happens when bleeding in cats occurs, how bleeding disorders develop and what hemophilia actually is.

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Surprising Facts About Kittens Surprising Facts About Kittens
Basepaws
03/29/2018

Kittens! Even the word is cute. Kittens are adorable and lovable, and they sneak their way into our hearts the moment they are born. But how well do we really know these bundles of joy we are so bluntly in love with? Some of these facts will surprise you, and some you must know before you bring one into your home.

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Why Can Knowing Your Cat’s Blood Type Save It’s Life? Why Can Knowing Your Cat’s Blood Type Save It’s Life?
Basepaws
03/26/2018

Please not that you're reading the old version of this article. You can find the updated article here.

Just like us humans, our favorite pets also have different blood groups. Do you already know what know your feline’s is? Knowing your cat’s blood group can be vital in certain situations, yet rarely does this come up, unless it’s an emergency. Today we will tell you everything you need to know about different blood groups in cats and why you should know your letters!

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Feline Osteoarthritis Feline Osteoarthritis
Basepaws
03/14/2018

Feline osteoarthritis is one of the most common degenerative joint diseases in cats, and yet more owners don’t know what this disease really is, how common it is, what the causes are and the potential treatments. 90% of cats over the age of 10% develop join disease, so if you have an older kitty - do read up!

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Allergy to Cats Allergy to Cats
Basepaws
03/01/2018

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According to Allergy UK, the UK’s leading medical charity dealing with allergies, pets represent the second most important cause of home allergies in humans. In the US, three in ten people have allergic reactions to cats and dogs. And cat allergies seem to be twice as common as dog allergies. Life with cat allergies raises a lot of questions to all of us feline lover, from what they really are and how to recognize them, to treatment and avoidance. Here is what we need to know.

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Cancer in cats. Part two. Cancer in cats. Part two.
Basepaws
02/06/2018

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Today we come to you with the information every cat caregiver needs to know about types of cancer in cats, and cancer prevention, detection and treatment. If you would like to understand what lies in the roots of this complex issue too, please read the first part of this article posted previously.

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Cancer in cats. Part one. Cancer in cats. Part one.
Basepaws
01/25/2018

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According to Animal Cancer Foundation, 1 in 5 cats will develop cancer in their lifetime. Cancer in cats is actually less common than cancer in dogs, but once it is diagnosed, it tends to move faster. Since cats are the closest mammals to humans (outside of primates, of course) it is no wonder cats share many of the same cancers with us. Knowledge is power, and how much do we really know about signs of this deadly disease in feline?

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Feline Bronchial Asthma Feline Bronchial Asthma
Basepaws
10/20/2017

Take a deep breath. Meowwww. Feels good? Now imagine not being able to breathe well. Oh, it’s terrible. If your cat (especially of Siamese or Korat pedigrees) has been diagnosed with feline asthma or bronchitis, read on!

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Nature vs Nurture: Fat Cats and the Threat of Diabetes Nature vs Nurture: Fat Cats and the Threat of Diabetes
Basepaws
10/12/2017

Attention all fur-parents! Do you have an overweight cat? Or a greedy little Burmese? Well this is the article for you. Diabetes is perhaps one of the most common endocrine diseases seen today in modern domestic cats. It’s most prevalent in indoor cats and chubby cats, and has been shown to be over-represented in Burmese cats. In this article we will cover everything you need to know about diabetes and its relation to overweight cats, feline diet, pedigree and breed and environmental risk factors. Important stuff, so do read on!

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My Cat has Polycystic Kidney Disease: What Does This Mean? My Cat has Polycystic Kidney Disease: What Does This Mean?
Basepaws
08/04/2017

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Has your cat been diagnosed with polycystic kidney disease? You are not alone. Polycystic kidney disease (PKD) affects up to 6% of all cats. Many cats with PKD will live long, happy lives despite having cysts in their kidneys. Unfortunately, some cats develop more or larger cysts than other PKD cats, and this can lead to chronic renal disease and kidney failure. It’s best to identify and treat this feline disease as soon as possible.

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6 Reasons Your Cat is Overweight (And How to Shed Those Pounds) 6 Reasons Your Cat is Overweight (And How to Shed Those Pounds)
Basepaws
06/30/2017

Although chubby cats are adorable, those extra pounds can have terrible consequences for kitty’s joints, heart and pancreas. Feline obesity lowers your cat’s life expectancy and increases your cat’s risk for diabetes and cancer. If your cat is overweight, you CAN help your cat achieve a healthy weight before it’s too late. Here are 6 reasons why your cat could have a big belly, and ways to get around them:

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Help! My Cat was Diagnosed with Hyptertrophic Cardiomyopathy: A Genetic Heart Disease Explained Help! My Cat was Diagnosed with Hyptertrophic Cardiomyopathy: A Genetic Heart Disease Explained
Basepaws
06/22/2017

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Has your cat been diagnosed with hypertrophic cardiomyopathy? Don’t panic. Hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HCM) is the most common feline heart disease, and up to 15% of all cats may suffer from it. In fact, many cats with HCM will live long and healthy lives without ever being diagnosed or treated. However, for some cats, HCM can become a devastating disease.

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