Hemingway Cats Hemingway Cats
Basepaws
09/28/2017

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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.

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Genetics 101 Genetics 101
Basepaws
09/21/2017

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Well, probably we should have started our blog with this post. As they say, better late than never ;)

So we are going to talk about basic genetics today. The feline genome was fully decoded in 2007. Of all of the cats in the world, a 4-year old Abyssinian cat named Cinnamon was chosen to be a genetic model for all felines in a project called the feline genome project. By donating a small vial of blood, Cinnamon provided scientists the wherewithal to map the feline genetic structure, eventually allowing for each gene's function to be noted and studied.

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Munchkin Cats: 8 Stereotypes Debunked Munchkin Cats: 8 Stereotypes Debunked
Basepaws
08/17/2017

You may not have heard about this adorable breed of cat - they keep a low profile. But Munchkin cats are a new "short" breed of cat, quickly gaining fame and love worldwide. They come in all shapes and sizes, but have one thing in common: Unbelievably short, stumpy legs. If you're thinking about getting a Munchkin (or just want to see photos of adorable short kitties), this article's for you.

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August Update: Free CatKits for Qualified Cats this Month! August Update: Free CatKits for Qualified Cats this Month!
Basepaws
08/07/2017

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Happy International Cat Day, all your citizen scientists and feline fellows!

International Cat Day, one of our FAVORITE holidays, was created to celebrate our beloved felines across the globe. This holiday helps spread public awareness of the many needs of cats worldwide - because we know that cats need more than just a little TLC. Today, while we are celebrating all that is wonderful about our pawsome kitties, we are asking you to join our fight to improve global cat health.

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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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Cat Personality Cat Personality
Basepaws
07/13/2017

Your cat loves you - Here’s the proof

We recently asked 500 cat parents to answer a short survey about their cats’ personalities. It turns out that many stereotypes about cats are wrong. Here are our surprising results.

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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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