Feline Health

You and Your Cat Can Help Basepaws Create a New At-Home Test For Early Detection of Osteoarthritis

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This is a sponsored post, written by Rowyn Rose, Director of Research & Science Communications at Basepaws*

Osteoarthritis, a degenerative joint disease, affects not only humans, but also our beloved furry feline companions. Just as in humans, feline osteoarthritis can cause pain, discomfort, and mobility issues that significantly impact a cat’s quality of life. Early detection, diagnosis, and treatment play a crucial role in treating and managing this condition effectively.Continue Reading

My Cat-astropic Year, Part Two: Losing a Cat to Aggressive Lymphoma Highlights the Need for Better Diagnostics and Treatment

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Uli and Paterson

Guest post by Ingrid R. Niesman MS, PhD

During the first few months of 2022, I had two apparently healthy and happy Siamese boys. Until I didn’t.

Uli was diagnosed with asthma in January. Click here to read The Challenges of Treating Feline Asthma for his story.

Then, in March, heartbreak struck again. Big boy Paterson started vomiting. At first, it was just occasional, and we wrote if off as hairballs. By the third week of March, we became worried and scheduled a vet appointment.Continue Reading

What DNA Testing Can Tell You About Your Cat

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Have you ever wondered about your cat’s genetic background? Maybe you want to know which breeds might make up her genes, or are curious about whether or not her coat color influences her personality. Perhaps you’d like to find out if she has any genetic health conditions so you can be proactive about preventing them from manifesting. Having a DNA test done on your cat can answer all these questions and more – and it can also contribute to our scientific understanding of the feline genome.Continue Reading

Buying a Water Fountain for Your Cat? Here’s What To Look For

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Water is critical to keeping your cat healthy. Lack of water can lead to chronic low-level dehydration, which in turn can lead to urinary tract and kidney problems. If you suspect your cat isn’t drinking enough water, a fountain might prompt her to stay better hydrated. Many cats are attracted to running water, so a fountain can be a great way  to encourage them to drink more.

In a recent article for Animal Wellness, I explained what to look for in a fountain.

Click here to read Buying a Water Fountain for Your Cat.

You can find all our favorite fountains in our Product Guide. Click on the image below to go directly to the fountains page.

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Why You Should Weigh Your Cat Once a Month

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Did you know that your cat’s weight is one of the most important clues to her state of health? Weight loss or gain can be an early warning sign of illness, but if it happens gradually it can be difficult to recognize. Visually assessing your cat’s weight, and annual or bi-annual weigh-ins at your cat’s wellness exam may not be enough to catch these changes, so weighing your cat once a month at home can help prevent problems from going undetected until they’re in more advanced stages.Continue Reading

Tooth Resorption in Cats: A Common, Painful Condition

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Tooth resorption is a common condition in cats, affecting 20 to 60 percent of adult cats and close to 75 percent of cats five years or older. It is a painful condition and the most common reason for extractions. In the past, tooth resorption was referred to as feline oral resorptive lesions, feline odontoclastic resorptions, cavities, caries, cervical neck lesions, external or internal root resorptions, and cervical line erosions.Continue Reading