Feline Health

Your Cat’s DNA Can Help Scientists Better Understand Feline Diabetes

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This is a sponsored guest post by Carolina Gonzales, R&D Coordinator at Basepaws*

Did you know that diabetes in cats has increased by 18% over the past ten years, and one out of every 230 cats is affected by feline diabetes?

Diabetes is a condition in which the body cannot properly produce or respond to the hormone insulin. This results in elevated levels of the sugar glucose, which is the body’s main source of energy. Continue Reading

How to Care For Your Cat’s Ears

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A cat’s sense of hearing is more sensitive than that of humans. Cats’ ears can rotate up to 180 degrees, which allows them to locate and identify even the faintest noise. In a healthy cat, ears are generally “self-cleaning,” but regular monitoring can help prevent problems that may interfere with hearing or health.Continue Reading

2021 AAFP Feline Senior Care Guidelines, Part 1: Caring for Aging Cats Begins At Home

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Guest post by Ingrid R. Niesman, MS PhD 

Thanks to improvements in veterinary medicine, better nutrition, and the fact that most pet cats are indoor cats, cats are living longer than ever before, but with longer lifespans, they are also facing the inevitable issues of old age. The American Association of Feline Practitioners (AAFP) is recognizing these dramatic changes since they last published senior care guidelines in 2009. The 2021 AAFP Senior Cat Care Guidelines, created by a task force of experts in feline clinical medicine, consist of 26 jam-packed pages of health management practices for feline practitioners, stressing the importance of engaging the cat parent in all aspects of caring for aging cats.Continue Reading

Your Cat’s DNA Can Help Scientists Better Understand Chronic Kidney Disease

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This is a sponsored guest post by Carolina Gonzales, R&D Coordinator at Basepaws*

Chronic kidney disease (CKD) is a major feline health issue affecting approximately one in 30 cats. It often goes undiagnosed until the illness reaches a more advanced stage. The set of signs and symptoms of CKD are caused by a progressive degeneration of functional kidney tissue. Although we do not know the exact cause of CKD, the disease progression can be slowed down with proper care and your cat can live a happy life. The challenges associated with CKD diagnosis and timely management make clear the urgent need to provide accessible and affordable testing options that screen for CKD in cats and can help early diagnosis of the disease.Continue Reading

How the Assisi Loop Helps Archie With Hind Limb Paralysis

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This is a sponsored post*

Archie was rescued when he was five weeks old. “We got a plea from the shelter about a kitten with hind limb paralysis that would be euthanized if not pulled by a rescue,” said Carol Gonzales, the Director of Baby Kitten Rescue in Los Angeles, CA.  “We quickly realized he was not completely paralyzed in his back legs and had some use of them, even though he mostly dragged them to get around.”Continue Reading

Senior Cats and the Assisi Loop: A Purrfect Combination

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This post is sponsored by Assisi Animal Health

Cats are living longer and healthier lives, thanks to improved veterinary care, better nutrition, and the fact that most pet cats are indoor cats. The definition of an older cat is usually preceded by the term “senior” or “geriatric.” Cats 10 years or older are considered senior. Aging is not a disease. It is a slow and gradual process, and there are plenty of things you can do to help keep your senior cat happy and healthy well into her golden years.Continue Reading

Your Senior Cat Can Help Discover the Genetics Behind Feline Longevity

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This is a sponsored guest post by Carolina Gonzales, R&D Coordinator at Basepaws*

Basepaws, a leading innovator in pet biotechnology, is committed to research and discovering new knowledge that will help veterinary professionals provide better care for their patients. We are developing a unique category of screening tools that combines genomic, microbiome and health history data to identify pre-clinical indicators associated with health-related outcomes.Continue Reading

DNA Testing Can Tell You About Your Cat’s Health and Genetic Makeup and Help Advance Science

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Have you ever wondered about your cat’s genetic background? Maybe you’d like to learn more about which breeds make up your rescue cat? Maybe you’re curious about whether or not her coat color influences her personality? DNA Testing can do all that. More importantly, it can identify genetic health conditions so you can be proactive about preventing them from manifesting. Having a DNA test done on your cat not only benefits you and your cat, it can also contribute to our scientific understanding of the feline genome and thus improve the health of all cats.Continue Reading