We’re doing a new #Basepawscats Cat DNA experience

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Basepaws provided us with Catkits in 2017 in exchange for documenting the process, reviews, interpretation, realistic expectations, etc.

Basepaws provided us with a free Catkit for Stewart 1 year ago, after accepting him into their research program because of his asthma diagnosis.

What’s going on with the Catkit process now that Basepaws got their deal from Shark Tank? I decided to find out.

I PURCHASED my very first Basepaws Cat DNA Test Kit, as I have one cat left here that is not a Basepaws Cat. So far, I am seeing that the Catkit term is not longer on the website.

Let me tell you about Amalie. She’s somewhere between 13 and 75 years old. I’ve asked her, but she has a flair for the dramatic.

She’s my 9 lb tortie with a degenerative dental disease, and she hates Stewart. If they so happen to want to research resorptive lesions in the future, I’ll have them run Amalie for that. You always have the option to opt in with their research as they are screening for new traits to study.

tortie cat

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This is the link to the breeds and conditions research they are seeking.

Click here to read up on Amalie’s dental condition.

PS Basepaws is also offering a Coach My Cat subscription, but I don’t know that my family has a need for it at the moment.

PSS Holy cats – let me put this out there:
4 Interest-free payments from QUADPAY (didn’t qualify)
G Pay
Amazon Pay

So much flexibility to purrsuade you. Cheers.

February was Pet Dental Awareness Month

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What were we doing? Not getting Dentals.
Yes. I am as disappointed as you that I didn’t have any new dirt to post here, but there was a good reason.
Hyperthyroidism likes to play with your liver, heart, and even the kidneys. Tommy had a grade 4 heart murmur and was ineligible for general anesthesia. I don’t believe in anesthesia-free “cleanings” as the pet will not cooperate with any tartar that is under the gum line while they are awake.

What could I do? Whatever I could. The veterinarians saying ‘no’ does not mean the pet mom’s journey comes to a halt.

His mouth was in pain, and his tartar was so forward in his mouth moving towards his incisors. I hadn’t seen this with him, and I don’t know if it were related to the disease. His mouth was too tender for him to let me do a manual scaling.

Here comes Petzlife.

I had heard about it years ago, and picked up the spray at a Pet Expo so use on my previous dog, Lila. She was Brachycephalic ie SMASH FACE, and after we had her teeth cleaned and the offending ones pulled, I would spray this on her molars to help retard new tartar formation. What I didn’t know was it’s safety or efficacy on cats.

Then I went to Stacy with PetsWeekly , and she found that this is multi-species. Woo! The directions were to break down excessive buildup, apply twice a day for 30 days, 20-30 minutes post or pre food+water intake. Toothbrushes don’t work here. Finger tip brushes won’t either.
I have to use a cotton swab. 1) His pouches are shallow and tight especially when 2) his mouth is already very sore

In time, I found out that he was fighting me because his tooth sensitivity, and that the gel was too cold. I spread it on the base of my thumb and let it warm to my body temperature before application.

How did this work for Tommy? Very well. He still has the tartar, but the build up seems to be millimeters thinner and some chunks have broken away on their own. I got his sensitivity under control that he will even spend time gnawing on meaty chews.

Our Petzlife of choice for this situation is the Salmon Gel. Cheers.

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Lala and the GoFundMe re: Tommy hyperthyroidism

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Hyperthyroidism in cats – Tommy

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He is a hot mess.

He has a heart issue, elevated liver enzymes, and his T4 is a 15. We started the methimazole on Friday, sat down with his vet today, and he’ll be back at the vet next week to draw blood, check his levels, and adjust his methimazole.

Am I even spelling that right?

With a number of 15, it may be thyroid cancer. With his cardiac numbers as high as they are, he may not be a candidate for I-131, which is a radioactive iodine injection. If his liver numbers don’t go down, we have to look at it for tumors.

If, may, may not… We wait. We run the drills and start at the bottom, and work our way up, and we wait.

If all numbers normalize, we pursue I-131. If thyroid doesn’t normalize, we pursue I-131. If he has thyroid cancer, and only thyroid cancer, the I-131 is the best option because if he has cancer and it spreads, the thyroid will absorb and process the iodine, regardless of where that tissue has traveled.

If cardiac does not normalize, but liver improves, then the last thing we do is an EKG to either rule him out or qualify him for the I-131. It’s something about the way the heart will perform after therapy, and heart disease can speed up? I am not a magician/physician.

Then again, even if his cardiac values lower, they are so high right now that he may end up living with an enlarged heart. We’re at the bottom though, and not even at viewing the heart yet. There is no point while we’re waiting to see how well this oral medication is working.

This is probably better suited to put in one of those diagrams that predicts outcomes. The next part I can’t wrap my head around is that if he has cancer, and we don’t get him the optimal and most effective treatment before June, how is this going to effect his mortality rate?

Currently, he is upset eating his usual food. He has associated this with bad things. It’s close to him getting medications, close to him getting PetzLife oral gel swabbed on his teeth (he can’t have his dental worked on in his condition), and he concluded yesterday that if he has to eat his routine food, it’s going to bite him in the ass. I told his daddy that ‘I don’t really care if he has to start eating the cans in the pantry; Just keep me abreast of inventory’.

I should see if there is anything to my benefit in my Cornell book on cats. Dismal is going to look up info on studies concluded and outcomes in similarity to Tom.

Basepaws Catkit DNA testing update #10

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All three cats have now received their health reports with 100 clear.

What does this mean? (nothing) No…wait…they are not at an increased risk for diseases and conditions based on the DNA mutations they tested for, but nothing says they will stay well. Activity, diet, exposures, and even pure chance can still get these cats sick.

What were they being tested for?

Polycystic kidney disease (PKD) is the most common genetic disease in cats. PKD is characterized by the formation of small fluid-filled cysts in the kidneys that lead to kidney failure.
Gene PKD1 Mutation C>A

This is an example of an actual mutation they tested for and how they summarize what increased risk testing positive for this mutation of this gene will look like.

I still cannot stress the importance of semi annual exams in seniors and annual exams in the more youthful cats, because these tests are not used to diagnose conditions. I myself carry a few gene mutations that put me at risk but haven’t presented the diseases yet, and may never present the disease.

My distraction is a bit higher providing this update. Tommy Gargoyle is getting an expanded assortment of tests ran today. We had the visit, an ECG, blood pressure, 2 vials of blood, and I have to collect his urine this evening to get back to his vet. I am not sure what the outcome will be as far as diagnosis, treatment or mortality rates. I am curious to see if there is anything he gets diagnosed with to send back to Basepaws in regards to their research program.

Stewart has contributed his files and sample to Basepaws’ research for asthma in felines. Their research is not only about illnesses and their links to genes, but in purebred breeds to expand their growing database. You can view this page here:
Does your cat have a specific health condition? Apply now to take part in our research study and join us in learning more about genetically occurring diseases in all pets.


  • Acromegaly
  • Asthma
  • Calcium Oxalate Urolithiasis
  • Diabetes (Type II or Insulin Resistant)
  • Feline Idiopathic Cystitis
  • Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy
  • Polycystic Kidney Disease
  • Struvite Urolithiasis¬† “

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Tommy goes back to the Vet

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Things are truly out of our hands with our cat. I can’t put any weight on him. He keeps having issues with intermittent constipation, which bring vomiting and a bit of diarrhea. He screwed up in November and went to the ER for an enema. I screwed up in November by realizing that he can’t eat pork. Awesome. Then we were so bothered by his needing the enema, that we gave him a bit more Miralax. Turns out that when his stomach gets empty, too much Miralax ends up giving him indigestion or something and he vomits on an empty stomach. We backed off a little, and then he was constipated and crying 2 nights ago.

That’s it. I’m done. One month he was vomiting by midnight because I put pork in their food batch that month. Then he’s vomiting slicks up because of the Miralax. This month, he’s been vomiting up unformed hairballs because Climate Change, and he hates to be groomed. Now, we are back to his butt. We’ve been putting Weruva Pumpkin Patch Now! in his food the last few days and I put another case on order from work, and I’m not giving him Miralax for his final feeding of the day so it’s not on his stomach for bed time.

He has an appointment at the vet on Tuesday. Senior exam, blood panel, possible +T4, and they request a stool sample. While I am there I will get their opinion on needing an ultrasound to determine IBD, and if they feel it’s a good fit then I will get an estimate and figure it out in the short future. This bub also needs his teeth cleaned.

November radiology

Ah ha! Conure mating season

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Jak and Koi watched me move all their things around in the cage, while they were on their java tree. I left treats in the new location of their dish, and I tapped different areas to show them what they need to look for once they hop back inside. No one freaked out, and they went off to get their treats in the new location. Our AvianSun bulb is only going to run for three hours a day or less. My ladies were happy to see me after I got home from work.

Whew. So far, so good. I did show my coworker a video of my oversexed Idris last year from March 2019.

That was not fun. Idris got her own birds in her new home last year.
My co thought it was hilarious, as if my verbal descriptions had not previously done it justice.

Change what you’re doing! It’s mating season

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Today I put two and two together, and I had to hustle. It’s mating season for conures. They are hardly even domesticated, and February marks summer in their homelands. Right now my girls are molting and destroying their toys. They don’t breed, but the girls will still lay a clutch to share with their lady mate.

  • Shorten the available hours on their UV bulb
  • Move all items around inside the cage so it’s not cozy and familiar
  • Night night or cover them earlier in the evening to shorten their hours

I do not want eggs. Look up “egg binding”. *shudder*

Holiday Bonus splurge

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I’m pretty new to my store, and I didn’t realize that this would be happening, BUT IT’S SO COOL!
We have a wicked good stock of products, so it took me about fifteen minutes to decide.
(I’ve been there since November, so did you really think I didn’t window shop at every Shift?)


Felted. Cat. Cave.

Pet Cave – For cats and small dogs

Yue asked for a cave many years ago, and was never satisfied. In fact, my pet rat Little Bastard would use the first one I bought her as his hang out, when he was loose in the house having a romp, and leave his stash in it. I have wondered for years if I could get this right.

Felted caves are in investment. If I got this wrong it would be a hit to my wallet, but I love my Boss and my Boss Boss, and it was risk free. They lurve it. LURRRRRRVE. In fact, every time a new cat would try it, another cat would walk up and start beating them in the head.
As you do.

Now that the initial WOO is over, the cats are enjoying it so much, and their nogs are being spared.

The Yeti is hand wash or machine wash gentle cold, and air dry. I have not tested this yet as no one has vomited on it this week.
This. Week.

Basepaws Cat DNA Health Report semi-update

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I got health reports back for Tommy, Stewart, and Princess Yue. Quite a few markers on her sample came back as inconclusive, so I emailed the Basepaws team and they said they would re-run her sample to see if we can get clear results or else we’ll do a new sample.

I’ve been at work for this past month and hopped back on Yue’s report this evening and it’s showing that her Inconclusive results are now reading In Process. Neat, right?

All of Stewart’s results were cleared, and I think two of Tommy’s were Inconclusive (so I didn’t contact them) and I was comfortable with the results knowing that this is not a clear indicator that the cat will not come down with the disease or disorder. It only means the studied genes show they are at less risk for developing it. IE I know women that fight breast cancer that tested negative for the genes.

I will come back with another update as soon as I find it.