Press Release: This Holiday Season, Basepaws Offers the Pur-Fect Gift for the Cat Lover and Genealogical Expert on your Holiday List

This Holiday Season, Basepaws Offers the Pur-Fect Gift for the Cat Lover and Genealogical Expert on your Holiday List

Basepaws an at-home, feline-specific genetic test allows you to learn about breed and ancestry markers that are present in your cats DNA explaining the physical traits are in your cat’s genes. So if you’ve ever wondered where your cat gets the extra fluffiness in his or her tail, now you can find out! Using what we currently know, we can tell you how closely related your cat is to select cat breeds and wildcats. Launching in 2019 Basepaws will also be able to let any possible health and wellness risks that may be present in your cat’s DNA.

Pets are part of the family and now more than ever are treated as such. According to the 2017-2018 American Pet Products Association (APPA) National Pet Owners Survey, almost three-quarters of dog and cat owners purchase gifts for their pets, and almost half of dog owners and 38 percent of cat owners buy holiday gifts for them.

As a pet owner, you want to know as much information as possible about any potential health risks for your beloved cat. With knowledge from your cat’s genetics, you can make more informed decisions about their health-care needs earlier—possibly mitigating or even preventing illness down the road.

To send Basepaws the sample, you collect hair from your feline or use a mouth swab for cats without hair. After mailing the sample in you can expect results in 2 to 4 months. Once you are part of the Basepaws family, your cat will receive a lifetime of benefits. This includes report updates, personalized recommendations, membership in the Basepaws community, access to the latest research on cat science, tools to connect owners of similar cats, and discounts on future products that will be specifically formulated for your cat’s genetic needs.

Basepaws is the purr-fect holiday gift for any cat lover and their cat this holiday season!

Basepaws DNA Kit is available now at for $95.00.

For more information on Basepaws please contact Pamela Epstein at 732-277-4596 or please click onto


Our big and clear mission, to make the world better for cats (and their humans), is built off the simple insight that cats make our lives better. Our continuously updated research will provide benefits beyond any current test on the market. We are investing in our science and our community to create a future where all cats can benefit from our genetics research.

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Friendly Fill-Ins

This is a fun meme co-hosted by 15 and Meowing and Four-Legged Furballs. Be sure to visit and join in the fun!

New Friday_Fill-In_BadgeHere are the fill-ins:

  1. I can’t wait to have _______________________ on Thanksgiving ( if not in the USA, substitute your next holiday).
  2. I am thankful for ____________________________-.
  3. When it comes to pie, _________.
  4. A feast is not a feast without _________.


Here are my responses:

I can’t wait to have turkey and dressing! I especially look forward to it this year because my aunt gave me a family recipe for the dressing. 🙂

I am thankful for my family, current and past.

When it comes to pie, my favorite is probably pecan pie, but I’d rather have cheesecake than pie.

A feast is not a feast without family and lots of love (and cheesecake!) at the table.

Have a blessed weekend, y’all!

Image Source: Pixabay

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Friendly Fill-Ins

This is a fun meme co-hosted by 15 and Meowing and Four-Legged Furballs. Be sure to visit and join in the fun!

New Friday_Fill-In_BadgeHere are the fill-ins:

1. I just ______________________________.

2. My next _____ will be _______________.

3. The sound of _________ makes me cringe.

4. Right now, I am craving ______________.


Here are my responses:

I just shared a document with David. We are very thankful to Ellen and LoriAnne for sharing the Fill-Ins on Wednesday nights. It makes it much easier for us to participate in the fill-ins each week when we can get the post scheduled ahead of time.

My (really, our) next supper meal will be salmon patties.

The sound of brakes squealing makes me cringe.

Right now, I am craving the same thing I always crave. I bet you can’t guess what that is!

Have a blessed weekend, y’all!

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20ish Questions

This is a short questions post from ASHLEYLEIA : which was published on the 4th.  (I found it on sparksfromacombustiblemind.)

She writes:  Feel free to join in the fun with your own answers to any or all of the questions!



What’s the most dangerous situation you have ever been in?

There are so many choices for this one.  8 September 2018, I was attacked and bitten by a pack of German Shepherd and German Shepherd mix dogs (4 or 5 of them). The deepest bites are still there but, thankfully, are no longer hurting.  The most recent event was being hit by a falling tree, which made my chest hurt something fierce.

What’s your favourite culture?  

Until they legalized abortion, I would have said the Irish culture.  Now, I’m not so sure that I really have a favorite.

What do you dislike about your own culture?  

The things that I don’t like about my own culture are things that I don’t like in other cultures. Those things are arrogance, meanness, lack of compassion, etc.

Your favourite type of travel?  

I don’t really like to travel anymore due to health limitations, but driving would be my preference.

Do you feel understood?  

Not really, no.  Those that do understand me are few and far between.

How do you feel about your body?  

I am not at all impressed by it. Most of the time lately, it makes me downright angry with how it has turned against me. In all fairness to my body, it didn’t choose these limitations. A botched surgery and corporate greed did this to us both.

What is your favourite film?  

Gone With The Wind

Are you adventurous with food?

I used to be. Now, I have too many intolerances and allergies to risk adventure with food.

Have you ever hated a place and wanted to come home?  


Are you bothered about others seeing you naked?  

Yes.  I would rather they didn’t.

Are you a good loser?  

It really depends on who I am losing to and what I am losing.

My husband to another woman? NO!

My baby blue teddy bear pantsuit to my little sister? NO!

My place on the softball team? Okay, because I wasn’t any good at it anyway.

What was the favourite time of your life?  

I imagine that was when David and I were newlyweds, without a care in the world.

Do you have a close family connection?

Yes, but more so to my deceased ancestors than those still living. I spend more time with them (in family history research) than I do with the living ones, other than David and our children.

Can you speak another language?

Yes, I rock the language of Forgetful Old Lady.

Will Trump be in for another term?  

Who knows at this point?

What are your thoughts on English people?  

I think, historically, they have been a brutal people. According to Ancestry DNA, I am over 80% English.  However, it is my Irish/Scottish ancestry that has my heart and soul.

Was life better without mobile phones?  

YES! Well, it was better without smartphones.  Mobile phones, the “dumb” ones, can be a lifesaver and a time saver, too.  The way folks are always running around with their faces in their smartphones, they are quite clearly a life taker.

What has been the biggest change in your life?  

Becoming a mother was the biggest change in my life.  No longer was I free to just go and do things at the drop of a hat.  I had little people and their needs and feelings to consider. This brought some significant changes to my life. I had real responsibilities and lives depending on me.

Is climate change real?  

I’m not a scientist, so I don’t know the facts on this one.  I do know that it seems to get hotter now than it did when I was a kid.

Why do you like answering questions?

I like answering questions (at least this kind) because it gives me something to do for a post and gets my mind off all of the overwhelming things in my life for just a few moments.


Image Source: Pixabay


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Share Your World

Please visit our Share Your World host at Sparks!


Is there one post on your site that is really special to you?  (credit for this one goes to CrushedCaramel )

Yes, the photo shoot with our daughter post is really special to me. I enjoy these fun times with her.

How do you deal with negative people?  (Athling2001 gets credit for this one)

I am considered a negative person, though I view myself as a realist.  I usually try to figure out why they are being negative and try to help them through it.

What is the first thing you think of when you wake in the morning?

It would be something along the lines of, “I sure hope no one is in the bathroom!”

Would you rather be able to talk with the animals or speak all foreign languages?

While I think it would be cool to speak all foreign languages (especially if this could be my secret super power!), I would love to be able to speak to and understand our fur babies when they are meowing or barking or ribbiting.

November is a month in which many people give thanks.  America (and other countries) celebrate an actual Thanksgiving Day. For example, Canada celebrates this in October.

This month the gratitude question will address your life and what things you’ve received or done, that have brought you joy and sometimes relief perhaps.

What small thing happened today (or in the past few days) that you were grateful for?  

I am grateful that our boy kitties made it through “the surgery” just fine this morning and for a vet that didn’t demand all the money up front.

I am also thankful that when the falling tree trunk hit me the other day, it didn’t cause significant injury (though my chest hurt something fierce for a while afterwards).

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