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~ CAT DICTIONARY ~




*** A ***


accustomed spot
a cat's usual location--

alarm cat
a cat who wakes you up in the middle of the night or very early in the morning--



*** B ***


bad cat
a cat who has committed an indiscretion on your carpet__

basket cat
a cat who is fond of sleeping in a basket--

bloodline
Group of cats related to each other through several generations or by their pedigrees--

breed
cats having similar defined appearance and related ancestry--



*** C ***


calling
Distinctive vocalization of female cat when in estrus--

cat-in-a-sack
the mystic forces that draws a cat to a brown paper bag that has been left in the floor--

cat carrier
an enclosed box with air vents to help transport a feline safely--

cat person
a person who is owned by a cat--

cattery
Where cats are kept and bred--

cross-breeding
the mating together of two different breeds--



*** D ***


dad cat
a human male who has a cat--

dragon breath
the breath of a cat who has recently eaten; a cat with bad breath--



*** E ***


estrus
the breeding period in females--



*** F ***


feline
member of the cat family--

feral
domestic cat that has reverted to living wild--

furred
to shed hair--(As in...I've been furred)



*** G ***


*** H ***


halloween cat
a cat with his back arched and tail sticking straight up--

happy cat
a cat who is purring and/or kneading his paws--

heat
female's period of estrus--



*** I ***


in-breeding
mating together of very closely related cats, such as the pairing of brother and sister--



*** J ***


jowls
cheek folds, prominent in mature unneutered, male cats--



*** K ***


kink
malformation, of the tail, most commonly associated with siamese--

kneading
the motion a kitten first makes instinctively when nursing from its mother; usually a sign of contentment and affection--



*** L ***


lap cat
a cat who likes to sit in your lap--

litter
kittens born to a female cat; lining for cat to urinate in--



*** M ***


molt
shedding of coat, usually in response to seasonal changes--

mom cat
a human female who has a cat--



*** N ***


neuter
male cat that has been castrated--



*** O ***


odd-eyed
eyes of different colors, typically blue and orange--

outside cat
a cat who spends a large portion of its time outside--



*** P ***


pedigree
line of descent of a purebred cat, showing the ancestry over a number of generations--

pounce
to crouch down, wiggle back side and then jump apon an object--

purebred
the result of controlled pairings over a number of generations--

purr
a result from vibrations off the wall of one of the major blood vessels in the chest area, transmitting to the cats upper air passages; also shows that the cat is secure and content--



*** Q ***


queen
an unspayed female used for breeding purposes--



*** R ***


registration
recordings of cats birth and ancestry with cat association--



*** S ***


spayed
operation which tubes are tied in a female cat--

sphinx like
describing a cat sitting in a position resembling an Egyptian sphinx with hind legs under the body and forelegs sticking straight out in front--

spraying
a habit, especially of unaltered males, using urine to mark their territory--

stud
male cat kept for breeding purposes--



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