Aby – Abyssinian cat.
Agouti – The natural colouring between a tabby’s stripes.
Ailurophile – A person who loves cats.
Ailurophobe – Somebody who hates or fears cats.
Alley cat – Domestic or mixed-breed cat who lives on the streets.
Allogrooming – When a cat grooms another cat.
Alter – A desexed male or female cat.
Anestrus – The period between estrus in the female.
Ankara cat – Alternate name for Angora cat.
Anurous – Tailless cat.
Any other variety (AOV) – A registered cat which does not conform to the breed’s standard i.e. the colour of the cat is not accepted in the breed standard.
Applehead Siamese – Old-style or traditional Siamese.
Archangel cat – Old name for Russian blue cat.
Asian – A cat of Burmese type, but without Burmese markings, colouration or coat length. e.g. Burmilla, Mandalay, etc.
Atabi – The precursor for the coat pattern tabby, which originated from a type of striped taffeta (known as tabbi) that was manufactured in the Attabiah district of Baghdad.
Autogrooming – When a cat grooms itself.
Awn hair – The awn hairs form the middle coat which protects the down hairs and also insulates the cat.