Dictionary of Cat Related Words

A to Z of veterinary abbreviations


AbyAbyssinian 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 that 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.

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Autoimmune Disorders in Cats

At a glance

What is an autoimmune disease?

An autoimmune disease is a condition in which the cat’s immune system attacks healthy cells. The function of the immune system is to guard against pathogens such as bacteria and viruses by sending out fighter cells to attack them.

Autoimmune disorders can affect all parts of the body including the skin and organs.

Types of autoimmune disease in cats

What are the symptoms of autoimmune disease in cats?

Symptoms vary depending on the disease and the area affected but can include skin disorders (lumps, bumps, ulcers and swelling), joint swelling and pain, reduced number of red or white blood cells and platelets and digestive disorders.

What is the treatment for autoimmune disease in cats?

Treatment will depend on the disease but usually involves immunosuppressive therapy such as glucocorticoids as well as supportive care to manage symptoms.

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Blepharitis in Cats

Blepharitis is an inflammation of the eyelid margins and surrounding skin and in some cases, the Meibomian glands, which are tiny glands on the eyelid margin which secrete an oily substance to keep tears within the eye. The condition can be chronic (long-standing) or acute (sudden onset), can affect one eye (unilateral) or both (bilateral), posterior (affecting the inner edge of the eyelid where it meets the eyeball), or anterior (affecting the front edge of the eyelid). Blepharitis is typically secondary to an underlying eye disease.

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Top Five Cat Diseases and Their Treatment

HealthyPaws Pet Insurance has produced data that outlines the top ten ailments which affect cats and dogs. This is based on data collected from 200,000 claims from June 2016 to June 2017. Their data reveals the following conditions are the most to occur in cats: Stomach issues: Several problems can occur in the stomach which … Read more

Leaving An Abusive Relationship With a Pet

People in an abusive relationship often stay because they have a pet in the home. It is hard to find a friend, relative or refuge who are willing to take in pets too, but there is help.

Last week I saw a call for help on a cat Facebook page, a female domestic violence victim was looking for somebody to foster or shelter her cat as she was moving into a women’s refuge. Without a doubt, these refuges save lives; however, many are unable to accommodate pets.

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Coping With the Loss of a Cat

Our article on how to tell if your cat is dying is the most read article on Cat-World, and the purpose of that article is to help people recognise the signs that a cat is in the final stages of life. The volume and content of the comments alone show just what a painful and … Read more

Common Household Allergies in Cats

Allergies are a common affliction in cats and fall into four categories. Insect, inhaled, contact and food. An allergy is an inappropriate immune response to a harmless substance (allergen) and is different from intolerances such as milk in that the immune system isn’t involved. At a glance Fleas Dust mites Storage mites Mould Food Pollen … Read more