Now You're Talkin Cat

Learn cat terminology that any cat fancier should know.

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Intact: Cats that have not been spayed or neutered. Intact cats are under increased pressure to establish territory, driven by hormones. An altered cat is much better off physically and mentally. 

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Kneading: Pleasant pawing, held over from kittenhood. Nursing kittens move their paws against their mothers teats when nursing, generating more milk. Also called making biscuits.

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Litter: Kittens born together from one mother. Kittens within a litter are known as littermates. Also, material used in litterboxes that absorbs urine and allows cats to cover their feces. 

Locket: The white spot found on the throat and chest of many solid-color cats.  Lynx: Lynx traits include feathered ear tips and tufts of hair between the pads of the paw. Examples include the Maine Coon and the Norwegian Forest Cat.  

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Pedigree: A form on which a cat and its background for three generations are recorded. 

Pedigreed: A cat whose lineage has been tracked.  Points: The coldest parts of the cats body, such as the face, ears, legs and tail. Often the coat on these parts is different than the body color. 

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Queen: A breeding female cat, one involved in the process of giving birth to a litter of kittens. 

Quick: The pink tissue inside each claw. Avoid the quick when you trim the claw; cutting into it causes pain and bleeding. 

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Registry: A nonprofit organization that registers, records or identifies those cats and kittens entitled to be registered as one of the breeds recognized by the organization; promotes and improves the registrys recognized breeds; adjudicates the rules for the management of cat shows; licenses cat shows held under the rules of the registry; promotes the interests of breeders and exhibitors of pedigreed cats; and seeks to improve the welfare of all cats. Three such registries are the Cat Fanciers Association, The International Cat Association and the American Cat Fanciers Association. 

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