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Cat Glossary – M

Glossary of Cat Terms:

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Mackerel: A term referring to a type of tabby pattern in which the colors of the coat appear striped.

Maine Coon Cat: One of the largest breeds of domestic cat with very long dense fur and a bushy tail that is often striped. Native to North America.

Manx Cat: A breed of cat with a naturally occurring mutation of the spine, leading to longer hind legs than front legs. Usually tailless, though some have a small stub of a tail.

Mask: A term referring to the darker shadings on the face as seen in Siamese and Himalayans.

Maternal Immunity: A form of temporary immunity passed from a mother to her offspring while in the uterus and after birth in the colostrum and milk.

Microchip: A rice-sized device encoded with a unique and unalterable number. The chip is implanted just under the skin in the scruff of the neck and is read by a scanner.

Mites: Any of various small or minute arachnids of the order Acarina that are often parasitic on animals and plants, infest stored food products, and in some species transmit disease.

Mixed Breed: A cat of mixed or unknown parentage.

Moggy: British term for mixed breed.

Molt: Period shedding of part or all of the coat.

Monorchid: A cat that has one testicle retained or hidden in its abdominal cavity. See also Cryptorchid

Munchkin Cat: A relatively new breed of cat described as a midget cat with extremely short legs.

Muzzle: The forward, projecting part of the head of certain animals, such as cats, including the mouth, nose, and jaws; the snout.