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Cat Glossary – B

Glossary of Cat Terms:


Bacteria: Any of the unicellular prokaryotic microorganisms of the class Schizomycetes, which vary in terms of morphology, oxygen and nutritional requirements, and motility, and may be free-living, saprophytic, or pathogenic in plants or animals.

Balinese: A breed of oriental cat with long hair and Siamese-style markings.

Banding: Individual bands of color growing in a cross-wise direction.

Behavior: The manner in which one behaves.

Bengal Cat: A very large breed of cat with either spots or marbled patterns on their coats.

Bib: The lengthened hair around the chest area; part of the ruff.

Bi-color: A cat with a patched coat of white and a second color.

Biopsy: The removal and examination of a sample of tissue from a living body for diagnostic purposes.

Birman: A semi-longhaired color-point domesticated cat with a pale cream colored body and colored gloves of seal, blue, chocolate, lilac, lynx and red factors colors on the legs, tail and face.

Blaze: A contrasting marking running down the center of the forehead, nose and under the chin.

Bloodline: Direct line of descent; pedigree.

Blue: Coat color ranging from blue-grey to slate-grey, also known as “gray” or “maltese”.

Bombay Cat: A breed of cat with fine, short, close-lying coat that has a glossy, satin-like texture that has been likened to patent leather.

Breed Standard: The set of breed descriptions originally laid down by the various parent breed clubs and accepted officially by international bodies.

Boar Cat: An old term for an unneutered male cat. Also known as a tom cat.

Bordetellosis: A bacterial infection affecting the respiratory system.

Break: As seen in the Persian breeds, a distinct change in the direction of the nose profile.

Breed: A group of cats with related ancestry and similar, defined physical characteristics.

Breeder: A person who breeds cats.

Breeding: To produce (offspring); give birth to or hatch.

Breeding Program: An continuing program where cats are mated together and the most ideal’ kittens selected for breeding.

Breeding Quality: A cat which may not be competitive as a show cat but still meets its breed standards closely enough to be valuable to a breeding program.

Breed-Suitable: A cat proving its worthiness to reproduce by meeting strict breed criteria.

Breed True: The act of producing kittens that closely resemble the parents.

British Shorthair Cat: A breed of shorthaired cat with a very dense, soft coat and large round copper eyes.

Burmese Cat: A foreign shorthair with yellow eyes and a very short, satiny coat. Color can be brown (seal), blue, chocolate, lilac, red, cream and tortoise shell.

By-Products: Animal products of insufficient quality to be used for human consumption.