Glossary of Cat Terms:
Dam: The female parent.
Dander: Small scales from the skin, hair, or feathers of an animal, often causing an allergic reaction in sensitive individuals.
Declawing: A surgical procedure to permanently remove the claws.
Dehydration: Excessive loss of water from the body or from an organ or body part, as from illness or fluid deprivation.
Dermatitis: Inflammation of the skin.
Desex: To fix or alter as by neutering or spaying.
Devon Rex Cat: A breed of cat with a sparse, curly, very soft coat.
Diabetes: A disease in which the body is unable to utilize blood glucose because inadequate amounts of insulin are produced by the pancreas.
DNA: A unique genetic makeup.
Domesticated: A term used to describe an animal that has been tamed or reclaimed from a wild state.
Domestic Longhair (DLH): A longhair cat of mixed or unknown parentage.
Domestic Mediumhair (DMH): A semi-longhair cat of mixed or unknown parentage.
Domestic Shorthair (DSH): A shorthair cat of mixed or unknown parentage.
Down (Wool) Hairs: The secondary hairs that are short, soft and crimped.