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Cat Glossary – D

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.