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Cat Glossary – E

Glossary of Cat Terms:


Ear Mites: Microscopic insects that survive by feeding on the lining of the ear canal.

Egyptian Mau Cat: A medium-sized shorthair cat breed with a naturally spotted coat.

Elizabethan Collar: A type of hood in the shape of a cone which is worn around the neck to keep animals from irritating an injury.

Endogenous: Originating or produced within an organism, tissue, or cell: endogenous secretions.

Entire: A cat whose reproductive system is complete or has not been altered.

Epidemiology: The branch of medicine that deals with the study of the causes, distribution, and control of disease in populations.

Euthanasia: The act or practice of ending the life of an individual suffering from a terminal illness or an incurable condition, as by lethal injection or the suspension of extraordinary medical treatment.

Ex-Feral: A once feral cat that has been tamed to live as a pet.

Exhibitor: A person who shows cats.

Exogenous: Having a cause external to the body. Used of diseases.

Exotic Cat: A breed of cat that was created by crossbreeding Persian cats and British Shorthair cats. Characterized by the short legs and flattened muzzle of a Persian, and the sturdy body of a Shorthair.

External Parasite: Organisms that affect the outside areas of the body, such as ticks and mites.