Glossary of Cat Terms:
Fat: Any of various soft, solid, or semisolid organic compounds constituting the esters of glycerol and fatty acids and their associated organic groups.
FCV: Acronym for Feline Calcivirus, a virus that causes upper respiratory disease
Feline: Of or belonging to the family Felidae, which includes the lions, tigers, jaguars, and wild and domestic cats; felid.
Feline Immunodeficiency Virus: A virus which invades a cat’s DNA and ultimately causes dysfunction of the immune system.
Feline Leukemia Virus: A group of diseases commonly causing cancer and death.
FeLV: See Feline Leukemia Virus
Feral: Having returned to an untamed state from domestication.
Feral-Domestic Hybrid: A hybrid between a wild cat species and a domestic cat.
Fetus: The unborn young of a viviparous vertebrate having a basic structural resemblance to the adult animal.
FIA: Acronym for Feline Infectious Anemia
FIE: Acronym for Feline Infectious Enteritis, also known as panleukopaenia
Fillers: Meant to increase volume, chemicals and other indigestible material that are added to pet food.
FIP: Acronym for feline infectious peritonitis, a highly contagious, often difficult to diagnose disease associated with the feline coronavirus.
FIV: Acronym for feline immunodeficiency virus, a disease usually transmitted by saliva to blood (deep biting wounds).
Fleas: Any of various small, wingless, bloodsucking insects of the order Siphonaptera that have legs adapted for jumping and are parasitic on warm-blooded animals.
Flehmening/Flehmen Reaction: The facial gesture similar to a grimace that a cat makes when it draws air over and stimulates the Jacobsen’s Organ in the mouth.
FLUTD: Acronym for feline lower urinary tract disease, a blanket term referring to a number of conditions in the lower urinary tract such as infection and bladder stones.
Follicle: A crypt or minute cul-de-sac or lacuna, such as the depression in the skin from which the hair emerges.
FPL: Acronym for Feline Panleukopaenia
Fracture: A break, rupture, or crack, especially in bone or cartilage.
Free-Feed: A process allowing a cat open access throughout the day to a food bowl.
Frost Point: Term referring to lilac (lavender) point.
Full Tom: An unneutered male cat.
Fungicide: A chemical substance that destroys or inhibits the growth of fungi.
Fungus: A primitive form of plant life that can be parasitic.
FUS: Acronym for Feline Urological Syndrome. See FLUTD.
FVR: Acronym for Feline Viral Rhinotracheitis, a serious cause of feline respiratory diseases.