Glossary of Cat Terms:
ICF: Acronym for Independent Cat Federation.
Icteric: Affected by jaundice which causes yellowing of the skin and the whites of the eyes, often caused by liver failure.
Idiopathic: Of, relating to, or designating a disease having no known cause.
Immune Response: The body’s reaction to infection.
Immunization: To produce immunity in, as by inoculation.
Innate: Possessed at birth; inborn
Inbreeding: The mating of two closely related cats of the same breed.
Incontinence: The inability to control excretory functions.
Infertile: Not fertile; unproductive or barren.
Inflammation: A localized protective reaction of tissue to irritation, injury, or infection, characterized by pain, redness, swelling, and sometimes loss of function.
Inherent: Existing as an essential constituent or characteristic; intrinsic.
Inherited: To receive (a characteristic) from one’s parents by genetic transmission.
Injection: Something that is injected, especially a dose of liquid medicine injected into the body.
Instinct: An inborn pattern of behavior that is characteristic of a species and is often a response to specific environmental stimuli: the spawning instinct in salmon; altruistic instincts in social animals.
Intact: Unneutered, unspayed, unaltered.
Internal Parasites: One celled protozoan, larvae and worms that survive by living off the host animal’s meals or blood.