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Cat Glossary – L

Glossary of Cat Terms:


Laces: Term for the white markings on the legs.

Lactation: Secretion or formation of milk by the mammary glands.

Lactating: To secrete or produce milk.

Laryngitis: Inflammation of the larynx.

Lavender: A pale, pinkish-gray color to the coat. See also Lilac

Leukemia: Any of various acute or chronic neoplastic diseases of the bone marrow in which unrestrained proliferation of white blood cells occurs, usually accompanied by anemia, impaired blood clotting, and enlargement of the lymph nodes, liver, and spleen.

Lilac: A pale, pinkish-gray color to the coat. See also Lavender

Line Breeding: The practice of mating a cat to a member of an earlier generation of the cat’s bloodline.

Liquid Parafin: Also known as mineral oil, a mild laxative.

Lithe: A term referring to a cat body type that is narrow, lean and small-boned.

Litter: The offspring produced at one birth. For cats, litter sizes average three or four, though some litters can contain six to ten kittens.

Litter Box: A container filled with kitty litter and serving as a sanitary place for cats to eliminate.

Locket: A term referring to the solid white marking on the neck.

Longhair: A cat with relatively long fur. Though the length of the fur can vary, all longhairs have long fur on the tail, known as a plume or brush, and they usually have long fur around the neck, known as a ruff.

Lordosis: Behavior of a female cat in heat, position where she lies with her front paws down and her rear end in the air.

Lynx Point: Another name for Tabby point.