Glossary of Cat Terms:
Obesity: The condition of being obese; increased body weight caused by excessive accumulation of fat.
Ocicat: A new breed of cat characterized by a coat with spots that resemble a wild cat.
Odd-Eyed: Eyes of different color, such as one brown eye and one blue eye.
Oestrus: The periodic state of sexual excitement in the female of most mammals, excluding humans, that immediately precedes ovulation and during which the female is most receptive to mating; heat. Also known as estrus.
Olfactory: Of, relating to, or contributing to the sense of smell.
Olfactory Mucosa: The region of the nose that is responsible for the detection of smells.
Omnivore: A person or animal that feeds on both animal and vegetable substances
Onychectomy: The medical term for declawing, the surgical removal of a cat’s claws.
Ophthalmic: Of or relating to the eye; ocular.
Orchidectomy: See Neuter
Oriental Shorthair Cat: A breed of cat with a short, close-lying coat that is finely textured and glossy.
Otitis Media: Infection of the middle ear.
Otodectes Cyanotis: See Ear Mites
Outbreeding: The process of mating unrelated individuals in order to improve vigor or type.
Outcrossing: The mating of unrelated individuals of the same breed.
Ovaries: The usually paired female or hermaphroditic reproductive organ that produces ova and, in vertebrates, estrogen and progesterone.
Ovariohysterectomy: The surgical removal of one or both ovaries and the uterus. Also called oophorohysterectomy.
Ovulate: To produce ova; discharge eggs from the ovary.