Glossary of Cat Terms:
Rabies: An acute, infectious, often fatal viral disease of most warm-blooded animals, especially wolves, cats, and dogs, that attacks the central nervous system and is transmitted by the bite of infected animals.
Ragdoll Cat: A breed of longhaired cat with a sturdy body, short legs and a long thick coat with Siamese-style points.
Rangy: A term used to describe a cat with long, slender legs.
Recognition: The official acceptance of a breed for show under the rules of a particular cat fancy organization.
Red: A coat color. Also known as orange, ginger or marmalade.
Registered Cat: A cat with ancestry documented and recorded by a cat registering association.
Registered Name: The official name — often quite long — of a registered cat.
Registration: A recording of a cat’s birth, ancestry and other particulars with an official organization.
Renal: Of, relating to, or in the region of the kidneys.
Reward: Anything positive, such as treats or praise, that can be used as a motivating factor to induce desired behavior.
Rhinotracheitis: a disease of the upper respiratory system in cats and especially young kittens that is characterized by sneezing, conjunctivitis with discharge, and nasal discharges
Righting Reflex: The cat’s ability to correctly orient the body when falling.
Roman: A term used to describe a nose with a high, prominent bridge. Often seen in Siamese.
Roundworm: A parasitic worm of the class Nematoda capable of causing illness.
Ruff: Thick, longer hair growing around the neck and chest.
Russian Blue Cat: A medium-sized cat with a short, plush blue coat.