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Cat Glossary – T

Glossary of Cat Terms:


Tabby: A term referring to a coat pattern that consists of two or more colors in a striped pattern.

Tabby Tortoiseshell: A term referring to a tortoiseshell coat that has tabby black patching.

Tapetum Lucidum: The highly reflective portion of the interior of the cat’s eyeball that aids in night vision.

Tapeworm: Any of various ribbonlike, often very long flatworms of the class Cestoda, that lack an alimentary canal and are parasitic in the intestines of vertebrates, including humans.

Taurine: An essential nutritional substance for cats which can help prevent blindness and certain types of heart disease.

Testicles: The male gonads, which produce spermatoza.

Testosterone: A potent androgenic hormone produced chiefly by the testes; responsible for the development of male secondary sex characteristics.

TICA: Acronym for The Independent Cat Association.

Ticked: A term referring to a coat pattern that consists of banded hairs.

Ticking: As seen on the Abyssinian, a term referring to a coat with black flecks.

Tipped: A term referring to the colored ends of the hairs. 

Tom: An unneutered, whole male cat.

Tonkinese Cat: A medium-sized, shorthair cat characterized by points as with the Siamese and Himalayans.

Tortie: See Tortoiseshell

Tortoiseshell: A term referring to a coat pattern that is generally a mosaic blend of black and orange.

Toxin: A poisonous substance, especially a protein, that is produced by living cells or organisms and is capable of causing disease when introduced into the body tissues but is often also capable of inducing neutralizing antibodies or antitoxins.

Toxoplasmosis: An infection caused by parasites transmitted to humans from infected cats; if contracted by a pregnant woman it can result in serious damage to the fetus

Trait: A genetically determined characteristic or condition.

Tubal Ligation: A method of female sterilization in which the fallopian tubes are surgically tied.

Tumor: An abnormal growth of tissue resulting from uncontrolled, progressive multiplication of cells and serving no physiological function; a neoplasm.

Turkish Angora Cat: A breed of cat with a medium-long, silk coat.

Turkish Van Cat: A breed of bicolor cat with a dense, medium-long coat that is white with red patches.