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Cat Glossary – V

Glossary of Cat Terms:


Vaccine: A preparation of a weakened or killed pathogen, such as a bacterium or virus, or of a portion of the pathogen’s structure that upon administration stimulates antibody production or cellular immunity against the pathogen but is incapable of causing severe infection.

Valerian: A plant of the genus Valeriana, especially V. officinalis, native to Eurasia and widely cultivated for its small, fragrant, white to pink or lavender flowers and for use in medicine. The scent is attractive to cats.

Van Pattern: A term used to describe a bicolor coat consisting of a mostly white body with color restricted to the extremities (head, tail, etc.)

Vascular: Of, characterized by, or containing vessels that carry or circulate fluids, such as blood, lymph, or sap, through the body of an animal or plant.

Vasectomy: Surgical removal of all or part of the male’s vas deferens, usually as a means of sterilization.

Vertebral Column: Spinal column.