Tabcat Glossary

Tabcat Glossary – A glossary of Cat Terms

Find out everything you need to know about the history of cats, cat types, things to buy for cats and more!

Cat TermDefinition
Bengal
The Bengal cat has an ancestor from the Asian Leopard family and looks like it's come straight out of the jungle but in actual fact it’s a very friendly, affectionate and intelligent domestic cat. Bengal cats are also very strong and agile and are a popular choice for many cat owners that want a more active and playful cat.
British Shorthair
The British shorthair is one of the oldest cat breeds in the world and remains the most popular pedigreed breed in the UK. These cats usually form a close bond with their owners and remain well-mannered whilst being cared for. They have a distinctive plump body, thick fur and usually have a 'British Blue' colour variant with orange eyes.
Castration
This is neutering for male cats only. Neutered male cats are less likely to roam and it is therefore safer for them.
Cat collar
Cat's often wear collars around their neck. The cat collar is useful to attach a name tag or a Tabcat tag.
Cat Finder
A cat finder is another way of describing a cat tracker.
Cat food
Cats are carnivores and therefore require meat based diets and animal-protein. As well consuming the right cat food, their water bowls should also be topped up and cleaned out every day.
Cat GPS
When someone refers to cat GPS they are often referring to a cat tracker without knowing exactly how the tracker works. Cat GPS is just one type of transmission - Bluetooth and Radio Frequency are others.
Cat Grooming
Cat grooming is important to ensure your cat is looking and feeling great. It can also have positive effects on the owner too.
Cat Loc8tor
A cat locator or loc8tor is again another way of illustrating a cat tracker in order to track the whereabouts of a cat. Loc8tor is the company which brings you Tabcat.
Cat nap
A cat nap means taking a short nap during the day. The phrases originates from the fact that cats tend to sleep for 12-16 hours a day and often these are very small stints of sleep.
Cat Toy
Playtime is a very important part of the day for a cat and providing a range of suitable cat toys is recommended.
Cat Tracker
A cat tracker is a device used to track the location of a cat. This can be via radio frequency, GPS or Bluetooth technology.
Cats Protection Charity
Cat's Protection is the UK's number 1 cat charity and has been running for over 90 years.
Cattery
A cattery is where cats are housed. This can either be in a breeding cattery where they are bred or it can be in a boarding cattery where they stay temporarily whilst their owners are not able to look after them.
Clowder
A group of cats is called a clowder and is 3 cats are more. A group of cats can sometimes be referred to as a clutter, a glaring or a pounce. Kittens are most commonly refered to as
Dam
The female parent / mother of a cat is referred to as a dam.
Domestic cat
A domestic cat is essentially a house cat and one that is cared for by its owner. There are over 70 cat breeds and 8 million cats in the UK.
Domestic Shorthair
This is a cat of mixed ancestry and does not belong to any cat breed. In the UK they are often referred to as moggies. The domestic shorthair is the most popular cat in the world.
Felid
A felid is a wild cat of the cat family.
Feline
A feline is a cat or a member of the cat family.
Feral cat
Feral cats are essentially wild cats - cats that were once looked after and then went astray. Usually these types of cats do not want human interaction but with the right care they may warm to a little help.
GPS
GPS stands for Global Positioning System and put simply it uses triangulation with 3 or more GPS satellites to work out where you are and how far away you are from your intended target. It is a great tool for a car driver to attach it to their dashboard but is too heavy for cats.
International cat day
International cat day is one day in the year that recognises one of the oldest and most loved pets in the world. In the UK it occurs on 8th August every year.
Juvenile cat
A juvenile cat usually refers to a kitten.
Litter
A group of 3 or more kittens are most commonly referred to as a litter. They can also be called a kindle or an intrigue.
Loc8tor
An alternative tracking device to the Tabcat. It uses the same technology, tags and batteries but comes without silicone cases as these are only necessary for cats. Loc8tor is the company which brings you Tabcat.
Maine Coon
The Maine coon cat is a domesticated breed of cat and is often known as the 'gentle giant' of cats. They typically weigh between 13 to 16 pounds and one Maine Coon holds the record as the longest cat at 1.23m / 48.5 inches.
Microchipping
Microchipping a cat means that when they get lost they can be reunited with their owner. The chip is about the size of a grain of rice, is placed between the cats shoulder blades and the service costs about £30. Microchipping should not be used as an alternative to a cat tracker as cats can go missing for a long period of time which causes increased stress for both the cat and the cat owner.
Moggie
A moggy (singular) or moggie (plural) is a cat that doesn't belong to any particular cat breed. This is the opposite of a Pedigree cat. Moggies come in all different colours, shapes and sizes and because they are formed from different gene pools, will have varying temperaments and behavioural types.
Mongrel
A mongrel is a dog that does not belong to any dog breed. Although of mixed-breed, it is not to be confused with cats.
National cat awards
The National Cat Awards is an event that takes place once a year via Cats Protection to recognise cats that make a difference in the UK.
Neutering
The term neutering essentially means surgically preventing your cat from reproducing. For males it is called castration and for females it is called spaying. Cats become sexually active at around 5 months so neutering is recommended at 4 months.
Pedigree
Pedigree cats are considered to be special cats as they have been bred in a particular way and come from the same breed. They are the opposite of moggies. They are often people-friendly and healthy cats. The downside is they can cost a lot of money to maintain.
Persian
The Persian cat is one of those cats that is instantly distinguishable - with a round face, short nose and long-hair. These cats are very affectionate and well-behaved but require a lot of maintenance and are expensive to keep.
Pet Insurance
There are many ways to protect you cat and if microchipping and using a cat tracker is not enough, there are cat insurance options that will help you with treatment should your cat get sick
Pet Tracker
A pet tracker is a device used to track any kinds of pets one might have. Pet trackers come in all different shapes and sizes but work with the same technology as a cat tracker.
Queen cat
A queen cat usually refers to a female cat. Once a mother it is known as a dam.
Radio Frequency
Radio Frequency (RF) is an alternative technology to GPS and is a frequency used in telecommunications. The Tabcat tag uses radio frequency identification which accurately locates your cat's location to within 2.5cm, even through walls. The Tabcat technology is much lighter than GPS devices and is therefore perfect for cat owners.
Ragdoll
The Ragdoll is a breed of cat that is very large and has a colourpoint coat i.e. pale body with darker ears, eyes and feet and tail. Ragdolls have some dog-like features and need to be well cared for.
Rescue Centre
Rescue Centres house unwanted cats and do everything they can to find a suitable long-term home with loving cat owners.
Show cat
When a cat reaches the top of its breed, it can be judged as a show cat.
Siamese cat
The Siamese cat is one of the most recognisable cats in the world. Originally from Thailand (formally Siam) the affectionate cat has a triangular shaped head and bright blue eyes and requires constant human interaction.
Spaying
This is the same as neutering but for female cats only. Cats can have up to 20 kittens per year so it is recommended they are neutered to avoid cats being without a home.
Stray cat
A stray cat or feral cat is usually a cat that does not want human interaction. In some cases stray cats may have wondered off and gotten lost and then need to be reconnected with their owners
Tabby
A tabby cat is a domestic cat that has a striped pattern on its coat. The most common of these patterns is blotched, whilst other variants include mackeral, classic, marbled, spotted and ticked.
Tabcat
This is the cat tracking device ideal for helping you find your missing cat or kitten. Tabcat uses award-winning radio frequency technology and can help owners locate their cat to within 2.5cm at a range of up to 120 metres.
Tomcat
A tomcat usually refers to a male cat. Once a father it is known as sire. Tom cat can also be in reference to Tom and Jerry - the long-serving British cartoon.
Tracking Device
A tracking device helps you locate something important to you. This could be anything from your car, keys, wallet, phone and your cat.
Vaccination
Cats will inevitably pick up viruses so it is important they have their cat vaccinations. It is recommended a cat is vaccinated every year.

 

PS.  Just in case you were wondering, here are some of the basics

Cat TermDefinition
CatA cat is a small animal that is often kept as a pet and is one of the most popular pets in the world, second only to fish. For all the latest news, gossip and facts about cats across the world visit our Tabcat blog.
Kitten
A baby cat is called a kitten. Kittens usually turn into cats somewhere between 6 months and 1 year.
Indoor cat
Indoor cats are cats that live in the home only. Whilst they should only ever have access to certain rooms there should be enough interaction to keep them fit and keep them comfortable.
Outdoor cat
Outdoor cats are cats that are given the freedom to roam outside the house. Cats tend not to stray too far but like to explore, so benefit from a tracker to keep them easily locatable.

 

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