Parts of the Cat

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Before you can begin to analyze the structure of your cat, you need to know the names of the various parts. Some parts are easy to name... and some aren't.

Can you answer these questions?

  • Do you know the difference between the back, the loin and the croup?
  • Do you know where the stop is on your cat's head?
  • Do you know what the hocks are?

Main Parts of the Cat Include:

  • Tail
  • Croup
  • Hip
  • Loin
  • Back
  • Shoulder
  • Neck
  • Ear (Pinnae)
  • Doming
  • Stop
  • Break
  • Nose
  • Chin
  • Point of the Shoulder
  • Chest
  • Foreleg
  • Elbow
  • Hindleg
  • Forehead
  • Stifle (Knee)
  • Hock
  • Point of the Hock
  • Thigh
  • Hip
  • Flank
  • Belly
  • Eye
  • Cheek


Below is an outline of a cat with the main parts labeled.


These are the common parts of the cat and the terminology generally used in breed standards and/or a discussion of the various qualities of an individual animal. We will use some of these terms in future articles discussing proportions, interpretation of the standards, medical issues and more.

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