Understanding Registered Cat Names
Cat names are similar to human names. Let’s use a human name to assist in understanding a cat’s naming convention.
|HUMANS||GIVEN NAME, FORENAME OR LAST NAME||SURNAME OR LAST NAME|
There is one small problem with this. Cat names are reversed. The cattery is the surname, and the cattery name / surname is stated first.
|CATS||SURNAME OR LAST NAME||GIVEN NAME, FORENAME OR LAST NAME|
As you can see, Iconic Solace sounds a lot better than Solace Iconic. If I were a cat, I’d be Hindsley Lars.
There is more to cat names.
You see, there is a problem with the above name. It’s not accurate. It’s not true. Solace was not born while under the ownership of the cattery, Iconic. Only when a cat is born under your cattery ownership is your cat (kittens) named by your cattery then the cat owners selected given name of their cat.
The cattery you are born into is your surname. If you are sold into a new cattery, you are now, OF the new cattery while still maintaining your origin cattery name as your surname. Solace was acquired from the cattery, Aluren. My cattery name is Iconic. Here is Solace’s complete name.
|CATTERY (SURNAME)||GIVEN NAME||OF|
There it is. The Bengal cat we call PixieCat or Pixie has a true and official name. Her name is Aluren Solace of Iconic. If you purchased a kitten from me, the kitten would be whatever name you name it, of Iconic which aligns a little better for a pet owner in the world of first and last names.
When you purchase a kitten, you receive registration papers. The breeder will designate on the papers you receive if your cat has show or breeding rights. Without a breeder designating these rights, you can’t register litters of kittens with T.I.C.A. or whichever organization your breeder belongs to. Without a breeder designating show rights, you can only show your cat in the ‘pet’ category if you cared to show your cat at all. That’s not so bad actually, even a pet cat can be recognized and awarded.
Catteries should consider their name and how it will sound IF anyone were to give a damn in how they referred to their cat. Furthermore, a name on paper is generally meant for show. It’s meant to be prestigious. In truth, around the house, Solace is known as PixieCat or Pixie for short. It’s only on her paperwork where her official name is known. We could call her Solace around the house, we call her Pixie. How did PixieCat get her name? Let’s just say I’m good with nicknames, I’m just not good with judging character.