|Purred: Mon Oct 11, '10 3:21am PST |
|My cats don't have middle names, but my vet appends my surname when sending out messages about vaccination dates, etc. Think "Fluffy Smith" and you'll get the picture (no, I have no cats named Fluffy, and I'm not named Smith).
Pedigreed cats have very complicated names. First comes the name of the cattery where they were bred. Let's use Harvey (who IS a pedigreed cat, but here under an alias) as an example. He was born into a cattery called "Mikadoland," and his given name was "Harvey." Thus, he becomes "Mikadoland Harvey." When I bought him and registered my own cattery name, Vanitas, he then became "Mikadoland Harvey of Vanitas." If I were to sell him to a person who is not a breeder, he would revert to "Mikadoland Harvey." If I were to sell him to another breeder, they would change "Vanitas" to the name of their own cattery--for example, "Mikadoland Harvey of Kingkoons" or whatever. There's a rule about how many letters you can use when registering a cat's name, though, so sometimes it's not possible for the new cattery to attach its name. The name of the cattery where the cat was born stays with it permanently, as does the given name if the cat has ever been shown under that name. Pedigree names, like racehorse names, tend to be bizarre--both the name of the cattery and of the cat itself. For this reason, many owners of pedigreed cats call them by nicknames. My cat Chibi has such a bizarre pedigree name (which I chose myself, mind you!) that I just call her "Chibi," a common pet name in Japan. If you ever have a chance, look at the CFA (Cat Fanciers' Association) website breed profiles and you'll see some very weird names.
Sorry, this wasn't about middle names, but sort of related...I guess.
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