You have always loved cats… Perhaps you have dreamed of becoming a cat breeder for many years. Finally, you have the time and money to follow your dream and start your own cattery. Your goal is to produce beautiful, healthy, adorable kittens.
The adventure begins! Choosing the perfect cattery name is part of the fun and excitement of taking your first steps along the road to being a cat breeder. Some breeders have a name picked out long before they even have their first cat. Others spend hours coming up with something totally unique and perfect. Other people are at a loss what to call their cattery :-).
So, how DO you choose a cattery name?
Since there is no point in trying to register a cattery name that will be automatically rejected, the place to begin is knowing your registering organizations rule’s for choosing your cattery name.
For example, the Rules Governing the Acceptability of a Cattery Name in CFA include:
- Cattery names will not be duplicated.
- A newly registered cattery name must be at least a minimum of two letters different from any existing registered cattery name. Double letters (tt, ee, ss, etc.) count as one letter. The use or non-use of an “s” indicating plural at the end of a word does not constitute a letter difference. (You may search all current registered cattery names using the online Cattery Name Index)..
- A cattery name, including punctuation and blanks, may not exceed 12 spaces.
- An official CFA cattery name application form is required to apply. The form may be submitted online, or via PDF.
- A given name – Marie, John, Frank, Helen for example – cannot be used.
- Titles, such as Princess, Earl, or Madam may not be used.
- A cattery name may not be the name of a recognized breed.
- Words or names that have been used extensively in naming individual cats, such as “Ming” or “Pyewacket,” may not be used.
- Profanity is not permitted.
- A cattery name may not be registered in the possessive, with ’s at the end of the name.
- Cattery names will be registered and shown on all certificates in capital letters, no lower case.
The above are the rules for CFA. If registering a cattery name with a different organization, you check their rules on their national website.
Being creative is part of the fun of choosing a cattery name.
- Create a name by combining letters from your first and last name. Bob & Louise became Bolo, famous Persian breeders.
- Create a name by combining the names of your children.
- Create a name from a hobby or a favorite saying.
- Create a name from the breed Characteristic: Breeders of American Curls and Scottish Folds are among some of the best at this; Curley Cue and and Foldilocks are registered in CFA,
- Name your cattery after your favorite feline.
- Name your cattery after a favorite book or and characters/places in the book. (Our editor, Lee Harper, registered Mockingbird as her cattery name).
- Name your cattery after something that has a personal meaning to you; where you live, what you do for a living, a hobby.
Once you have chosen a name, check online with your registry to see if it has already been taken. Most registries have a searchable list of all registered cattery names.
Register Your Cattery Name
Once you have chosen your cattery name, you need to register it with your cat registry.
In CFA, To Complete the Cattery Name Registration Application:
- List your first, second, third and fourth choice for a cattery name.
- DO NOT LIST A NAME YOU DO NOT WANT.
- Complete the name and address information for the cattery owner.
- If more than one owner, please list each additional owner.
- Original signatures are required.
- NOTE: Leave the Breeder # field empty. This number will be assigned to you by CFA.
If you sell cats to breeders working in cat organizations other than your own, it may be beneficial to register your cattery name in their cat registry in addition to your own.
Cattery Name Usage
PREFIX: When a cattery name is registered with CFA, cats bred by the owner(s) of the name shall carry the cattery name as a prefix.
SUFFIX: A new owner of record may add their registered cattery name as a suffix (preceded by “of”) as long as the name of the cat including both cattery names does not exceed the limit of 35 characters. If you choose a long cattery name with many letters, you may run into a problem adding it to a cat’s name purchased from another breeder.
Cattery suffixes may come and go as a cat changes ownership. The original breeder’s cattery name, however, remains forever.