Pedersen Käki-Matti Kollikissa

His name is inspired by the poem The Naming Of Cats. It's from the poetry book "Old Possum's Book of Practical Cats" by T.S. Eliot, published in 1939, The musical "Cats" is based on the book.

In this poem Eliot says that "a cat must have THREE DIFFERENT NAMES.

The first should be an "everyday name", one that the family use daily. The second should be a name that "never belong to more than one cat", and the last one is a name that "the cat himself knows", So from these rules I created the name Pedersen Käki-Matti Kollikissa.

This is why the name became what it became: Yesterday I worked on my husband's genealogy, and I finally "found" his grandmother's family on his father's side. It was really exciting! "Pedersen" is his familyname, so that would do as an everyday name. "Käki-Matti" is the nickname of his great-grandfather, who was a Sea Sami from Finnmark. I believe this is a very unusual name. Others of my husband's great-great-great grandparents were Mountain Sami living in Finland. I don't know much Finnish, but I've found out that Kollikissa means a male cat, and I guess that Ylva-li's firstborn knew all along that he was not a female cat, as we believed him to be....Of course we had to use Finnish on his last name as a tribute to our unknown family in Finland!


The Naming Of Cats

by T. S. Eliot


The Naming of Cats is a difficult matter,
It isn't just one of your holiday games;
You may think at first I'm as mad as a hatter
When I tell you, a cat must have THREE DIFFERENT NAMES.
First of all, there's the name that the family use daily,
Such as Peter, Augustus, Alonzo or James,
Such as Victor or Jonathan, George or Bill Bailey--
All of them sensible everyday names.
There are fancier names if you think they sound sweeter,
Some for the gentlemen, some for the dames:
Such as Plato, Admetus, Electra, Demeter--
But all of them sensible everyday names.
But I tell you, a cat needs a name that's particular,
A name that's peculiar, and more dignified,
Else how can he keep up his tail perpendicular,
Or spread out his whiskers, or cherish his pride?
Of names of this kind, I can give you a quorum,
Such as Munkustrap, Quaxo, or Coricopat,
Such as Bombalurina, or else Jellylorum-
Names that never belong to more than one cat.
But above and beyond there's still one name left over,
And that is the name that you never will guess;
The name that no human research can discover--
But THE CAT HIMSELF KNOWS, and will never confess.
When you notice a cat in profound meditation,
The reason, I tell you, is always the same:
His mind is engaged in a rapt contemplation
Of the thought, of the thought, of the thought of his name:
His ineffable effable
Deep and inscrutable singular Name.


  1. vanlig navn, det som brukes hver dag
  2. et rart og spesielt navn: Names that never belong to more than one cat.
  3. Et uutgrunnelig navn, bare kitten vet det.

Pedersen Käki-Matti kollikissa


Pedersen was on a "summer camp" in our home when his family was in Spain. How he had grown!!! He was neutered earlier this summer. His family consists of Siri Sandstøl Stickings, her husband and their three children. They all live in Sandnes.


On the picture under he is 10 weeks.


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