'Doña Rosa Piñeda Galdós never had to worry about money. The widow of a wealthy Andalucian industrialist and land-owner, she lived alone in a fine house on the outskirts of the village of Monachil, in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada. Alone, that is, except for Paño, a large blue-grey Persian cat. Paño, Spanish for ‘rag’, was given his name after a friend of the widow commented on what she thought was a fluffy, grey rag on the settee shortly after Doña Rosa had acquired the kitten. The widow thought it was extremely funny that her aristocratic cat, with a distinguished pedigree, had been called a ‘rag’, so she decided to call him ‘Paño’.'
From: The Cat Who Snored, Lost Whispers, 2013