.cat is the sponsored generic top-level domain (TLD) for the Catalan language. It isn't territorial, however, so anyone in the world can register a .cat domain name—the only requirement is that you belong to the linguistic community for Catalan speakers. In 2017, sites that promoted the Catalan independence referendum were taken down via a court order. It’s encouraged that the domain be used to promote unique aspects of the Catalan community and highlight content in the Catalan language.
.cat was first introduced in 2005 and has had its policy developed in collaboration with ICANN. There were approximately 109,000 registered domains in May 2019. Anyone is able to register a second-level domain, although usage is only available for people who speak the Catalan language. Sometimes people 'domain hack' the .cat TLD to refer to the feline cat in the English language.
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.cat is a great choice for anyone in the world who speaks Catalan, or owns a website localized in that language. However, some people will use the TLD to refer to the feline cat.
.cat can be used for a range of website types including online stores for feline cats, online retailers, and businesses based in Catalonia, such as food, pharmaceutical companies, motor vehicles, and more.
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