The Top 10 Names NOT to Give Your Cat

NOTE FROM ROBIN: just before I was going to upload this post, I got a number of urgent texts from Maria about a kitten who was in dire need of rescue. As you may know, we rushed this kitten to the Vet last night and after getting him on fluids and an injection of B12 and some antibiotics to help soothe his upper respiratory infection, he was sent to Maria's to begin recovering. He is seriously underweight, but he's eating and doing all right so far. What's ironic is that he'll need a name, so I better make sure I take my own advice about what name to choose.

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Running a Cat Rescue often requires that I name incoming cats and kittens. I love the challenge of coming up with something unique, that speaks to the personality of each foster cat, but after naming a few hundred cats it becomes a bit daunting.

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©2011 Robin A.F. Olson. MacGruber.

The right name can make or break an adoption. If I have a somewhat shy foster cat, who does not rank very high on the must adopt list, meaning it's a black kitten or not a known fancy cat breed, the better the name, the better the odds are that I can get that cat adopted.

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©2011 Robin A.F. Olson. Polly Picklepuss.

Do adopters keep the name I give their cat? Often times they do, but it surprises me when I believe I chose a great name and they change it. I'm sure if you asked the cat, they wouldn't care. As the saying goes; “I don't care what you call me, just don't call me late for dinner.”

Keeping in mind that this is ALL IN GOOD FUN, if you named your cat something on this list, PLEASE do not be offended! You could simply consider changing your cat's name to something more clever and appealing to avoid feeling badly. (I'm joking about the name change unless your cat is named, Kitty!)

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©2007 Robin A.F. Olson. Bob Dole-best cat name, ever.

THE TOP 10 NAMES TO NOT GIVE YOUR CAT

1. Kitty. Really? You can't come up with something better than that? Look around your home. Name the cat, “Maple,” “Cinnamon,” “Corian.” Anything is more creative than, KITTY! We KNOW it's a kitty. It's like calling a baby, “human” or “male.”

2. Max. If I had a $1 for every kid, dog or cat named Max, I'd be loaded.

3. Tiger/Tigger/Stripes. Firstly, it's not a tiger, it's a cat. Yes, it may have a striped pattern, but don't call it Stripes! Why not fancy it up? Give it pizzaz? How about LeTigre? Blaze? Some tabbies patterning looks more like herringbone. See? Herringbone is a much cooler name.

4. Boots/Mittens What's next? Naming your cat, “Underwear?” “Ear Muffs?”

5. Fluffy, Puffy, Fluff I named one of our foster cats Miss FluffyPants, which is a great example of how to use a hackneyed name and give it a memorable twist.

6. Lucky That name always connotates an animal with 3 legs or 1 eye (or both) and in my book, that's not particularly lucky.

7. Puss I wouldn't even say that name out loud these days.

8.Tabby. Good thing you don't have a black or gray cat. What would you name that one, Blackie? Gray-ie?

9. Harley This was a cool name at one time, but it's 15 minutes of cool are over.

10. Sooty, Inky, Midnight Only okay to use if the cat is NOT black. If the cat is black, how about choosing one our friend in the Philipines, who does cat rescue, called her black foster kitten: Skittles.

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©2011 Robin A.F. Olson. Periwinkle.

Then there are those out there who ignore social convention, common sense or good taste. They have no regard for how the cat might feel being called by the name they chose or the fact that their Vet will one day have to say this name out loud when talking about a serious health issue the cat is battling. “Mr. Jones, I'm very sorry to tell you that we found cancer in Douchebag.”

10 STUPID NAMES FOR YOUR CAT

1. Bong/Token

2. Douche/Douchebag/DB

3. Lil' Hitler

4. Rabid

5. Dick

6. Al Qaeda

7. Slutbutt

8. Pissy

9. Tabby Turdstockings

10. Redneck

I love to think up names that are unique or have a play on words. I have to wonder if a well-named cat gets slightly better Vet care. Every time I went to a new Vet with my cat, Bob Dole, EVERYONE who heard his name laughed, smiled and REMEMBERED him any time we needed to have a return visit. Maybe a cat's name is not such a big deal, but I believe it's worth taking time to come up with a name that's special to you and your family.

BOUNDRY-PUSHING NAMES I JUST MADE UP FOR COOL CATS

1. Count Chocula

2. Rehab

3. Kevin Scent or Kevin

4. Sultan of Swagger or Sammy Swagger

5. Sir Chunksalot

6. Roger That

7. Phil Opian

8. Richard Widmark (you would always have to refer to him by his full name, no nicknames or else it falls under number 5 of Stupid Cat Names)

9. Loaf

10. Dammit. My Mother always wanted to name a cat Dammit so she could let it outside during the day, then have the pleasure of calling it to come back inside each night. “Dammit, get in the house!”

11.(bonus!) Rocky Road

I could go on and on about cat names and perhaps one day I'll share some insight into what inspires my curious name choices. For now, please promise to still be my friend if your cat is named Mittens or Max or anything else on these lists. I want to inspire you to consider coloring outside the lines when you name your next cat. Give that cat a special name that makes you smile every time you have to scold that cat and say its' name out loud: “Richard Widmark! Get off the counter!”

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©2012 Maria. S. Now that we've discussed what not to name the cat, stupid names and cool names I've come up with; I've chosen to name our newest foster kitten, Tater Tot.

Comments

My Babies!

I have had many cats in my life and I usually name my pets vintage/classic names, something I wouldn't name my child, &/or the first name that comes to mind that seems to fit them perfectly and match their personality! I honestly like short and simple names as opposed to names that are 2 or 3 words unless you shorten it to a 1 word nickname. I've had so many pets that I sometimes can't think of a name I haven't already used that I like, so I let my 4 yr old do the naming. He's pretty good btw. Lol. He always gives actual names instead of something crazy like "Fart" (his favorite word)!

Anyway, lol, we currently have 4 dogs; Oscar (Oscar Meyer Weiner)-Red Dauchshund.

Wynston-Dapple Dauchshund w/ one blue & one brown eye.

Elsie-Black & Brown Mini Dauchshund.

Tassie-Jack Russell. My son named her.

Oliver-Calico Mix Cat. He's a very big, fat, lovable, cuddly cat. I found him in an apt complex & he wouldn't leave me alone so I brought him home. First name that came to mind was Oliver & it suits him very well.

Ghost-Solid White Kitten who is deaf. My son named her.

Bella-Solid White Kitten other than 2 small black dots on top of her head and has one blue & one green eye. Bella would never be a pet name choice for me. I got her for my mom after her 5 yr old, solid white, one blue one green eye cat ran away. She missed her very much and I was able to find her a kitten that looked almost identical to her so she gave her the same name. Her landlord wouldn't allow her to have Bella so I ended up with her.

Bryson-Blonde Haired Blue Eyed Cutie that I gave birth to! Lol

I love all my babies so much!

I have had many cats in my

I have had many cats in my life and I usually name my pets vintage/classic names, something I wouldn't name my child, &/or the first name that comes to mind that seems to fit them perfectly and match their personality! I honestly like short and simple names as opposed to names that are 2 or 3 words unless you shorten it to a 1 word nickname. I've had so many pets that I sometimes can't think of a name I haven't already used that I like, so I let my 4 yr old do the naming. He's pretty good btw. Lol. He always gives actual names instead of something crazy like "Fart" (his favorite word)!

Anyway, lol, we currently have 4 dogs; Oscar (Oscar Meyer Weiner)-Red Dauchshund.

Wynston-Dapple Dauchshund w/ one blue & one brown eye.

Elsie-Black & Brown Mini Dauchshund.

Tassie-Jack Russell. My son named her.

Oliver-Calico Mix Cat. He's a very big, fat, lovable, cuddly cat. I found him in an apt complex & he wouldn't leave me alone so I brought him home. First name that came to mind was Oliver & it suits him very well.

Ghost-Solid White Kitten who is deaf. My son named her.

Bella-Solid White Kitten other than 2 small black dots on top of her head and has one blue & one green eye. Bella would never be a pet name choice for me. I got her for my mom after her 5 yr old, solid white, one blue one green eye cat ran away. She missed her very much and I was able to find her a kitten that looked almost identical to her so she gave her the same name. Her landlord wouldn't allow her to have Bella so I ended up with her.

Bryson-Blonde Haired Blue Eyed Cutie that I gave birth to! Lol

I love all my babies so much!

Cat names

My cat only liked the name kitty. And she knew it well so I called her Kitty Soft paws.

Cat Names

I'm one of those with no imagination. When my sister and I adopted our cat, I wanted to name her Snowball, because she was all white (that, and there was a white cat named Snowball in a favorite book of mine when I was younger. The book was called "The Doll in the Garden" for those of you who are curious). My sister wanted to name her Chessie after the Chesepeak Railroad kitten (I'd only go with that if we adopt a tabby, though). But before Snowball, I have had three other cats in my lifetime. There was Fluffy, a gray, medium-haired cat (we think she was part Burmese and Russian Blue), whom my parents wanted to name Nefertiri (to go with the name Sinuhue, which was the name of the family dog. My parents got the names from a movie called "The Egyptian"), but my grandmother got to her first. Then there was Lafayette, a ginger kitten (I think, we didn't have him long). This kitten got his name because he was found in Lafayette Square in downtown Washington, DC (where my dad worked). Then there was Pepper, a gray and black tabby. We didn't name her, we got her from a friend of my grandmother's who's daughter just had a baby and didn't want to deal with the cat anymore. Then there were the cats in the family before I was born. My dad had one named Amber, but I don't know what she looked like (I don't think I have ever seen a picture of her). My mom had a black and white tuxedo cat named Beanie Boy. She named him after the cartoon "Beanie and Cecil." Then there was O.C., a calico who was found in Ocean City, but I think she was a neighbor's cat. My aunt (dad's sister) has had cats, too. She had a black one named Pinash (I seriously don't know how it was spelled), a yellowish one named Casper (VERY nasty), and a white one with stripes named Cher. At one point she had a white and gray striped one named  Tiffany, and an all white one named Lucy. Currently, my parents have a Norwegian Forest cat named Snickers (that was her name her previous owners gave her). And finally, when my grandmother was a little girl (in the 1930's),  she had an all white cat named Fluffy, and a red and white one named Pork Chops (I don't know where that one came from, I swear!)

Purrffect?

Rescued a Tabico husband tried to name her Pamela Anderson and I rescued her once again with the name Frieda Kahto. We live in the country and just before her scheduled spay she attracted a male mix tabby who looks to be around the same age and we've decided to keep him and give him the name Diego.

We had an Oreo, and Reese's

We had an Oreo, and Reese's Peanut Butter Cat. We also have a Chiana (Farscape reference)and a Finn. We watching a feral's kitten across the street and considering adopting (about 5 weeks of age right now, and I've visited and handled it twice). Considering Pilot as a name.

my cat's names

I have been a member of the Crazy Cat Lady Club (unintentionally) for the better part of a year now. People that used to live across the street moved and left all of their animals (tons of cats) behind. Completely despicable as far as I am concerned. I was adopted by one of the pregnant kitties, I mean who can say no to an incredibly sweet patched tabby? Problem was that I already had four of my own. Long story short, (too late) I now have eight.

Original crew:

Maia Grae, small mackerel tabby with big attitude, also a sray

Giacomo, adopted at 14 (now 18) tall and long mackeral tabby

Tycho, adopted with Giacomo, also 18, looks like big old forest cat, just gorgeous.

Raincloud,  taken from ferral litter, grey spots look like clouds. Likes to sit on my feet. 

New guys:

Oonagh, the mom cat, patched tabby, such a sweet girl. (name is from a Celtic fairy queen)

Nicola, sweet like his mom, little gray tabby. When he was a month old he wobbled over to me and crawled up in my lap. Still a lap cat

Mouse, started out shy and became a full fledged bulldozer. Ringleader of the "Tornadic Trio".  Buff colored tabby with deep cinnamon colored eyes. Really striking.

Peregrin (Pip) Absolutely perfectly marked mackerel tabby. Second in command of the bulldozers. 

Yes, too many cats. No, I couldn't stand to see them squashed on the street like so many of the others that the scumbags left behind. 

cat names

I have 2 cats...they're brothers. I named them Pete and Joe. My name is Mary, so I found it appropriate. :-D

cat names

omg- 

i have a cat named Boots, (grey, black, brown with white feet an markings)

I also have a cat named puss, (grey, black, brown)

and a black cat named Onyx (:

MY CAT HAS THE BEST NAME TRAIN PERIOD

well my cat is named louie armstrong but then we called him pookie which led to pooks then peekie then peeks then feeks then feekie , and and and and and then fecal matter which......yeah

is now his nick name when he smells

Naming Cats

I currently have 3 what could be considered rather boringly named cats: Lisa, Mia & Joey. I named Lisa. She had an eye infection when she was a kitten which closed up one of her eyes, so her full name is Lisa 'Lefteye' Lopez but she gets it shortened to Lisa (or Lee Lee or Lou Lou or Loopy - we do a lot of nick names in this house). Mia was a cousin's cat. As she sometimes stands up on her back legs & looks like a meerkat, we kept the name. Her nick names are Meatballs & Mee Mee. Joey was my Dad's cat, originally Smokey Joe, but we had not so long since lost my oldest cat Smokey (named by the kids after watching Smokey & the Bandit) so we dropped the smokey part & refer to him as Joey instead. We haven't had him long enough to develope any nick names for him yet although my partner does call him a 'little black b*****d' when he chases Mia. *sad face

All my other cats have had 'proper' cat names (like Ninja, Curly, Sooty, Charlie, Splash, Snowy, Tiger - my first cat, I was 5 therefore unoriginality should be expected ) so it's quite funny to go to the door & call for Lisa, Mia & Joey, it sounds like I'm calling my kids in for tea...

I like weird names for cats

Thus far I've had

The Amazing Kitty Fantastico (a hemingway cat)

Cap'n Nubbins, Pirate of the carpeted sea (Nubbin or Nub-Tard for short) (he was a manx and had no tail and no smarts)

Pucca Bear (Siamese looking creature)

and lastly

Jubilation Lee (named for an X-man as she was a mutant cat with different colored eyes, not enough toes, no tail, and no smarts)... Her nickname is Jubbles.. Jubs... Jubba-The-Hutt, Jubble-Bubbles.... the list goes on.

my cat's names

Chewie -- fuzzy like the wookie, and after he recieved the name, started to chew on everything.  (Be careful what you name them!)  AKA  --  the Crazy Black One.

Stubby Kay  -- after the comedian and because she is part manx and has a poof of fur for a tail.

Maggie the Cat  --  although she is mostly white, the skin around her eyes is black.  It looks like eyeliner, so -- Liz Taylor's role in the movie "Cat on a Hot Tin Roof".

Ozzie -- he just looks like an Ozzie.  Dark red tabby with hugh green eyes.  

pop

my kittens name is pop

Kitty Names

Oh mine are not the normal at all, we have


Mookie - Black Siamese Male

Bizzy - Tabico Football shaped girl

Weemer - Grey Male totally spoiled mama's boy

PooChoo- Fat Maine Coon Mix Girl

MiiPii - Black stuby girl

Sooty

Sorry Robin my last cat was a Sooty! :D

DOn't worry though will still read the blog as I am pulling for Gracie, loving the silly cat Dood too!
Here is a pic of Sooty

Sooty

(right click and view image for a slightly bigger picture)

I have a Pipsqeek and a

I have a Pipsqeek and a Luna-Tic currently - care to guess which one is the Tortie? Previous kittehs have been Chuckles, Mouse, Bumper and Grover T. Washington. I went through a bunch of gerbils named Rocky 1,2,3, etc when I was a kid, also!

Cat Names

I don't know if this is in the mix, but my favorite all time name for a cat was a dear friends....

DOG MEAT.  

LOL......  

The Naming of Cats

...is a difficult matter. It isn't just one of your holiday games. You may think that I'm as mad as a hatter, when I tell you a cat must have three different names. -- T. S. Eliot "Old Possum's Book of Practical Cats"

My current two were named by the woman who rescued them. As they were 3 years old when I got them, I didn't feel I could change the names. Pilchard, who is a black long-hair, was named for Bob, the Builder's cat. Bob, the Builder is a product of the BBC and a "pilchard" is another name for "sardine". Leave it to the British to name a cat after a fish. The other cat is named "Mija", which means "little friend-female" in Spanish. 

My first cat was named "Shakespeare" because I'm an English major. After him, I had Penney, who was named by the woman who rescued her. She just liked the name. "Half-Pint" joined us, so named because, when we rescued her, she weighed 8 ounces, half of a pint. The next 2 were named "Betsy" and "Rascal". My daughter named them and she just liked the names. 

My daughter has a Maine Coon named "Faux". We named him that because Maine Coons get to be the size of small dogs and she was taking French in college when we rescued him. As big as he had the potential to be, we thought "fake" was a great name. He's not a cat, he's a small dog. Her 2nd cat is named "Tobey" and that is the name he was given by the people who had him before giving him to my daughter. She just recently added 2 kittens, "Jacen" and "Jaina". Jacen is a black short-hair (Something about adopting black cats must run in the family.) My son-in-law is a huge "Star Wars" fan and now has his "Darth Vader cat". But they chose the names of Princess Leia and Han Solo's children as the names for their new family members. (You can only find these names, currently, in books.) 

I play World of Warcraft and I have the ability to collect or tame cats as pets. I find myself thinking hard about what name to attach to these digital versions of cats. "The naming of cats is a difficult matter." Indeed it is. 

My himmie brothers are Skye

My himmie brothers are Skye (for his gorgeous blue eyes) and Subie (cause he runs around like a little rally car and we drive an STI). We had a tabby cat I named Abby Cat and I just rescued a 6 wk old white med hair with grey/blk striped 'wings' on his back. It took 5 days to find his name. He's a booger and on that day his daddy told him,'you little tater head!'  And it fit. SO he became Tater. He gets called Tater bug all the time cause he's only that big. Tater baby. Tater tot. Tater Chip. Tater cake.  I once had a pure black Manx we named Brimstone and a Siamese called Dinker. A black/wht long hair called Limp Puskit and her identical kitten Moo Kitty. A grey long hair called Gravy and from my stoner days, after it ate my Mary Jane plant, a pure black kitty named Buzz. 

My Cats

We had Jasmine, then she had three kittens.
My brother mistakenly thought the kittens were all female, and we named them Scout, Sugar, and Tiny.
Sugar was white and had medium-long hair. In fact, the hair on his chest curled, which I thought was very cool

Scout was orange, but he's faded to have the same color hair as my mother- blonde.

Tiny was grey, and he was the tiniest, well, until he grew up.

We had to switch Sugar's name to Mr. Sugar, since he was well, a he. 

Thanks to the vets.

(On a side note, our dog had puppies, and although it was years later, he still incorrectly got the animal's genders, but my mother and I were there. We didn't keep any of the puppies, although I wish we had kept Pudgy. The others were Jackie, Stormageddon Dark Lord of All(Stormy), Toby, and a couple others I'm afraid I don't remember. Unfortunately Stormy, true to her name(and as the only gray puppy) she wasn't very nice.... The rest of the puppies were black. Jackie had a white paw and chest, and was the smallest. Pudgy was well, pure black but larger and smart. Toby somehow had a little cut on his paw, but he was one of my favorites, and a very shy puppy.

Whoops, I'm rambling on about puppies on a cat website.

 

Anyways, I taught Mr. Sugar how to walk on a harness when I was 7, since he was my cat. None of my siblings bothered to walk their cats. I played hide and seek with sugar, and I actually never heard his voice. Then we move and well, he died at a young age via coyotes. Scouts the only one left, and he's grown to a decent age.

Interesting names

My parents give the most interesting names to everything, most of the time you don't even know what gender they're referring to.

me and siblings are Willow Ash Rowan and Oak

willow and Rowan being the girls

our pets so far have been

Maybe (cat) Mr.gills (beta fish) vanilla bean (rat) choco (rat) Provolone (ferret) licorice (ferret) Sundae (genia pig) caramel (two genia pigs, one was a replacement) fishy (beta fish) Mocha (dog)

most of them have passed now and we only had 3 year old mocha left, so they decided to get two more cats.

Shadow is an all black cat 

my sister Rowan named the on their one, a black cat with white paws and face, Kitty Purry after Katy Perry. 

i can't stand the names so when they're in my room they're called Eren and Nymph. Oddly enough those are the only names they'll answer to, or maybe they just answer to me.

I have a cat called something

I have a cat called something along the lines of Grayie when translated into English, and she had a brother called Blackie (also when translated).

Favorite Places I've visited

My first cat (all strays who rescued me) was a handsome grey and white I named "Tahoe". Next came "Maui" my little black girl. Then, a tuxedo hemmingway found my doorstep and became "Augusta" (my ex was a golfer from Augusta, GA.) "Merlin" is my big beautiful black boy who put a spell on my heart -- his foster Mom did a great job naming him, so I kept it.

And "Fairbanks" was the fluffly Lhasa pooch I found driving home from work one night...named after the street I found him on. Interestingly enough, each animal's personality went with their names. 

My familywsys named our pets

My family

wsys named our pets actual names, so I grew up with cats and dogs called Winston, Roger, Basil, Dudley, Doris and Gloria. I am now proud Mama to four furbabies Gilbert, Clancy, Trevor and Barbara.  My Mom has a cat Esme and a dog Daphne

My neighbors gave great names

My neighbors gave great names to their cats: Pandora and Purrnelope.

thank you. i will now be

thank you. i will now be naming my kitten loaf.

Cat names

Great article. I've given my furry babies ppl names and fun names. Sometimes I would call my cat  Sambo a lot of the times, his name was Sammy. Sadly, he passed away in my arms on Nov. 5th of last year. He was 19 1/2 yrs old. My lil Sambo :( My other cat is solid black, I found her 12 yrs ago after she obviously got her tail caught in someone's fan belt. Now she's a bobtail haha. I could never come up with a name so I just call her Precious or Precious Babygirl. Our Cav is Andrew, he's too stoic to have a silly name. 

Name themes

Great lists!  Our last couple of cats have had Scandinavian names.  Right now we have Ansgar Fritjof.  Fritjof means "theif of peace" and he has lived up to his name every day for all 8 years he has been with us.  :-)

Gimme

I once named a kitten Gimme, because she constantly wanted EVERYTHING I had, and I could hear her say. "Give me!" all the time

1 slip but 3 cool names (I think)

Mickey: As in Mickey Mouse, ginger rescue who liked to steel my (clean) socks and hide them in a corner, under the bed, or in my shoes.

Mona: Britsh Blue who always looked like she was smiling, so I named her after Mona Lisa.

Peanut: He was a ginger and white shorthair with the aggression of a peanut. He'd always rool on hos back for  cuddles and was friendly with everyone. Once he came home with a mouse in his mouth - he was very challenged in the hunting department - and I'm convinced the two of them made a pact and the mouse jumped into his mouth just for a laugh. The mouse was perfectly fine and got released into the wild.

Tiger (whoops!): A black and grey striped tabby wuth a white chin and belly. Got her at 10 weeks old. She's now 17 years old, arthritic and has chronic kidney disease. Nicknames: Tiger Lily, Mullemaus, Muzelchen (yes, German). She's my little old lady who used to be a prolific hunter.

Biscuit: Named after ginger nut buscuits. Suits him to the ground. He's ginger (and white) and he's a complete nutter. He's also my little shadow and following me around the house.

And finally: Scoop. A black and white rescue, he was named after the vet nurse who hand-reared him. Named so because he shovels his food down at amazing speed. 

1 slip but 3 cool names (I think)

Mickey: As in Mickey Mouse, ginger rescue who liked to steel my (clean) socks and hide them in a corner, under the bed, or in my shoes.

Mona: Britsh Blue who always looked like she was smiling, so I named her after Mona Lisa.

Peanut: He was a ginger and white shorthair with the aggression of a peanut. He'd always rool on hos back for  cuddles and was friendly with everyone. Once he came home with a mouse in his mouth - he was very challenged in the hunting department - and I'm convinced the two of them made a pact and the mouse jumped into his mouth just for a laugh. The mouse was perfectly fine and got released into the wild.

Tiger (whoops!): A black and grey striped tabby wuth a white chin and belly. Got her at 10 weeks old. She's now 17 years old, arthritic and has chronic kidney disease. Nicknames: Tiger Lily, Mullemaus, Muzelchen (yes, German). She's my little old lady who used to be a prolific hunter.

Biscuit: Named after ginger nut buscuits. Suits him to the ground. He's ginger (and white) and he's a complete nutter. He's also my little shadow and following me around the house.

And finally: Scoop. A black and white rescue, he was named after the vet nurse who hand-reared him. Named so because he shovels his food down at amazing speed. 

Kitty names :)

I think, with the exception of things that are swears and nasty slurs and so forth, most names are fine. I knew a very good Fluffy and Lucky, once upon a time. My current cats I adopted with their names (Monkey Bear [goes by Monkey] and Kira), and my previous cat was Niko but I misheard and so he became Miko when I adopted him from my gran's neighbour. My gran's last cat was Lutje which means little one in German (spelling Canadianised). The cat before that was Muske which means little mouse, it's used as a term of endearment, and when we adopted him (Siamese/tabby cross) he was so tiny and scrawny he looked like a little rat according to my grandpa, and the name Muske then came out and stuck :)

I did name a cat Pandora once and I do not recommend that - she was like opening a box of trouble in my house. I was young and in university and wound up adopting her to a nice family with children who said she was the best cat they ever had. Either they had some AWFUL cats, or she was just lonely when I wasn't home and acted out when I was...

Cat names

Since I volunteer for a cat rescue, we've been hard pressed for names. But we prevail.

Naughty tabby female kitten - Stinkerbell

Two semi-feral orange brothers who were my "porch cats" for years: Cletus and Jethro

Orange longhaired kitten who would puff up his tail as a greeting - Puff Daddy

Pretty but grumpy Manx female - The Honey Badger

 

 

 

 

Archie & Nermal

My cat Archie got his name because I found him off of Archer Rd, behind the Arch view restaurant. Archer seed a bit formal, so we went with Archie. I swear he thinks his name is "Archino" though, because I'm always yelling, "Archie, NO!!!" After taking him to get neutered, I stopped off at a local pet boutique to pick him up some snacks and toys to help him feel better about the day's events, and the owner announced she had a 4 week old kitten in her garage that someone had abandoned, and a friend had trapped. She then convinced me kittens do better in pairs, and I brought him home. Archie was not happy, as he'd already had a traumatic day, and hissed at this little guy. It reminded me of Garfield trying to ship his cousin Nermal, the World's cutest kitten, to Abu Dhabi. So we named Archie ' kitten Nermal. They're best buds now. 8)

TS Eliot

I'm reminded of Eliot's words:

The naming of cats is a difficult matter
It isn't just one of your holiday games.
You may think that I'm as mad as a hatter
When I tell you a cat must have three different names. 

I'm not sure I'd go that far. When I had indoor/outdoor cats, I always game them a name that sounded crazy when being yelled off the deck right before supper. 

He Named Himself

I once had a tuxedo kitten who shared my life.  When I first gazed upon his face, the name 'Walter' came to me.  But Walter was a bit of a plain name...so I added 'Chroncat', in honor of my favorite news reporter.

The naming of cats is a difficult matter ...

So said the wise man known as Old Possum. :-)

That said, I do love me some cool and interesting cat names, and the more epic, the better.

I have my Siouxsie Mew, named after one of my favorite punk rock divas. She had a sister, Sinead O'Kitty, who used to love it when I played songs by her namesake.

Then there's Thomas T. Bombadil, who came to me with the name Thomas ... and I just thought he needed a bit more than that because he was such a nature spirit of a cat.

My beautiful baby Dahlia (RIP) came to me with the name Blackie. Yes, seriously. I was also told she was a boy, so I originally named her Black Jack Davey after a character in an old folk song. But then when she shoved her butt in my face and I found out that she was absolutely NOT a boy, I tried a bunch of other "D" names because she seemed to like that sound, until I came up with Dahlia, which then became Dahlia P. Kittenface.

And lest we forget lovely, sweet Bobette, who became Chrysanthemum Kiss-Kiss Bobette Jellylorum Kelley ... or Kissy for short.

Belladonna came to me with that name, and she was often called Bella by the people at the shelter, but Belladonna Moonshadow Kelley just seemed to be a good fit for her.

If I were tasked with naming kittens that came into my care, I'd think about naming them after groups from stories, movies or poems. Mungojerrie and Rumpleteazer. Frick and Frack. Frodo, Samwise and Merry. Hawkeye, BJ, Radar, Hot Lips, Ferret Face, Colonel Potter. That sort of thing.

Cat name

We had a huge yellow tom that my husband named "Tom T. Ticklerpitcher John L Windingham.  And he had an off spring that my husband named the same thing only Jr. at the end.

epic!!

that is a very funny load of names and description. me and dad laughed so much!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Help me with a name

I always named cats after mythological personalities. Now I have a one year old seal point that I named Lupus (he looked like a baby wolf) now I adopted a new blue point kitten and I cant get a name for ..can anyone help me!

Well if the cat is blue-ish

Well if the cat is blue-ish the name that popped in my mind was river or balloo

What about the Norse pantheon?

There are a lot of good names in the Norse mythology, and you could adapt spelling and so forth to fit the particular kitty :)

There's a brand of catfood

There's a brand of catfood here called Felix... and SO many cat's are called Felix.  If you know who Felix Unger of 'The Odd Couple' is, well... that's why we named ours Oscar ; )

Of course, that meant that if we ever had a second, then 'Felix' would be have been the obvious choice.

Next door there's a 'Harlequin'...

It suits him well as his Front-Left and Hind-Right quarters are almost all white, whereas the opposite quarters are a busy tortoiseshell.  Of course, they usually just call him 'Harley' : )

When I lived in Spain there was an ex-pat with a brown cat with perfect blue eyes... it was such a rare looking cat that just about everyone stopped and commented.

His name?  'Frank' ... after ol' blue eyes himself apparently : )

-Gary

my cat chose his name.

After picking up my new two year old Orange/cream Ragamuffin mix from the pound, he hid under my bed while I looked up names. ( He was no mufasa. ) I stumbled upon Colby ( the cheese ), and thought it was adorable, but I imagined it would be a little awkward to call out Colby with the L. So I got on my hands and knees, saw him huddled in the corner under my bed, and asked. "What do you think about the name Coby." And he got up and walked up to me. So it stuck, and omg is he a little brat sometimes. xD

 

Mr Pussy

No, not Mr Pussy!

Zigzag: not named after rolling papers. Aka gizmo. His favorite spot was in my lap.

Spike: a wicked cool cat who thought he was a dog. He killed voles, moles, mice and chipmunks by the hundreds but never killed a bird. Also a lap cat.

Zack: ultra laid back, long hair, loved to be brushed - even his belly

Dagger: named after Dagney Taggart of Atlas Shrugged fame. Not so much a lap cat but loves attention and is usually in the same room as I am. Has supernatural hearing and can tell when I open the fridge if it's to get her food or not.

The last three are also nicknamed Stinky. Spike had stinky breath because he LOVED tuna, Zack had a stinky bottom sometimes because of his long fur, and Dagger has a stinky litter box because she doesn't bury her poops.

We had a cat named Honda. You could hear him purring anywhere in the house.

My neighbor, who is very nice, has/d cats named Tabby, Butterscotch, Snowball, Pumpkin and Smokey. Yes, for the exact reasons you guessed.

Another friend named his cat Schroedinger. Awesome.

Another friend named her cat Winston and her dog Churchill.

my weird cat names

i have a cat named the most off the head name, Fiji. i named her when i was little it fits torties perfectly though. we are also getting an outside cat soon too, his name will be Neko, which is japanese for cat. :P

Names names names

I like themed names, but over time the cats always tend to name themselves:

Gizmo

Shadow

Athena aka Fluffernutter, goddess of war (long haird white kitten with spots of orange and grey) ... and her mom (feral outdoor cat) Mamma Fluff (looks exactly like her daughter ^ ) AKA Miss Piggy.

Mooch  (another feral, Orange, and probably Athena's dad as she has his ears) with the sweetest Moocher of a face you'll ever see.

What I want to name my cats: 

Gonzo, Rowlf, Scooter, Rizzo, Sweetums, Zoot, and of course, Animal :) But as you can see above, most of our cats are Girls and Shadow totally named himself.

Best Cat Names Ever

I have two cats,one called fluffy (tried to name it pumpkin but everyone kept calling it fluffy because it was just sooo fluffy) and Nagini (because it just snakes around anyone he can cuddle) so here some pretty cool cat names -

  • Mrs Norris (harry potter reference like nagini)
  • Church (lots of churches used to have cats for good luck)
  • chairman meow
  •  frog (because every cat likes to jump)

I would love to have a Mrs

I would love to have a Mrs Norris.  My Treeno is Filch's cat's twin I swear.  He looks just like the actor that played the part in the films.

My daughter's cat Kitty Pride (I think it is a superhero thing?) should absolutely be Crookshanks.  


My tabby is Sebastian - but if I'd gotten a girl instead of a boy I was going to name it Minerva....

My bearded dragon is Norbert.


Yeah, I'm a Potterhead.

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