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

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.

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!

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.

Cat names

Maurice: Medium hair orange tabby.. We were kids when we named him

Theo: short hair orange tabby with blue eyes

Wolfgang/ Wolfie: answered to Wolfie. Grey and black  wolf like tabby.  Strong stripes. Striking. 

Blackbeard and Soya: Short hair tuxedos brother and sister.  He had a semi white face with a black "beard". She was very dainty and mostly black with extremely almond shaped eyes. 

Pheobe and Blackie.  Pheobe tuxedo black and white short hair.  Blackie's real name we later found out was Sherlock.. But Blackie had somehow stuck and he responded to it. Medium hair black catfish visible fangs that stuck out .

 

All my babies. All deeply loved and dearly missed.  About to adopt two identical orange tabbies.. Full grown... Named by shelter Ginger and Marmalade.  Strongly considering changing names.  

 

 

Silly kitty names

My sister has a mixed breed tabby shorthair she named Hairlo-Cuttinfella. I asked my sister's how she came up with the cat's name and she said Hairlo is because of the cat's short hair, and Cuttinfella is because the cat's claws are long and very sharp. Yes, this kitty once used my leg as a scratching post and ruined a new pair of my nylons! Ouch! My mom had a small Cornish Rex named Tiny Toy (kind of a cute name) when she was living in her apartment. Tiny Toy was a little sweetie and loved to talk. My mom had Tiny Toy for 12 years. Ironically my mom passed away (my mom made it to 79) just three days after Tiny Toy died:( 

On the subject of Tigger....

We named the family cats when we were old enough to realise the responsibility of giving them good names. My sister didn't want human names for them, so the only name we could agree on for the ginger male was Ginger (but I always called him Mr Ginger man!) and his sister got the best name because a friend suggested Tiger-Lily, after the Indian Princess in Peter Pan. She does get called Tiger most of the time, or Giger by my 1 and a bit year old niece. :)

I have a cat named after

I have a cat named after Tiger Lily too! But we just call her lily!

I have nicer Cat Names :)

I have 4 cats. Oliver , Olivia, Oscar & OliveOyl.

I think people who names thier cats stupid & mean names shouldn't really have a cat.  Having a cat or a pet for that matter, should be a pleasant experience & if you name it like the names on the list above then you should not have a cat. Why be mean about it? How would you like to called mean names as your real legal name? geez.... well, that's my opinion & some people just don't understand.

I had a whimsy, yet eccentric

I had a whimsy, yet eccentric aged neighbor, several years ago, whose two cats (a seal point siamese mix and a black oriental shorthair) were named, Waltham Roll Watcher and Lights Out Ivory Tickler. My neighbor had an old player piano that the cats often used as a climbing, feeding, litter box and napping station. So, my neighbor named her siamese mix after the brand of the old piano, Waltham-Roll Watcher, since the cat would paw and tear the paper piano roll as it spun around. Her other cat being jet black, Lights Out- Ivory Tickler, often walked across the piano keys.

My neighbor has long since passed on, her cats too, and so has that old, rattly, player piano.

Our two ragamuffins are named ...

Nissa Faradae, is our champagne and white girl; it means "Spirit who guards a homestead".

answers to Nissa, Nissy, Nis


Oberon Baemy, is our black male (six weeks younger than his half-sister Nissa); his name means "Black Prince, brave as Bear"

answers to Oberon, Obie, Obe

Both are unique names, and fitting to their personalities.

Best weird cat name ever

My brother's favorite movie is "Spaceballs the movie". So he named his first cat "Spaceballs the cat". He calls him "Spaceballs". At first we were all thinking what kind of name is Spaceballs for a cat but we are all used to it by now and it's ended up seeming like the perfect name somehow. 

Cat names

I like some of your cat names, particularly Tater Tot, and Roger That. I had a huge tom cat I named Major Tom, a playful kitten I named Bounce, who lived up to his name--always gave me a bounce when I petted him! His sister's name was Pounce. Downy, Snuggle, and Cuddle are some other names I have thought of. I had 4 kittens born on Palm Sunday, so named them Glory, Praise, Alleluia, and Hosanna. I rescue cats and give them away, so have lots of names I can't even remember!

cool names!!!

I like giving  my pets interesting names, especially cats.  I get my naming theory from the musical Cats  (and the book it was based upon). I give my pets full names, then they have several nicknames.  Here are my current pets:

 

Maxwell Smartt - My dog, named for the main character in 60's sitcom Get Smart.  Maxwell Smartt responds to Max, Maxxy, Lil Mutt and My Bestest Buddy.

Eartha Kitty - Cat #1, named for actress Eartha Kitt (who played Catwoman in the 60s).  Eartha Kitty responds to Eartha, Pudge, Chubba Bubba, and Babyhead.


Sam-I-Am - Cat #2, named for the Doctor Seuss book Green Eggs and Ham (a childhood favorite).  Sam-I-Am responds to Sam, Sammy, Sweet Sammy, Big Boy and Tinkyboo.

 

Other cool pet names:  Solis, Lunar Debris, Doofenschmirtz, Holy Terror, Bootilicious, and Wet Blanket. <3

Best name ever...

Best name ... Melonbelly. It is. You know it is.

Interesting Names

I've had lots of kitties.   My mom always rescued cats, and folks often dumped them on her.  One of the first kitties I remember was Corky.  He was black and white and got his name from my dad, who said he was "putting a cork on having any more cats, hence the name, but it was far from the end of the cats."  I had a white cat named Drifter, a buff colored tabby named Beans (because he loved to eat beans), and a black and white cat named Hamlet (Hammy for short.)  I had a white cat with little yellow spots named Piccolo, a pastel tortie named Little Guy (she was actually a little girl, but would only come to that name), Starch, a beautfiul marmalade tabby, and a dark gray Persian named Pichou (pronounced Pee-shew), which is French for "little slipper" because he liked to sleep with his head in shoes.  We had one beautiful tabby named Suds, because she loved to suck on your shirt collar and get you soaking wet, and Pedro,which we shortened to Pedo,  a gray and white tabby who looked like he had a mustache.  I had a black cat with orange eyes named Potion.  My current cats are Maggie, which is short for Magpie, because she always goes after shiny things and carries them away, and Cody, short for Commander Cody from Star Wars because he has two C's on his stomach---one on each side.  Most of our cats are named after things they like or do.  We usually choose the unusual because cats are independent and each is unique.  :)

cat name

Pedo is fart in Spanish.....I teach second grade in Peru, so this comes up often...

My current cats both had

My current cats both had different names when I adopted them.  My long-haired tabby was Fiona - which was a pretty name for a pretty cat - but had to go because I didn't want a cat whose name could be shortened to Fifi!  So it actually took me a week or so to come up with a name for her, and I finally decided to name her after an owl because she looks just like one with her big round eyes and tufted ears.  Then the challenge was to find a pretty owl name (because she's just a beautiful, dainty little cat). That was harder than I thought it would be! Apparently no language has a word for Owl that sounds pretty. I finally had a revelation and decided to name her after "Sophos Glaukopis" - the Greek phrase referering to the goddess Athena's "wise little owl".  Hence she became Sophie - and it's a name that fits her perfectly.

 The other, a Turkish Van mix, came to us with the name Lila and I wanted to name her something closer to her heritage. So after scouring Turkish and Arabic baby names, she became Zehra - which means "white" and "flower". It suits her and she's learning the name.

My current cats both had

My current cats both had different names when I adopted them.  My long-haired tabby was Fiona - which was a pretty name for a pretty cat - but had to go because I didn't want a cat whose name could be shortened to Fifi!  So it actually took me a week or so to come up with a name for her, and I finally decided to name her after an owl because she looks just like one with her big round eyes and tufted ears.  Then the challenge was to find a pretty owl name (because she's just a beautiful, dainty little cat). That was harder than I thought it would be! Apparently no language has a word for Owl that sounds pretty. I finally had a revelation and decided to name her after "Sophos Glaukopis" - the Greek phrase referering to the goddess Athena's "wise little owl".  Hence she became Sophie - and it's a name that fits her perfectly.

 The other, a Turkish Van mix, came to us with the name Lila and I wanted to name her something closer to her heritage. So after scouring Turkish and Arabic baby names, she became Zehra - which means "white" and "flower". It suits her and she's learning the name.

The names here are:

Lisa - a 16 year old calico

Thomas T. Tomcat (the "T" stands for "trouble": a 13 year old tuxey rescue

Precious: 6 year old domestic long hair muted calico rescue

Precious kittens, she was pregnate when I found her:

Amber: 5 year old muted calico

Maggie Mae: 5 year old blue calico

Mikey (he WILL eat anything) 5 year old tabby

Tigger: 5 year old orange tabby

And the the First Day of Summer rescues of 2 years ago who were dumped by the roadside at 4 weeks old:

Sugar: 2 year old silver tabbly

Spice: 2 year old red tabby

Keep up the good work, Robin, you are a special lady.

Cat Names redux

one last one we had for one of our fosters was 'smidget'.  She was so tiny and her white furs had grey brush strokes all over.  Her vocal chords were anything but tiny though which was so at odds with her diminuitve size.  She was the first to be adopted with that name.  Where did she go live?  With a GREAT DANE!!!   LOVED IT! 

Cat Names

 I think the funniest single name I heard was 'you'. as in  'You , get down,"  'You, come here".  I had twin girls at one time and looked hard for names.  After I settled on Ginger & Taffy (I know, not so creative) for my ginger girls I heard someone had named their twin siamese 'Martini & Rossi'.   Now I think it would be fun to have Dolce & Gabanna. 

Names

A neighbor had a cat named DC.  Turns out it stood for Damned Cat, but she was too polite to say so in front of children...

We also had a neighbor with a cat named Kitty Cat.  They said that they were just using Kitty Cat as something to call him until they could think of a good name, but they took so long to come up with one, he only answered to Kitty Cat.

I think our most unusual cat name was Kermit Zero Yo-Yo Kitty (known affectionately as "Kermie").  This is what happens when you have small children and end up naming the cat by committee.

Cats do care what their names are!

My cats have always told me their names.  Sometimes they tell me with first eye contact, sometimes it takes a while, but if you pay attention they will let you know.  I understand people who foster and rescue have to come up with a lot of names so "themes" can be helpful, but in general I feel the same way about cats named on a theme as you do about Max and Midnight and Mittens.  I know at least six cats named Midnight, two Mittens and too many Maxes to count.  I also know four cats named Karma and two named Kismet. The article was entertaining, anyway. When my mother worked in rescue, she started naming cats after Catholic Saints. :)

My cats names

I have 14 cats. Their names are:

Monster aka Monty, white and siamese patched, 7

The Siamese brothers:

Tai, 7

Chi, 7

The rest:

Miss Kitty, black, 6

Tigger, tabby, 5

Bear, black, 4

Smokey, blue, 4

Lacy, blue, 4

Elizabeth aka Lizzy (Pride and Prejiduce), siamese, 4

Whisper Kitty (Noisest cat we've ever had), black, 4

Tinsel (found right before Christmas), grey bulls eye tabby, 2.5

Toby, white with tabby striped patches, 2.5

Brother and Sister Bengals:

Jasmine, silver bengal, 10months

Kipling, brown spotted bengal, 10months

I like human names

Our cats were/are Charlie, Tim (named after Father Tim in the Mitford books, which I was reading when we adopted him), Rainy, Rosie (both girls were named by their shelters, and we liked the names so they stuck), and our newest, Alexandra/Lexy, named after the character on Monarch of the Glen.

We love British TV shows, so I'd love to have a Barnaby (Midsomer Murders), an Owen (Vicar of Dibley), a [Doc] Martin and Louisa, Lewis and Hathaway (Inspector Lewis) or William and Julia (Murdoch Mysteries). The character Constable Crabtree on Murdoch has tons of aunts, all with flower names like Petunia and Primrose and Zinnia which could be fun for the right female cats. With a litter of males, you could name them after great 80s bands like Duran Duran (Simon, Nick, Roger, etc). But I also adore sweet old-fashioned girl names like Cora or Caroline, or when people choose personal names from their heritage, an Irish name if they are Irish, a Russian name (Natasha!), if they are Russian, etc.

Names to avoid are the overused baby names; as much as they are pretty, there are too many Emmas, Bellas, and Sophias running around right now, on two and four legs.

My first kitties were Athena

My first kitties were Athena & Zeus (obviously, I was into Greek mythology st the time). 16 years later, after they'd gone to the rainbow bridge, we got Ruby (named after a bluegrass song--we're huge bluegrass fans) and Banjo (again cuz of bluegrass). Sadly, Banjo had FIP and passed 5 months later. We got 2 new kittens to be Ruby's furfriends, and to pay homage to our poor baby Banjo, we named the kittens after 2 of our favorite banjo players, Scruggs & Vann (for Earl Scruggs & Mark Vann).

I volunteer with a rescue

I volunteer with a rescue organization and mostly foster pregnant cats and kttens.  It's hard to be original when I have had so many come through my home.  Last spring a cat gave birth to 8 kittens.  I decided to go with flower names and it worked well.  Recently I've been on a Beatles kick so my recent rescues are Penny Lane, Michelle and Jude.

My parents like easy names

My parents like easy names for their pets.

We've always given ours...unique ones with a middle name (we only use both names if their in trouble. It works as well on cats as it does kids!)

We've got Luna Lovegood (grey and white female), Nebula Andromeda (female tortie with a half blind eye), Auora Bella (Nebula's mostly white and some orange sister), Apollo Anton (Tuxedo male. After my fav olympian, and usually his name is also followed by OH NO!....Bad pun is bad), Hala Calypso (grey ticked tabby female), Orion Edward (grey ticked tabby male), Rigel Fawkes (after Guy Fawkes and the phoenix, Rigel's grey ticked brother), Naboo Padme ( female tortie named after Star Wars planet and character! sister to Rigel and Orion), Eclipse Abyss (black with small white patch female. She appeared UNDER my parents house...we're still not sure how, so we gave her a mysterious name. She's also not friendly...so looking into her eyes is dangerous lol). Endor Amidala (female tortie, also named after Star Wars planet and character. She' had bad fleas...that kind of looked like little ewoks on a planet when we got her. My mother-in-law likes to relate her to the witch of Endor. She bites alot--the cat, not my mother-inlaw), and then brother and sister duo name Sirius Black and Nimbus Prescious (an intentional mispelling for the girl. Siriud id all black, has the orangest eyes I've ever seen, and thinks he's a dog. Nimbus is fluffy looking, tiny, sick when we got her and is a mostly white calico).

Then we got the dogs--Ares Reed (chihuaha/daschaund on the one side and beagle on the other--his sister and him are 40lbs), Ariel Jasmine, Angel Baby (a chihuaha), and a minature daschaund rescue (we think she's full blooded) named Ambria Yavin-4 (two star wars planets in that one!)

Our overall theme is Celestial whether it be gods and goddesses, planets or stars. And the dogs all have A names.

LOVE the name tater tot!

My sister has a cat named Homerun XD

Love names!

I have never had a common name for my cats.. Velvet was my first cat. (I was 6 so I think that's acceptable!) Right now I have Karma... Kismet.. Sadari.. Independence and Liberty.. the latter two a friends daughter named him.. Independence and since the other tabby was his sister.. Liberty seemed most appropriat! Of course they have nicknames.. Karma.. is boo, boo bear, Kismet Kizi- Kiza=dee.. Dee.. Sadari.. Dari, Minx and Imp... Independence is Indy, Indiglo.. Glo bear.. Liberty is Libby.. Libby's on the labe (must be sung! ) and Liblib.. with many more! LOL


Great chioces as always, Robin!

I work in a vet clinic...a

I work in a vet clinic...a client actually named one of his cats Snatch, another named Roach, and we did have a little pooch called Scruffy Dammit, RIP Scruffy Dammit.. you were fiesty but had lots of character!

name

One of my fosters is named Luba..I like that name. It means "someone who has love". Her human mom is Russian. She had to give her up because she was moving back to Russia.

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