The naming of cats
September 24, 2007 4:15am CST
How did you decide what to name your cats? I used different methods. 3 of my current cat were already named when I got them. Lucy who was a year & a half when I got her. I kept her name because she was use to it & I didn't want to confuse her by changing it. Moonshine & Rikkki where kittens when I got them. Moonshine's original name was Oscar Moonshine. I didn't like the name Oscar. so I just shorten it to Moonshine. Rikki's full name is Rikki Tikki Tavi. However I usually just call him Rikki. Timothy & his sister Tallulah(deceased) got their names because I wanted two names that sounded good together. Since they were both Tabbie & white I chose the letter "T" & then picked Timmothy & Tallulah. The same with Jezebel & her sister Jasmine(deceased) only I used the letter "J". Revi's full name is Rebecca Victoria. She is named after my SIL Rebecca who died from a brain tomur in Dec 1993 & my friend Vicki. I thought that Vicki was short for Victoria but it isn't. I didn't think that Rebecca Vicki sounded quite right. So I kept the name Rebecca Victoria. However I had decided that when I named her that I was going to take the first two letters from each name & form the name Revi. The rest I just chose a named that I liked & that seemed to fit that particular cat. My current cats are named Lucy; Moonshine; Rikki; Gabrielle; Bonny; Timothy Revi; & Jezebel. One of my Bridge Babies is named Pyewacket. She was a petite wiry little black kitty. I also has two other cat when I was growning up that were named Pyewacket. They were both black & female. The first one was a Manx. The second was half Simese & half Himalayan according to the people we got her from. So how did you name tour kitties? I look forward to hearing everyone's story.
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• United States
12 Oct 07
"The naming of cats is a difficult matter" The kitten I found about a month ago, we named Capt Jack after a guy who first showed up on Doctor Who, then got his own show, Torchwood, Capt Jack Harkness. Why did we name this sweet kitten after this guy? Well, because he'll sleep with anybody! When I had him back at my client's place on Weds to get him chipped, I went to the office to let the former owner know I had him by. She showed up to see him with this pregnant Siamese in her arms. Well, to keep with the Doctor Who theme (and because she was the companion when The Doctor met Capt. Jack) we are calling her Rose. If the adoption lady doesn't find a different foster home before the kittens come, we're going to name them after the Tyler clan - since that was Rose's lase name, Micky, Ricky, Jackie, Pete, and we'll have to think of other girl names if we need them - probably other companions in the past! Can't name any of them Doctor tho, because I had a Doctor from 1984-95.
• United States
25 Sep 07
I go through phases. My very first cat when I was 3 I named Puff but I don't remember why. Then I went through naming them connected with their coloring; naming them from their idiosyncratic traits or actions, etc. My last ones were namd for mythological figures. I went through seemingly silly names, Twinkle, Tootsie, Muffin, Sprocket. There was Spirit, black with yellow eyes whose name just seemed right. And all throuugh these times there were some oddities which just seemed to fit a certain cat even if it wasn't the trend of the moment, so to speak. I now own two and a half cats. Onyx, my half cat was named for her pitch black shiny fur is mine but sine I moved to the country to be with my mom she goes and comes as she pleases and stays gone for months at the time. Just when I think she's gone for good, up she pops. I call her my half cat since she is obviously staying somewhere where someone is caring for her when she is away. My yellow and white tabby with white paws is named Samson. He survives his matching sister who I named Delilah. Their brother and sister, now adopted were Freya and Odin (both pure white with icy blue eyes, which made me think of Norse lands, thus I chose Norse god names). My mom's cat, now mostly mine is Uno, who adopted us as a stray, tossed out by our home and obviously abused. Her name comes because some horrid person had blinded one of her eyes with something sharp (so the vet says it appears) and tore off one ear almost completely. So my mom named her Uno for One (eye and ear). She is now a big fat lazy lapbaby, enjoying the love and attention she missed out on before. I never know until I get a new furbaby what kind of names will seem right. I usually do not name them at all until we've lived together for a few days. In 48 years of owning multiple cats I have owned so many that I will probably have to recycle lol.
• United States
24 Sep 07
I name my first cat Francesca b/c my grandfather's name was Francis, and she looked regal so Francesca seemed to fit her. My dh named our second cat Thom, which I though was quite boring. I named my other female car Fievel...for no reason other than that I like that name.
• United States
24 Sep 07
I moved into my apartment and there was a mother and baby cat. I named the mother killer because she caught a mouse. The baby cat I named mel-mel after my nephew. I have to say I love the cats so much they just scare me at night. There both black cats with green eyes.
24 Sep 07
Moomin walked into our house one morning and announced that we were the proud owners. At the time my partner was in the process of sorting though a load of old kids videos and we found one of a strange white blob creature called MOOMIN and the name stuck. My previous cat was a tiny ginger and white furball who was prompty named Biscuit as he was a ginger biscuit, and my other cat was named Gipsy as she was constantly on the move. Bubastis was my lovely siamese who was such a regal feline and very much the lady that the name suited her perfectly
24 Sep 07
Oh what a lovely topic! OK - well my biggest, oldest cat (in my avatar) is called Sasha. His full name is Alexander the Great because even as a kitten he was a huge, regal and noble chap, so a regal name suited him! I am half Russian, and Sasha is the Russian short form of Alexander, so that is the reason behind that one. Next comes WIlby - which is actually short for WIlliam WIlberforce. My partner was reading a book about the British Politician Sir WIlliam Wilberforce (who did much to abolish slavery and the slave trade) when WIlby came into our lives, - so he decided that should be his name. Henry - our third ginger cat is a lighter, more sandy colour than the others, and quite round. As soon as I saw him, he reminded me of old portraits of our King Henry VIII (sort of fat and red-headed - LOL!), so that is how Henry got his name. Frodo is fairly obviously named after "The Lord of the Rings" character Frodo Baggins - a short hobbit with very short legs! Frodo was the runt of his litter and another of my abandoned kitties - when he was a kitten he was very tiny with extremely short, bandy legs, so Frodo fitted him. My last male cat is Clarence - - a recently rescued stray. When I first saw Clarence he appeared to be cross-eyed, so I named him after Clarenece the Cross-Eyed Lion, who was a character in a kids' TV frogramme here when I was growing up. Of course, as time went on and he became more approachable, I realised he was not cross-eyed at all - but had just been suffering for a bad abscess and other problems which are now mercifully all cleared up. But the name had stuck by then. And finally there is Lily - our only female cat. She is a tiny little thing with a pretty, very female little face - as soon as we saw her my partner said she looked like a little flower. So we thought about flower names, and one of my favourite flowers is the delicately beautiful lily-of-the-valley, so that is how Liljana Maria (always known as Lily) got her name:-))