How did you decide on your cat's name?

@II2aTee (2560)
United States
January 9, 2008 9:38am CST
My cat is Tobi. I have had him for 7 years and I have been his only parent because he was abandoned as a young kitten. Our first night together I sat him in my lap and listed off a bunch of names, watching for his reaction. I asked him is he liked the name Sebastion (my favorite name), he didnt even bat an eye. I listed off a couple others... Cody... Sting... Adonis.... (I like unusual names... I think its dumb to name a black cat "Blacky" or something like that). I finally asked him if he liked the name Tobi, and he looked up at me and let a tiny little "Mew". That was the first time I heard him meow, so I took that to mean he liked the name. So it was. So how did you come up with your pets name? Am I the only person who asks the pet what they want to be named? Please share I would love to hear from you!
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15 responses
• United States
9 Jan 08
All of my cats have the same name... kitty kitty. It's the only name they respond to. If I could give them names like the sound of a fridge door opening, or a carton of half and half being opened, or a can opener, then I would give them those names because they come to that too.
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@II2aTee (2560)
• United States
10 Jan 08
Haha that made me chuckle. You should try experimenting calling them other things... maybe they have a name picked out they like and are just waiting for you to call them by it haha! Thanks for responding :)
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• United States
10 Jan 08
The thing is I have had cats that let me know what name they preferred to be called, just not any of the ones I have now. My mother lives across the street from my house and one of my cats hangs out there all the time, the only time I see him over here is when it's time to eat. He is a very solidly built orange cat. My mother has named him Montezuma and the name fits him 2aTee. :) As I was sitting here getting ready to type this comment, thinking about telling you how he never responds to that perfect name, all of a sudden, out of the blue, there he was at my feet!! Of course, it is raining outside... which is the only other time I see him. If it had been a sunny day don't think for a minute he would have been over here at my feet rather than stalking some lucky bird just because I thought the word "Montezuma"!
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• United States
10 Jan 08
PS: Have you ever heard of Lee Harris or Storey Waters?
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@youless (90498)
• Guangzhou, China
10 Jan 08
I have two cats. One is called Megum and the other is called Ding Dong. They are the names from the cartoons that I like:)
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@II2aTee (2560)
• United States
10 Jan 08
I dont know what cartoon those are from but those names are very cute! Thanks for responding :)
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@lexus54 (3576)
• Singapore
11 Jan 08
Youless, I suppose when the door bell rings, one cat will meow or amble to the door and mutter "who's calling", while the other will just stand aside and wouldn't bother? ...LOL
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@dfinster (3536)
• United States
9 Jan 08
A girl I worked with brought a kitten that needed a home into work and I took it. So while we were on break my best girlfriend named it Lollipop bwecause we looked and were positive it was a girl. Like a month later my hubby and I were sitting in the living room when Lollipop walked through and hubby said, "Our she is a he". By then it was too late to change his name so now we call him Lolli for short.
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@II2aTee (2560)
• United States
10 Jan 08
I think Lollipop is an adorable name for a cat - male or female. They say animals live up to thier given names, so for example if you name a cat Spooky, it will grow up to be skidish and spooky. Lollipop sounds like a name for a real lover of a kitty. I'll bet hes sweet as candy :) Thanks so much for sharing!
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@dfinster (3536)
• United States
10 Jan 08
Now that you mention it, he is a lot of fun. With us. To everyone else he's kind of a huge furball with an attitude,LOL!~D
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@nichole1983 (1187)
• Canada
9 Jan 08
Two Kitties Dancing - Two Kitties Dancing!!!!!
We have 3 cats. My dad named his cat Kit. Which gets called pookie and kitsy. My oldest daughter named her kitty Ham cause he liked ham. And we just got a new kitten last night that was abandoned. Which my youngest daughter wants to call it Turd. Yes you heard right. We dicided to name the cat Whiskey.
@II2aTee (2560)
• United States
10 Jan 08
Those are all very cute names, but I have to admit I like Ham the best! I'd probably end up calling him Hammie. Turd eh? Thats too funny... perhaps you should ask Whiskey if he likes the name Turd better HAHA! And congratulations on your new family member!
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• Canada
10 Jan 08
We do call the Ham. Hammie. He loves it. Whiskey gets called both. We all call him Whiskey but my youngest daughter calls him Turd and by george he actually goes to her. So we will let that one slide. HAHA My mom picked him up a couple nights ago. He was sitting outside on someones stoop crying out to be let in. (it's winter here in Canada and it's a little cold for the little kitty to be outside for hours and hours on end. So my mom snatched it.
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@gem170104 (172)
9 Jan 08
The night before we got our lovely kitten Bella, we had a meet and greet with our favourite band Incubus, we donated to their charity for the tickets and it was an incredible thing for us as we are such big fans, so we decided to call her Bella after Incubus' song Earth to Bella. We figured two massive things were happening to us one after the other so we should recognize that incredible weekend when naming her. It pretty lame really but hey she seems to like her name lol.
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@II2aTee (2560)
• United States
10 Jan 08
I dont think that is lame at all, it makes perfect sense! Plus, now Bella has a story behind her name, and a very interesting one at that! Thanks!
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@Sissygrl (10915)
• Canada
9 Jan 08
That's awesome i have never heard of anyone else asking their pets what they would like to be named. Now it oculd have been just coincidence that he mew'd at that exact time you know, but i'd like to think that cats can understand most of waht we say, after all they are s marter then dogs ;) *Giggles* I dunno how i come up with names for my pets, i guess i just pick the name that pops into my head when i first see them or first meet them. I dunno if that sounds funny or not but it happens. I haven't had a pet in a while, although i would love to have a cat ;) Maybe when we move i will find one to save somewhere on the street and my hubby will HAVE to say ok we can keep it. My mom was telling him the last time we were visiting about how i used to try to bring home stray kittens all the time and how she was surprised that we didn't have an apartment full of cats by now. She was even more shocked when he told her that i hadn't even TRIED to bring any animals home. They just don't roam around free here like they do wher ei am from. It's a small town so i guess a lot of people must take care of the strays that they find. Sorry i got a little off topic there.. i tend to ramble sometimes.
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@mollyrose (415)
• United States
9 Jan 08
Well I have this problem where I always name my pets something unusal however my mother comes up with nicknames for them and instead of them coming to the name I gave them they come to the nickname like they like the nickname much better. For example I once had a cat I named Asha and my mother nick named her Mew Mew and now I have a cat I named Fantasia and my mother called her Puss Puss well she comes only to Puss Puss. I guess in my situation I needed to let the cats decide which name they wanted and they chose the goofy but cute ones.
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@II2aTee (2560)
• United States
10 Jan 08
Haha love it! Cats can be so quirky. Personally, I like Asha better than Mew Mew, but then again, I am not a cat. Too funny!! Thanks for sharing!
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@anniepa (27248)
• United States
10 Jan 08
First I'll tell you about my daughters cats and their unusual names; they take turns choosing a name and sometimes they argue about it, but each of these names were chosen by either my daughter, her husband or one of the kids - Todd Jr., age 13 and Angela, age 11. The females are Zippy, Teeny Weeny and Tinka and the males are Meatwad, (yep, you read that right...lol), Moogie, Mojo, Opie and Isaac. I currently have two cats. My female is Sissy and she's named after a cat we had years ago when my daughter was small. My male was abandoned across the alley from us and I took a long time getting him to come to me. When I finally "captured" him and took him in I thought he was a she so I named him Samantha. Mu daughter made fun of that name because she said it's too common! Turns out, "she's" a HE, so Samantha was out. While we tried to decide on another name we were keeping him in our downstairs bathroom when nobody was around to make sure Sissy didn't hurt him because she wasn't very happy about having another cat enter "her" domain. My mom was always saying how she felt sorry for that "poor little squirt" being cooped up in the shower room. So I said we might as well name him Squirt and it stuck. The only thing is he's now about 30 pounds and at least twice the size of Sissy, who still bullies him, by the way. Annie
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@II2aTee (2560)
• United States
10 Jan 08
I think this is the best story so far! How cute is that. 30 lbs and still getting bullied.... poor little Squirt haha. I can just picture him. Even your daughters come up with very creative names. I especially like the name Mojo. That sounds like the name of a cat who gets into all kinds of trouble... like trying to get into a fishbowl to play with the goldfish. Thanks so much for sharing! Squirt made my day :)
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@anniepa (27248)
• United States
21 Jan 08
Thanks, Squirt makes out day everyday too. He's the biggest "scaredy-cat" ever! fat little Sissy thinks she's such a hotshot when she beats up on him. Annie
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@garnet80 (354)
• Australia
10 Jan 08
My cat's name is Nimbin. As a kid I read a book about a mythical creature called a nimbin which was tiny and black with little bright eyes. That's just how my cat looked when I got him and so the name just kind of fell into his lap I guess you could say. Eight years later it still suits him.
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@II2aTee (2560)
• United States
10 Jan 08
That is just perfect. Your cat is very lucky to have such a unique and special name! Thanks so much for sharing :)
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@lexus54 (3576)
• Singapore
10 Jan 08
My wife and I feed stray cats around our estate. There are two cats hanging around together which are very affectionate and which we are very pally with, but they are not our pets. Almost, but not because we decided not to bring them home. One day, my wife decided we should give them names since they are so close to us. She suggested something that will be easy for us to remember, so decided on the name of a flower that is made up of 2 words - Tiger Lily. So from that day on, one cat was named Tiger and the other was named Lily. Both cats though are female, but never mind. The cats wouldn't mind anyway, because they cannot object...LOL. We gave these names nearly 3 years ago. Tiger is still around but Lily has mysteriously disappeared, probably went off with a boyfriend to get married!! LOL...
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@II2aTee (2560)
• United States
10 Jan 08
I certainly hope that is what happened! And I love the idea of naming a pair of cats matching names. I had a freind who named her male and female cats Bonnie and Clyde! Thanks so much for sharing!
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• United States
12 Jan 08
My cat came in walking like she was Queen of the world she began taking up every spot she liked and walked in a prancing way. Because she was a kitten I decided to clal her Princess instead of queen since she acted like she was one and always seemed to have her head up high.
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@wolfie34 (26816)
• United Kingdom
10 Jan 08
I was always fascinated in Greek Mythology, so I named the cats we used to have Zeus and Hera, Zeus was a lovely ginger cat which I adored and Hera was the queen! Very fitting! I think they suited their names as he was a king of his territory and she was a right madam! I think they were both more than happy with their names after all they were treated like a king and queen!
@luvstochat (6914)
• United States
10 Jan 08
When I got my first kitty I took her home and she followed me around the entire time if I sat down she sat on my lap if I went to the kitchen she was right behind me just like my own shadow that is how she got her name Shadow.
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@peanutjar (5211)
• Canada
10 Jan 08
Hehe,my moms big "gardfield"look alike cats name is toby!:)My 2 cats are called missy,shes young and thinks the world revolves around her and my other cat is Tiger,shes older and was very,very feisty when she was young,she still is though with other one.She has wild hunting skills,its crazy how fast she is trying to get a bird through the window,hehe!When i named missy,i did not know what to name her,i watched her alot,how she walked and acted and missy suited her perfect,miss it!LOL:) Peanutjar:)
• United States
21 Feb 08
The cat that passed away and I had for 17 years was named Mittons. It was a very easy name to explain. She was all black except her paws were white. Therefore the name Mittons. I never asked her if she liked it but she quickly knew who I was calling when I said Mittons.