What to consider when you name a cat

@scribe1 (1207)
United States
May 20, 2008 9:43am CST
Do you consider a cat's physical appearance, attitude, action(s)? I have a terrible time in naming cats. For example, I've named a stray that I regularly feed, "Kitty." He seems to recognize and respond to that name. Also have to admit that some names are downright stupid. For example, many years ago, my sister named one of our cats "Puppy." Whoever heard of a cat being named "Puppy" anyway? So far, I haven't had to worry about assigning names to cats, but if I ever do, I know that I'll find your suggestions very helpful! Thank you all in advance.
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@ayrin03 (318)
• Philippines
20 May 08
i always based it to appearance and attitude..and depends what i like..
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@Kierstal (143)
• United States
20 May 08
I always consider the cat's attitude and personality traits when naming them, for example, my cat is named Velcro, because ever since she was a kitten, she had claws of pointyness and tended to stick to everything she touched ;) I tend to stay away from "people" names, unless they have a meaning that's relevant to the cat's personality, and I also don't like corny, common names like "Goldie" (for yellow cats), "Smokey" (for grey ones), "Mittens", stuff like that. They're overused and undercreative in my opinion.
@scribe1 (1207)
• United States
20 May 08
Exactly! You've pinpointed the problem I have in naming cats. Except for the other stray I've named Maxie, the other names I've given to cats were pretty dull --- Puss and Kitty. How common is that? I thought that your cat's name Velcro is very imaginative and unique.
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@magikrose (5425)
• United States
20 May 08
Ok people are going to think I am weird or totally dementd but I just ask my cats what there name is. Yes people I actually ask my cat there name. Most of the time if I ask all of a sudden I will think of a name and that is the name I will give that cat. We currently have 3 cats. One is a gray tabby and from the moment I saw him I thought he was totally precious and so that is what I named him. We have a famale white with black spots and coming up with a name for her was a bit harder untill Iasked her and then I thought of Alexis so now her name is Alexis. Over last summer we adopted a black cat. I wanted to give him a more mystical name because he was always beying mysterious. so I after askinghim what his name was I thought of Onyx. Sometimes just sitting with your cat in your arms for a few minutes and talking to them it just hits you that they should be called this name and it kinda fits.
@Kierstal (143)
• United States
20 May 08
That's a neat way of going about it, I've named a couple of cats that way, "Ai" was a lovekitty, she always had to be on your lap or getting attention so she just seemed to pick the name for herself, and "Tiger" was feisty and territorial to go with her stripes...
@aplaza (631)
• Netherlands
21 May 08
I've never heard of a cat named puppy. But my parents had a cat that would play "fetch" just like a dog and they tended to refer to it (and cats in general after that) as "the dog".
• United States
21 May 08
hey there scribe..i am a serious cat lover and have so many in the past years..they come and go..i have 5 at the moment..lol lol..i always wait and see how they act..the way they move.funny and quorky things they do.and sometimes the color as well..ill tell you how i came up with mine..i have an orange and white..big ol fat cat..lol..he was 7 when i got him and his name was tiger but they said he never came to it..well that night just like they said..he ignored me and then i laughed and said "DUDE!!" and what do u know..he comes a running to me!! OMG!! i laughed soo hard..that was it his name has been Dude since..and hes 17 now..and i have a small black runt kitty that about 5 inches long and is 2 yrs old now!! so little!! so we cal her baby girl..and my cat Stormy..he was born on a serious bad stormy night..we were lookin to see if we were gonna get a tornado..so Stormy is was lol.ohh and my favorite!! we have kittens that are 6 weeks old..2 simaeese and one black and siameese lookin fir lol soo funny ;lookin...she plays soo funny with her brothers..when they play she loves to stay on her 2 back feet and KUNG FOO chops hahaha! its oo cute! so those are just a few ideas..have a god one! April
@dragxgt (119)
• Philippines
21 May 08
short names are nice like (chimy, chiky,chini, chibi,chinichi, chichi) my pet is a hamster i named her "yumi" i awlways consider a cute name..
@mcat19 (1358)
• United States
20 May 08
My cats, those still with me and those who have gone, have all had individual names. My first cat as a child was called Tibby. She came with the name Fancy, but I changed it. Her three kittens were Tricky, Mickey and Dickie. My children's cat was Patches, Then came Divot and Baffy whose first Dad was a golf pro. Baffy is for Baff, a name for an obsolete golf club shaped like a slotted spoon and used to scoop the ball out of the carriage ruts. When Baffy left, she sent Josie who is a calico and named for her coat of many colors. Divot sent Peaches who came with that name and is from Georgia, a beige tabby. Arthur came with the name R-2 which was changed to a close sounding name. Paisley is another calico. Lady Claire was a black green-eyed Turkish Angora; I don't know how she got that name, but she was a very regal lady. Naming a cat is a great honor and should be considered carefully. Sometimes cats tell you their names.
20 May 08
wel personally as i work in a cat home when i consider naming a cat i always think of indiana jones with his huge sword out waving it in my face. So yes when naming a cat you must take into consideration the ammount of face mask you put on when going to empty the trash into a letterbox in china. anyway some typical names for cats are made up and not even allowed in this country. Some others include naked ladies with humungous melons jus slicing and dicing. also one final footnote would be to take off your shirt and dance infron of your christmas tree whilst singing the lords prayer and killing a rabbit. so yeah tyson is the best name for a cat! hopei helped x