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BS: Name for kitten?

28 May 08 - 03:34 PM (#2351266)
Subject: BS: Name for kitten?
From: gnu

What should I name my next pussycat?

Fishbreath? Furball? Stopthat? Ignoreme? Don'teatthat? Ouch?


28 May 08 - 03:36 PM (#2351269)
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From: beardedbruce

"NO!"

My latest two are isabella and clarabella ( sisters)


28 May 08 - 03:42 PM (#2351277)
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From: frogprince

You just observe the cat and compare him to the rest of the litter.
If he's the fuzziest, you name him fuzzy.
If he's the jumpiest, you name him jumpy.
If he pees the most, you name him Liberace.


28 May 08 - 03:46 PM (#2351281)
Subject: RE: BS: Name for kitten?
From: irishenglish

We named ours (brother and sister) after song titles- Lukey (Lukey's boat is painted green) and Rosie (I know Rosie...) by Dave Swarbrick.


28 May 08 - 03:47 PM (#2351283)
Subject: RE: BS: Name for kitten?
From: irishenglish

Although may I add, Pain In The Ass, and Damn Cat would have been acceptable names as well!


28 May 08 - 04:05 PM (#2351300)
Subject: RE: BS: Name for kitten?
From: Becca72

I have one named after a character in the movie 'Willow' (Madmardigan) and two named after Montreal Canadiens, at least they were when I got the cats..(Sheldon for Sheldon Souray and Mikey for Mike Komisarek and the Life Cereal kid because he hates everything but dry cat food).

My family tends to name our pets with human names rather than the tired old "fluffy" and "boots" and such.


28 May 08 - 04:12 PM (#2351305)
Subject: RE: BS: Name for kitten?
From: SINSULL

Amanda or George


28 May 08 - 04:16 PM (#2351307)
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From: catspaw49

At one point all my cats had sailing names.........Cutter, Luff, Genoa, Vang, Hobie..................Think themes maybe.

Or, when we got our Cornish Rex, living here in the States we thought "Moggy" was sort of neat. Now we just have somewhat common names.......Roamin, Bixby, Sloop, Pepper, and Shug.

Spaw


28 May 08 - 04:17 PM (#2351310)
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From: bobad

"Dog"


28 May 08 - 04:19 PM (#2351315)
Subject: RE: BS: Name for kitten?
From: Cats

SAt the moment I have Bathsheba Everdeen from Far from the Madding Crowd and Isolde of the White Paws from traditional tales. We have also had Merlin and Morgana and Deuteronomy and Nehemeziah. Old testament and celtic names work well too.


28 May 08 - 04:34 PM (#2351330)
Subject: RE: BS: Name for kitten?
From: strad

Guy I know had three cats called Bad, Very Bad, and Cooking Fat!


28 May 08 - 04:37 PM (#2351333)
Subject: RE: BS: Name for kitten?
From: Sorcha

He wasn't ever going to get another. He said many times. So, how about Invisible?


28 May 08 - 04:52 PM (#2351353)
Subject: RE: BS: Name for kitten?
From: Jack Campin

Ours have been

Velocette (named after a kind of old British motorbike with distinctive quiet purr)
Velcro (her clingy sister)
Gunther (named by her previous owner, an opera buff, after a character in Wagner)
Muriel (so-called because whe was grey)
Ishmael (named after the writer Ishmael Reed because he had the same big soulful eyes)
Ishtar (his sister, I'd have preferred Ishfemael but Marion didn't like it)
Mingus (I was on a roll naming black cats after Black artists)
Zeke (named after a nasty Usenet troll on one one of the cat groups, just to annoy him)
Chloe (named by a previous owner)
Splodge (he just looked at me and told me that was his name)
Marblecake (ditto)
Marblecake's kittens:
- Poppy (darker striped like a poppyseed cake)
- Eccles (mostly black like an Eccles cake)
- Gerald (he just looked like a Gerald)
- Siouxsie (weird punkish markings, so named after the singer)
- Pip (named after one of Marion's relatives)
- Ollie (ditto, or short for Apollo the sun god since he's bright golden)
- Polly (she just wanted to be called that)
- Courtney (another punkette and has lived up to it ever since)

I think the cleverest cat names I've ever thought up were for somebody on Usenet who didn't use them. They had two black kittens and were fixated on demoniac names for them. I wanted them named after two Black brother cats with impressive meows, Wynton and Branford.

There is a computer geek on rec.pets .cats.anecdotes who called her cat Cat-5.


28 May 08 - 04:53 PM (#2351356)
Subject: RE: BS: Name for kitten?
From: GUEST,Chief Chaos

My Father in law has one cat named "spot"

I suggest "Kaboodle"

As in Kitten Kaboodle


28 May 08 - 05:10 PM (#2351376)
Subject: RE: BS: Name for kitten?
From: Liz the Squeak

Kitten Tikka Masala?

Lunch?

LTS


28 May 08 - 05:10 PM (#2351377)
Subject: RE: BS: Name for kitten?
From: topical tom

As a young lad a tabby named Giddildy
   A tom named Rattagirder
   Satan
   Jezebel
   A stray named Berliosc The composer)

   The present one is a female (spayed, of course) called Ashley, an 18-pound grey-brown beauty who is very affectionate .


28 May 08 - 05:24 PM (#2351395)
Subject: RE: BS: Name for kitten?
From: SINSULL

I have an Ed, a Fred, an Alice and a Lizzie. I repeat Amanda and George.


28 May 08 - 06:04 PM (#2351437)
Subject: RE: BS: Name for kitten?
From: GUEST,Calico

Well, if it's the COMMONEST type of alleycat you could name it "Chairman Mao."

I once knew someone (a psychologist) whose cat was "Walter Ego."

And, yes, if he's the peein'est of the litter, you name him Liberace.

If you're a B. Kliban fan, you could name the kitty "Meatloaf."

And there are many wonderful cat names in T S Elliot's "Old Possum's Book ..." on which the musical "Cats" was based.
< a href="http://musicals.net/cgi-bin/synopsis?sn=13&show=Cats">Names of Jellicle Cats

E.g.,
Rum Tum Tugger
Grizabella, the Glamour Cat
Bustopher Jones
Old Deuteronomy
Macavity
Mungo Jerry
Rumpleteazer


28 May 08 - 06:13 PM (#2351445)
Subject: RE: BS: Name for kitten?
From: Anne Lister

Problem is, it all depends on the personality of the kitten. And they change as they grow, to make it more complicated. Had a cat called Bundle once who became a very dignified adult cat, so he had to be renamed Cato, after the Roman politician.
Bonnie Shaljean and I once shared two cats, one named Dunstable and one called Felicity. Sort of summed up their personalities. (Bundle/Cato was Dunstable's kitten, as it happens). My cat these days is Cleo, but I had no hand at all in the naming of her as she was my husband's cat before we met. She also answers to "Mog", "Madame la Mogue", "Pops" and "where's that cat?" but gives me very old fashioned looks if I call her Furryfeatures or Fishface.

Anne


28 May 08 - 06:15 PM (#2351447)
Subject: RE: BS: Name for kitten?
From: Mrrzy

As a young lad a tabby named Giddildy sounds like the beginning of a limerick.

I usually name cats for things (I had one named Garlic) and dogs for people, but right now I have a cat named Galya (pronounced Gaia) and one named Fudge, who was originally Pudge but I didn't like that.

How about Mudcat, or is that too obvious?


28 May 08 - 06:28 PM (#2351460)
Subject: RE: BS: Name for kitten?
From: Becca72

Nathanial Pawthorne?


28 May 08 - 06:32 PM (#2351463)
Subject: RE: BS: Name for kitten?
From: frogprince

A girlfriend of many years past had one named "biscuit". Don't ask me why. If it caught you laying on your back, it would bounce on it's front paws alternately, rapidly, on your belly.


28 May 08 - 06:35 PM (#2351470)
Subject: RE: BS: Name for kitten?
From: Micca

Mine, a long haired tortoiseshell is called "Morgana the Flatulent" because when small she farted when you picked her up and as she was recently weaned and just switching her metabolism from milk to meat and cereal, her farts were vehement!!! She is usually known as "Little Wugsie" tho' and "Moglet"
I knew a master of wine whose Mog was called "Muscat"


28 May 08 - 06:37 PM (#2351471)
Subject: RE: BS: Name for kitten?
From: Bee-dubya-ell

Cats supposedly respond to "s" and "sh" sounds, so a name with lots of those sounds in it should work well.

"Sorry-Assed Sack of Shit" would be a great choice.


28 May 08 - 06:42 PM (#2351481)
Subject: RE: BS: Name for kitten?
From: SussexCarole

Many years back I 'rescued' a beautiful blue persian called Noushka from a well to do home who got fed up with her as soon as she grew out of being a pretty kitten. I renamed her Noo Noo and we both lived happily ever after!


28 May 08 - 07:06 PM (#2351499)
Subject: RE: BS: Name for kitten?
From: McGrath of Harlow

I believe in giving cats dignified names - which can be adjusted to something less formal if that seems appropriate.

Right now we are down to one cat, Joshua, and considering getting a companion kitten, so thinking about names. Minerva is one I rather like. (After all, it's good enouig for Professor Minerva McGonagall, who makes a very fine cat when she chooses to do so.)


28 May 08 - 07:10 PM (#2351502)
Subject: RE: BS: Name for kitten?
From: Emma B

The kitten we 'rescued' as a companion for her older stray 'sister' we named Dara meaning 'the second one' but she was always known as just 'Kitty'


28 May 08 - 07:11 PM (#2351504)
Subject: RE: BS: Name for kitten?
From: GUEST,Chief Chaos

Abraham Delacey, geoseptacasey, thomas O'malley, O'malley the alley cat!


28 May 08 - 07:50 PM (#2351530)
Subject: RE: BS: Name for kitten?
From: katlaughing

We've had

Saramita (family cat when I was born)
King Arthur
CW (for the c and w markings on his forehead)
Shadowfax
Kaysha
Sasheen
Heyoka
Beau Geste
Boliver
Dashiel
Kipling
Trystan
Emily aka Emileena
Mo-kitty

and, others I cannot remember just now


They really do love ess sounds!


28 May 08 - 09:24 PM (#2351570)
Subject: RE: BS: Name for kitten?
From: Micca

McGrath, you could sing Hissyfits

" Sweet Minerva waits for me
anchor down and homeward bound
heading for st Andrews quay
Sweet Minerva set me free"


28 May 08 - 09:42 PM (#2351574)
Subject: RE: BS: Name for kitten?
From: GUEST,jOhn

Trevor.


28 May 08 - 10:05 PM (#2351588)
Subject: RE: BS: Name for kitten?
From: wysiwyg

Name it "Don't eat my livah" and say it like Livia Soprano.

~S~


28 May 08 - 10:43 PM (#2351601)
Subject: RE: BS: Name for kitten?
From: katlaughing

Oh, yes, how could I forget:

Miss Pitty-Pat
Kazell
Charlee

and, dog's names which could apply to cats:

Shu-Montu
Merlee
Cinders (my sister's dog)
Wrinkles

Other cats/dogs of related parties:

Baji
Cody
Ming whom I call "Miss Ming-ming"
Taramisu (sp) (The Italian dessert)
Noelani
Kashi
Guy-skee-lee (a lost one we sheltered)


29 May 08 - 03:13 AM (#2351682)
Subject: RE: BS: Name for kitten?
From: Liz the Squeak

I think it entirely depends on what your next pussycat looks like.

It's no use calling it Smudge or Smokey or Ash if it's a ginger tiger. They're grey names.

We have a black cat named after a black bird (Raven) and a dark tabby called Shadow - when I rescued her, she followed me everywhere and you can't see her in the dark, like my shadow. I don't know what her name was previously but she's not answered to Shadow now for 17 years.

LTS


29 May 08 - 03:21 AM (#2351687)
Subject: RE: BS: Name for kitten?
From: Paul Burke

For a female, Magnificat. Though she might tend to get pregnant rather mysteriously.


29 May 08 - 04:43 AM (#2351720)
Subject: RE: BS: Name for kitten?
From: Liz the Squeak

And if she does, you can change it to Cat astrophe.

LTS


29 May 08 - 04:45 AM (#2351723)
Subject: RE: BS: Name for kitten?
From: Melissa

Dorian is a good name for a Grey


29 May 08 - 04:52 AM (#2351730)
Subject: RE: BS: Name for kitten?
From: Raggytash

Trex, In the UK Trex is the trade name of a cooking fat, work the rest out for yourself !


29 May 08 - 06:00 AM (#2351767)
Subject: RE: BS: Name for kitten?
From: Micca

I have a wooden cat sculpture (made from an old bowles ball) bought in Portaferry, Northern Ireland that is known as Magnum O'Puss because hes a "big Irish Cat(from the definitions game on "I'm sorry I havent a clue")


29 May 08 - 07:13 AM (#2351811)
Subject: RE: BS: Name for kitten?
From: cetmst

Earliest cat I recall was Wimpy named for the Popeye character who loved hamburger. Then there was Merricat named for the charming character in Shirley Jackson's "We Have Always Lived in the Castle".
Our daughter named Blackie's offspring Inky, Inkspot and Inkblot but my wife changed the latter's name to Rorschach and she showed a lot of character. Then there was the Christmas gift named Noel and of course Magnificat for my wife's singing career.


29 May 08 - 08:08 AM (#2351868)
Subject: RE: BS: Name for kitten?
From: Liz the Squeak

Looking at ours today, Catatonic might be more apt.

LTS


29 May 08 - 10:03 AM (#2351969)
Subject: RE: BS: Name for kitten?
From: GUEST,Dazbo at work

Rover


29 May 08 - 10:17 AM (#2351976)
Subject: RE: BS: Name for kitten?
From: bfdk

Santa Claws
B


29 May 08 - 10:30 AM (#2351983)
Subject: RE: BS: Name for kitten?
From: CET

I named our huge tomcat Bill, because he came to us after living rough in the neighbourhood for about a here. I happened to be reading W.S. Davies' "Diary of a Super Tramp" at the time, so I named him after the author: William, hence Bill. The name has come to suit him well, since he is sometimes a big oaf like Bill Sykes and gives our little female cat a hard time. Usually, however, he has a certain galumphing charm.


29 May 08 - 10:32 AM (#2351987)
Subject: RE: BS: Name for kitten?
From: Becca72

Bob


29 May 08 - 02:32 PM (#2352225)
Subject: RE: BS: Name for kitten?
From: Irene M

Buggeredifiknow


29 May 08 - 04:34 PM (#2352376)
Subject: RE: BS: Name for kitten?
From: Liz the Squeak

Terry Pratchett, in 'The unadulterated cat' preferred

'Yagerrofoutofityabastard'.

LTS


29 May 08 - 07:27 PM (#2352539)
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From: Gurney

Seefer. As in Seefer cat.


29 May 08 - 07:54 PM (#2352558)
Subject: RE: BS: Name for kitten?
From: Charmion

If he's a very fine cat (a very fine cat indeed), call him Hodge.


29 May 08 - 08:04 PM (#2352575)
Subject: RE: BS: Name for kitten?
From: pdq

If it's been "fixed", how about Spayed Cooley?


30 May 08 - 06:14 AM (#2352794)
Subject: RE: BS: Name for kitten?
From: Wyrd Sister

If you wait, the cat will tell you its name. We've often decided on names in advance, then had to change them cos they didn't suit. But years ago, before cat doors were common, I did know someone who called his cat 'Anarchy' just so he could bellow it on the back doorstep each night.


30 May 08 - 08:45 AM (#2352897)
Subject: RE: BS: Name for kitten?
From: Valmai Goodyear

The Goodyear family cats have been called:

Astrophe
Egor (Cat Egor Ical)
Oedi (Oedipus)
Womtious (pronounced Wump-shuss, from Caterwomtious, Sussex dialect word for something a bit disordered)
Alys (Cat Alys T)
Tonia (Cata Tonia)

because the only time you can get a laugh at a cat's expense is when you name it.

Valmai (Lewes)


31 May 08 - 08:06 AM (#2353654)
Subject: RE: BS: Name for kitten?
From: Lin in Kansas

Or pick a favorite movie or TV actor.

Our four are
Boris Bat Karloff
Bela Bruce Lugosi
Lonnie Sue Chaney
and last but not leastest,
Vincent Moreau Price

I think you need to name the cat something you like the sound of, because Heaven knows they will NEVER answer to it, no matter how many times you say it.

Lin


31 May 08 - 11:59 AM (#2353740)
Subject: RE: BS: Name for kitten?
From: gnu

All three of mine came when called. Now, Cassie didn't when she was a "teen", but, after leaving her out all night a few times, she learned.

As far as cats responding to a name (BTW, Bee-dubya-ell, post
Date: 28 May 08 - 06:37 PM was one of my fav's), they don't, that I know of. I used "calls", tone inflection and body language, and "teaching aids" to train two of my cats. The first one, Cheucie, was Whatshername's cat before our marriage. She didn't need any trianing... the cat, I mean... Whatshername was not trainable at all. Cheucie pretty much understood what I said and she heeded me. Even if she did not want to, say, go in the house, she did, growling and pissed off, but she did.

Cassie and Maggie respnded well to training. Maggie was nearly as good as a dog as I was working at home when we got her and I took the time to train her on a daily basis from the time she first saw me. I often think of her and hope she made out okay after she left.
Sorcha was quite right. I doubt I'll ever have another. But, I thought this was a good thread topic... well, maybe I was just thinking about Maggie... sniff.

I suppose "Bathtime" is a poor choice... and "Vet"... >;-)


31 May 08 - 02:28 PM (#2353803)
Subject: RE: BS: Name for kitten?
From: Irene M

Don't forget that vets get their fun out of calling the cat in from the waiting room using your surname.
So perhaps worth avoiding "Scrotum", no matter how tempting it is to be able to yell it down the yard late a night. (Thank you Terry Pratchett)

I have now been mealticket to two cats who understood what I said.
Too long and boring to go into, just take my word for it.
Names:
Fanny moved from next door, already named.(See bit about calling them in.....)
Nirmal because she did a fair impression of the world's cutest kitten (Garfield). She was found by a friend's dog, having been thrown out of a car.
Nimrod arrived from the RSPCA (with Feline Leukemia as it turned out. Infected Nirmal. Neither saw their second birthday.)on the day that it was announced that the Ministry of Defence were buying AWACs in preference to Nimrods. ie She was unwanted too.
Gabriel arrived from nowhere and moved in on the previous owners of this house. They named him. We moved in on him, but after training me successfully, he didn't seem to mind!


01 Jun 08 - 12:17 PM (#2354401)
Subject: RE: BS: Name for kitten?
From: GUEST

Our kitties are Nova (aka "Nova-kitty", "Nutter" or "Lard-butt", among other things) and Luna (take a wild guess...)

They were from a rescued litter of seven furballs given celestial names by their foster mom: Nova, Luna, Orbit, Cosmos, Doppler, Starla, and Zora.

Our 16-year-old cat who died last year was Boots--short for "Puss-in-Boots". Although the cat was a she, and a scaredy-cat too--nothing like her namesake.

-- Gary


01 Jun 08 - 02:53 PM (#2354500)
Subject: RE: BS: Name for kitten?
From: katlaughing

For awhile my grandson at four years old, couldn't say Puss-n-Boots correctly. So every time he watched Shrek he said it was "boots-n-boots!"

I had a friend who's dog was called Bootsie for her four white paws, looked like wellies, almost.


01 Jun 08 - 04:06 PM (#2354567)
Subject: RE: BS: Name for kitten?
From: GUEST,Chief Chaos

Valmai,

Thank you! I now know where the term Cattywompus comes from! I've heard it all my life and new exactly what it meant but I often wondered about it's origin.

To the thread...

We had a cat named for the place he was rescued from, which was Pleasant Springs but shortened to P.S. My father insisted it actually stood for Pretty Stupid.


02 Jun 08 - 06:30 AM (#2354965)
Subject: RE: BS: Name for kitten?
From: GUEST,Charmion's brother Andrew

"I named our huge tomcat Bill".

When I was introduced to Bill, my first thought was of a veterinarian's bill, especially given his bedraggled ears.


02 Jun 08 - 07:48 AM (#2355015)
Subject: RE: BS: Name for kitten?
From: GUEST,Bob L

Most of the cats I kept were named for Lord of the Rings characters. In the cases of Hamfast (= Stay-at-home), Samwise (= Half-witted) and Tom Bombadil they were entirely appropriate...

I also heard of a musician who named his cat Darius Meiow...


02 Jun 08 - 10:38 AM (#2355163)
Subject: RE: BS: Name for kitten?
From: *Laura*

Hillary


02 Jun 08 - 11:52 AM (#2355226)
Subject: RE: BS: Name for kitten?
From: GUEST,Neil D

Kibble


02 Jun 08 - 12:14 PM (#2355239)
Subject: RE: BS: Name for kitten?
From: GUEST,Shimrod

My cat was called 'Amaryllis' - usually shortened to 'Ryllis. Always seemed like a good name for a cat and contained the sibillants mentioned above.


02 Jun 08 - 03:47 PM (#2355449)
Subject: RE: BS: Name for kitten?
From: *Laura*

My neighbour's cat had the imaginative name of 'Puss'. It lived forever - half its life with only 3 legs and half a tail. And purred very loudly.
Their cat now is called Caspar. I'm not sure why as he's a HUGE brown tabby.


02 Jun 08 - 03:52 PM (#2355456)
Subject: RE: BS: Name for kitten?
From: *Laura*

Another neighbour had cats called Anthony and Ptolemy (tolly for short).

And my cousins cats were Caesar and Cleo (cleopatra).

The cats at my pub are called Harley (Davidson), Morgan (nicknamed skitty kitty) and Duke (they're motorbike fans - the owners, not the cats).

Friends have had cats called
Robbie,
Misty,
Pie (love that name),
Teasel,
Tibby (tho when i was a kid I called her Tippy),
Nala (strange grey cat that someone imported from somewhere... used to follow people all over the village)

all I can remember at the moment


02 Jun 08 - 04:18 PM (#2355471)
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From: Bee

First, gnu, didja get the cat yet?

Mine have been:

Gertrude, who died young of crawling into a bad space and was very sweet.
Ruben, an indoor cat let out by some fool, died in traffic at a young age.
Sergeant Bluepetal, a large and serious tuxedo, who was too intelligent for his own good, and lived long with his companion
Belinda Bump, an evil yellow-eyed shaggy black female who hated everyone, including her own kittens (too slow, me, on getting the spay & neuter done - only the once) and their son
Specklebat Bertie, long, lithe white speckled black kitty, a throwback to cats of the middle ages with his flat head and small ears, mighty hunter, lived to be nineteen.
Petey, great hunter of rabbits, handsome sand tabby with a sense of humour, eaten by a bobcat at the age of twelve.
Tommy, my present gorgeous classic tabby, loving and happy
and Snowball, called Ragbag most of the time, due to his constantly coming in with long white hair in snarls and mats, full of twigs, brambles, burrs, spruce needles, and the occasional trapped slug.


02 Jun 08 - 04:25 PM (#2355477)
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From: PoppaGator

A generic cat-name very commonly used in New Orleans and throughout South Louisiana is minou(x) (sp?), pronounced "min-OOO," reportedly a French word for cat. Yes, I know, "chat" is the French word for "cat," but minou is another word, perhaps analogous to the English "kitty," "pussycat," etc.

The shortened/Anglicized version of minou is, of course, "Minnie." We had a female Minnie who got locked in the house for Katrina and starved to death when we were unexpetedly delayed for six weeks before we could return home after evacuating with two days worth of clothing.

Her son, named Leroy, was outside when we had hurriedly locked up to evacuate, so he survived. He was feral for moe than a year after Katrina, running the streets with the racoons who had taken over the neighborhood in the absense of human inhabitants.

Leroy was born in my dirty laundry, so he and I have had a deep "imprinted" relationship for his whole life, especially when I've been stinkingly sweaty. Nevertheless, he was very reluctant to return to domestic life when we first returned from exile. I'd see him once every week or two, and he definitely reacted when I called his name (verifying to me that it was indeed him, not a lookalike), but for months, he'd immediately run away when I called.

Shortly after my mother passed away, we inherited custody of her cat Pookie (the ninth or tenth "Pookie" to have lived in that house, dating back to the early 1960s when my late father named a kitten after a tv-star cat puppet belonging to Soupy Sales).

Only when he saw a rival feline occupying our house, his former home, did Leroy show any interest in returning to captivity. This was about a year ago by now. Pookie and Leroy have since become friends (more-or-less) and learned to coexist peacefully, but first there was a brief period of intense jealosy and kittycat combat.

Their names are, of course, arbitary at best. As pointed out above, cats aren't much for answering to names, or answering at all, anyway. Pick a name YOU like; it'll always mean more to you than to the cat(s), anyway...


03 Jun 08 - 03:19 PM (#2356463)
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From: Irene M

As I am currently cat-free, I have been adopted by next door's cat, who drops in and treats the place like a cross between a snack bar and a hotel. He and his meal-ticket are French. His name is Cha-cha. He is bilingual, speaking French and Fridge. We communicate in Fridge. As I type, he is lolling in the middle of the carpet. Grey and white and bad tempered. Stroke him and he bites you.
Not long after he arrived, I went to bed one night, thinking he had let himself out of the cat-flap and gone home. At 1AM, he appears, hops on the bed, peers in my face, mutters "wrong house" and goes home.


03 Jun 08 - 05:12 PM (#2356593)
Subject: RE: BS: Name for kitten?
From: Bee

Irene M: I had a drunk guy do that to me once. (Was neighbour's new boyfriend. Very drunk... naked too. Dunno whether he dressed before heading back out the door or not.)


04 Jun 08 - 03:18 PM (#2357448)
Subject: RE: BS: Name for kitten?
From: Irene M

Bee,
Not through the cat flap I assume.


04 Jun 08 - 04:34 PM (#2357513)
Subject: RE: BS: Name for kitten?
From: Bee

Well... he was quite skinny....


04 Jun 08 - 04:53 PM (#2357525)
Subject: RE: BS: Name for kitten?
From: Genie

I've always kind of wanted a "Sir Purrsifal" (or variant spellings), but I always end up with girl cats.


04 Jun 08 - 05:01 PM (#2357533)
Subject: RE: BS: Name for kitten?
From: GUEST,Chief

Then how about "Dame Purrrrrudence"?


04 Jun 08 - 05:16 PM (#2357548)
Subject: RE: BS: Name for kitten?
From: Eric the Viking

Ours is called Loki. Now 6 months and comes every time he's called. Truly a cat who loves mischief and has his crazy how about NOW.............................Gotogo!!!!


04 Jun 08 - 07:14 PM (#2357675)
Subject: RE: BS: Name for kitten?
From: GUEST,Jon

My cat names, (Pip has different ones).

[farty] fleabag (Mewan)
[wormy] weedypuss (Oedipus)
snotcat (Worthy).

They tell me they prefer my names and they don't like Pip's "nice names" but Pip tells me they tell her the opposite.

Of course they have their own real name we will never know anyway... and as long as we feed them and do whatever else their humans are supposed o do for them, they are happy.


04 Jun 08 - 09:59 PM (#2357796)
Subject: RE: BS: Name for kitten?
From: Bee

Names morph - Snowball's gradually becoming Ragbag, I think. Tommy, however, seems to have been named correctly from the first.


04 Jun 08 - 11:02 PM (#2357837)
Subject: RE: BS: Name for kitten?
From: katlaughing

Specklebat Bertie have any pix of him, Bee? I'd love to see what he looked like. From your description I am curious as a cat!:-)

I forgot to list Hawkeye a huge orange tabby who inexplicably was also called "Little Kittle" and he was a gentle giant.

There was also Najuni, a little calico who got out and caught by a mean dog. And, Sweet Pea, an elderly Siamese who came to us in her last few weeks of life. Truly a sweet cat and grateful to be off the streets.


05 Jun 08 - 12:45 AM (#2357891)
Subject: RE: BS: Name for kitten?
From: Bee

Kat, unfortunately, no pics of Specklebat Bertie (Bat, for short). He was an all black kitten who almost died as a result of being rejected by his mother, the evil Belinda. I fed him warm, watered down yogurt to keep him alive. He was doing quite well, then at five months I took him for his distemper vaccination.

At that time he and my two other (immunized) cats were all indoor city kitties. Within a few days, he became deathly ill - with distemper. The vet would not admit that the only place he could have caught it was at the clinic or from the shot, but they did not charge me for five days of i.v. feeding and hydration and medication. I brought him home, a limp bundle of bones and dull fur, with a tube of sticky nutrient stuff to smear on his mouth to help him start eating.

Less than a week later, some idiot let him outside. I had moved to a new house while he was at the vet. I figured I'd never see him again, but let the people at my old place know. Three weeks later and about twenty blocks away, they called to say he was in their porch. He didn't get off my lap for a week!

It was at that point the speckles showed up. He was evenly dotted with eighth inch to quarter inch white spots all over back, sides, belly, tail, head and face. His ears were smaller than average and his head very flat, and his neck seemed a bit too long. His body was long and slender, his legs proportionately just a bit too short.

He was never sick again a day in his eighteen years. When I moved to the country, he turned into a super-hunter, wouldn't even eat cat food. I saw him one day hunting Chimney Swifts. I felt bad for the birds, but his technique was astounding to watch, crouching in the tall grass, waiting till the Swift was just near the bottom of a steep, fast dive, then a leap and grab so fast you blinked, you missed it.

He was addicted to Valerian root. I had a back accident and was using Valerian for relief. He'd go to extremes to get at it and I'd find him passed out in a mess of it. He was a great cat - but very odd.

(Oops - 'nother long story, sorry!)


05 Jun 08 - 01:02 AM (#2357895)
Subject: RE: BS: Name for kitten?
From: Bee

Da Vinci's cat studies. The man could draw - so why do many of his cats look so weird?

http://www.ownfineart.com/Drawings/Study_of_Cat_Movements_and_Positions.jpg


05 Jun 08 - 05:37 AM (#2358018)
Subject: RE: BS: Name for kitten?
From: gnu

That's it! "Leo".


05 Jun 08 - 05:45 AM (#2358026)
Subject: RE: BS: Name for kitten?
From: Becca72

Leonardo De Cat-rio?


05 Jun 08 - 05:54 AM (#2358033)
Subject: RE: BS: Name for kitten?
From: George Papavgeris

Herga?


05 Jun 08 - 08:49 AM (#2358182)
Subject: RE: BS: Name for kitten?
From: Micca

Very Funny George, you have an urge to visit the Celler?


05 Jun 08 - 08:59 AM (#2358192)
Subject: RE: BS: Name for kitten?
From: Bee

Hey, Gnu! Leo would be an excellent cat name - besides the famous namesake, he could imagine he was a lion .


05 Jun 08 - 02:40 PM (#2358535)
Subject: RE: BS: Name for kitten?
From: Mrs.Duck

Eric!


05 Jun 08 - 03:12 PM (#2358578)
Subject: RE: BS: Name for kitten?
From: Genie

Well, if the kitten is a girl and hyperactive, you could call her "Hurricane Cattrina."

I've also always thought "Felinius Monk" would be a good name for a boy cat. Especially if he's into jazz.