Category: cat names

Jan 19

A Cat by Any Other Name

Still having a hard time naming that kitten? Try cat or Lucky in other languages. Get out your translator widget and go to town!

el Gato (Spanish) Afortunado = Lucky
die Katze (German) Glücken = Lucky and Katzenjammer = hangover/headache (literally cat misery)
le Chat (French) Chanceux = Lucky
il Gatto (Italian) Fortunato = Lucky
de kat (Dutch) Gelukkig = Lucky
o gato (Portuguese) and again, Afortunado = Lucky
Katten (Norwegian)
кот (Russian) удачливейше = Lucky …good luck with pronunciation
Miáo (Chinese)
Neko (Japanese)

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Jan 17

The Naming of Cats

“When naming a cat, if one’s imagination is totally at a loss, look up the names of kings and queens and emperors. Male cats in particular like names that link them to feats of greatness.”
- Auriel Douglas

I’m probably going to catch heck for saying this, but I’m taking a stand against cutesy pet names, you know, the ones that end in -eeeee sounds and describe the way the cat or dog looks; Buffy, Fluffy, Tuffy, Tinky, Pinky, Stinky, Frisky, Fancy, Spooky, Pooky….Bletchy! Would YOU live with such a lame name? Really? That said, I DO think Ghandi is a great name, especially if your cat likes to fight the power. And so is Bitchy. Bitchy is one of my Siamese’s six or seven names, it’s kind of a diminutive of Frannie too Pretty to Sh** in the Litter Box. She’s eighteen and she’s a good girl, I love her.

I’ve known a couple of people who named their kittens after deceased pets or decide on a name before they even pick out a kitten. To me, that’s strange. How can you name your pet when you don’t even know him? Of course each to his own, it’s just an odd notion to me. But now-a-days if you’re so insaned…I mean inclined, you can just clone your deceased pet…ugh, never mind. (Don’t tell anyone, but I’m saving mine to turn them into diamonds!)

A cat is an awesome animal, a little tiger that you have the privilege of keeping in your home. So, get creative and give him an awesome name to match. First off, hang out with your new pet and after a bit he’ll probably just tell you his name. Meanwhile, think of names of people you admire, places you’d like to visit, a song that comes into your head, characters in your favorite books, a characteristic your kitten has; then the name will be something that really says what your pet means to you.

And after spending all that time, if all you can come up with is Kitty…okay, fine go ahead. But don’t come crying to me if he doesn’t come when you call him. ;)

For a bit of inspiration, here are the cats from Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats by T. S. Eliot (Which was inspired by the oldest known feral cat colony, in London’s Fitzroy Square).

Admetus
Alonzo
Augustus
Bill Bailey
Bombalurina
Bustopher Jones
Cat Morgan
Coricopat
Demeter
Electra
George
Gilbert
Great Rumpus Cat
Griddlebone
Growltiger
Grumbuskin
Gus (aka Asparagus)
James
Jellylorum
Jennyanydots
Jonathan
Macavity
Mr. Mistoffelees
Mungojerrie

Munkustrap
Old Deuteronomy
Oopsa Cat (aka James
   Buz-James)
Peter
Plato
Quaxo
Rum Tum Tugger
Rumpelteazer
Skimbleshanks
Tumblebrutus
Victor

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