What to Name Your Cat?

What to Name Your Cat?

With all apologies to T.S. Eliot, the naming of cats is not all that delicate of a matter. But some thought should indeed be put into it. Giving the cat a foolish or bad name on the spur of the moment because it’s funny is no way to begin a relationship. It encourages a careless and disrespectful attitude towards your cat not only in yourself, but in other people as well. A bad name encourages a bad attitude towards your cat. Fortunately, coming up with a good name can be fun, entertaining and there are endless possibilities for ideas.

One very interesting way for finding a good name for your cat is to look up the names of stars,

galaxies or constellations. You don’t have to stick to just the major ones. Look up the names of some of the minor constellations or stars as well. You might just find the perfect name in a constellation you had previously never heard of. You too might find you have a Dorado or Indus on your hands. Another popular way of naming cats is using human names. Rachel, Monica, Joey, Phoebe, Chandler and Ross are all quite popular sometimes. Some people name their cats after movie stars or characters in their favorite TV show or book. I’m certain that at this very moment, there are a large number of Wolverines purring happily on their favorite windowsill right now.

Another great way to name your cat

Another great way to name your cat is to use something in their appearance to name them. Many calico colored cats have been simply named, you guessed it, Calico. Spotted cats of any color very often have the name of Patch. One other cat was named Shadow because his black and tan tiger stripes seemed to melt into the evening shadows the first time her new owner saw her. A gray kitten was quite suitably named Ash.

Occasionally it is something the cat did that suggested their name. One kitten was always scaring himself, silly. When he and his brother and sisters first learned to climb up trees, he became over excited or overly confident and rushed up higher than he was brave enough to climb down from. The poor little guy clung to a branch meowing at the top of his lungs while the adult cats rushed around trying figure out a way to get him down. It only required a stool to retrieve the little guy, but he was sure he was stuck midway to the moon. Another time he managed to get his tiny head stuck between the rails of a staircase. He was safely rescued after considerable effort. because of his undeniable talent for scaring himself, his name became Spook.

Sometimes it is something in the cats’ personality that suggests his name. A bold little explorer who was the first kitten in the litter and the first to explore the world outside their nest was named Boone. A handsome brown kitten was so very fastidious in everything he did (one never puts ones’ paws in the food dish, that’s dirty!) that he was eventually named Thomas.

Naming a cat can be a pleasant and entertaining task. It’s often the very first thing a person does when he or she picks out a new companion. Take a little time to select just the right name for your new friend. A good name will set your new relationship off on just the right foot… Or paw.

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