Picking Up The Name

Picking Up The Name
... But I tell you, a cat needs a name,
that's particular, A name that's
peculiar, and more dignified,
else how can he keep up his tail perpendicular...

It may be surprising, but more than half of all Pet Names are either human names or nicknames. People largely name their animals as they would name themselves.

Another fifth (20%) of names are based on the Pets appearance or personality. A black cat becomes Blacky or Midnight, and an active one Comet or Dash.

Here our some useful tips in choosing a name for your cat. Please remember that the pet-name you choose will used dozens of times a day to call, praise and perhaps scold.

Pick a name that the pet can easily recognise. Animals respond better to one or two syllable names.

Choose a name that's both easy to call out and one that you are happy calling out. Calling out "Jack" or "Zoe" in the park may be far less embarrassing than calling out "Death Breath".

If choosing a long name keep in mind the shortened version. A long name will inevitably be shortened, but it may ruin the effect that you were originally looking for.

The pet's breed heritage can provide some useful inspiration. For example Orientals ( Siamese and Burmese). Waiting a few days to study your pets behaviour can help pick the right name. The Personality, Affectionate and Appearance categories may assist here. Pick a name that will grow with the pet. For example "Kitten" may be less appropriate for a full grown cat.

The name you choose says as much about you as it does about your cat. It shows how you view your cat and your relationship with it. Some names can cause people to judge a cat and react positively or negatively/fearfully when meeting it. For these reasons it is important to use a name that conveys the proper image. Happy searching!

The Naming of Cats

The Naming of Cats is a difficult matter,
It isn't just one of your holiday games;
You may think at first I'm as mad as a hatter
When I tell you, a cat must have THREE DIFFERENT NAMES.
First of all, there's the name that the family use daily,
Such as Peter, Augustus, Alonzo or James,
Such as Victor or Jonathan, or George or Bill Bailey -
All of them sensible everyday names.
There are fancier names if you think they sound sweeter,
Some for the gentlemen, some for the dames:
Such as Plato, Admetus, Electra, Demeter -
But all of them sensible everyday names.
But I tell you, a cat needs a name that's particular,
A name that's peculiar, and more dignified,
Else how can he keep up his tail perpendicular,
Or spread out his whiskers, or cherish his pride?
Of names of this kind, I can give you a quorum,
Such as Munkustrap, Quaxo, or Coricopat,
Such as Bombalurina, or else Jellylorum -
Names that never belong to more than one cat.
But above and beyond there's still one name left over,
And that is the name that you never will guess;
The name that no human research can discover -
But THE CAT HIMSELF KNOWS, and will never confess.
When you notice a cat in profound meditation,
The reason, I tell you, is always the same:
His mind is engaged in a rapt contemplation
Of the thought, of the thought, of the thought of his name:
His ineffable effable
Deep and inscrutable singular Name.

from Old Possum's Book of Practical Cats by T.S.Eliot

What's in a name? Everything - if you are naming your cat. The name you choose says as much about you as it does about your cat. Picking a name for your new addition is a difficult but important job. You will be calling your kitty many times each day and you will want a name that both you and your pet like and respond to.

As a general rule, pet owners tend to give their animals names they would give themselves or their children. Surveys show that more than half of all pet names are either human names or nicknames. Not so with cats. Cats are more often given traditional "cat" names, perhaps because they have a reputation for doing their own thing, and this tends to makes them mysterious. As every cat "owner" knows, nobody owns a cat. They're solitary creatures who will jump into your lap and snuggle and purr - if they want to.

Traditional names for cats once included Sooty, Misty and Felix, names that reflect either the cat's appearance or personality. Things have not changed that much. Today the most popular names for female cats are Sassy, Misty, Princess, Samantha, and Lucy, while Max, Sam, Simba, Charlie, and Oliver, hold first place for males.

Cat names arise from many popular categories. For example, movies and television have inspired such names as Casper, Pussy Galore, Buffy, Tony and Bada Bing, while the arts have given us Beowulf, Bronte, Desdemona, and even Ginger Spice. Anais, Chanel and Calvin materialized from the fashion world, and geographically speaking, Bangkok, Katmandu and Dakota are also on top.

The cat's breed, too, might suggest names. Persian cats are often called Babri (tiger), Pisho (pussy cat), Sefidi (Snow White) or Siah (black). Siamese cats inspire names like Isis, Athena, Sasha, Aries, or Ming Toi.

If you enjoy a drink now and then, how about Brandy, Sambuca, Merlot, Budweiser or even Southern Comfort? And if you've decided to double your pleasure with two cats, consider popular duo names like Kermit and Miss Piggy, Frank and Stein, Hansel and Gretel, Footloose and Fancy Free, or even the tried-and-true romantic couples Romeo and Juliet, Bonnie and Clyde, and Katherine and Spencer.

But let's not forget about the kitty's personality. Names that reflect the very nature of your pet may be the way to go. After all, we probably have a pretty good picture of a cat that's called Mayhem, Frisky, Adipose, Cuddles or Morpheus.