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Naming A Cat Is Serious Business

Updated on February 8, 2013

Some Names Are Just Meant For Certain Kitties!

Dixie waving for the camera. Poor little Doodlebug, her Mom gives her a funny name!
Dixie waving for the camera. Poor little Doodlebug, her Mom gives her a funny name! | Source
Misty trying to smack a polar bear! That was her hobby when we would watch "Animal Planet" together.
Misty trying to smack a polar bear! That was her hobby when we would watch "Animal Planet" together. | Source
I could maybe see this kitty being named "Chewbacca!"
I could maybe see this kitty being named "Chewbacca!" | Source
Larry, Moe and Curly maybe? Best Buds!
Larry, Moe and Curly maybe? Best Buds! | Source

From "Old Possums Book Of Practical Cats" By T.S. Eliot

It Isn't Always Easy To Name A Cat, But It Sure Can Be Fun!

When we got our first cat, Dixie, I can remember pondering what her name was going to be for several weeks before we even got her. She was born out in the country and stayed with her mama until she was big enough to come and live with us, so I had a little time to come up with a name for her.

She was born in a town about 1/2 hour south of where we lived. I thought maybe a cute southern name might be in order. Hmmm... now what would be a cute name for a li'l southern belle?

I came across the name Dixie, and Dixie it was! What I didn't expect were all of the little "pet" names that would eventually follow! She became Dixie Doodlebug, Dixie Doo-bug, Dixie Doo-Muffin. Is it just me or do cats just have the faces and personalities that call for more than one name?

I know there is a famous poem by T.S. Eliot about the naming of cats, and in it he states that a proper cat must have THREE names. I think they're fine with just two names, a proper name and a "pet" name used in moments of affection. Ok, so there might be some cat owners who also have a **naughty** third name for the cat when it gets in trouble... ehem. We won't go there.

Our other cat, Misty, came to us on a gray, rainy, drizzly, nasty weather day. Our son and his fiancée had heard her meowing outside of their apartment window near a college campus and they took her in from the cold drizzly day. We got a phone call asking us if Dixie needed a little sister... so I went down to meet her. She had been abandoned at the end of the school year and she was cold and wet and needed a good home, how could I resist?

She is a little gray, white and brown tabby mix and I was in love almost from the first sight. We took her to a veterinarian to be checked over before I was going to take her home. The vet asked "what is her name?" I had to come up with one QUICK! I had NO name for this beautiful little tabby mix. I looked out the window in the vets office and chose the name Misty Blue because of the drizzly dreary weather! So, Misty it was.

Who knew that months later she would end up being known as Mitty, Mitty-bug, and my personal favorite, Mitty Muffin Cake! I can only imagine if our two cats were to be let outdoors. I can see myself calling out to them "Dixie Doodlebug and Mitty Muffin Cake!"

They would most likely tuck their tails in under them and CRINGE in cat embarrassment as the other cats point their paws and giggle at them. But since they are indoor only cats, they don't seem to mind the silly names that I give them.

It's important to remember that your cat's name will stay with him or her for life, and it's always best to choose wisely. If possible, live with your kitty for a little while before giving him or her a name. You can take things into consideration like personality quirks, or the cat's looks. Popular names for a black cat are midnight or shadow, an orange tabby might be named ginger or cinnamon, a black and white cat could end up with a name like tuxedo or oreo.

It might seem silly, but it's best to give your cat a name that you won't be embarrassed to call him or her if you ever needed to yell out to the cat! A name like "dragon breath" might seem like a hilarious choice at the time, but it's not quite so funny when you're yelling it out the back door. Well, okay, so maybe it IS still funny! Try to choose one that won't make you blush when you yell it out!

Who knows, there might just come a time when you're yelling that name, and loudly. If fluffy or mittens tears your couch apart or rips the curtains, ... well, that's when the **naughty** names come into play I guess. That's a time when you may forget your kitties name is a cute name like fluffy or mittens!

I was looking into good cat names recently on the Internet and I came across some pretty funny and cute names. We had cats when I was growing up. There was one especially that I remember that I had named "Morris." Now for those older folks who might remember this, there used to be a cat that advertised cat food on television named "Morris" and that was where I got the name from. The name at the time was SO un-original, it seemed as if there was a "Morris" on every block. I don't even think there is a cat named "Morris" doing TV advertisements any more! Our other cat was named "Frisky." Another very un-original cat-food inspired name.

I know, those are not very original names at all. I actually came across a website that gave a number of "stars" to each cat name, and was quite pleased with myself when I found out that Dixie and Misty each had four stars! Even their middle ... or "pet" names had three stars, so I thought I did pretty well. I didn't know anyone else out there called their cats "Doodle Bug" or "Muffin Cake!" Pretty cute!

Here are a few of the very creative names I came across recently!

~ Mickey Meowse

~ Miss Chiff

~ Muffin Cake

~ Sneakers

~ Snickers

~ Bartholameow - could also be Bartholomew I guess

~ C. Diddy

~ Fluffington Spencer III (that's "the third)

~ Sparkles

~Chewie or Chewbacca

~ A.C. (short for "Another Cat")


~ Hey You

~Chairman Meow

I don't think I could have made up some of these names, these are actual names that have been used by cat owners!

Some cute names for cat "pairs" include:

~ Bert And Ernie

~ Bonnie And Clyde

~ Itchy And Scratchy

~ Thelma And Louise

~ Askim And Asker

~ Thing One And Thing Two (for you Dr. Seuss fans)

And I had to save my very FAVORITE name for last! This one made me crack up laughing when I saw it. Drumroll please...............

~ Li'l Fleazy

I've always had a slightly cracked sense of humor, so I believe that if we ever DO get a boy cat, especially if he looks like he could be a little bit on the "tough" side, his name just might end up being Li'l Fleazy. And actually, the other cats in the neighborhood might just think it's a pretty cool cat name as well.


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      KathyH 4 years ago from Las Vegas, Nevada

      That's a great, creative name, MizBejabbers! I like that! What a stinker trying to get what he shouldn't have! Thanks so much for commenting!:-)

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      MizBejabbers 4 years ago

      Just had another one come to me this morning. We have to feed our cats separately because Tas is diabetic and Cici is fed kitten chow. Tas hid out after his breakfast this morning and I caught him trying to sneak into the room where Cici is fed. Without thinking, I called him Wiley Catoyote (cat-ote not sure how you would spell it).

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      KathyH 4 years ago from Las Vegas, Nevada

      Well, MizBejabbers, I will have to vote you up and funny, too, I laughed all the way through your comment! Isn't it funny the names kids come up with? Our granddaughter was just here staying with us and she came up with some funny ones at times! Thanks so much for your great comment! :)

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      MizBejabbers 4 years ago

      What an adorable hub! Although I can’t see all the colors, your Misty has the coloring of a Calico, and they are much adored cats. I love some of the names you mention. Our newly adopted Ocicat was six months old and came with the name Cici when we adopted her. We started to change the name, but she wouldn’t answer to any change. She gets in trouble quite frequently, and the trouble name is Miss Piggy March-Hare because she eats like a pig and is as wild as a march hare.

      When my children were still at home in the 1980s, my younger son acquired a very misbehaving solid black kitten that he named Little Black Booger, but when we moved into a fully integrated neighborhood we thought about the back door yell and was afraid it might sound racist. He became just Booger. Voted you up and funny.

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      KathyH 5 years ago from Las Vegas, Nevada

      I sure know that feeling, Angie! I don't know WHAT I would do today without our two cats, they add SO, SO much to life! :) They are truly a blessing! Thanks so much for your wonderful comment! :)

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      Angie Jardine 5 years ago from Cornwall, land of the eternally youthful mind ...

      Hi Kathy - another good hub - as we have come to expect from you.

      We named our rescued stray, Rufus because he is red (i.e. ginger) but then when we found he had lost all but one fang we nicknamed him Rufe the Toof (i.e 'the tooth' said with a east end London accent).

      This has become shortened to The Toof and/or lengthened to Toofie-cat. 'Rufus' has become lost in the mists of time and I have to think hard to remember that Rufus is the name the vet has for him.

      But whatever we call him he is still a little blessing and completes our home entirely.

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      KathyH 5 years ago from Las Vegas, Nevada

      You're welcome, AjeetKhurana! :) Glad you enjoyed this. Thanks so much for reading and commenting!

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      Ajeet 5 years ago from Mumbai, India

      What an interesting topic for a hub. Thanks :)

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      KathyH 5 years ago from Las Vegas, Nevada

      Thanks, Ann! I guess it's kind of natural to give our "fur kids" affectionate names! Thanks so much for reading and for the great vote! :)

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      Ann1Az2 5 years ago from Orange, Texas

      I thoroughly enjoyed this. Thanks for sharing your cute kitty names. I have nicknames for all of mine, too. It just seems to come naturally, for some reason, doesn't it?

      Voted up.