When adopting a new pet into your home , do you believe it is okay to change their name ?
I would say it depends on their age mostly. My kitties are all rescue of one sort or another. Two were from shelters and I changed their names. I got them at different times but they were both 3 when I got them. I've had them about 5 years and they're doing well. The other two were rescued from outside and had no name so they got new names. But when I got my dog a few years ago, she was already 12 and her name stayed the same.
Thanks for your comment Cecelia :-) and its amazing that you rescue cats , I use to also when I lived in the country.. nowi cant since I'm in a small apartment but I have recently adopted an abandoned ( domestic ) rat who was thrown outside <3
I am constantly amazed at people who buy animals that are bred to be domestic then think they have the skills to survive when they throw them out! I wish you and your new friend well. Please don't name him Ben...
I did, my dog's name was 'Dewder's and was rescued. Didn't want to give him bad memories with the old name and call him Chugs - cause he's a chug
That's a great reason !! I love that you rescued a dog , it's a great feeling knowing you saved a life huh .. thanks for the comment and have a great day
We did the same thing. The dog we rescued was clearly abused and we didn't know much about him. We chose a knew name for him and he eventually relaxed around the family. But you call him "Sonny," his old name and he turns into that abused dog again.
To most animals a name is a sound you make and then you give them love. So as long as you're giving them love they probably don't care what you call them.
That's why some animals get just as excited when they care called "puppy" or "kitty" because they usually get pet or given treats when they are called that.
I believe that! I'll call my cats by the names of pets who are long long gone and they still come. BTW this isn't done on purpose, I just forget...
Thanks for the comment .. and now that I think about it I don't think I ever stuck to the same name for a pet lol , I always give them a cute nick name .. One of my rats is named DeXter and for some reason I always call him Doodle lol
For a dog, it is smart enough to be confused by a different name.
For any other species, go ahead. A hamster or rat, for example, can be called anything and won't care. It cares who feeds it.
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