The Art of Cat Names



How did your cat get his or her name? 

Generally, I’m a fan of the “Well, he just seemed like a …” approach. 

We had long thought we would name our next cat Edward R. Meow, after a cat puppet from a memorable scene on “The Office.” But when we met our now-cat, it was clear he wasn’t an Edward or even an Eddie. He was a Calvin. It’s hard to imagine him being named anything else. 

I also like human names for cats, especially those you don’t seem to hear all the time for pets. Laurie Cinotto, who has shared stories of her many, many foster kittens at the Itty Bitty Kitty Committee website, has such a marvelous knack for names: from Augie to Cecily, Kenneth to Norma. 

Another strategy I like is giving cats first and last names or titles. While researching a trip to L.A. once, I randomly ran across a cat named John Meow, a lovely, dignified name. And, of course, there was another member of the Meow family with a memorable name, the recently departed and very much missed Colonel Meow. 

Share your cat-naming stories with us in the comments. And it’s OK to admit: You probably have a list of great cat names you haven’t had a chance to use yet. I do. Share those, too.


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Sunday, February 16, 2014