Naming a Cat
Naming a cat is a very serious task because of course you want the name to match the cat. Sometimes cats help when they have a distinctive look; for example Boots, Mittens, Whiskers or Socks. But more often it’s up to you. In my lifetime, I’ve owned sixteen cats, but the number is deceiving because a few of those cats died an early death, and often I had two or even three cats at a time. But each was named thoughtfully and it’s fun to run through the list.
Topsy – named by my father for a character in “Uncle Tom’s Cabin”
Vicki – again named by my father and short for Victory which was on everyone’s mind (1943)
Adelaide (Adelie) – a cat I named for a friend
Ginger – My Dad said he was a ginger tabby.
1st and 2nd Timothy – each died very young of kitten fever, but notice the Biblical reference
AliBam – I was madly in love with a soldier stationed in Alabama
Simba – named by my kids; means lion in Swahili
Kit and Caboodle – since they were littermates, I wanted them to have paired names
Bonkers – named by one of my students when I described her wild and crazy behavior
Bailey – named by my daughter for George Bailey in “It’s a Wonderful Life”
Barnum- if you have a Bailey, you have to have a Barnum
(Thus began the custom, suggested by my students, that all my future cats have a name beginning with “B.”)
Bixby – just liked the sound of the name
Bonnie Belle – a sweet name for a sweet cat
Benedict – named for Pope Benedict who was visiting in the U.S. at the time and said in an interview that he loved cats
I probably won’t get another cat, but if I do, I’ll name it Bing Clawsby, a name I saw on the Internet.
© Dorothy C. Judd
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