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Does your cat have several names? — 13 Comments

  1. I am notoriously bad with names and forget them, but I try to be consistent to maintain their identity and agree that cats respond to melodic-sounding names. I just took in a neighborhood cat I’d been calling “Red Boy”, which I changed to Ready, then Eddy. I know of some outdoor community cats who seem to have a different name from each individual who addresses them, and they don’t seem to mind, but I think a better way to go would be to keep it to one or two names that they can respond to so they feel that all the humans know who they are individually.

    • Completely agree with you and I too find that my cat’s name evolves sometimes as you describe. It comes naturally. It is more about sounds. Like Red Boy becoming Ready and Eddy. It is rhyming. I am the same.

  2. Jozef gets called Jo, Joey and daft names like The tiny man, Mr Cold feet and Our little pie crust lol… told you it was daft.
    Walter gets Walt, Wally, Walter Sparkle and Our big boy.
    Ebony was Ebby or Bones, Bryan was Bibbly Bobbly Boo, Popsy was Our little Poppy seed and Felix was Fifi lagare.
    I’d better stop going back through all our cats or the men in white coats will be arriving soon lol

    • I am so pleased you use different names. I wondered whether you would. I seems that most people do this. It is interesting because in means the original name is less important. It is a starting point and the formal/official name.

  3. I never realized how often I call Monty “Baby” until the other day when I was practicing singing the kindergartners’ sing for the Christmas program. “What little baby? Little Baby Jesus! What little baby? Little Baby Jesus!” I was kneeling on the floor plunking it out on the little keyboard I sometimes take to school with me, just checking an interval because I kept singing it wrong with the kids the day before. Suddenly there was Monty right by me. I kept working on the song and he kept trying to get my attention. I finally realized that he thought I was calling him. I do call him Baby about as often as I call him Monty– maybe more often. He was like, “I’m here already! What do you want, Mom?”

  4. I really don’t have any sort of pattern for second names. I, usually, have nicknames that are based on behaviors.
    Damon is “hoarder”
    Dreama (my brain damaged girl from dying while being spayed) is “sweet pea”
    Cora is “me. me. me”
    Starter is “pudgy”
    Desiree is “baby doll”
    Squirrel is “nutty”

    The list goes on.
    But, they all respond to their nicknames as well as their given names.

    • You kill me Dee. Priceless.

      I forgot a few for Bigfoot. Biggy, Big, Royal Bigness, Beyond Big…But like Ruth said…I’d better stop while I’m ahead. Men in white coats!

  5. I think it’s important here to differentiate between a cat’s official name, or name and then what you call your cat. What you call your cat evolves just like lovers call eachother all manner of names well with cats its the same. It’s not their name although may well come from it or evolve from it but it’s simply what you call them. At the vet you give their official name.

    Gigi in Canada’s real name is Ziggy. What I called her over the 8 years we were together went through so many things.

    As for confusion – there is none. It evolves and they keep up with the evolution.

    As for language, sounds and names – well, like Dorothy I call all my cats Booboo from time to time, perhaps even once a day. People know ‘booboo’ but opthers are more personal. I like shooshoo for some reason. My cat’s official names are actually very sound based already because I know how I am with calling my cats things and their names are predesigned to work well with that I suppose. Except for ‘Red’. But Red I was calling Puffpuff most of the time in the end. And now Molly is Minipuff. The sounds of the words express emotions. There is a whole sequence of things going on which amount to the nature or feeling of the expression you have for your cat in question. If I am telling Lilly not to do something I say ‘Billy’ in a clear voice but the rest of the time (these days of course, not permanently) its Bubbles or Bubs or Bubba.

    What you call your cat can have little or nothing to do with their name – or a lot – but it’s something in of itself. The name versus what you call your cat. 2 things. Humans are the same with each other. They call eachother things which aren’t their names.

  6. I love how cats adapt to different names and sounds. They know you are talking to them. It isn’t the letters of the words, or way the words are rout together. It is the intention of the communication. They get it completely.

    I can get the attention of wild cat Yellow from long distances, using my high loud voice calling (phonetic) “leeeeeylooooooowah, kitty kitty.” The “wah” going even higher in tone. I’m sure the neighbors call me the crazy cat lady. When she is here, and I put down her food, I say “hey Lellow beauty, how’s my girl”.

    Bigfoot is Bubbah, Booboo, doo-doo boy, monkey…I could go on.

    • Dorothy I think we are the same when it comes to how we call our cats. I also use Booboo and I also stretch the sounds and I totally relate to the way you call Yellow and how thats changing a bit each time in certain directions related to the sound and mood 🙂

  7. My Ankara Zoo cat is named Minnos with an accent under the s, but the Vet misspelled it as Minos, as in King Minos, so I am stuck with that.
    I call her Minnie, Minnox, Minik, and at Ankara Airport I called her Minoshka on account of a group of Russians who took an interest in her. It’s always good to make people laugh.

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