August 15, 2007

The Big Crazy Gets Loose

Sara says I SHOULD get a kitten. Right there in the comments. She says I should get a kitten because they are cuddlier than hedgehogs. It’s not a non-sequiter. I have, in Sara’s presence, recently THREATENED to get a hedgehog INSTEAD of a kitten as my cat does not hate hedgehogs with the same fervor that he brings to hating other cats, and ALSO I have a great name for a hedgehog lined up. Are you ready?

Pigling Bland. Isn’t that marvelous? My friend Jill told it to me. A name that good DESERVES a hedgehog to hang it on, I say. But…

Kittens are therapeutic, Sara says.

She recently got two kittens and named one Possum -best kitten name I have heard in ten years. The name POSSUM deserved a kitten just the way Pigling Bland deserves a hedgehog. Karen just got back from a visit to Sara’s, and she walked around DRAPED in kittens, she says, just threw them around her shoulders like they were stoles and soaked up their beneficial mental health rays. Honestly, Karen returned more than she has been in WEEKS.

Meanwhile, I talked to my editor yesterday.
Me: *panicked blabbering*
Her: Wow. This is the most mentally unstable you have sounded in months.

So. Hang tight with me and follow my logic, because it FEELS irrefutable, BUT my mental illness number is WAY high. I MIGHT need a reality check. Then again, I might NOT. I might ONLY need a good kitten name…

You might want to put on some sunglasses—I am about to release some BLINDING SYLLOGISM MOJO.

1) People with a high mental illness number need therapy.
2) I am a person with a high mental illness number.
3) Sara says that kittens ARE Therapy.
4) I need a kitten.

The ONLY shaky part is Sara’a assertion that kittens ARE therapy. It sounds like PURE WISDOM to me, but I think we should test her credibility.

So the very next thing Sara said was that I needed to get a FURminator.
Speaking of therapeutic: Basically you can take this tool and peel it over your dog and pull out a WHOLE ANOTHER DOG’S WORTH of hair. The FURminator costs 30 bucks. ZOUNDS!!! That is a LOT for a dog brush. But this is SCIENCE. SO.

IN THE NAME OF SCIENCE I am going to go out this afternoon and GET a FURminator, and IF the FURMINATOR peels a whole another dog’s worth of pelt off my dog, then Sara MUST be accepted as a credible pet witness and kittens therefore ARE therapy and I MUST HAVE ONE.

This is what I want to see when I take my dog and the FURminator to the deck this PM.

Now since my mental illness number IS so high, I feel I can righteously dispense with segues, and just say, SPEAKING of guns, while Karen was lolling around at Sara’s, positively COATED in kittens and getting her sane on by the virtue of their therapeutic value, they got, in the e-mail, the VERY BEST AD ever. It’s SO great it almost makes me sad my spam filter is so ceaselessly vigilant. It said --- I am changing 2 words so as not advertise the actual product --- but it mostly said:

Princesses always whizgiggled at me and even youths did in the civil WC!
Well, now I laugh at them, because I took *SNAKE OIL*
for 3 months and now my penis is terribly largest than world.

TERRIBLY LARGEST THAN WORLD, you say? Eek! Maybe that’s the thing I am seeing on my office TV right this second, looming over earth, and Nicole Kidman is running down the road away from it?
Also, I am now calling the downstairs half bath The Civil WC.
Also, I want to name my kitten Whizgiggle.
Or possibly Pigling Bland.

We will do the FURminator test this PM, results to follow, and in the meantime, I am waiting for one more email from Sara. I hope it tells me I NEED to go eat some southwestern eggrolls, RIGHTNOWNOWNOW, then we won’t need the FURminator test. The need to eat southwestern eggrolls is SO EMPERICALLY true --- I REALLY do --- and Sara’s recognition of this obscure but TRUTHFILLED fact would be the FINAL CONFIRMATION I NEED to decide that Sara is absolutely right about everything eternally and then I will go get a kitten.

What's the best kitten name you have heard in ten years?

Posted by joshilyn at August 15, 2007 9:26 AM

Probably too boring for you, but I once named a kitten Duffy. She looked like a Duffy, and I loved her even though she had the gas of several sulfuric hells at her disposal. Alas, my kitten love was not to be as after two weeks of having her in our apartment, I found myself in the emergency room with an oxygen mask on. Seems that I am HIGHLY allergic to cats in all shapes and forms (grew up on a farm with only very large outside hunting dogs so I didn't know) in that they make me incapable of breathing. We returned her to the lady from whence she came, where she was then given, totally litter trained, to a little girl who probably named her Rainbow.


I like Duffy. ALTHOUGH, with your love of Gerberas, you could name her Daisy if it was a girl. . .unless you fear she might get the same treatment from Bagel that the ACTUAL daisy did.


Posted by: Roxanne at August 15, 2007 9:40 AM

Ok, so I recently had the same bout of skepticism in regards to the FURminator, BUT! I coughed up the moolah, and holy cow! I had enough hair for a new cat! This thing was amazing. My cat didn't stand nearly as still as the dog in the video though. Video dog = highly sedated OR it's Rowdy, the stuffed dog from Scrubs.

I heard a name once that I adored, and when I got a kitten, the name was applied. HE is thought to be a SHE every so often because of it, but I like it. At least one person who reads this comment might recognize it. His name is Keke La Woot. :)

Posted by: Eighmee at August 15, 2007 9:52 AM

The best kitten name I have heard of lately is Gremlin, which my best friend just named her kitten. I love that name for a kitten. That or Winston.

Posted by: Jessie at August 15, 2007 9:57 AM

Well, at least Karen wasn't cat juggling.

And you are right -- Southwestern Eggrolls must be consumed on a regular basis. They are the nectar of the gods as far as I'm concerned.

As for kitten names -- How about Pigger? See, he started off as Tigger b/c he's orange and has no tail and hopped around a lot, but see then one night when I had just moved into my apartment and was therefore eating on the floor b/c I had no furniture, this little orange vulture ran up and stole my garlic bread. Yes! STOLE MY GARLIC BREAD. So I called him a little pig which quickly degenerated into Pigger (and somehow is now actually Pootie.)

Oh you meant names for YOUR kitten. Sorry. I kind of like Pigling Bland.

Posted by: Leandra at August 15, 2007 10:02 AM

Pigling Bland is a wonderful name for a hedgehog!

My favourite name for a kitten was Asparagus. (we called him guskitty for short).

I am thinking I must check to see if you can get this FURminator up here where we are. IT IS A MIRACLE and I MUST HAVE ONE! (see why i am not allowed to watch the home shopping network?)

Posted by: kim at August 15, 2007 10:16 AM

Top Ten Kitten Names (at least in my head):

1. Katmandu
(Three guesses why, and the first two don't count.)
2. Sassafras
(Can be shortened to Sassy, which was the name of our male cat about twenty years ago...before we knew he was male.)
3. Egbert
(We named one of our cows this.)
4. Popple
(Also the name of the stuffed toy in the '80s.)
5. Nixon
(I hear he was "famously aloof".)
6. Jane Austen
(Because...well...I love her.)
7. Snarf
(From the Thundercats.)
8. Flufflelump
(Come on, it's CUTE.)
9. Snoggins
(Because what do you want to do to kittens? KISS THEM.)
10. Catastrophic Bubba
(This is perhaps my favorite OF ALL TIME, and it was created by the Random Cat Name Machine --

Posted by: Casey at August 15, 2007 10:20 AM

I knew a Piewhacker once. He was siamese and patrolled "his" yard like a marine. No dog would dare venture into his space.

Posted by: Kathy at August 15, 2007 10:27 AM

Um... well, I don't know how CREDIBLE I am, but I think that kittens are definitely therapy, incarnate.

As for names... let's see. Our cats are named Katharine Hepburn and Audrey Hepburn, although I sometimes think we should have named them Lucy and Ethel. My friend Jodi once had a cat named PUCK. I said, "As in Robin Goodfellow, or as in hockey?" The answer, of course, was both. I also think that Farthing would be a great name for a kitten, probably a black one with white paws.

Posted by: Aimee at August 15, 2007 10:52 AM

I have only ever owned two kittens, and they were both named Felix. Er, it's a long story.

But my favorite kitten name ever is Fonzie, so named by someone MUCH too young to remember the real Fonzie, as evidenced by the fact that she did not name him Arthur Fonzarelli, which would have been even FUNNIER.

Posted by: Badger at August 15, 2007 10:54 AM

He's not a kitten now, but we got a solid black kitten one October before Halloween. We named him Pumpkin. Obviously, since it was near Halloween. After a month of talking baby talk to him, we started calling him PUNSKIN. Pronounced PUN-SKIN. The name stuck. You can see a photo of him on my parrot's myspace page. I have two African grey parrots also. I know you expressed interest in them in a past blog.

BTW, kittens, and all cats for that matter, are excellent therapy. Take care!

Posted by: Trace at August 15, 2007 11:22 AM

As an aspring writer I have a list of names that I'd like to use in my writing someday and I think any of these would make Great cat names!
1. Creachbaum
2. Ravari
3. Neva Bean (probably my favorite)
4. Kettleshake
5. Culpepper
6. Pearly Mae

Oh, I hope no one steals my potential names for stories :(

Posted by: Dawn at August 15, 2007 11:27 AM

How about Lickety-Kit?

How are you going to keep Schubert from eating the kitten? (shudder!)

Posted by: Elizabeth at August 15, 2007 11:55 AM

Hi Jossilyn, I'm a long time lurker and a big fan of your books. I also think kittens are very therapeutic, so I had to delurk for this topic. The best cat name I've ever heard is from the comic strip "Get Fuzzy"--Bucky Katt's mother's name is Tricky Woo. I don't know why that name cracks me up so much, but I can't say it without grinning. Other great cat names are persnickety old men names, like Percival, Allistaire or Elmer. (I might not be the best judge of good
pet names, though, as I own a gray tabby called Toonces, named after "Toonces the Driving Cat," from 1980's Saturday Night Live, and a collie named Kermit The Dog.) Emily

Posted by: Emily at August 15, 2007 12:04 PM

The FURMINATOR is the best invention since instant grits (the good kind, not the kind with the nasty red-eye gravy).

I have two corgis and I guarantee it's AWESOME for indoor hairball avoidance.

Posted by: Ellen at August 15, 2007 12:11 PM

How about Scott?

Posted by: Cele at August 15, 2007 12:11 PM

i used to have a great little cat named Fuzzboom, aka Cousin Quilt.

Posted by: dramamama at August 15, 2007 12:16 PM

Um, why did you call your editor in a panic in the first place?

Take care Tulip! (and maybe get a kitten if necessary)

Posted by: Elizabeth at August 15, 2007 12:21 PM

Um, hedgehogs are nocturnal and also require a lot of very specialized care. Please don't let the MIN get so high that you decide to get your Pigling Bland.

The best kitty name I encountered was Rumplestiltskin, owing more to the cat's reaction to it (clearly no one was supposed to know its name) than the name itself.

I suggest that you name it Kudzu. (And also that you call me sometime. Did you see that my father---who has not commented on MY blog in months---left you a comment recently? Even my own family likes you better than me.)

Posted by: Mir at August 15, 2007 12:39 PM

Good Lord! Are you sure that is not a razor? I think if you use that on a dog what you will find yourself with is a bald dog. Maybe you like bald dogs, I'm not judging ;-)

I can't say I've heard a favorite name for a cat. For pet names in general, I like a human name used with absolutely no irony. William. Or Jeffrey. Or Scott (loved Cele's idea - also good to butter him up)! I also like a famous person's name to always be used first and last name together: Bob Hope, Dan Rather, Judy Blume, Buzz Armstrong. Something like that.

Posted by: Em at August 15, 2007 1:11 PM

Not quite as effective, but also not thirty bucks, is the Zoom Groom. I have one cat who can't stand it and the other who slavers at the site of it and takes it in his paws when I'm not applying it with enough vigor.

I always thought that Nuisance was a great name for a cat. And I would prefer a cat to a kitten -- I don't want to go through those needle sharp teeth and claws period.

Posted by: hollygee at August 15, 2007 1:25 PM

Early in my marriage I acquired a pair of cats--mother and son. They were very handsome kitties. I named them Booger and Suckbag.

Speaking of mental illness numbers.

Posted by: Cornelia Read at August 15, 2007 1:29 PM

p.s. Booger was white with green eyes, and she had a face like Ursula Andress. I think her name was kind of a Chinese propitiating the gods not to let evil spirits mess with her further, on my part, seeing as how she showed up on our porch late one night pregant, in the rain.

Posted by: Cornelia Read at August 15, 2007 1:31 PM

Wow. I want a Furminator. Tell, do tell, if it works like that vile little video shows.
Kittens ARE therapy. You know, if therapy also tended to run about shredding your couches, randomly launched itself at your ankle, wrapping it in a wee bear hug of needles and spite, and throwing up on your bedroom floor juuuust at the point your foot meets the world as you leave the safe cocoon of your bed. Therapy like THAT.
I named my cat Claire because I love that name and had come to accept the fact that I shall have no daughters. Then I married a man who is allergic to cats and now I have no Claire twice over.
HOWEVER! The name thing has sort of taken hold, because Raphael told me the other day that HE loves the name Claire and someday, when he is a dad, he is going to make his wife name their daughter Claire.
I mildly suggested that, while the name was wonderful, making your wife do anything is not the surest way to marital bliss.
I think you should name your kitten Teeny Flurries.

Posted by: Kira at August 15, 2007 1:43 PM

My kitten was named Tic because you could press her to your leg and then let go and she'd just stay there and burrow in.

My dog was named Fizzgig.* He was a pomeranian and lived to be 20, when he was blind, deaf and had the worst breath in the world. Probably the most terrible than world breath. But he was a damn happy dog.

*The Dark Crystal scared the crap out of me. But I liked the name of the fuzzball character.

Posted by: Heather Cook at August 15, 2007 3:17 PM

***JAKE**** if it's a boy....

****SONOMA***** if it's a girl....

****NEWT***** if it's been "Fixed".

Posted by: jean at August 15, 2007 3:33 PM

First of all, kittens are SO totally therapy. I think you need TWO kittens, one for each shoulder, in order to maintain a good mental BALANCE.

re: Kitten names - I used to have a kitten (who then grew into a cat) named Itchy Pussy. Yes, I really did. We normally called her Itchy, or sometimes Puddin' (because all my animal buddies always end up with multiple names) but J loved to call her by her real name in front of people he knew would blush easily.

If we got another kitten, I've thought maybe I'd choose a name from T.S. Eliot. I like Coricopat, Jellylorum, Bombalurina, Rumpelteazer, Bustopher Jones, and Jennyanydots (but that last one only if she has tiger stripes and leopard spots).

Posted by: DebR at August 15, 2007 3:54 PM

Oh, I love Newt for a neutered cat. Very clever!

Our cat, who we did get as a kitten 8 years ago, so tiny that when he tried to walk across the couch he'd have to break for a nap halfway to the other side, is named Ernie, but his full name is Ernest Q. Hemingway Hood, the "Q" just because, the Hood so he matches the rest of us, and the rest because I do adore the sparse prose of Hemingway. My husband said at the time that if we got another cat, we'd have to name him Bert, after Bert Bacharach, of course. But the cat I am so very much hoping we can take home is not a Bert at all, but I'm trying not to name him until I'm sure he's ours, so I'm just quietly whispering his name to myself, like a little prayer.

Posted by: amy at August 15, 2007 3:55 PM

PS...We currently have a puppy (a Lab/Brittany spaniel mix) whose name is Ranger Bob, which gave me a grin when you were talking about your dad the other day.

Posted by: DebR at August 15, 2007 3:55 PM

We've always been partial to old-fashioned southern names for our cats. My favorite was Miss Izella Euphegene, named after couple of very crotchety old ladies. She lived to be 22 and was very crotchety in her old age too. We also had a Yancey Mills. A very prim and proper kitty. But I have to go into the DON'T GET A KITTEN camp. I have always adopted older cats, but after our last geriatric died last year we decided to get a couple of kittens that could grow up with the boys. Kittens are cute, and yes they are therapy in small doses, but they are also possessed of the devil and will drive you insane! Thundering herds of playing kitten chasing around your house at all hours! And woe the vet bills! Plus they're not wise to the ways of the world and will get into trouble with CARS. Can you say hip-replacement surgery on an 8 month old who didn't have the sense to get out of the street? My kittens are still less than a year old and I have spent THOUSANDS of dollars on them in the past year. That is not theraputic. Even if they ARE cute. Borrow one. Foster one. But do not succumb to the charming devils...

Posted by: Jen at August 15, 2007 3:58 PM

The best kitty name I ever heard works best in Swedish, but I think it would work for English too: Katten Paste (say it out loud)

Posted by: lizardek at August 15, 2007 4:07 PM

I fostered cats for the MSPCA for three years and finally got fed up with their pre-named names. One trio I had: Jupiter, Spatula & Puddnhead (the girl). Fostering is a great way to keep a neverending supply of kittens in the house, but it is, indeed, a lot of work, and sometimes is smelly. (Also, you must check the oven before you turn it on because kittens are small enough to decide that pilot lights are accessible personal heaters.)

Posted by: Joy at August 15, 2007 4:13 PM

Our current cat is named Wicket. I've also heard Shmoo, Mr. Bojingles, and Elvis recently, which all fit the cats in question.

When I was a kid, our cat was named Nishta Khana. Apparently this means "absolutely not!" in Urdu. (Both parents were in the Air Force in Pakistan. This is of course, phonetic, I have no idea how you'd actually write it in Urdu.) We called her Nishta for short, which just means "no." And judging by how often you say "no!" to a kitten, it seems very appropriate.

Posted by: Laura at August 15, 2007 4:17 PM

First off, I want to know why Jean wants to name her girl cat Sonoma. Used to live there so, just curious. Now I think of the truck. And Newt, cute. We have a cat named Nut, pronounced "newt". Nut is an Egyptian sky goddess and Nut the cat is a fuzzy black cat.

How 'bout Moonpie? That's southern and cute?

The family cat in the YA story I'm writing is named Schroedinger. The girl also has a pet fern named Fern.

We have lots of cats both lolling about currently covering my house with fur and others, sadly deceased. You're welcome to any of their names:

Maisy, Nut, Rocky, Pizza, Cow, Persephone, Alice, Tisha, Pooh Bear, Yoda, Cosmo, Mongo, Onyx, the Weasley's (Fred and George, Ginny, Charlie), Miranda, Owl, Sandy, OJ, Po, Captain, Shadow...that's all I can remember.

Posted by: laume at August 15, 2007 4:32 PM

I am also a fan of human names for animals. I have a dog named Frank. We'd like our next pet to be Steve, or Bob, or maybe Stein to go with Frank, or something equally unfuzzy.

Or you could just name the thing Cat. Easy to remember.

Posted by: Shannon at August 15, 2007 4:32 PM

I used two kittens to wean my son, proving that they do have therapeutic and medical value.

Him: "Mommy, nurse?"
Me: "Oh, look at the frisky kitties. Let's go play with Rocky and Houdini."
Him: "Okay."

Posted by: Edgy Mama at August 15, 2007 4:47 PM

Ok, I am dying to know about this FURminator. Please review it promptly. =)

Posted by: Grey at August 15, 2007 5:03 PM

I think you should name the kitten Atavan. Why be coy? ;)

Posted by: Amy-Go at August 15, 2007 5:13 PM

Well then about Zoloft and Prozac.

Posted by: jean at August 15, 2007 6:03 PM

I meant...Paxil

Posted by: jean at August 15, 2007 6:04 PM

About 10 years ago my mental health level was extremely over the top, so my husband got a kitten for me. I named him Prozac (Zakie for short). Zakie loved me sooooo much that he "nursed" on my left earlobe each night before he fell asleep. He would suck and suck and when he had had enough he would let out a deep sigh and fall asleep with his little paws wrapped around my neck. And the crazy thing is I didn't make him stop. So now my left ear lobe is a little bit longer than the other.

Posted by: Wikifay at August 15, 2007 6:40 PM

Conananana, a big fat barnish cat that came around our country house only sometimes. Pronounced co-nah-nah-nah-nuh. Samara named her when she was 4ish and it stuck.

Posted by: Sabra at August 15, 2007 6:40 PM

oh the fight we are gonna read about soon...





Mr Whiskers

Posted by: ScottsdaleGirl at August 15, 2007 6:55 PM

How about De Cat Bastet, after Ramses' cat in the Elizabeth Peters books?

Posted by: Aimee at August 15, 2007 7:16 PM

Squash. But only if the kitten is orange.

Posted by: JuliaH at August 15, 2007 7:27 PM

Also, my mother had a cat named Hephzibah (Eppie for short)...referencing George Eliot's Silas Marner.

Posted by: JuliaH at August 15, 2007 7:43 PM

Okay, here's the name: Magnificat

Now go get yer little yellow kitty.

P.S. I have never met a southwestern eggroll, but if they are anywhere near as good as shrimp and grits then their therapeutic value is beyond question. (I used a double-baked potato tonight as therapy. It worked.)

Posted by: sara at August 15, 2007 8:38 PM

Schroedinger is brilliant. Scott may be even better.

Could you maybe rent a couple? From a medical supplies firm?

Posted by: rams at August 15, 2007 8:51 PM

I had a cat named Jacqueline Jarmara. She'd perch on my shoulder and help me do dishes.

Lillian's brother had a cat named Maggot. Don't ask.

Lillian tells me that we can ship you our two cats, the aloof Isis and the psychotic but beautiful Geordie. I will dissuade her. You want cuddle kittens. We want cuddle cats. Unfortunately, we have these two.

Or we could send you the 85 pound Anatolian shepherd cross, Ceilidh (pronounced Kaylee), who honestly and in all seriousness believes she's a cat and will joyfully sit on your lap and cuddle for hours. Or she'll drape herself along the back of the sofa. She's not picky, as long as she can be by her people and cuddle.

Posted by: Fran at August 15, 2007 11:06 PM

I FURminate our kittens and it is truly amazing. Kittens *are* therapy. Ours are named Puck and Pandora (mischeivious references and moons of Uranus.)

Posted by: Laura B at August 15, 2007 11:30 PM

Crack. That's the name the daughters of my dear friend, Sissy, who lives in Clinton, Mississippi, gave their cat. It was back when the girls were younger (they're in their 30s now) .... I love cats and the first time I stayed with my friend and Crack came and slept with me I got concerned that I might get high or something. Actually, as I remember it now, it was a really good night's sleep. Just me and Crack. Maybe you should name your kitten something calming, like Poppy. Sweet dreams....

Posted by: Susan Cushman at August 16, 2007 12:37 AM

Socrates, often pronounced So-crates, as in Bill and Ted's Excellent Adventure. =)

Posted by: misa ramirez at August 16, 2007 12:44 AM

I like the pill names, Val (for Valium) could be one too.

We like foreign human names for our cats, but we always seem to have boy cats: Otto, Boris, Klaus, Diesel, Ivan, Mustafa . .

Though . . . "Furminator" works as a cat name!

Posted by: Brigitte at August 16, 2007 6:57 AM

We let the boys name the kittens when they were young rambunctious children. They are still rambunctious but now they are old. We've had Patches (calico) Puff, Meow. Nineteen years ago we got an orange long haired kittene and I wanted a different name. Orange Blossom Special, Blossom for short. Then we found out she was a he. Then he got neutered and boy was he mad. He lived to be seventeen. Now we have a smoky grey that we call Bandit. He plays with the dog, insists on drinking water from the toilet and brings me dead gifts about once a week. Bump, pause, bump, pause, bump - to the door - Bandit there with a dead squirrel he caught (!), moles, mice, etc. I have to praise him and he carries it away and comes back in the house to sleep a while. Wondering how he catches squirrels, hubby says, "squirrels are mean!" I observe Bandit must be meaner. But he will make kitty bread on my shoulder then curl up to sleep for a long nap. I will never be without a cat. But just one please.

Posted by: Rhonda at August 16, 2007 8:09 AM

Joss, I can't believe you don't know what the best name for a kitty is. You just said it yourself in this very post: MOJO. All caps, of course. After all, it's the least one can do for any creature noble enough and capable enough to keep our dear Joss-a-lyn calm and sane and scribing all that lovely prose. = )


Posted by: David at August 16, 2007 8:34 AM

I like MOJO! But I would totally name a cat Whizgiggle if my boys would let me. And yes they are therapeutic.

The cats we currently have are:
Jared (named after the goblin king in Labyrinth)
Carmel (who I often call Our Resident Evil)
Mikey (who came with the name. Picture at my blog)
Pixel (who when he grows up will be a MEGA-Pixel!)

We've also said that instead of Mikey and Pixel they should be name Pete and Repete because they look alike and Pixel is a copy cat.

Posted by: Laura L at August 16, 2007 10:38 AM

FURminators ARE fabulous!!! I've used them and seen them work in person. It is NO lie. You can peel and extra dog's worth of fur using one of those.

Posted by: Cheryl at August 16, 2007 11:46 AM

About that furminator- I have one and I love it. It works particularly well on long haired pets. For a cat name I love Fosco. And I once knew three cats named Lettuce, Tomato and Tuna.

Posted by: Cathi at August 16, 2007 1:44 PM

My children named our cats and they are called Shaggy and Daisy but my favorite cat names ever were Asterisk (he was my best friend's cat and had a funky broken tail like a ? and once her boyfriend and I dyed him pink while she was at work) and Scooter (what my brother would name his cat if his obnoxious dog would ever die so he could get one).

Posted by: Rachel at August 16, 2007 2:20 PM

Wow, nothing like pet naming to bring on the comments! Had to get my two cents in...

I wanted to name one of my cats Vashti (gotta love obscure biblical names), but one already had a name and the other emphatically was not suited (comes RUNNING when called, like a dog, no matter what).

I also, briefly, had an Ellery. Good match for a handsome boy, I think. Named after Annie Dillard's pet fish.

I LOVE the suggestion someone had up above to name your kitten (you know, the one you MUST get!) Kudzu. How perfect!!

And I'm waiting eagerly to hear about the results of the FURminator test!

Posted by: This Girl Remembers at August 16, 2007 2:40 PM

I've been through my share of cats. There was Saturday, Lancelot, Greystroke,and Mischa. Then I had three cats that I named using "The Bible Dip."
C'mon yoC'mon, you know what I mean-
they were:
Tyre, Amos and Samson.
I think this kitty- if you get one- should be called Serenity, Sanity or Muse ... like a good luck charm, but not as gross as a rabbit's foot.

Posted by: linda at August 16, 2007 2:51 PM

hey, btw - forgot to ask but how did Maisy like school?

Posted by: Cathi at August 16, 2007 3:02 PM

RE: The Furminator
It may tend to make the dog's coat grow even thicker.
It will furminate all over your clothes, therefore you will need the "DYSON".

Get a kitten and name it Dyson.

Posted by: jean at August 16, 2007 3:09 PM

From the comments I like Egbert (My mothers maiden name :) ), snarf (reminds me of Snuffaluffagus (sp?)), Buzz Armstrong (because it combines Buzz Aldrin and Neil Armstrong, and kittens like to 'buzz' around), Puck (I love that play), and Kudzu.
Growing up I had Buster, a long haired orange and white older cat; and we had Streakers, a black and white kitten with a streak of white up his nose and one white eyebrow whisker

Posted by: Tina at August 17, 2007 12:22 AM

Seeing as he is a boy, my suggestion of Tallullah won't fly.
My daughters have each named a cat. The gray and white was Panda, as Sarah was in her black and white phase. I really regret that she was not in her dinosaur phase. Can you imagine how much fun it would be to call the vet's office and say "It's time to bring Tyrannosaurus in for her shots. Would Tuesday work?"
And the tabby and white was named Sundance, even if we didn't have a Butch Cassidy.
Husband says he couldn't even presume till he knew the colour and the temperament.
Our current cat is named Gloria, from the morning glory. She has always believed that Up was the best place to be.
When I was in library school, I wanted to name my tabby C.A. Logue (C for cat, obviously) but was strongly discouraged. I named him Wynken instead. The assistant (and inheritor)of William Caxton (first person to print books in the vernacular) was named Wynken de Worde.

Posted by: Judy at August 17, 2007 5:54 PM

My brother-in-law got my sister a kitten, a beautiful fluffy Siamese mix. She named her Sophie, got lots of "girly" kitten stuff. Even their dog loved her.

Then she took Sophie to the vet to get fixed. And was informed that Sophie was a HE.

His name is still Sophie--my sister couldn't bear to change it LOL.

Posted by: Angel at August 17, 2007 10:06 PM

We are so into kitten therapy ... we recently got "Crush" and orange and white (mostly white) adorable cat ... named him that cause we had a massive crush on him ...

Best cat name ever? My father had a handsome huge black and white cat named "Got Milk?" The cat had a black face with a perfect milk mustache made of white fur on his upper lip. I inherited the cat when my dad passed away. I loved him dearly.

Posted by: timmi at August 21, 2007 5:05 PM