August 16, 2007

Meet Sanity Jackson


That’s not his name.
Scott is lobbying for a name from the comments that he REALLY likes: “Bogart”
Sam wants to name him, “Kitty Overlord.”
Maisy wants to name him, “Isabel.”

Me: Maisy, he is a boy.
Her: I don’t WANT him to be a boy!
Scott: In another 4 months, the vet will oblige you on that.

I want to call him Hooky-do because his hands are made out of Velcro.

We are sleeping on it until Sunday and going BACK through the comments (THANK YOU! THANK YOU! So many AWESOME suggestions!) and talking and all I can tell you FOR SURE rigth now is that he IS NOT going to be named Kitty Overlord or anything from Pokemon. I feel I am on SOLID maternal ground because I let Sam name Bagel.


You know, I have not had a kitten since I had GOMPERS, who was also yellow, LO years ago, when I was in college and was walking home from my part time job. A lady down the street put pans of food out for feral cats, and Gompers was in a litter a wild eyed little starvey mommy cat had dropped. Gompers saw me, picked me, left his family, and followed me up the streets peeping that he wanted to go to MY house, not back to the dumpster. He followed me all the WAY home, and I opened the door and let him in. I've never had a better cat in my whole life.

As you may have guessed, THE FURMINATOR IS ALL IT WAS ADVERTISED TO BE! Sara was proved RIGHT! and thus logic dictated that I should go and get me a kitten. Memories of Gompers made me wish the kitten was yellow...

I did not want to go to the same cat shelter I went to last time. I KNEW what would happen. I would end up NOT getting a kitten. Last time, I went for a kitten and came home with a five year old one-eyed clinically obese misanthropic PIRATE with a skin condition. His name is Schubert and I ADORE him, but he is not nor has he EVER been a kitten. I don’t think he was even BORN a kitten. I think he sprung full-blown from the mind of some dark feline version of Zeus. Whenever I go to a shelter ... I KNOW someone will take the kittens, but I see all these adult cats who need a home, and I look for the one with the most diseases and missing body parts and get THAT one.

Today on the internets, I saw my chance to get a GUILT FREE KITTEN, as TINY as I wanted, because I saw this ad on Craig’s list.

All the local no kills are full---kittens in peril. I drove two hours to the state line to snatch up Sir Isabel Bogart the Kitty Overlord of Hooky-Do, and if you live anywhere near Franklin and need a kitten, PLEASE go get one. They don’t have room, and the kittens do not have long--there are many and they are very tiny and wee and hopeful.You need one. You really do. Maybe you need two.

Sir Iz was a steal, too --- a mere twenty-five buck adoption fee, plus of course I took him IMMEDIATELY to the vet because I wanted to make sure he didn’t have feline luek – gotta protect my old Pirate. My vet got him distempered, tested for Schubert-killing diseases, unwormed, de-fleaed, and pronounced DARLING, all for 75 bucks, so. 100 dollars, a life saved, and a TEENY ORANGE FRIEND for life.

A good day.

I feel saner already.

Posted by joshilyn at August 16, 2007 6:37 PM

OMG, I could eat up Sir Iz. Now I need to visit my virtual pound and see who is available.

Posted by: Catherine at August 16, 2007 7:06 PM

Oh! He is precious. Every cat I've ever had has been orange. I had one a long time ago named Marmalade. We now have two orange kitties -- the aforementioned Tigger/Pigger/Pootie (aforementioned by me in yesterday's comments) and Rustybutt Underfoot.

Posted by: Leandra at August 16, 2007 7:47 PM



He looks like a rock star, and I really did like it when I thought you'd actually named him "sanity."

Posted by: Ailo at August 16, 2007 7:55 PM

I was voting for the hedgehog, but he looks pretty cute. I don't suppose he could be Pigling Bland?

Posted by: Laura Florand at August 16, 2007 8:01 PM

Okay, the pic got a big "Awwwww!" out of my son who's eleven and pretty much doesn't say that anymore.

You now officially qualify for a book referral. I've already told my sister about it, and her, um...menagerie is only slighly bigger than yours. (You don't have 8 guinea pigs...yet.)

Jules Feiffer's "A Room with a Zoo." (Yes, he of the Roald Dahl illustrations)

It's the story of his daughter, Julie, told in her voice, about her pets. She wants a dog, but can't get one until she's old enough to walk the dog in NY, by herself. While she waits, she fills her days (and her room) with every other kind of pet. You HAVE to read it.

Posted by: Becky Levine at August 16, 2007 8:17 PM

You are nuts. I love that about you, by the way.

Good luck with the naming. I also liked Sanity, but I can see where San and Sam would get confusing. Perhaps you could settle for naming him Syllogism?

Posted by: Mir at August 16, 2007 8:40 PM

Oh! He is PRESSSHUS! How I miss having a kitty, they are indeed better than hours of therapy and/or meds. (My son is allergic so all the pets had to find new homes.) That was a good thing you did.

Posted by: jenn at August 16, 2007 8:51 PM

I would name him Creamsicle. xxx

Posted by: Martha at August 16, 2007 9:43 PM


B) He could be Post-It because they, too, assist in the maintenance of one's sanity and they, too, are sticky.

Posted by: Casey at August 16, 2007 9:59 PM



Posted by: Autumn at August 16, 2007 10:22 PM

Very sweet but my goal is to get my kids all off to school like you (1 more year to go) and simply my life which doesn't mean getting another pet. I know that sounds heartless. Maybe I'll change my mind after they get on that schoolbus and I have a productive first day like you did and maybe even have to look for things to do. Back to the naming, my 2 orange kitties that I've had in my lifetime were Milo and Alex. Zoe on Sesame Street was about Zoe?

Posted by: Kim at August 16, 2007 11:04 PM

Okay. . .that is one precious kitten. . .and it was a photo like that one that landed me with the one and only cat I wrote about that landed me in the hospital incapable of breathing.

DO NOT post any more cute kitten pictures!!!!!

I just wish I could hold my breath, pet his sweet little self, then run and wash my hands as fast as possible. . .oh. . .and breathe.

Posted by: Roxanne at August 16, 2007 11:08 PM

What a perfect kitten. I can tell right away that he will greatly assist your sanity.

I can't wait to see what name he fits with! At one time, when several farm cats had litters at the same time, we were so stretched thin for kitten names that we ended up with a cat named Gurgi.

Posted by: jessica at August 16, 2007 11:21 PM

I dunno, looks like trouble on the paw to me. He's got a gleam in his eye that my Chaos kitty used to have, and boy could he live up to his name!

Also, you've got to beware now. If Bagel and Sir Iz (which is a perfectly fine name right there, if you ask me!) team up, you could be in a serious and difficult situation. A good cat-and-dog team can positively rule the house!

Of course a good cat-and-dog team also understand deeply the need for serious cuddling and snuggling, which is of course too wonderful for words.

Posted by: Fran at August 17, 2007 12:24 AM

I vote for Bogart. I really like the name Sanity though!

Posted by: Heather Cook at August 17, 2007 1:34 AM


I want one. My husband is allergic. He should just get the shots so I can have a cute one like this, right?

Posted by: aka nik at August 17, 2007 1:49 AM

I am still innocent of "Pokemon" (having only a toddler daughter), so I thought Kitty Overlord was a great name until you revealed its origins . .

Posted by: Brigitte at August 17, 2007 5:36 AM

There is big kitten envy coming from your UK editors (and all their friends/colleagues who may just have been forwarded this link in the spirit of all that is Friday - the day for sending around pictures of cute animals, obviously)
I am, unsurprisingly, with Maisy, re his name.

Posted by: Isobel Akenhead at August 17, 2007 5:37 AM

I vote for Bogart too. My parents had 2 cats named Barton and Jackson, both fine names. Ours is called Mouse, a last-ditch compromise between the name I wanted - Esme - and my partner's - Karen. I mean, really, a cat called Karen?

Posted by: Suzie Doore at August 17, 2007 6:24 AM

Marmalade boy kitties are the best! I have two. He is gorgeous.

Posted by: Edgy Mama at August 17, 2007 7:53 AM

I know nothing of Pokemon, but "Kitty Overlord" is one rockin' name. I mean, come on...doesn't he just look like he's got designs on ruling the house? I SO want my cat. I have to wait for the shelter to schedule the neutering and testing and they won't let him go before that and, much like you, I can't take him home if he has any Ernie-killing diseases. I am sad at the thought of maybe not getting him. I am happy you rescued a kitty.

Posted by: amy at August 17, 2007 7:59 AM

I am also in the pro-Sir camp. My last kitten was Lord Byron, and though he was rarely called by his title, he certainly knew he had one. Sir Iz strikes me as just fine.

My sister wanted to name a male kitten Sybil, and upon finding out it was a girl's name, she changed it slightly so we then had a cat named Syllable.

Posted by: Jessica at August 17, 2007 8:25 AM

Congratulations on your new family member! Its a sweet little kitty face like that that makes me forget that I am a dog person. Must...resist...draw...of... Its no use. I think I'll go get a kitty today.

Posted by: Em at August 17, 2007 8:27 AM

Ack! You are too cruel, Joss, too cruel, I say. I went to that ad you linked to. I SO loves me some calico kitties. But. I am clear over here in Texas. And being the ONLY person in my neighborhood sans a residing dog, I have a sporadic supply of feral kitties to feed and pet and talk to.

How about Gompers again as a name. Or perhaps G2?

Posted by: David at August 17, 2007 8:33 AM

Also, for your consideration and perusal, my Aunt had a cat once that she called Spaz/Spazzy. Have you ever seen a cat tear around a room in such a way that he actually runs ON THE ACTUAL WALL? Yeah.

Also, Trip (for obvious reasons).

Posted by: David at August 17, 2007 8:40 AM

Awwwwww...he's GORGEOUS!! Look at those eyes!

I like Sanity as a name. I also like Bogart, Hooky-do, and Sir Iz! I thought Kitty Overlord was pretty awesome until you burst that bubble by revealing where that name came from.

I also really love Casey's suggestion of Post-it. :-)

Also, I think he looks an awful lot like a Rumpelteazer. Just sayin'

Posted by: DebR at August 17, 2007 8:48 AM

Oh, C'mon. Sanity is a GOOD name. It's a good thing, too. You could call him TT for short- though here in the South it might be misconstrued as something you'd ask you toddler about...
Maybe voting for the name I put in the pot isn't kosher- so I offer an alternative: after fanning the pages of GIA, my finger landed on PETEY.

Posted by: linda at August 17, 2007 9:38 AM

I am now wishing three things:
1) That I lived closer to where you live so I could get a kitten
2) That there were kittens closer to where I live (which there probably are, but now I feel sad for those kittens near you)
3) That we were allowed to have pets in our apartment complex. We're not, but I sometimes get the overwhelming urge to pet and snuggle with a kitten, which makes me feel like breaking the rules. A lot.

Posted by: Jessie at August 17, 2007 9:55 AM

I like Sir Iz (perhaps called Izzy)which could be short for Isadore.

Posted by: katkin at August 17, 2007 10:37 AM

SO CUTE! Even though they hurt, I love when their little claws are so needle-y (if that's a word).

I LIKE the name Sanity, but Therapy would be a good name too. But Hooky-Do is also a very good name. And he sorta looks like a Bogart.

All I can say is that sleeping on it until Sunday is a good thing, because you want to get that name right. I can't wait to hear what you decide on!

Posted by: Aimee at August 17, 2007 10:50 AM

That kitten looks like a Mouzle to me for some reason. But whatever you name him, he's awfully cute, and will definitely be therapy.
Congrats on the new family member!

Posted by: Laura at August 17, 2007 11:36 AM

Oh. My. Goodness.

After spending EONS deciding on dog(s), you scoop up a kitten in less than 48 hours!

He really is precious. What does your old pirate think of the new housemate?

Posted by: Elizabeth at August 17, 2007 11:55 AM

I did once have a cat named Izzy. He was really good at finding nooks to sleep in and we were always walking around the house saying "where is he" so it turned into Izzy. - what does the Bagel think of cute kitten. Is this his new best friend instead of a new dog?

Posted by: Cathi at August 17, 2007 12:21 PM

Oh, he's adorable. And thank you for having a responsible Vet who will neutralize his future determinations.

Sanity and Cremesicle are really good names. I mean if you're not going with Scott or Rustybutt.

Posted by: Cele at August 17, 2007 12:29 PM

So adorable! Personally I like Sir Iz quite a lot. Our yellow cat that lived for 15+ years was Apollo, also a good choice. Have fun!

Posted by: Bridget at August 17, 2007 12:37 PM

Awww! He's adorable.

I can't think of any names, but he's cute :)

Posted by: Lindsey at August 17, 2007 12:41 PM

OhOh, I forgot to mention one of my all-time favorite kitten names - Prolly. It came about when a couple I knew got a kitten and when they'd hear a horrendous crash in the night, one of them would sleepily ask "what was that?" and the other would just-as-sleepily mutter "it was prolly the cat." Eventually they forgot what they'd actually named the kitten and he became Prolly the Cat.

Posted by: DebR at August 17, 2007 1:43 PM

I am firmly in the "Kitty Overlord" camp, but realize that my vote shouldn't actually count since I named my last two Booger and Suckbag. But please tell Sam I think he's very funny.

SO CUTE!!!!!!!!! He looks intrepid. And fuzzy.

Posted by: Cornelia Read at August 17, 2007 3:08 PM

Now that's what I call a KITTY! It doesn't really matter what you name him. All he cares about is cuddling, food, warm half and half, (it's ok to spoil him)and a chance to dash through the house making you laugh hysterically. What a blessed kitty to have been chosen by you.

Posted by: Rhonda at August 17, 2007 3:24 PM

Really, you've named him already. . .

"Sir Isabel Bogart the Kitty Overlord of Hooky-Do"

Just pick a nick-name from one of those, and you're in business.

Posted by: Roxanne at August 17, 2007 3:51 PM

My daughter and I are voting for Icky Thump. Totally rockin' kitty. Just our opinion.

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

If you choose Bogart, if you need him you can just whistle.

You do know how to whistle, don't you?

Posted by: rams2830 at August 17, 2007 6:12 PM

Too SWEET! This is really goofy, but since he is there to lift you moods, why not call him "Sunshine", or possibly "DandyLion" he could be "Sunny", or "Dandy" for short. He just looks like sunshine would follow him wherever he goes.

Posted by: Heather at August 17, 2007 6:52 PM

He's adorable. We have a kitten, named Libby (for Liberty) but she should've been called Trouble. My favorite was the one my husband had when I met him (favorite name, they're all my favorite cat). There's some play (he's the theater major, not me) that has a syllogism that ends, Therefore, Socrates is a cat. Socrates was handsome, not too bright and a total mushy-love. His nickname was Soccer. I still miss him. My friend's always threatening to name a kitty Gottawee just to hear the vet say it in the waiting room when it's their turn.

Posted by: Jill at August 17, 2007 8:20 PM

Now that I see him and he's an actual kitten and not just the idea of a kitten, (or a virtual kitten, or a pretend kitten with a battery inside that makes his tummy go up and down like the one I gave my mother for her assisted living home apartment) .... he needs a real name: how 'bout SIMBA? (He looks very kingly to me!) so precious! My cat, Oreo, is now 17 years old .... cats reign!

Posted by: Susan Cushman at August 17, 2007 9:16 PM

Just when I thought I was totally over cats...

What does that ol' pirate think of the interloper, anyway?

Posted by: Amy-Go at August 17, 2007 9:38 PM

AWWWW ::melt::

Thanks to you, I desperately want a Puggle and a Labradoodle (I think you mentioned them here?)

Why not name him Hedgehog?

Posted by: Angel at August 17, 2007 10:09 PM

on the mental health theme, how about "chattahoochee," as in where they send the crazies in florida (the state "home," not the river....) And his pajama stripes are about the same color as the chattahoochee river......just think how much fun it would be to yoddle his name off the back porch when you're trying to round him up? (as if a cat ever came running home on request...)

Posted by: dramamama at August 17, 2007 11:36 PM

plus, just think of the sense of place you could capture with the name chattahoochee, once you leave disturbia for your goat farm in L.A. He'd be like a memento of Atlanta, as you watched his little self peacefully chasing your goats and ponies, trailed lovingly by bagel, the one-eyed cat and all the newts, gerbils and whatever other critters that have made their way into your habitrails......frankly, i would NEED therapy (plus a furminator2) if another creature showed up around here.

Posted by: dramamama at August 17, 2007 11:50 PM

another vote for Sir Iz, here. Or The Wiz cause you sound so much better already! Not that I was worried or anything ...

Posted by: Patti at August 18, 2007 1:46 AM

Awwwww! He's purrrrfect!!!!

Posted by: Trace at August 18, 2007 10:15 AM

My Malmesley looked a little like this when he was small. He was named for Malmsey wine (type of Maderia) as he was that colour. No one could say Malmsey without the extra L so Malmesley he became. Actually my nephew called him Mow- mow (pronounced as in ouch) when he was small and that stuck too. He would answer to both.
My other cats have been Ratbag, Twilight, Goggins, Herbie, Nelson and Misty.

How about Sunset??

Posted by: jas at August 18, 2007 1:11 PM

Awww, so CUTE! I think Sanity is a *great* name btw. Failing that, I think Velcro is cute ;)

We just lost our beloved 15 year old cat, Rumpleteaser (Rumpy) & he's taking some getting over - not to bring you down! We still have our Rufus though.
"I take it he's a ginger tom?" someone once asked me.
"No, a brown tabby..."

Who I originally wanted to call Crispin.

Posted by: diane at August 19, 2007 7:22 AM

Cute and little and orange and fluffy!
Can you call him that? Maybe clof for short?

Posted by: Nienke at August 20, 2007 10:02 AM

Your kitten looks very similar to our Director of Public Relations, Kona the Cat.

See evidence A:

I bet he's really soft...

Posted by: Jef at August 21, 2007 8:51 PM

Sweet baby jeesus I want that kitteh!!!!

Posted by: ScottsdaleGirl at August 22, 2007 7:00 PM

Spaz ( i had a cat named Spaz once)
One of the Lion King names - because he looketh like a lion

Posted by: ScottsdaleGirl at August 22, 2007 7:03 PM


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