I adopted my cat Violet as tiny 10 week old kitten. She was raised by her foster mom after being found by a rescue group responding to a call of a suspected colony of feral cats. No ferals were found but they did discover a recently born kitten with no other kittens or mother cat in sight. They brought her in and she was raised in foster care, bottle fed by her foster mom, and highly socialized with humans and other cats. As a result of her upbringing she is and extremely loving, social, active, and curious kitty. She knows how to use her charm to get what she wants. Because she was found among the flowers they had named her Violet, a name I decided to keep when I brought her home.
My cat Tiger is a big striped Tabby who is very expressive when conveying his annoyance or disgust. Big in personality and very vocal, he is never shy about letting you know when he has had enough of a situation. He is friendly but definitely not a lap cat. I went through many names before deciding on “Tiger” – it was the name that I felt suited him best.
Every year there are lists that are circulated of the most popular cat names of the past year. “Bella” has held the number one spot for female cat name since 2007 and for males, “Oliver” is occupying the top spot for the second year in a row. Names are often influenced by cartoon characters, pop culture, or popular movies.
Some cats just seem to name themselves. For others choosing a name is easy when they have a distinct personality trait or an outstanding physical feature. Cats who come into a shelter with no identification are often given a new name only to be renamed once they go home to a new family. Adopted adult cats may go through many name changes in their lifetime.
Does your cat have a trendy or an unusual name?
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