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Would you name them?

post #1 of 15
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Hey everybody, just looking for some opinions.

I go back and forth on whether or not to name the cats/kittens we have in foster care. Our coordinator has pretty much left it up to me, since she doesn't feel she's very good with cat names (for example, she's taken in six stray cats in recent years and they're named Stray 1, Stray 2, etc...)

I love coming up with names for the kitties and think it makes sense if they're going to be with us for a while. I also just feel like every cat deserves a name. Does that sound silly? Even though a lot people who adopt from us end up choosing their own names, we still get quite a few who ask for suggestions or who keep the names I've already given the kitties.

The hard part seems to be, and our coordinator agrees, once you name them, it gets more personal, easier to get attached to them. (That's what happened with a little gray and white feral kitten I named Peter!) She laughs at me for taking this so seriously asked me over the weekend, "Do you think the cats really care?"

Any thoughts? Thanks!
post #2 of 15
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Originally Posted by eilcon
I love coming up with names for the kitties and think it makes sense if they're going to be with us for a while. I also just feel like every cat deserves a name. Does that sound silly?
come on Eileen! any ask is never considered Silly! this thread show us your big and golden heart for the lovely homeless!
hummm my humble suggestions:

what about the Clan of the Top Cat Names?, You said that they are 6 Isn´t? .. well
1.-Top Cat would be the firts and
-Benny the ball, Choo Choo, Fancy, Brain and Spook......

how about????
post #3 of 15
Well, they name them at the shelters. Some of them are great names, just check out Petfinder. Then again, I've adopted two animals that were pre-named and promptly changed their names to something a bit more my style. I guess it's up to you, in the long run. If you are afraid it will get you too attached to them, don't do it. But, how do you refer to them? Thing One and Thing Two, etc.? Oh great, now I have Dr. Seuss in my head...sorry.
post #4 of 15
I have always changed the names of adopted cats. But on the other hand, if I have found or rescued a nameless cat, then once I have named it, I have always kept it!
post #5 of 15
I give all my fosters names but know that they usually be changed by their new humans anyway and no matter what I name then they usually wind up beibng called, God^&@$t, Now What!?! OH MY GOD! NotAgain! and the ever popular, Stop That Right Now!!!
post #6 of 15
I would name them
post #7 of 15
I would name them as well.
Every animal I've ever adopted kept the name it came with (if it had one), unless it was just too much name LOL.
I try to keep names simple, and 2 sylables for the most part, 3 max.
post #8 of 15
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Originally Posted by BigKittenDaddy
I give all my fosters names but know that they usually be changed by their new humans anyway and no matter what I name then they usually wind up beibng called, God^&@$t, Now What!?! OH MY GOD! NotAgain! and the ever popular, Stop That Right Now!!!

That's how we were when we were breeding....name them....but those nicknames you gave sound terribly familiar!
post #9 of 15
I think you should name them, think of a child in the orphanage- they all have names. If you get attached to them that is all right because you know you will be sending them to homes where they are wanted... their time with you should be the best you can make it... I think what you are doing is so awesome!!
post #10 of 15
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Originally Posted by Arlyn
I would name them as well.
Every animal I've ever adopted kept the name it came with (if it had one), unless it was just too much name LOL.
I try to keep names simple, and 2 syllables for the most part, 3 max.
I agree to keep them simple. If it is a mouthful, then you definitely start using BigKittenDaddy's brand of nick-names. When we got Lucy, the vet techs had named her Paloma because she reminded them of a Picasso painting. I knew that Paloma would be too hard on the tongue when I was trying to get her attention.

Of course, the more you have in the house, it becomes: MUCH, LUCY, CARLY, WHATEVER YOUR NAME IS - STOP THAT.
post #11 of 15
I agree that you should give them names. Summer was named by the people at the shelter where I got her from. We are going to get a new kitty soon and if she comes with a mouthful of a name or one that isn't us, then it will be changed! A name gives you a bond, but its not too personal since they can be changed.
post #12 of 15
Cindy and Fawn's foster Mum (who had them from about 5 weeks to 5 months) didn't believe in giving names that could be permanent to any animal who wasn't staying with her permanently. I don't remember now how she referred to Fawn, but Cindy was Shy Kitty. I like her approach -- some means of referring to/addressing the critter that has a connection with its personality, while leaving the formal naming for the permanent relationship.
post #13 of 15
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Originally Posted by rapunzel47
Cindy and Fawn's foster Mum (who had them from about 5 weeks to 5 months) didn't believe in giving names that could be permanent to any animal who wasn't staying with her permanently. I don't remember now how she referred to Fawn, but Cindy was Shy Kitty. I like her approach -- some means of referring to/addressing the critter that has a connection with its personality, while leaving the formal naming for the permanent relationship.

I like that approach. one it tells the person looking a little about the kitty, and it gives each one something that shows they are special. The humane society had named CJ Perry. I have never heard of a cat named perry and it did not fit him any better than a size 3 fits me. So you all know how this story ended, the name got changed to something that fits him better. Funny though, I called him by perry for a couple of days while I was thinking of a new name, he never came to it, it never registered to him that I was calling him, but then again here kitty kitty doesnt work on him either.
post #14 of 15
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Originally Posted by rapunzel47
Cindy and Fawn's foster Mum (who had them from about 5 weeks to 5 months) didn't believe in giving names that could be permanent to any animal who wasn't staying with her permanently. I don't remember now how she referred to Fawn, but Cindy was Shy Kitty. I like her approach -- some means of referring to/addressing the critter that has a connection with its personality, while leaving the formal naming for the permanent relationship.
That's what we did with our kittens. Not so much names as identifiers ... Tubby (biggest), Whitey (beautiful white throat and reverse mask), Blacky (the only black one), Little Missy (the sweetest little girl), and Spotted Black Foot (the other little girl).

If we keep one (I cannot BELIEVE I'm even thinking about it), then it will get a proper name.
post #15 of 15
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Originally Posted by eilcon
She laughs at me for taking this so seriously asked me over the weekend, "Do you think the cats really care?"
Of course they care! They just don't want you to know it!
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