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OH. MY. GOD. Henry really IS a girl!!!

post #1 of 28
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My kitties are at the vet for their neutering today, and they just called and told me Henry really is a girl! I feel pretty stupid now, but I am not surprised as I had been wondering myself (but didn't inspect closely and thought she might just be really far behind Jack in development, LOL). She is showing more orangish coloring coming through (sounded like the vet tech saw that first and started wondering).

Oh my, it feels so weird to think of her as a she now. I'll have to starting saying good girl instead of good boy! Now the question is, do I change her name to Henri, short for Henrietta, or change it all together?!

Here's my girl...

post #2 of 28
I would just go with Henri - She is already used to the name.
post #3 of 28
Maybe I'm a little unorthodox, but once they are nuetered, what does it really matter? I'd probably still call her Henry. I have a girl kitty named Sylvester for the same reason.
post #4 of 28
Don't feel stupid. As I posted on another thread, a friend of mine found it necessary to change her kitten's name from Zoe to Romeo...lol

What a little sweety your baby is! I'm not so fond of the name Henrietta, but I don't know if changing the sound of her name completely is okay, either! Sorry, I'm just not much help at all!
post #5 of 28
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Originally Posted by eatrawfish
Maybe I'm a little unorthodox, but once they are nuetered, what does it really matter? I'd probably still call her Henry. I have a girl kitty named Sylvester for the same reason.
I was going to post one day and ask you why you have a girl kitty named Sylvester, LOL.

I think I will probably just keep calling her Henri. I don't like Henrietta either, but it's a girl's name at least!
post #6 of 28
Don't feel silly. It happens a lot. I had a cat named George that became Georgia after we discovered "he" was a girl. Pepper was Pepe' until we discovered she was also a girl.
post #7 of 28
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Originally Posted by Waddle
I was going to post one day and ask you why you have a girl kitty named Sylvester, LOL.

I think I will probably just keep calling her Henri. I don't like Henrietta either, but it's a girl's name at least!
Yeah. It actually happened before I even got her. She just IS a Sylvester, and it's not like she acts particularly feminine.

I like the name Henri more than Henrietta too.
post #8 of 28
Oh don't feel bad. When we got Harley (I wanted to name "him" Ella) we thought he was a girl. So I got "him" a pretty pink collar, a pink bed and everything. We took him to the vet unnamed...and he told us that he was a he! haha, I felt so dumb!!! So after finding out he was a boy, we ended up with Harley...believe me, I know how you feel!! I felt sooooo silly at the vet!!
post #9 of 28
Nope, don't feel bad...I did the same thing with Cody..."she" was supposed to be a "he" too! Hence, the name Cody!
post #10 of 28
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Originally Posted by eatrawfish
Maybe I'm a little unorthodox, but once they are nuetered, what does it really matter?


When my Poptart was 4 weeks old, I couldn't tell if he was a he or a she.. but he looked more calico then so I was calling him a she. I found out a week later that 'she' really was a he.
post #11 of 28
My sister's 15 yr old male cat is named Ashley!! She though he was first a girl too.
post #12 of 28
Mom and dad have a boy cat named Sassy. That was my fault though. He was a stray and so so tiny! I told mom if it was a boy, I would name him Milo(from the movie Milo and Otis)and if it was a girl, I would name her Sassy(from Homeward Bound)and there wasn't anything there yet so we assumed he was a she! And after a while, things.....developed....and there it was! Sassy the boy cat! BUT he is a very sassy cat!
post #13 of 28
My girl was to be a foster kitten, so I didn't care about her gender, just named all the kittens after the Gunsmoke show. By the time we decided to keep her, the name stuck. So I have a girl named Festus. Nothing girl sounds like Festus, and we just stuck with it!

I like Henri better than Henrietta!
post #14 of 28
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Originally Posted by lovemycodygirl
Nope, don't feel bad...I did the same thing with Cody..."she" was supposed to be a "he" too! Hence, the name Cody!
....listen to her! futhermore, nobody are wisdom.....

another lovely furgirl! ...
post #15 of 28
Don't worry about changing the name at all stick with what you already have. I met a female before named "Justin"
post #16 of 28
Awww...Henri is so cute!
post #17 of 28
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Originally Posted by Purr
Awww...Henri is so cute!
What a sweetie!!!
Well, Henri seems to fit her, anyway. We had a female Hercules when I was a kid.

I know someone who really wanted a female cat. His neighbor gave him a male, but she took him to the vet to be neutered. He was never told that she is really a he and apparently doesn't know how to tell! His name is Esmerelda!!!
post #18 of 28
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Originally Posted by GailC
My sister's 15 yr old male cat is named Ashley!! She though he was first a girl too.

isnt ashley a unisex name??
I have a friend in australia named ashley
post #19 of 28
Surprise! Henri is so adorable!
post #20 of 28
that's why Cable's name is Cable - if i had realized she was a female, i might have chosen a slightly more feminine sounding name for her, but she knew her name by the time i was sure... i know it seems like a gender-neutral name, but to me it sounds masculine keep Henry's name - or Henri's name (looks more feminine w/the 'i')...maybe spell it Henrie?
post #21 of 28
My co-worker got a new kitten named Ernie, short for Ernest, and referred to the cat as "he". When I went to visit, and called it "he", the rest of the family smiled, and said, well, Ernie is a "she". Co-worker still refers to Ernie as "he", says once they are neutered, what's the difference. The cat doesn't care.

I think he has a point. Little Ernie doesn't seem to mind.
post #22 of 28
my sister is like that. she refers to all of the cats as 'she' & all of the dogs as 'he'. her main cat is a male, & her dogs were both females... bugged me!
post #23 of 28
My good friend got a cat from a shelter that she was told was a female. Took "Belle" to the vet and discovered, he was actually a male! He was already used to the name, so they kept it.
post #24 of 28
Don't worry! My cousin's daughter's cat 'Fat Boy' became 'Fat Mama' a year ago. (When she turned up pregnant)
post #25 of 28
you could keep calling her henri, as in short for henrietta.
If people ever wonder you could tell them her name is henrietta but you call her henri... even though telling them the whole story is quite an entertaining anecdote.
post #26 of 28
Don't feel bad...I had a Rooster that laid an egg.
I like Henri.
Lei
post #27 of 28
What funny stories. We had little Dartagnan, who, at his 8 week vet checkup was renamed Duchess!! Everyone thinks I'm sexist, but I had been wondering that "he" had been acting, well, so feminine. All the boys were ruff n tuff, and "he" was just terrified of the dog. So, we ended up with 4 girls & 4 boys!
post #28 of 28
The lady that rescued Zakk told us he was a girl when we got him- BTW he was about 6 months. I inspected him, and though new at it, and thought he was a boy. I was going online to try figure it out and constantly trying to get a look. He went to the vet next week and my suspicions were confirmed. Good thing, b/c my husband wanted to call him Avril.
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