Am I giving my cat an identity crisis?
June 9, 2009 7:02 PM Subscribe
Am I giving my cat a complex? I call my cat a large variety of names, including but not limited to her original name. She is a little over 10 years old and I've been calling her nicknames for the past, oh, 9 years and 363 days and today it occurred to me that maybe she is completely confused when I talk to her.
posted by banannafish to pets & animals (40 answers total) 7 users marked this as a favorite
Okay, yeah, so I talk to my cat. And when I do, I call her by her name (Jabberwocky) or variant (Jabbles, Jabber, Jabbie) or other affectionate nicknames including but not limited to Craig, Stinky, Meowy, KittenKitKit and Craiger McCraigerson... you get the idea.
She usually responds to Jabberwocky and is now picking up on Craig since my SO and I discovered Graham Roumieu and his lovable Bigfoot, but sometimes when I talk to her she just looks at me like I'm a human talking to a cat. When I am, lets say, talking on the phone and use other names to address people I may be speaking to/about, she doesn't seem to notice or care. However, when I am petting her and call her the goofy names she looks vexed.
Should I stop torturing my cat and call her only by her God-given Monster-inspired name? Does she even care?