Name my slutty cat
September 25, 2011 9:53 AM   Subscribe

[NameMyCat Filter] What to name this stray cat I'm adopting? Famous sluts or single mamas?

Last week I found a stray mama cat and three little kittens in my backyard. This same mama had a litter last year; I was able to catch one kitten and find it a home before mama disappeared. I thought she might have gotten killed, but she was back this year with three new babies. This time I caught all of them. The vet says they're all healthy, so I am keeping mama and finding homes for the babies.

Mama is about 2-3 years old. She has short, charcoal-grey fur with a white patch on her chest and another on her face. She only weighs about 6 pounds, but she's gaining weight fast! (Sorry, I don't have any photos of her yet...I'll work on that.)

Since she's lived most or all of her life on the street and has had at least two litters with neighborhood tomcats, I'd like to name her something that reflects her checkered past. I like 'Fantine' (Cosette's mother from Les Mis), but I'm not sure that works well as a cat name. 'Jezebel' is another possibility. Other ideas?
posted by southern_sky to Pets & Animals (55 answers total) 3 users marked this as a favorite
 
Miss Kitty.
posted by box at 10:00 AM on September 25, 2011 [3 favorites]


Congratulations and kudos!
The only name suggestion I can offer is Maggie (Magdeline)
posted by mightshould at 10:01 AM on September 25, 2011


Moll Flanders
posted by drlith at 10:07 AM on September 25, 2011


Mog Flanders, shurely.
posted by MuffinMan at 10:13 AM on September 25, 2011 [5 favorites]


I call male cats Mr Cat and haven't named a female one yet but Miss Kitty would probably be it, yes.
posted by fraac at 10:13 AM on September 25, 2011


The Rita Mae Brown novel Southern Discomfort features two prostitutes-with-hearts-of-gold-and-awesome-names, Banana Mae and Blue Rhonda.
posted by Juliet Banana at 10:16 AM on September 25, 2011 [7 favorites]


Nell Gwyn
posted by sciencegeek at 10:17 AM on September 25, 2011 [1 favorite]


Also, take note of Wikipedia's List of Prostitutes and Courtesans
posted by sciencegeek at 10:19 AM on September 25, 2011 [1 favorite]


Roxanne
You don't have to put on the red light
Those days are over
You don't have to sell your body to the night

Moll Flanders would be appropriate too.
posted by TooFewShoes at 10:19 AM on September 25, 2011 [6 favorites]


Messalina.
posted by 2N2222 at 10:21 AM on September 25, 2011 [1 favorite]


I would vote against Jezebel for two reasons: one, I hate that fucking website; and two, the last thing you want is for your kitteh to be eaten by dogs with only her hands and feet left over.
posted by elizardbits at 10:28 AM on September 25, 2011 [3 favorites]


Octomom?
posted by Maisie at 10:30 AM on September 25, 2011 [2 favorites]


Also, congratulations on your new addition. Grey cats are the best cats and you are doing a good thing by adopting a stray and an adult one at that.
posted by Maisie at 10:31 AM on September 25, 2011


Marie Laveau
posted by bjgeiger at 10:33 AM on September 25, 2011


I like Jezebel.
posted by Ahab at 10:34 AM on September 25, 2011


Colette
posted by munchingzombie at 10:36 AM on September 25, 2011


I am currently undefeated in the ole MeFi pet naming game. I suggest she sounds like Christie Love to me.
posted by timsteil at 10:38 AM on September 25, 2011


If you're going down the Colette route, her character was called Gigi. Incidentally, when it was first published as a novella, it was published alongside another title - The Cat.
posted by MuffinMan at 10:39 AM on September 25, 2011 [1 favorite]


My husband had always wanted a dog named Jezebel, so when we got our puppy that was his first suggestion. We compromised and very happily ended up with Belle.
posted by mireille at 10:40 AM on September 25, 2011


The only name is, of course, Mehitabel:

"well boss
mehitabel the cat
has reappeared in her old
haunts with a
flock of kittens
three of them this time

archy she says to me
yesterday
the life of a female
artist is continually
hampered what in hell
have i done to deserve
all these kittens
i look back on my life
and it seems to me to be
just one damned kitten
after another..."
posted by MonkeyToes at 10:42 AM on September 25, 2011 [24 favorites]


Tilly Devine, or Kitty Devine!
posted by goo at 10:49 AM on September 25, 2011


Lady Chatterly
posted by XMLicious at 10:52 AM on September 25, 2011 [1 favorite]


End the shaming! Celebrate her proclivities! Name her...Super Slut!
posted by roger ackroyd at 10:54 AM on September 25, 2011


Debbie. As in Debbie Does Dallas
posted by JohnnyGunn at 10:58 AM on September 25, 2011


I second giving her a normal cat name. I like a bawdy joke, but I don't really get this one, since... all cats would do this.
posted by stoneandstar at 11:00 AM on September 25, 2011 [3 favorites]


Murphy Brown
posted by labwench at 11:14 AM on September 25, 2011


Lazarus Long says you should call her "Rangy Lil."
posted by bigbigdog at 11:15 AM on September 25, 2011


Why, Hester Prynne, of course. I think Hester by itself is an excellent cat name.

But if a Puritan name is not your thing, there's also Ms. Blanche DuBois, both for the checkered past and the fact that your kitty "has always depended on the kindness of strangers."
posted by castlebravo at 11:45 AM on September 25, 2011 [4 favorites]


[this is nto a thread about slut-shaming and do not make it one. Thank you.]
posted by jessamyn (staff) at 11:46 AM on September 25, 2011 [2 favorites]


My daughter recommends "Ms. Meowsers."
posted by 4ster at 12:02 PM on September 25, 2011


Hecate.
posted by effluvia at 12:20 PM on September 25, 2011 [1 favorite]


Scarlet
posted by MexicanYenta at 12:28 PM on September 25, 2011


Lady Chatterly

Oh, surely you misspelled "Lady Catterly."
posted by rhizome at 12:37 PM on September 25, 2011 [13 favorites]


Fluffy
posted by sammyo at 12:40 PM on September 25, 2011


Molly Bloom.
posted by Slarty Bartfast at 1:10 PM on September 25, 2011


Fluffer

But really, I think Lady Catterly FTW, we can close this up.
posted by Slarty Bartfast at 1:14 PM on September 25, 2011


Lucrezia Borgia -- call her Lucy for short.
posted by I'm Brian and so's my wife! at 1:15 PM on September 25, 2011


Ideally her favourite mankitteh lover will be called Meowllers.
posted by elizardbits at 1:27 PM on September 25, 2011 [1 favorite]


That cat is pure Delilah. Now, we must have pics.
posted by cyndigo at 1:32 PM on September 25, 2011 [1 favorite]


Tess (of the D'Urbervilles).
posted by lollusc at 1:40 PM on September 25, 2011


Tallulah Bankhead referred to herself as "pure as the driven slush." You could call her Lulu for short.
posted by corey flood at 1:40 PM on September 25, 2011 [1 favorite]


Can't believe I'm participating but...

Lolita
Angelina
posted by bluedaisy at 2:15 PM on September 25, 2011


Roxanne is a great cat name for a kitty, Roxy for short.
posted by Mavri at 2:20 PM on September 25, 2011


These are great answers, everyone! Thanks! Lady Catterly and Mehitabel are brilliant. I'm kind of partial to Roxanne and Scarlet, too. (Scarlet woman, scarlet letter...) I'll see what she responds to, and report back.
posted by southern_sky at 2:54 PM on September 25, 2011


Tacocat.

It's a palindrome!
posted by 4ster at 5:16 PM on September 25, 2011 [1 favorite]


Fanchette was the name of the cat in Colette's Claudine novels....who got knocked up by a Parisian tom.
posted by brujita at 6:06 PM on September 25, 2011


Salome, if you want to get biblical. She as more of a temptress from what I gather, but it could still work.
posted by elder18 at 6:46 PM on September 25, 2011


nthing Roxanne, just because It'd be a fun name to call out from the back door.

"rrrrrOOOXANNE!"
posted by fonetik at 12:47 AM on September 26, 2011


If she's even a little snooty, then name her after a royal mistress, Lilly.
posted by fatmouse at 1:48 AM on September 26, 2011


It's too bad she isn't an orange tabby, but she could still be Lady Marmalade.
posted by snorkmaiden at 7:54 PM on September 26, 2011


Definitely Nana, from the great Zola novel. (Full disclosure: my Nana was an awesome kitteh.)
posted by sfkiddo at 10:23 PM on September 26, 2011


Fancy of Reba's song by the same name.
posted by kamikazegopher at 12:56 AM on September 27, 2011


Gotta go with Mehitable
posted by Ghidorah at 6:16 AM on September 27, 2011


Eccentrica Gallumbits
posted by XMLicious at 5:25 PM on September 27, 2011


We decided to go with Roxanne. Thanks, everyone!
posted by southern_sky at 7:45 PM on October 5, 2011


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