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August 6, 2015 4:37 PM   Subscribe

If AskMefi had a superpower, this would be it. What is my newly adopted cat named?

Up top, here's the pix ya'll : 1, 2, 3, 4.

She's a domestic short hair, two years old, light brown with black stripes.

Her eyes are incredible. I don't know if you can see in the pics, but they are huge and dark golden honey colored, with black eyeliner stripes that put Cleopatra to shame.

She's pretty independent, more in the confidant way than in the solitary way. She's super curious, very playful, more on the chill side of things, and loves to sleep in a box and scratch rugs.

The shelter I got her from said that she'll get aggressive toward small dogs given the chance, we don't have one and don't plan on having her interact with any, so I just mention it because she's a little tougher than, say, a Sweetie Lumpkins or something.

I couldn't get many clear shots, she's still in "the wtf am I doing in this place and who the ef are you" phase, so I didn't want to get too up in her business taking a ton of pictures.

Thanks!
posted by moons in june to Pets & Animals (78 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
 
Cleopatra.

(I believe cats should be named after royalty. Mine are named Henry and Beth after the King and Queen of England, since they're both redheads.)
posted by quincunx at 4:40 PM on August 6, 2015 [1 favorite]


To me the best cat names are either people names or food names. In those categories, the things that came to mind when I saw your girl are:
1. Stephanie.
2. Chicken.
posted by something something at 4:43 PM on August 6, 2015 [5 favorites]


Margot.
posted by tel3path at 4:48 PM on August 6, 2015 [4 favorites]


Pixel (like pixie but stronger and more curious)
posted by metahawk at 4:49 PM on August 6, 2015


Minerva McGonagall (Minnie for short)
posted by flourpot at 4:50 PM on August 6, 2015 [1 favorite]


She's a beauty!

Veronica.
posted by janey47 at 4:52 PM on August 6, 2015 [1 favorite]


Independent, curious, playful?

Mischief is her name.
posted by Pallas Athena at 4:53 PM on August 6, 2015


She just seems gorgeous and exotic and remarkable. And of course those dark golden eyes . . . So I'd pick a Russian name for her, like
Natasha, Olga, Oksana, or Anastasia. Or a wonderful Italian name like Annunciata (esp. if she is a talker), Cosima (beauty), Mirella (admire), Vitalia (of life, vital) or Vittoria (victory).
posted by bearwife at 4:54 PM on August 6, 2015 [3 favorites]


Lisa was the first name to pop into my mind. Make sure to let us know what you decide!
posted by Sunnyshe at 5:00 PM on August 6, 2015


donut
judith
karen
flora (biased because that is my cat's name)
pumpkin
potato


basically what something something said - human or food names
posted by burgerrr at 5:00 PM on August 6, 2015 [1 favorite]


Yeah, quincunx is right... Cleopatra or Cleo for short
posted by jshort at 5:04 PM on August 6, 2015 [2 favorites]


smoke
posted by vrakatar at 5:13 PM on August 6, 2015


Edna
Mary
Mogget
Rachel
posted by irisclara at 5:16 PM on August 6, 2015


Amber
posted by HandfulOfDust at 5:19 PM on August 6, 2015 [3 favorites]


Poutyface.

No, I don't know why.
posted by Ms Vegetable at 5:20 PM on August 6, 2015


Aura. For the golden eyes.
posted by mollweide at 5:24 PM on August 6, 2015 [1 favorite]


Her name is Tallulah (Lulu for cuddle times).
posted by billiebee at 5:24 PM on August 6, 2015 [4 favorites]


That's a Sammie, right there.
posted by joan_holloway at 5:26 PM on August 6, 2015


You've definitely got yourself a Waffles there. Waffles.
posted by dayintoday at 5:30 PM on August 6, 2015 [2 favorites]


Maud
posted by sciencegeek at 5:31 PM on August 6, 2015 [1 favorite]


I thought Cleo before looking at any answers here. Glad to see someone beat me to it.
posted by guster4lovers at 5:44 PM on August 6, 2015


Emma
posted by Melsky at 5:49 PM on August 6, 2015


Astrid.
posted by wotsac at 5:49 PM on August 6, 2015 [1 favorite]


I like Tallulah/Lulu or Cleopatra/Cleo.

My first thought was Penelope, which has a lot of great nickname options: Penny, Ellie, Elle

I also really like when cats have super long names, so personally I would go for something like:

Queen Tallulah Cleopatra Penelope Waffles IV

"Queen" is her title, not her first name, obviously. She's totally royalty! Also absolutely adorable.
posted by litera scripta manet at 5:50 PM on August 6, 2015


Tralfaz
posted by Rob Rockets at 6:05 PM on August 6, 2015 [2 favorites]


I have no idea why because I've never burdened any of my pets with the following, but Buttons. Else-wise Boadicea, preferably mispronounced as Boe-da-chee-a, Boe for short., though boo-duh-kuh is pretty kick-arse.
posted by b33j at 6:12 PM on August 6, 2015


And Pallas Athena is nearly right, Mischief is her middle name.

Or maybe she's Ms Cheef, and Boadicea is her first name. Ms Boadicea Cheef aka Buttons.

There, sorted.
posted by b33j at 6:14 PM on August 6, 2015 [1 favorite]


I hate to be a downer, but intense coppery gold eyes in cats can be a sign of a liver disorder. I know someone with a cat who has a similar liver condition, and amazingly gorgeous orange eyes from it. It could just be her regular ol' natural eye color, but super-intense eyes like that are uncommon enough that I figure it's worth a mention.

Anyway, she looks like a Trixie or a Stella to me. Or maybe a Pretzel. Or Inspector something-or-other. Inspector Pretzel? I highly recommend trying out every name you can think of for a week or two, to see what sticks.
posted by Metroid Baby at 6:17 PM on August 6, 2015 [4 favorites]


Stephanie or Samantha (can be Sammie for short, as suggested by joan_holloway)
posted by kitten magic at 6:21 PM on August 6, 2015


Kittie Kitterson. You can call her Kat for short.
posted by SpacemanStix at 6:23 PM on August 6, 2015


Sandy.
posted by littlewater at 6:25 PM on August 6, 2015


Sakara
posted by sillysally at 6:26 PM on August 6, 2015


Feist.
posted by duvatney at 6:26 PM on August 6, 2015


Smoky Barnable

(I just read Little, Big and basically want to adopt a kitten so I can name it that)
posted by annathea at 6:28 PM on August 6, 2015 [2 favorites]


PEGGY. As in Agent Carter. As in supreme badass and all around cool lady.

Permutations may include Pig and Pretty Pretty.
posted by Hermione Granger at 6:33 PM on August 6, 2015 [1 favorite]


Her name is Charlie, but I would call her "Cakes" a lot because of her huge pancake shaped eyes.
posted by AugustWest at 6:35 PM on August 6, 2015


Her eyes... are huge and dark golden honey colored.

And that's why her name is Bea.
posted by carmicha at 6:35 PM on August 6, 2015 [1 favorite]


Groovy. Then she would be "Feline Groovy", a Simon & Garfunkel tribute cat.
posted by jcworth at 6:50 PM on August 6, 2015 [1 favorite]


I see an Emilia.
posted by bearette at 7:03 PM on August 6, 2015


Huntley
posted by Area Man at 7:07 PM on August 6, 2015


Moxie.
posted by Cool Papa Bell at 7:27 PM on August 6, 2015


spooky
posted by chasles at 7:37 PM on August 6, 2015


I'd probably name her Eyeballs, but I have a weird sense of humour.
posted by lollusc at 7:47 PM on August 6, 2015 [1 favorite]


What a pretty girl!

Bast is the Egyptian god of cats.
posted by bunderful at 8:04 PM on August 6, 2015


Catface Meowmers (sorry, I've been watching a lot of Wizard People recently).
posted by i feel possessed at 8:13 PM on August 6, 2015 [2 favorites]


Professor Catface Meowmers, to be precise.
posted by Metroid Baby at 8:21 PM on August 6, 2015 [4 favorites]


Clementine (Clem)
Frances (Frank, Frankie)
Delilah (Del, Lilah, Lilly)
posted by Anoplura at 8:21 PM on August 6, 2015 [1 favorite]


Handsome Charlie
posted by the uncomplicated soups of my childhood at 9:02 PM on August 6, 2015


Pepper.
posted by slateyness at 9:03 PM on August 6, 2015


She's a Shakespearian cat. So, Bianca, Portia, Juliet, Silvia, Ophelia, Celia.
posted by Ostara at 9:06 PM on August 6, 2015 [1 favorite]


P-food words are amazing cat names.

She looks like my mother's cats, Potato and Pancake, and also like my friend's Pork Bun.

Maybe Persimmon?
posted by you could feel the sky at 9:26 PM on August 6, 2015


Bast or Bastet. My dad always said cats used to be worshiped as gods, and they've never forgotten that, so I like the idea of using a goddess name for a cat.
posted by bedhead at 9:30 PM on August 6, 2015


Morrigan, or even better , The Morrigan, after the Irish war goddess. She has an adversarial relationship with the hero CĂș Chulainn (the hound of Culann), if you want to work the anti-dog theme as well.
posted by bibliowench at 9:40 PM on August 6, 2015 [2 favorites]


Cara(mel)

..or Werther
posted by bonobothegreat at 9:51 PM on August 6, 2015


Opal (for the eyes - opals come in lots of colors).
posted by joseph conrad is fully awesome at 10:19 PM on August 6, 2015


Mau.

Lin (after the snarky/sharp, but ultimately kind/helpful, character in Spirited Away.)
posted by Year of meteors at 10:55 PM on August 6, 2015


Your kitty looks a lot like my kitty - check out my profile pic for proof! But mine is a super shy guy - so he's named Boo Radley (Boo Boo Bear or Boo Berry when we're snuggling). Since your kitty is an independent and curious gal, consider naming her Scout!
posted by kbar1 at 11:07 PM on August 6, 2015 [1 favorite]


What a gorgeous tabby girl!

Because of her stripes and her eyes, I think Melissa would be a great name - it means "honeybee" in Greek. Alternatively you could go with "Melitta", which is the German variation. If you like the general idea, you could also just go with Honey or one of its language variations (Meli - Greek; Miel - French/Spanish; Miele - Italian, which I think are nicer than where we get "honey" which is from German side - honig, Danish/Norwegian - honning).
posted by Athanassiel at 11:26 PM on August 6, 2015 [3 favorites]


Xenia
posted by rhizome at 11:44 PM on August 6, 2015


..or Werther

If you want to go way off the deep end, you jump from this caramel reference to "Lotte."
posted by rhizome at 11:49 PM on August 6, 2015


pandora.
posted by koroshiya at 11:54 PM on August 6, 2015


So far, I'm all about either Scout or Pretzel. And I really love the idea of naming her something honey related, since it's my absolute favorite food.

rhizome - IMDB's down for me, but I'm pretty sure I know what page that is. I suggested Oddjob to my SO but he shot it down right quick.

Metroid Baby - Thanks for bringing up the point about liver disorder. I got kinda worried and googled a bit, my kitty's eyes do look more gold than the orangey hue in the pictures I saw. She also just visited the vet today, two weeks ago, and every month since she's been at the Humane Society so I am giving myself permission to stop worrying until the next vet visit.
posted by moons in june at 12:12 AM on August 7, 2015 [1 favorite]


Honey-related? Stroopwafel?
posted by persona au gratin at 3:37 AM on August 7, 2015 [2 favorites]


Sorry to alarm you! Sounds like she's got a lot of watchful eyes on her (pun only sort of intended), so I don't think you need to worry.

Honey Pretzel's got a nice ring to it.
posted by Metroid Baby at 4:58 AM on August 7, 2015 [1 favorite]


Miel, which is French for honey.
posted by Ms Vegetable at 6:24 AM on August 7, 2015


Seconding Tralfaz.

Or Slagathor.
posted by briank at 7:09 AM on August 7, 2015


Juno
posted by swheatie at 7:38 AM on August 7, 2015


Seconding Veronica. I believe it suits her very well. Or Pretzel.
posted by Dolley at 7:44 AM on August 7, 2015


Bee related:
Bumble/Bombus
Neith - bee/mother goddess, egyptian (also a warrior goddess)
Melissa - bee nymph/maiden, greek
Deborah - bee, hebrew
Cybele/Sybil - goddess of bees and caves, greek

Honey related:
Madhu - honey/sweet, hindu
Debas/Dibs - honey, hebrew/arabic
posted by Ness at 7:56 AM on August 7, 2015


Hmm, some names that mean honey:

Carino (honey)
Honig (honey)
Idbash (flowing with honey)
Jarah (honeycomb)
Lyssa (honey)
Meade (honey)
Med (honey)
Meleda (sweet as honey)
Melita (affording honey)
Melleta (sweet as honey)
Mellona (honey)
Miel or Miele (honey)
Noph (honeycomb)
Pamela (made from honey)
posted by bearwife at 8:49 AM on August 7, 2015 [2 favorites]


I love people names for cats. I have two of my own, Jerome and Marcus.

She looks like she would be a Towanda to me. Reminds me of the movie Fried Green Tomotoes where the woman's alternate name was Towanda when she was doing something naughty. It was AMAZING. Here is quick description of that as well: TOWANDA!
posted by Sara_NOT_Sarah at 10:01 AM on August 7, 2015


She is gorgeous!

And her name is Molly.
posted by feckless fecal fear mongering at 11:22 AM on August 7, 2015


Elizabeth Costello
posted by TheRedArmy at 12:04 PM on August 7, 2015


Celerity
posted by annsunny at 1:16 PM on August 7, 2015


Slurpee- I can see it in her eyes
posted by AaronRaphael at 10:47 PM on August 7, 2015


Not exactly honey-related, but pretty close: How about Maple? (as in Maple Syrup)
posted by litera scripta manet at 11:58 AM on August 8, 2015 [1 favorite]


Upon opening each of those pictures, I gleefully exclaimed "Beeeeeea!"
posted by Munching Langolier at 9:10 PM on August 8, 2015 [1 favorite]


We tried out Scout, Pretzel, Cleo/Cleopatra, and (not suggested here but by a friend) Wendesday, but none of them felt quite right.

In the end, we realized she's a Phryne (or Miss Phryne Fisher, or just Phry).

Thanks again!
posted by moons in june at 12:38 AM on August 10, 2015 [2 favorites]


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