New catte! Please help name my new shelter kitten!
October 9, 2015 5:32 PM   Subscribe

We just brought home a new kitten, and would like your assistance in coming up with names. Tell me what you got for an orange-ish kitty!

We just brought home this little guy from the Humane Society. He's four months old and kind of orange / creme colored. He's super mellow - didn't even meow once on the way home. Also quite affectionate already!

For reference, my older cat is shown here: Kittymeow, aka K. Meow, Esq..

Anyhow, my daughter is off bonding with him in the other room (he's mainly hers), so I'd like to get this posted so we can get some great ideas from y'all.

Thanks in advance!
posted by megafauna to Pets & Animals (69 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
 
The photo looking down from above makes me want to call him Rump for some reason. Hopefully, someone will come up with something better.
posted by kellyblah at 5:40 PM on October 9, 2015


Ginger. Not just because ginger cats deserve to be named as such, but because 'Kittymeow and Ginger' is obviously a crimefighting duo.
posted by holgate at 5:41 PM on October 9, 2015 [12 favorites]


The first name that came to mind when I saw him was Rory. Seeing your other cat's name I think perhaps Roary could be appropriate.
posted by phunniemee at 5:41 PM on October 9, 2015 [2 favorites]


My partner says he looks like a Benedict.

I keep trying to name cats Gizmo but it never sticks so I offer the name to you should you want it.
posted by Stacey at 5:48 PM on October 9, 2015


Guildensnuggles

Guildensnugglewumps

(What a very snugglewumppy kitty! Yes he is....yes, he is! Awwwww)
posted by discopolo at 5:51 PM on October 9, 2015


Rasmus
Neo
Flufferbutt
P Diddy
Torpedo
Cinnabar
Crockpot
Buster McGee
McLovin
Trumpet
Aspen
Boogie Pilgrim
Balcony
Pancake
Marky Mark
Thundercat
posted by Ostara at 5:54 PM on October 9, 2015


Mister McPickles. (At this point he would still be Young Master McPickles.)

Or Tim.
posted by Hypatia at 5:56 PM on October 9, 2015


Epaulet.
posted by nkknkk at 5:56 PM on October 9, 2015 [2 favorites]


Pumpkin.
Mustard.
Tigger.
Bubbles.
Toffee.
Bodey.
Thumper.
Bambam
Wendell.
Cadwalader.
posted by Peach at 5:59 PM on October 9, 2015


Tralfaz
posted by Rob Rockets at 6:03 PM on October 9, 2015 [2 favorites]


Creamsicle.
posted by vrakatar at 6:07 PM on October 9, 2015 [11 favorites]


his name is stubs. just 'cause it is.
posted by koroshiya at 6:08 PM on October 9, 2015 [2 favorites]


Dingo.
posted by kinddieserzeit at 6:09 PM on October 9, 2015


Colman (mustard)
Curry
The Right Reverand Montigue Crumpet
posted by GenjiandProust at 6:09 PM on October 9, 2015


Your new kitty's name is clearly Pumpkin-- for his coloring and the time of year. Who's a good little pumpkin? YOU are! YOU'RE such a good little pumpkin!
posted by bookmammal at 6:10 PM on October 9, 2015 [3 favorites]


Marmaduke.
posted by If only I had a penguin... at 6:11 PM on October 9, 2015


P-foods make great cat names.

Pumpkin or Peaches & Cream, I think.
posted by you could feel the sky at 6:12 PM on October 9, 2015


For some reason a "Mac" name came to me.

Which could be short for "Mackerel," or you could pick your favorite Scottish surname to go with the ginger hair (MacDougal, MacDuff, MacConnell, if he's got a feisty side you could go with MacBeth....)
posted by EmpressCallipygos at 6:16 PM on October 9, 2015 [1 favorite]


Before I saw the pictures I was going to suggest "Garbageface" no matter what, but that's definitely a "Rusty."
posted by rhizome at 6:23 PM on October 9, 2015 [2 favorites]


little custard
posted by Blitz at 6:27 PM on October 9, 2015


Those big ears! Radar.
posted by unannihilated at 6:27 PM on October 9, 2015 [5 favorites]


Buttercream
Peachypaws
posted by antiquated at 6:28 PM on October 9, 2015 [2 favorites]


Seamus!

That is a delightfully cute kitty. Please bless us with more photos if you can.
posted by Hermione Granger at 6:29 PM on October 9, 2015


Skippy, the wonder cat! He's a handsome lad!
posted by LaBellaStella at 6:33 PM on October 9, 2015


Baby Kittenfoots of Sweetface!

Or Tam Lin, Edgar, Aki, Russet, Seraph, Sol.
posted by Nyx at 6:36 PM on October 9, 2015


Rodney Catterfield
posted by shortyJBot at 6:40 PM on October 9, 2015


Fennec (for the fox).
posted by brujita at 6:40 PM on October 9, 2015 [3 favorites]


Sputnik. Would likely spend all my time calling him Putty or Nik or Sputs.
posted by ausdemfenster at 6:42 PM on October 9, 2015 [1 favorite]


I'd call him Sherbet.

Totally adorable. congrats!
posted by Ufez Jones at 6:43 PM on October 9, 2015 [2 favorites]


Eric
posted by briank at 6:43 PM on October 9, 2015


I would name that cat 'Marmalade'. And then call him both 'Marmy' and 'Lady'.
posted by trip and a half at 6:44 PM on October 9, 2015


Waffles!
posted by dayintoday at 6:45 PM on October 9, 2015 [1 favorite]


Satellite. "Telly" for short.
posted by Sassyfras at 6:48 PM on October 9, 2015


My most recent orange (I have owned so many oranges because they are cuddle faces) was named Aslan. He was the sweetest baby and he was very wise.
posted by Merinda at 7:08 PM on October 9, 2015


He's so lanky, I love it! That makes me want to call him Slinky or Stringbean.
posted by Neely O'Hara at 7:13 PM on October 9, 2015 [1 favorite]


His name is Philip, according to my guy.
posted by amtho at 7:24 PM on October 9, 2015


My long lanky orange kitteh is Finnegan. Therefore, all lanky orange kittehs are Finnegans to me.
posted by sarcasticah at 7:28 PM on October 9, 2015 [1 favorite]


For reference purposes:

The Naming of Cats is a difficult matter,
It isn't just one of your holiday games;
You may think at first I'm as mad as a hatter
When I tell you, a cat must have THREE DIFFERENT NAMES.
First of all, there's the name that the family use daily,
Such as Peter, Augustus, Alonzo or James,
Such as Victor or Jonathan, George or Bill Bailey—
All of them sensible everyday names.
There are fancier names if you think they sound sweeter,
Some for the gentlemen, some for the dames:
Such as Plato, Admetus, Electra, Demeter—
But all of them sensible everyday names.
But I tell you, a cat needs a name that's particular,
A name that's peculiar, and more dignified,
Else how can he keep up his tail perpendicular,
Or spread out his whiskers, or cherish his pride?
Of names of this kind, I can give you a quorum,
Such as Munkustrap, Quaxo, or Coricopat,
Such as Bombalurina, or else Jellylorum-
Names that never belong to more than one cat.
But above and beyond there's still one name left over,
And that is the name that you never will guess;
The name that no human research can discover—
But THE CAT HIMSELF KNOWS, and will never confess.
When you notice a cat in profound meditation,
The reason, I tell you, is always the same:
His mind is engaged in a rapt contemplation
Of the thought, of the thought, of the thought of his name:
His ineffable effable
Effanineffable
Deep and inscrutable singular Name.

That said... I would suggest Radar, for obvious reasons.
posted by HuronBob at 7:30 PM on October 9, 2015 [6 favorites]


Maisie. (Very cute cat, congratulations!)
posted by joseph conrad is fully awesome at 7:57 PM on October 9, 2015


Mannheim Crowkicker

(Which is the alias of a drug lord on a crappy TV show, but who cares, it's an awesome name)
posted by XMLicious at 8:00 PM on October 9, 2015


For some reason a "Mac" name came to me.

For an orange cat I would want that to be short for Macaroni
posted by aubilenon at 8:04 PM on October 9, 2015 [1 favorite]


Dreamsicle.
posted by Vigilant at 8:05 PM on October 9, 2015


Sir Truffula
posted by soakimbo at 8:10 PM on October 9, 2015


It really looks like a Marmalade to me.
posted by KernalM at 8:13 PM on October 9, 2015


Captain Perfect Paws
Mister Feets
Punkinspice
posted by We put our faith in Blast Hardcheese at 8:34 PM on October 9, 2015


That is Pixie!
posted by 26.2 at 8:41 PM on October 9, 2015


It looks like he's got opposable thumbs so I'm thinking a writers name?

Oscar Wildecat
Sir Edgar Allen Paws
F. Scott Pawsgerald
Pawdous Huxley
posted by St. Peepsburg at 8:48 PM on October 9, 2015 [3 favorites]


Toby. Or Tobie.
posted by jaguar at 9:02 PM on October 9, 2015


He's definitely Eddie Rabbit!
posted by Klaxon Aoooogah at 9:13 PM on October 9, 2015


Flicker.
posted by SarahElizaP at 9:17 PM on October 9, 2015


Presto.
posted by knuckle tattoos at 9:28 PM on October 9, 2015


Everett. Orlando. Montgomery. Paulo. Ray (as in sunray).
posted by lisa g at 9:40 PM on October 9, 2015


I looked up your profile to get a sense of what you and your daughter are like. Not a lot to go on, but I had three immediate thoughts:

Austin
Austin Pawers
Tex

other thoughts:
Socks
Cruickshanks
Babyface
your favorite basketball player because of his long torso
Grannus, continental Celtic god of healing
Robin Goodfellow (Puck, the Green Man)

I tried some searches for names associated with hearing and ears, because his are so perky and cute, but couldn't narrow the search well enough

I also like Creamsickle and Dreamsickle

Bananas, as in Orange ya glad I didn't say Bananas
posted by LeftMyHeartInSanFrancisco at 11:06 PM on October 9, 2015


Rorange, 2 syllables, pronounced Roar-ange
posted by lois1950 at 11:17 PM on October 9, 2015


Yoda McSweeney.

Yoda because of the slight resemblance (those eartastic ears!), and McSweeney because somehow it seems to match the orange fur.
posted by chicainthecity at 12:11 AM on October 10, 2015


My buff kitty was named Qu'Appelle. Yes, after the region in Saskatchewan, Canada. So clearly, you also must name your buff kitty after a town in Saskatchewan.

(When I got the cat, my parents were visiting up there. And when I said the word 'Qu'Appelle' to the cat, she went nuts with vocal praise. OK, cat. You have chosen your name then. Qu'Appelle it was!)
posted by spinifex23 at 12:30 AM on October 10, 2015 [1 favorite]


I like buttercream and creamsicle in theory (in practice they'd both make me hungry too often!), but I love the idea of something soft- and soothing-sounding, and orange-y, b/c he looks like all those things! So sweet and gentle in coloring and temperament, so a name to match seems suitable.
posted by bookworm4125 at 1:33 AM on October 10, 2015


The spontaneous name that came up in my head was

Roger Mrawington.

No idea why.
posted by Namlit at 1:33 AM on October 10, 2015


Roald
posted by unreasonable at 2:45 AM on October 10, 2015


Looks like a Charlie to me.
posted by Pardon Our Dust at 4:44 AM on October 10, 2015


That is an Oliver, without question.
posted by h00py at 4:52 AM on October 10, 2015 [1 favorite]


Congratulations on the new arrival! He's gorgeous and looks so sweet. He's the color of peanut butter pie. I'd be tempted to call him Fluffernutter :)
posted by sister nunchaku of love and mercy at 5:01 AM on October 10, 2015


My first thought was Sherbet, which was already posted. So,

Sorbet. (sor-BAY)

or, since he has tiger stripes: Tigger
posted by DMelanogaster at 6:16 AM on October 10, 2015 [1 favorite]


Calvin aka 'Silent Cal'
posted by radwolf76 at 6:23 AM on October 10, 2015 [2 favorites]


Oh what a pretty boy! He's a yummy creamsicle!

I would name him Jeff
posted by janey47 at 8:07 AM on October 10, 2015


He is so adorable! Oh man, I just want to snuggle him so much.

Anyway, back to the whole naming thing:

I came down here to post Calvin but I see radwolf76 beat me to it, so I'll just second that.

I also like the suggestions of Rory and Tigger.

Maybe Preston? (Inspired by Presto mentioned above.)
posted by litera scripta manet at 10:59 AM on October 10, 2015


He looks like a Gordon (Gordie, Gourd...) to me.
posted by mdrew at 11:25 AM on October 10, 2015


Hello Clarence!
posted by carmicha at 1:25 PM on October 10, 2015 [1 favorite]


Thanks for all these great ideas! Sputnik is the winner, as chosen by my daughter. I think I might end up calling him Sputs or Sputsy a lot but we'll have to see. I'm sure my daughter will also find her favorite diminutives and we will come up with a good formal titled version later on.

I also really liked the ones such as Marmalade, Sherbet, Creamsicle, Pumpkin, and Punkinspice.

Thanks also for the kind compliments on his cuteness. He is still confined to my daughter's room for the moment, but each time someone goes in to see him, he meows repeatedly until he gets some pettings.

And I have bought the Cat vs. Cat book for guidance on introduction to Kittymeow, and I am making sure to give her tons of attention at this stage.

Thanks to all, and I will work on uploading some more pix soon for anyone interested.
posted by megafauna at 5:41 PM on October 10, 2015 [5 favorites]


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