name this cat!
April 11, 2016 8:28 AM   Subscribe

I went to Tahoe this weekend to ski, and it was raining so I adopted a cat instead... she needs a name!

She is a 1 year old calico/tabby looking thing. Her tail was broken earlier in her life so it now has a cute kink at the end of her tail, which quivers while she explores. She is pretty confident and curious, and is a purring machine with some small chirps here and there. So far, she likes looking out of windows and her favorite toy is her collar with a small bell, which she likes to fetch. I prefer non-human names, preferably a goofier name since she seems to have a bit of doofus in her. I was considering Hera (Harry/Hairy) but it feels too serious, and is a human name.

Her shelter name was Lucy (and by the way, I highly, HIGHLY recommend Truckee Humane Society. Everyone was extremely nice and helpful, and it is seriously the nicest shelter facility I have seen. If I'm reincarnated as a rescued cat/dog, I'd want to be placed there. The cat room had soft music playing and a TV showing stimulating videos of fish and pikas.)
posted by blueberrypuffin to Pets & Animals (72 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
 
The first name that kame to mind for me when I clicked on the picture is "Darling"

but also "Dinah"
posted by Dressed to Kill at 8:30 AM on April 11, 2016 [2 favorites]


Ginger. So you can call her Gingersnap.
psst, my kitty's real name is Lucy and it is a great name 10/10 would recommend #teamLucy
posted by Hermione Granger at 8:31 AM on April 11, 2016 [7 favorites]


Tinkerbell/Tink?
posted by fingersandtoes at 8:34 AM on April 11, 2016 [1 favorite]


Lucille Ball famously originated the role of Wildcat Jackson in the musical Wildcat.
posted by roomthreeseventeen at 8:36 AM on April 11, 2016 [1 favorite]


She really looks like a Lucy.
posted by Ruthless Bunny at 8:36 AM on April 11, 2016 [2 favorites]


The first thing I thought when I looked at her was Chicory.

I don't even know what Chicory is (like, a plant yeah? you can eat it?, but idk) but that's what I thought when I saw her.
posted by phunniemee at 8:38 AM on April 11, 2016 [2 favorites]


Birdy, Bunny, or Rabbit.
posted by fluffy battle kitten at 8:38 AM on April 11, 2016


Bologna. No bias here or anything.
posted by bologna on wry at 8:39 AM on April 11, 2016 [2 favorites]


Toffee.
posted by wintersweet at 8:41 AM on April 11, 2016 [1 favorite]


Sierra. Or Donna. Like the Donna Party.
posted by theodolite at 8:43 AM on April 11, 2016 [6 favorites]


I guess Tahoe is out of the running? What about Kink?
posted by MultiFaceted at 8:45 AM on April 11, 2016 [3 favorites]


Murfles
posted by prewar lemonade at 8:47 AM on April 11, 2016 [2 favorites]


Not sure why, but that cat seems like a Sammy to me.
posted by Etrigan at 8:50 AM on April 11, 2016


Lucy is waaaaay too common as a cat name. She looks to me like a Wendy.
posted by holborne at 8:52 AM on April 11, 2016 [1 favorite]


I think Lucy suits her, but I also dig non-human names for pets.

Her coloring makes her look like some sort of delicious dessert with both chocolate and caramel, so in that vein I'd suggest Turtle, Rolo, Snickers, Star Crunch, etc.
posted by Metroid Baby at 8:54 AM on April 11, 2016 [2 favorites]


She looks like a Chirps to me.
posted by mule98J at 8:59 AM on April 11, 2016 [1 favorite]


Her name is Toast. Joan Toast.
posted by carmicha at 9:00 AM on April 11, 2016 [9 favorites]


Tahoe is what jumped out at me.
posted by kimota at 9:00 AM on April 11, 2016 [3 favorites]


Me, I'd just name her Tahoe.
posted by Tomorrowful at 9:01 AM on April 11, 2016 [1 favorite]


I also vote for Tinkerbell, mainly because I have a cat named Tinkerbell who is a purr machine too.

P.S. JEEZ she's cute
posted by bedhead at 9:04 AM on April 11, 2016 [2 favorites]


My immediate thought was Tahoe. I do like Tinkerbell, though. (Or Stinkerbell, if you want to play up the doofus angle.)
posted by dlugoczaj at 9:14 AM on April 11, 2016


I was going to say Pie, but carmicha has it-Joan Toast is so wonderful!
posted by LaBellaStella at 9:17 AM on April 11, 2016


She looks like a Matilda to me. Or just Tilly.
posted by sperose at 9:21 AM on April 11, 2016 [1 favorite]


Tater. Then you can call her a purring potato, or a baked potato, or a lazy potato, etc. etc.
posted by ilovewinter at 9:22 AM on April 11, 2016 [4 favorites]


Tiramisu! she's sooooo cute :)
posted by supermedusa at 9:24 AM on April 11, 2016


Truckee
posted by AugustWest at 9:27 AM on April 11, 2016 [1 favorite]


Pickles, Penny, Buttons, or Shirley. I'm also partial to Tinker - that's what we named my childhood cat, and she was the best!
posted by jenny76 at 9:28 AM on April 11, 2016


Here's a glossary of skiing slang to peruse for options. Some that jumped out at me:
Mogul
Fakie
Bunny (the definition there is a bit sexist but I've heard the term generically for "novice skier")
Noodle
Snotsicle
posted by contraption at 9:29 AM on April 11, 2016 [1 favorite]


Judging from the fact that you got a cat because it was raining when you went to Tahoe to ski, you should name her Non Sequitur.
posted by kindall at 9:29 AM on April 11, 2016 [5 favorites]


Danny Glover
posted by spikeleemajortomdickandharryconnickjrmints at 9:35 AM on April 11, 2016 [1 favorite]


Sierra
Norden
Tinker
Boca


Or another geographically- relevant name?
posted by gyusan at 9:35 AM on April 11, 2016 [1 favorite]


Tinker has a nice Tahoe connection since Tinker's Knob is nearby.

I'm so glad you got her from HSTT! I volunteer there and my cat's from there too.
posted by carolr at 9:36 AM on April 11, 2016 [2 favorites]


She looks like she's going to be an extremely elegant cat as she ages. Therefore a suitably elegant name is in order.

Something like Lady Purringtons von Tahoe.
posted by feckless fecal fear mongering at 9:39 AM on April 11, 2016 [6 favorites]


Purrrl
posted by Oyéah at 9:45 AM on April 11, 2016


I love her! I have a cat with the same coloring named Turbo, but through various nickname iterations and a misspelling by a friend she is more often called Turbino now.

I am 2nding Noodle.
posted by CoffeeHikeNapWine at 9:59 AM on April 11, 2016


You have a beautiful torbie!

I have a Lucy, because I didn't figure out what her name should have been until Lucy was set (I might try again), so I suggest calling her Tabitha-Ruth.
posted by jeather at 10:08 AM on April 11, 2016 [1 favorite]


Tralfaz
posted by briank at 10:23 AM on April 11, 2016


Sugar. Which is short for The Most Beautiful, in case that wasn't obvious.
posted by janey47 at 10:29 AM on April 11, 2016 [1 favorite]


Salome
posted by hortense at 10:37 AM on April 11, 2016


Call her "Banana" because she looks nothing like a banana.
posted by I-baLL at 10:39 AM on April 11, 2016 [1 favorite]


Her Most Serene Highness, Princess Purrington von Tahoe, Protectress of the Eastern Laundry, Scourge of Toes, Defender of the Litterbox, Duchess of the Annexed Bedlinens.
posted by feckless fecal fear mongering at 10:50 AM on April 11, 2016 [3 favorites]


Sassafras. "Sassy" for short. Or Maisie.
posted by palmcorder_yajna at 10:53 AM on April 11, 2016


Priscilla
posted by matildaben at 10:55 AM on April 11, 2016


(ahem. QUEEN OF THE DESERT.)
posted by feckless fecal fear mongering at 10:59 AM on April 11, 2016 [1 favorite]


I had a calico with a kink in her tail when growing up, and my nickname for her was NoonyBaBa. Or Noony for short.
posted by nanook at 11:07 AM on April 11, 2016


Quizzical. Or Quiz for short.
posted by valoius at 11:10 AM on April 11, 2016


nthing Tahoe. If she needs a last name, Tahoe McTruckee.
posted by Dashy at 11:12 AM on April 11, 2016


Percy
posted by nologo at 11:15 AM on April 11, 2016


OMG

Diane von Purrstenberg
posted by feckless fecal fear mongering at 11:15 AM on April 11, 2016


I tend to name animals things that will amuse only me, usually based on some inside joke. Therefore, I would name this cat Snowball precisely because she is not a fluffy white Persian owned by an unimaginative person. (And, because, you know, you went for snow and skiing and came back with a cat and no snow or skiing.)
posted by xyzzy at 11:46 AM on April 11, 2016 [2 favorites]


Nico
posted by greta simone at 11:52 AM on April 11, 2016


She fetches her bell: Bella, Twinkle, Tinkle, Fido
posted by maggieb at 11:55 AM on April 11, 2016


I love Toast.

Also: Catapult.
posted by pseudostrabismus at 11:58 AM on April 11, 2016


I see someone else has already suggested "Mogul", so I'm going to suggest... Mogul.
posted by It's Never Lurgi at 12:03 PM on April 11, 2016 [2 favorites]


What you have right there is a Sparky.
posted by sparklemotion at 12:19 PM on April 11, 2016


Smudge?

She's so lovely i love her
posted by you're a kitty! at 12:32 PM on April 11, 2016 [1 favorite]


This Lucy thinks you shouldn't change your Lucy's name.
posted by essexjan at 12:32 PM on April 11, 2016 [1 favorite]


Polly Pink-Ears/Pink-Nose

Bit of a doofus... Auntie Sillyfur? Jellylorum.

Tahoe, Truckee...a 't' name? Tiddles? Tiddles had very good manners; I saw her on the news as a kid and wrote to her and she promptly wrote back, enclosing a photograph. Lady Tiddleston of Truckee for the long form.

Tabitha is overused as a cat name but you could call her Tab or Tabs and lie to people and tell them she went to Cambridge.
posted by kmennie at 12:37 PM on April 11, 2016 [1 favorite]


For some reason, Sprinkles popped in my head.
posted by Jacob G at 12:40 PM on April 11, 2016 [1 favorite]


What you have right there is a Sparky.
posted by sparklemotion


shenanigans!
posted by feckless fecal fear mongering at 12:55 PM on April 11, 2016


There are so many amazing suggestions, thank you all!! I wish I had the mental capacity to remember a 50 word-long name.

And if I liked human pet names, Donna (for Donna party) would be so great. Or Lucy for that matter.

I LOVE Toast and von Tahoe. Lady Toastington von Tahoe of Kilimanjaro? Toasty for short perhaps.

And I can't not think of Angela's cat that Dwight mercy-killed for the name Sprinkles
posted by blueberrypuffin at 1:14 PM on April 11, 2016 [1 favorite]


If you'd like French royalty, Dame Tiramisu de Tahoe, or Dame Toast de Tahoe (which is about as un-French as you can get but is quirky fun that way). And "dame" is pronounced as it is in "madame", i.e. ah rather than ay.

References: Franco-American who greets her own adoptive mutt cats with Madame et Monsieur Chats de la Malmaison (I happen to live where Josephine bought a castle, ehehehe).

also translating toast to French isn't much fun, "pain grillé" is deffo not a cat name whereas Toast oh so is
posted by fraula at 1:51 PM on April 11, 2016 [1 favorite]


She looks like a Princess to me. Also, the tail kink is likely a genetic trait!
posted by Gneisskate at 2:14 PM on April 11, 2016 [1 favorite]


Ooh I like the French idea. Maybe I'll see whether she responds better to Toasty or Brioche tonight.

And the king being genetic is fascinating!

Thanks guys!
posted by blueberrypuffin at 2:37 PM on April 11, 2016 [1 favorite]


Brioche is a really cute name! Bree/Brie for short maybe.
posted by JenMarie at 3:25 PM on April 11, 2016


Oh, I love her. Such a beautiful face!

She's clearly a wanderer, what with the broken tail. And pretty to boot. My vote is for Gypsy.

I also love Toast! Really cute. Let us know what you decide :)
posted by chestnut-haired-sunfish at 4:50 PM on April 11, 2016


She looks just like my Boo Radley - so Scout!
posted by kbar1 at 6:27 PM on April 11, 2016


Après-ski or maybe Piste.
posted by Foam Pants at 6:27 PM on April 11, 2016


I would say stick to Lucy or go for Lucia. Out a ways in those mountains was Virginia City and the home of eternal character Lucius Beebe, and I think they share an vivaciousness.
posted by nickggully at 7:57 PM on April 11, 2016


Oh, she's so elegant.

Simply...Tahoe. I have to agree, it's a wonderful name for this beautiful cat.

Plus, it perfectly satisfies the backyard calling of cat with high-low two syllable name- KEY.

TAH- ho...here kitty kitty...TAH HOE!!!! Come here...
posted by metasav at 9:27 PM on April 11, 2016 [1 favorite]


My best-cat-in-the-world cat, a boy, is named Toast. So I vote for that.
posted by holborne at 7:55 AM on April 12, 2016


Princess Snuggle Biscuit. She's beautiful!
posted by Iamthepassenger at 11:42 PM on April 12, 2016


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