Another Round of Name Those Cats
May 15, 2016 6:08 PM   Subscribe

My new cats need names! After mourning the loss of my best friend Minnie (who was with me for 21 years), I've taken munchingzombie's advice to heart and adopted two new buddies from the shelter.

White cat is about a year old. He has a genetic abnormality which means he essentially walks on his elbows. He doesn't let it slow him down, though, as he loves to play and has already gotten into everything in this house. He does a fair bit of standing on his hind legs like a kangaroo or a meerkat. When I walked into the room at the shelter he instantly jumped in my lap and wanted to play. Such a lovable, outgoing, affectionate little guy.

Black cat is 15 years old and a little pudgy around the midsection, if you know what I mean. He's a lot slower and likes to sleep a lot, but he's full of headbutts and purrs when he's awake. He was abandoned by his previous owner and seems to have taken White cat under his wing on the street, where they were rescued. They are ridiculously well-bonded, and the big guy is doing a great job teaching little brother how to cat. They like to snuggle together and give each other baths.

Trouble is, their shelter names are terrible. Looking for some help!

Considerations:
--Want their names to be a reflection of them as individuals, rather than a reflection of their partnership. (Chocolate/Vanilla, Fric and Frac)
--Would prefer to avoid famous duo names for similar reason (Timon/Pumbaa, Forrest/Bubba)
--No names that start with M. I've retired that letter forever.

We thank you for any ideas you have!
posted by soonertbone to Pets & Animals (26 answers total) 4 users marked this as a favorite
 
Big cat - Ernst. Small cat - Charlie.
posted by Frowner at 6:20 PM on May 15, 2016


Small cat might also be an Owen, or possibly a Pierre.
posted by Frowner at 6:20 PM on May 15, 2016


white cat- Roo
black cat- Zombie (in honor of munchingzombie)
they are so adorable!
posted by katieanne at 6:21 PM on May 15, 2016


Josh (big) and Francois (little).
posted by blnkfrnk at 6:34 PM on May 15, 2016


I think the bigger older cat needs an old man-type name - Frowner's got the right idea with Ernst. I was also thinking Henry/Hank. The littler one needs a more diminutive-sounding name. I like Roo. Or Skeeter or something of that ilk.

They are adorable and I love that they are such close buddies!
posted by thereemix at 6:35 PM on May 15, 2016 [2 favorites]


White cat: Irving (as in Thalberg)
Black cat: Albert R. Broccoli

Congratulations on the new additions to your family!
posted by argonauta at 6:38 PM on May 15, 2016


Stubby and Titus.
posted by Ostara at 6:39 PM on May 15, 2016


Big old kitty needs a name that reflects his wise ways like Solomon, Sol for short.

Little bit needs a little name like Roo or Boo.

They are very cute.
posted by cairnoflore at 6:50 PM on May 15, 2016 [1 favorite]


White cat - Scooper
Black Cat - Archie
posted by cecic at 6:58 PM on May 15, 2016


Little cat:
Smudge
Mouse
James
Jasper
Hercule Poirot
Charlie Chaplin

Big cat:
Tolliver
Mr. Toad
Claude
Albert
Mr. Mulliner
Teddy Roosevelt
posted by LobsterMitten at 7:16 PM on May 15, 2016


We're thinking Rodney & Rorschach, here.
posted by deludingmyself at 7:20 PM on May 15, 2016


I see Tom and Timmy
posted by soakimbo at 7:26 PM on May 15, 2016 [1 favorite]


What a cute pair of kitty friends!

Big old kitty needs a name that reflects his wise ways like Solomon, Sol for short.

Along those lines, I also could see him as a Saul.

For little cat, I think Roo is definitely a cute name. I'll also add:

Gus
Calvin
Nemo
posted by litera scripta manet at 7:31 PM on May 15, 2016


Tralfaz and Astro
posted by Rob Rockets at 7:31 PM on May 15, 2016 [1 favorite]


Faust and Klaw.
posted by vrakatar at 7:39 PM on May 15, 2016


That's about the sweetest thing I've heard in a long time.

How about Daniel and Jace?
posted by amtho at 7:39 PM on May 15, 2016


Zuma and Teeny
Thomas and Lil Wigs
Abe and Mosh
Dumptruck and Spoon
posted by meemzi at 7:47 PM on May 15, 2016


Little cat immediately made me think of a baby kangaroo, so I like "Roo." "Charlie," for some reason, also works for me, and my first thought was "Frank" for older kitty and "Charlie" for little kitty.
posted by lazuli at 8:18 PM on May 15, 2016


1. Sorry about Minnie.
2. OMG ALL THE SQUEES. Good on you for adopting a bonded pair, particularly since one of them is 15.
3. I know you said to avoid famous pairs but I think Pinky and The Brain might work here. Pinky for the young one since he's so bouncy and Brain for the older guy who is more laid back.

Hank and Bocephus (yeah, that's another famous thing. Sorry.)
Cletus and Titus
Cletus and Abe (sorry, for unknown reasons I really want to name a cat Cletus.)
Salt and Pepper
Mac and Cheese
Stumpy and Lumpy (I know he's not actually Stumpy but yeah.)
posted by fluffy battle kitten at 8:31 PM on May 15, 2016


The older guy is definitely a Tiger. Charlie seems to fit the younger guy.
posted by SisterHavana at 8:36 PM on May 15, 2016


Yeah, I think you might have to make an exception to the famous pairs ban for Pinky and The Brain, because that's kind of awesome...
posted by thereemix at 8:38 PM on May 15, 2016


Big cat: Oliver
White cat: Percy
posted by carmicha at 8:40 PM on May 15, 2016 [2 favorites]


I know it is a pair technically, but Calvin for little cat and Hobbes for big cat.
posted by azalea_chant at 10:27 PM on May 15, 2016


Older guy-Max
Little one-Emmett
posted by Mavri at 6:05 AM on May 16, 2016


Thank you, everybody! Charlie it is for the little guy. I went back and forth on several of these answers, and ended up going with Walter. They responded to their new names by getting deliriously high on nip and keeping me up all night.
posted by soonertbone at 9:09 AM on May 16, 2016 [7 favorites]


I named (co-named, really, with other Charlie-enthusiasts) a cat! Woo-hoo!!

They are both such cute guys. And Walter is a great name - the "w" sound is just what he needs.
posted by Frowner at 12:40 PM on May 16, 2016


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