What's this cat's name?
December 3, 2017 8:47 PM   Subscribe

This was me. Long story short, I moved to a unit in my building where I can have pets, and one trip to the shelter later, I'm ride or die with this majestic rat-trap. I just brought her home and she's in my bathroom cavorting among the toys and boxes afforded by her new lifestyle--now all she needs is a name.

First, y'all were great about giving me advice when I was being JUST A LITTLE overwrought about the whole thing, and second, this is my first cat and in practice she's being co-parented by the AskMe cats tag until I get the hang of it, so I wanted to say thank you in the Mefi tradition.

She's an adult female they found living rough under a house last month. She seems really friendly, and I can tell there's also some sass in there. They told me she might want to hide in the bathroom for most of the week but she seemed super ready to come out and explore as soon as I got her home. Human and gender-neutral names are A-OK. Not a huge fan of really cute or grandiose/fanciful names, or literary references (no offense to the very fine Snickerdoodles and Lokis of my acquaintance.) Preference given to names that can be easily hollered when I trip over her at 3am on the way to the bathroom.
posted by jameaterblues to Pets & Animals (83 answers total) 11 users marked this as a favorite
 
Juniper
posted by little eiffel at 8:57 PM on December 3, 2017 [2 favorites]


Wayne.

Easy to shriek in the middle of the night.
posted by spinifex23 at 8:58 PM on December 3, 2017 [5 favorites]


1) Do keep her in the small bathroom and expand her territory _very_ _gradually_. Yes, she'll want to get out and see the place ASAP, but it's less stressful for her to only have to monitor/suss out the tiny bathroom, then one bedroom, etc. This lower stress will let her get to know _you_ so she'll feel more secure when you eventually let her wander more.

2) OMG she looks amazing. Maybe Belinda?

3) I am extremely happy and exited for you.
posted by amtho at 8:58 PM on December 3, 2017 [1 favorite]


Marla.
posted by Rust Moranis at 8:58 PM on December 3, 2017 [7 favorites]


Missy
Minnie
Bessie
Tillie
Pearl
posted by eponym at 8:59 PM on December 3, 2017


Oh my gosh, she's glorious. She looks like a very practical, non-nonsense kind of cat. Martha? Ann? Dotty? Norma? Jean? Sadie? Prudence?
posted by ChuraChura at 8:59 PM on December 3, 2017 [9 favorites]


Oh - when you expand her territory, it might be nice to make sure there is plenty of food available for her in her main location (the bathroom for now, maybe her eventual permanent feeding location so she won't feel insecure when the bathroom feeding stops). If she knows it is a land of plenty, it will help reduce her stress a bit.

Finally, make sure that she won't see other cats outside for a while. Cover the bottoms of windows/glass doors if necessary.
posted by amtho at 9:01 PM on December 3, 2017


Chip! For that little clipped ear. She's so scrappy and cute!
posted by pseudostrabismus at 9:02 PM on December 3, 2017 [5 favorites]


Fine looking sassy cat who’s been living rough? I’d be tempted to peruse the current thread on lady badasses for names if I were you.
posted by deludingmyself at 9:03 PM on December 3, 2017 [5 favorites]


Holly
posted by kapers at 9:03 PM on December 3, 2017


Tippy
posted by Sassyfras at 9:03 PM on December 3, 2017 [3 favorites]


Billie.

And she's beautiful! Congratulations!
posted by mochapickle at 9:04 PM on December 3, 2017 [4 favorites]


Vincent or Van Gogh (ear tip cut off)
posted by intermod at 9:08 PM on December 3, 2017 [1 favorite]


She looks like a Gertie to me. Aka Gert, Gertrude, Trudy, Troods.
posted by Scram at 9:08 PM on December 3, 2017 [1 favorite]


Hilda.
posted by lakeroon at 9:21 PM on December 3, 2017


Posey
Kitty
Maeve
Lois
posted by lucy.jakobs at 9:22 PM on December 3, 2017 [1 favorite]


Hello, Harriet!
posted by armeowda at 9:23 PM on December 3, 2017 [1 favorite]


Aster (so pretty, but can be ass-turd if you’re mad)
posted by bighappyhairydog at 9:23 PM on December 3, 2017


Murf.
posted by flabdablet at 9:28 PM on December 3, 2017 [1 favorite]


Lydia. Short for Lydia Lynn if you'd like.
posted by Slinga at 9:29 PM on December 3, 2017


She looks like a Lisa to me. And there's something amusing about the idea of tripping over a cat at 3 AM and hollering, "Dammit, Lisa!"
posted by Ursula Hitler at 9:39 PM on December 3, 2017 [1 favorite]


Frankie!
posted by the return of the thin white sock at 9:40 PM on December 3, 2017 [6 favorites]


Vera
posted by rhizome at 9:40 PM on December 3, 2017


Dammit, Zola! has a nice ring to it. So Zola.
posted by cgg at 9:43 PM on December 3, 2017 [1 favorite]


Sam!
posted by Carouselle at 9:48 PM on December 3, 2017 [1 favorite]


Milt.
posted by Iris Gambol at 9:55 PM on December 3, 2017


(Dammit,) Janet. (She's amazing.)
posted by Merinda at 9:57 PM on December 3, 2017 [2 favorites]


Clea
Lee
Spinelli
Scout
posted by moonlight on vermont at 9:58 PM on December 3, 2017 [1 favorite]


Molly

And congratulations on your new kitty!
posted by mogget at 10:06 PM on December 3, 2017


Oh gosh, so cute. I think that cats who really need to mind should have names with some sibilants – they just hear them better. Ours is Sid, short for Alcibiades. If I say “Sssid!” he stops whatever terrible thing he’s doing and looks at me. So, “Sally”? “Sassypants”? “Spanx”? “Saoirse”?.
posted by nicwolff at 10:07 PM on December 3, 2017


Cesar
posted by St. Peepsburg at 10:15 PM on December 3, 2017


Yes to Frankie!
posted by jesourie at 10:20 PM on December 3, 2017 [1 favorite]


Such a queenly beast would be well suited to Elizabeth or Victoria. Both names lend themselves to many diminutives for everyday use. "Here, Bessiebessiebessie," etc.
posted by The Underpants Monster at 10:34 PM on December 3, 2017


(Concatulations, BTW!)
posted by The Underpants Monster at 10:35 PM on December 3, 2017 [1 favorite]


Khan
posted by karmachameleon at 10:45 PM on December 3, 2017 [1 favorite]


Phoenix
posted by janey47 at 11:02 PM on December 3, 2017


Schrodinger.
posted by LarryC at 11:08 PM on December 3, 2017


Sal. Gender-neutral and sassy.
posted by socialjusticeworrier at 11:08 PM on December 3, 2017 [1 favorite]


She looks like Queen Mab. Maeve
posted by gt2 at 11:17 PM on December 3, 2017 [2 favorites]


Seconding Prudence (Prue)
posted by Heloise9 at 11:44 PM on December 3, 2017


Aww I love her sassy face!!! I also love Frankie. Other ideas: Genevieve, Mirah, Ellen, (such a good no nonsense name!)Fig.
posted by fairlynearlyready at 11:48 PM on December 3, 2017


Jane. She looks like a Jane. Or maybe Janie.
posted by nickthetourist at 12:31 AM on December 4, 2017


Stanley! That's Ms. Stanley to you. She's marvelous, congrats.
posted by missmary6 at 12:32 AM on December 4, 2017


I can't even watch a whole episode of The X-Files without being too scared to continue, but I looked into those intense green eyes, with that reddish tinge in her fur, and the name Scully popped into my head entirely unbidden. You could also go for Dana, which lends itself to good crossover "There is no Dana, only Zuul!" jokes on days when she's a little, uh, cantankerous.
posted by limeonaire at 1:36 AM on December 4, 2017 [4 favorites]


Sam or just call her Cavort.
posted by sciencegeek at 2:07 AM on December 4, 2017


She looks like a Muriel to me.
posted by Ziggy500 at 2:14 AM on December 4, 2017 [1 favorite]


limeonaire's Dana seems good to me. I came here to propose Rosie. Sure, she's a lady, but she's obviously a no-nonsense, get-the-job-done lady, like Rosie the Riveter.
posted by bryon at 2:57 AM on December 4, 2017 [5 favorites]


She’s glorious, congratulations! I think an old-school tough cookie name, such as Phyllis, Mabel, Velma, or Lucille.
posted by Orange Dinosaur Slide at 3:04 AM on December 4, 2017 [4 favorites]


Sally
posted by Weeping_angel at 3:21 AM on December 4, 2017


That little face! So adorable!
I think she’s Isabel. Izzy for short.
Congratulations on your new family member!
posted by bookmammal at 3:44 AM on December 4, 2017 [2 favorites]


Muppet
posted by hasna at 3:44 AM on December 4, 2017


Tralfaz
posted by briank at 3:51 AM on December 4, 2017 [1 favorite]


Lucy!
posted by sacchan at 4:36 AM on December 4, 2017


Dolly, after Dolly Parton, who is the Queen of Sass, imo.
posted by SuperSquirrel at 4:56 AM on December 4, 2017


Ripley.
posted by xyzzy at 5:22 AM on December 4, 2017 [3 favorites]


Mamie Eisenhower. After all, she IS the first lady in your household, whether you know it yet or not.
posted by Dolley at 6:07 AM on December 4, 2017 [1 favorite]


She's also kind of a Martha. Marfushka, if you will.
posted by The Underpants Monster at 6:54 AM on December 4, 2017 [1 favorite]


I thought "Mercy" when I looked at her.

What a beautiful kitty!
posted by dismas at 6:56 AM on December 4, 2017


With that ear, you should name her "Cauliflower" or "Cauli" for short.
posted by cosmicbandito at 7:19 AM on December 4, 2017


Mojo.
posted by hazyjane at 7:31 AM on December 4, 2017


Jules.

It can be after Jules Verne, short for Julie, or homage to the greatest MOFO ever, Jules Winnfield from Pulp Fiction.
posted by RhysPenbras at 7:36 AM on December 4, 2017


Lucinda
Vera
Nancy
posted by carmicha at 7:48 AM on December 4, 2017


Grizz, short for Grizabella.

(Come on, you know she’s got Memories.)
posted by roger ackroyd at 8:30 AM on December 4, 2017 [1 favorite]


Eve Hubbard.
posted by Jessica Savitch's Coke Spoon at 8:30 AM on December 4, 2017


Ooh she's a lovely one. I've always wanted a silver tabby, to be named Gershwin, because silver tabbies always feel like a NY/city cat to me. I like the idea of my imaginary Art Deco era, NY nightlife, speakeasy living cat.
posted by los pantalones del muerte at 9:31 AM on December 4, 2017


I think you have it: "Majestic Rat-Trap". Madge for short.
posted by Alison at 9:55 AM on December 4, 2017 [17 favorites]


Scout
posted by acm at 10:22 AM on December 4, 2017


Myrna or Verna
posted by virago at 11:38 AM on December 4, 2017


Saffron.
posted by capricorn at 11:55 AM on December 4, 2017


I'm pretty sure her name is Siobhan. She is magnificent. Congratulations.
posted by halation at 12:52 PM on December 4, 2017


Danny Glover
posted by spikeleemajortomdickandharryconnickjrmints at 1:42 PM on December 4, 2017 [1 favorite]


She looks as sassy as my tux girl, whose name is Harvey Charlene Dent. Charlene is your favorite waitress at the diner - she loves you but puts up with none of your nonsense. So, Charlene?
posted by dust.wind.dude at 2:11 PM on December 4, 2017


If you don't pick mine, pick Alison's. Madge for Majestic Rat-Trap is beautiful.
posted by limeonaire at 2:13 PM on December 4, 2017 [1 favorite]


It's probably been posted above at least a dozen times --- Wilhelmina
posted by Napoleonic Terrier at 5:49 PM on December 4, 2017


She's beautiful!!
Clementine...
posted by Iamthepassenger at 6:30 PM on December 4, 2017


Mouse the mischievous mouser.
Minnie Mouse if you're family.
posted by TrishaU at 6:52 PM on December 4, 2017


She's gorgeous! Maybe Annabelle, or Marta?
posted by scrubjay at 7:19 PM on December 4, 2017


As a couple of others have said, she looks like a Sam to me. Samantha for long, when you need the severe version. Adorable.
posted by lhauser at 7:20 PM on December 4, 2017


MAGGIE! (The “cat on the hot tin roof”) - nothing but respect and love for Elizabeth Taylor!
posted by pamspanda at 2:36 AM on December 5, 2017 [2 favorites]


TIPPY! Just look at those cute little toes!
posted by pamspanda at 3:30 AM on December 5, 2017


Whatever her name turns out to be, she is the true and rightful heiress to the title of Lady Stripely-Whiskerly, Duchess of Tabbington.
posted by The Underpants Monster at 7:19 AM on December 5, 2017 [2 favorites]


Lola
Tilda
Peg
Ethel
Beulah
Lorna
posted by karayel at 6:11 PM on December 5, 2017


Update: the rat-trap (or as she is now known, Zoe) is settling in nicely and napping at my feet as we speak; I am still adjusting to sharing a studio apartment with a fuzzy and deeply affronted alien terrorist, but she's a good little cat (unless you are a feather toy. Then she is Waiting Death.) Thanks for the ideas, everyone!
posted by jameaterblues at 9:50 PM on December 19, 2017 [5 favorites]


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