Help us name our new orange kitty!
December 4, 2018 2:00 PM   Subscribe

Adopting two kitties this week. The female Tortie has been named, but we're stumped on a name for the orange male tabby. Help!

Right before Thanksgiving we had to put down our beloved 17-year-old cat after a long battle with kidney disease. :( I knew I wasn't going to last long without adopting another cat (the house just doesn't feel like a home without a cat in it) and sure enough we've decided to adopt two new little furrbabies.

The female is a Tortie named Tortellini (Leeni). The male is a short haired orange tabby with the most serious/sweet face ever. We're stumped on a name for him. I'm leaning towards keeping the theme of a food related name, but don't like the typical common orange cat names such as Pumpkin, Nutmeg, etc. Possibilities are Samosa (Sam) or Purrsimmon (Sim/Simmons).

Bonus points for Italian or South Asian naming ideas as those are the two ethnicities in our house.
posted by pghjezebel to Pets & Animals (54 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
My family recently lost our old orange cat Curry (named after the spice mix, to match his grey speckled sister Pepper). Obviously I'm biased, but I think Curry is a great name for an orange cat.
posted by showbiz_liz at 2:06 PM on December 4 [3 favorites]

Turmeric! Long for rick/ricky/merrick, and that way they both have T names which is super cute.
posted by Mizu at 2:08 PM on December 4 [20 favorites]

I love Pursimmon. It has so many great short versions. In addition to yours there's Purrcy, Simms, Mon...
posted by advicepig at 2:09 PM on December 4 [6 favorites]

posted by DarlingBri at 2:11 PM on December 4 [3 favorites]

posted by damayanti at 2:11 PM on December 4 [2 favorites]

Ah - I love a food based name.
I have a cat called Croque Monsieur aka Crocket, My little French Gentleman!

What about Macaroni? Or any other type of pasta - Garganelli is a fave of mine :)

or KD? for Kraft Dinner... that's pretty Orange.

Sweet Potato? Tato / Tater for short?

So many possibilities, so little time!
posted by JenThePro at 2:12 PM on December 4 [1 favorite]

Seconding 'Kraft Dinner'.
posted by spinifex23 at 2:13 PM on December 4 [5 favorites]

The color orange in Italian is "arancione," and the fruit is "arancia." Ari for short, maybe.

I really like Turmeric/Ricky/Ric as well.
posted by the primroses were over at 2:18 PM on December 4 [4 favorites]

You realize this is very difficult without pictures.

I had an orange-and-white cat officially named Hakit J Fluffypants that we frequently called Creamsicle and FlufferNutter, because he had the fluffiest white belly in all the land.

How about Captain Carrot?
posted by buildmyworld at 2:31 PM on December 4 [9 favorites]


If that doesn't suit, then definitely Slagathor.
posted by briank at 2:33 PM on December 4

Because of the mandarin oranges in the salad, what about The Chinese Chicken? And you could call him CC for short. Or Chicky. Chicky Nicky. Nicky Noodles. You know how these nicknames evolve over time.
posted by queensissy at 2:36 PM on December 4

Alternatively - if they are a dilute orange/buff/cream/beige, you could name them 'Office Park Wall'.
posted by spinifex23 at 2:44 PM on December 4

posted by some loser at 2:46 PM on December 4 [2 favorites]

Adorable idea for the naming theme. Since you already have an Italian food covered, I'll offer some orangey suggestions on the other side.

Tamarind (long for Tamo or Rindi)
Makhani (long for 'honey!')
Chutney -- because it just sounds rather comical
posted by nantucket at 2:47 PM on December 4 [3 favorites]

posted by rivtintin at 2:49 PM on December 4 [2 favorites]

Bok Choy
posted by NoraCharles at 2:49 PM on December 4

Sorry - I wasn’t somewhere I had access to photos earlier...

Here’s the kitties!

Orange Tabby

posted by pghjezebel at 3:08 PM on December 4 [3 favorites]

posted by Basil Stag Hare at 3:16 PM on December 4 [3 favorites]

posted by wwax at 3:16 PM on December 4

Canteloupe (Canters for short, especially if he's an active little guy)
Butternut Squash (Buddy for short)

I really like Purrsimmon/Simmons too! I kinda think you should just go with that :)
posted by Illuminated Clocks at 3:27 PM on December 4

Oh my gosh that cat is a Cheddar if I've ever seen one
posted by Hermione Granger at 3:37 PM on December 4 [1 favorite]

Clementine, Clem for short
Calamansi (Cal)
Jaffa (Orange)
Narangi (Orange in Hindi/Urdu)

Cheddar and Satsuma are good too.
posted by karayel at 3:44 PM on December 4 [1 favorite]

posted by bondcliff at 3:55 PM on December 4

I was going to say Marmalade, but I think I'm changing my vote to Clem. That's adorable.
posted by Green Eyed Monster at 3:56 PM on December 4

posted by biffa at 4:15 PM on December 4

He’s not as orange as I was thinking. I was going to say Cheddar, but I think that’s an oranger cat.

posted by Weeping_angel at 4:18 PM on December 4 [1 favorite]

I was thinking of orange fruits but that was before I saw the pic. He seems more cream than orange, to me. But I do love the idea of “Purrsimmon”...

Purrmesan? (After the Italian cheese, of course.)
posted by sailoreagle at 4:46 PM on December 4 [2 favorites]

It isn't food related, but the first thing that sprang to my mind is "Tabby Rasa." And I know from experience that I won't have any better ideas after reading everyone else's....
posted by Gilgamesh's Chauffeur at 5:08 PM on December 4 [1 favorite]

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posted by mal de coucou at 7:22 PM on December 4

Gotta second the vote for Scampi.

My very serious orange tabby is named Ralph.
posted by easy, lucky, free at 7:50 PM on December 4 [1 favorite]

I love dilute orange cats!

That's the shade of some peaches, so....Peach.

I vote Peach.
posted by spinifex23 at 9:08 PM on December 4

Seconding nantucket, Tamarind.
posted by Gotanda at 1:48 AM on December 5

Peach in Italian is Pesca, apparently! What a cute cat name! Or, you know, he could be Momofuku.
posted by wellred at 5:48 AM on December 5 [2 favorites]

Another Cheddar fan here.
posted by sperose at 7:04 AM on December 5 [1 favorite]

Orange Crush
posted by JenThePro at 7:09 AM on December 5 [1 favorite]

Biscotti is referring to a plural; therefore I think the singular Biscotto is perfect!
posted by honey badger at 11:08 AM on December 5 [1 favorite]

What the hell went wrong with the cheese where you people live?
posted by biffa at 12:44 PM on December 5

posted by patnok at 1:36 PM on December 5

Mango is good, but Mango Pickle is maybe better, he looks like a troublemaker.
Chicken Tikka, because it'd be fun to say/yell.
Dosa, because he's kinda dosa-coloured more than orange.
Or Papadum! That'd be super cute.

For Italian, I'm getting a pastry vibe, so:
Canoli, cute and easy.
Bombolone, if you think he'll be chubby.
Tiramisu for his stripes, or Pizzelle for his colour.
or Sfogliatelle, if you want to baffle the receptionist at the vet.

... and now I'm really hungry.
posted by 100kb at 1:41 PM on December 5 [2 favorites]

I just had lunch.


The cat looks like a nice lassi.
posted by spinifex23 at 2:26 PM on December 5 [1 favorite]

Tortellini and Alfredo
posted by TrishaU at 3:07 PM on December 5 [1 favorite]

Struffoli! It's an orange Christmas dessert.
posted by nicebookrack at 12:51 AM on December 6

Argh! SO MANY GOOD NAMES. It's going to be so hard!

Sadly we've encountered a small hiccup with the second cat, the orange male. Im not going to go into details but instead we've agreed to take one of the Tortie's litter mates, who thankfully is also orange. Alfredo is a strong contender for him as he's the clone of the cat we just put to sleep, and his name was Fredo. (But we'd probably call him Al. However, husband isn't thrilled with that name so...)

But here's his picture just in case anyone wants to look at him and throw more names our way. Foster mom says hes very shy but loves to play with anything that jingles. Current foster name is Fig, which we don't hate but doesn't feel quite right yet.

New male kitty

Thank you all!
posted by pghjezebel at 9:15 AM on December 6 [2 favorites]

THAT one is Cheddar!
posted by Weeping_angel at 10:28 AM on December 6 [1 favorite]

Seconding Cheddar! Hi, Cheddar!
posted by spinifex23 at 11:26 AM on December 6

I stole my Mefi handle from my dog Figlet , so since he's already got half of it, I'll throw that suggestion out there :)
posted by Fig at 2:04 PM on December 6

Zuccotto for a fluffy little pumpkin.
posted by nicebookrack at 4:27 PM on December 6 [1 favorite]

Thank you well, so many great names to choose from! I fought long and hard for my favorites which were Alfredo, tamarind, macaroni and fig. But my husband put his foot down and said that he gets to choose male cats name, and sadly he liked none of the food related things. So we currently have a Tortellini (Leeni) and Aslan (Az or Azzie). We’ll see if it sticks. Thanks again for your help!
posted by pghjezebel at 11:55 AM on December 7 [1 favorite]

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