Is this cat named Sebastian?
September 15, 2020 3:48 PM   Subscribe

Can you help name a black cat who loves to warble like a bird, head-butt, and burrow?

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My fiancé and I adore the three-year-old black cat we adopted last week. He's a sleek, dignified cat who enjoys stretching out with us on the couch and ceremoniously bopping his head into ours. For this reason, we started calling him Bash and worked backward to the name Sebastian. But we don't feel quite sold on it! Other names we've considered are Bertram (Bertie), Bartholomew, Tybalt (prince of cats), Cricket, Webster, Vincent (for Vincent Price), and Orion. Can you help us brainstorm more names? Something long and old and maybe even eldritch would be perfect. Cute nicknames are a bonus. Thank you!
posted by tasseomance to Pets & Animals (28 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
posted by theora55 at 3:57 PM on September 15

posted by NotLost at 4:01 PM on September 15

posted by jamjam at 4:09 PM on September 15

That's Gustav.
posted by Kabanos at 4:10 PM on September 15 [3 favorites]

Corvus? Cosmo? Maurice? Sylvester?
posted by unicorn chaser at 4:12 PM on September 15

Yes, that’s Sebastian
posted by gt2 at 4:12 PM on September 15 [13 favorites]

Well, if you're working backwards....Johann. Which gives "Yo" as a nickname.
posted by Calvin and the Duplicators at 4:15 PM on September 15 [3 favorites]

I like Bash/Bas/Sebastian a lot for him! You could always go for Bashir if you're a DS9 fan, though.
posted by Jon Mitchell at 4:16 PM on September 15 [5 favorites]

oh yeah that’s a Sebastian all right
posted by some_kind_of_toaster at 4:28 PM on September 15 [1 favorite]

Bourne-Again Shell
posted by aniola at 4:34 PM on September 15

posted by exceptinsects at 4:37 PM on September 15

I think he’s Sebastian.
In any case, he is gorgeous. Congratulations on your new family member!
posted by bookmammal at 4:41 PM on September 15 [2 favorites]

posted by Mouse Army at 4:48 PM on September 15

Are you an anime/manga fan? Because the name Sebastian and the color of the cat immediately made me think of Black Butler and its titular character, Sebastian Michaelis.
posted by needled at 5:08 PM on September 15 [1 favorite]

posted by sciencegeek at 5:29 PM on September 15

posted by onebyone at 5:46 PM on September 15

Wyvern. Wyvvie or Vern for short!
posted by prewar lemonade at 6:28 PM on September 15

Sebastian! With a host of nicknames! My friend always called her little brother Sebby which I thought was so sweet. When he is contemplating nature in dignified repose, you can call him Bashō!
posted by athirstforsalt at 6:39 PM on September 15 [2 favorites]

That's a Sebastien.

Source: I am a domain expert in this matter.
posted by sebastienbailard at 7:07 PM on September 15 [6 favorites]

Sebastian, Sable, Sabian (a brand of cymbals! Which one can bash with sticks haha)... you could name him after a famous dark-haired viola player?
posted by Coaticass at 8:04 PM on September 15 [1 favorite]

He's definitely a Sebastian
posted by daybeforetheday at 8:59 PM on September 15 [1 favorite]

Oh yeah, he's a Sebastian! Not that the formal name matters so much, silly nicknames will overtake it before too long.

you know..."crashin' bashin' Sebastian," "bulldozer kitty," "The Mysterious Hermit of Cardboard Cave," etc etc etc
posted by Vervain at 12:49 AM on September 16 [1 favorite]

Lord Sebastian "Slinky" Moriarty
posted by b33j at 1:15 AM on September 16 [1 favorite]

That's some high-quality blep, right there. And yes, Sebastian fits.
posted by Too-Ticky at 3:37 AM on September 16 [1 favorite]

A handsome guy like that is definitely Sebastian Horatio Buttsworth.
posted by ailouros08 at 4:09 AM on September 16 [1 favorite]

I had a swimming buddy whose son Sebastian was known as -- phonetic spelling ahead -- Bahszhy. That's almost "Bashie."
posted by jgirl at 6:26 AM on September 16 [1 favorite]

I like Sebastian! That was my second-choice name for the cat who eventually became known as Finn.
posted by Preserver at 9:20 AM on September 16 [1 favorite]

If you did choose to name him Stygian, you could nickname him Stiggy Coaldust, which I would find irresistible.
posted by jamjam at 6:42 PM on September 16

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