Wednesday, May 7, 2008

Help Name This Freakin' Cat!

As mentioned before, we have a new cat that my son named "Columbus." I don't like that name and I am hoping to use the moral force of popular opinion as expressed in an unscientific web-based poll to change the name to something else. To that end, I've posted a poll in the upper-right corner of this precious, precious blog featuring several choices.

Please vote! The name of a cat rides on it. The will of the majority/plurality will be respected, even revered, even if not necessarily followed.

I've voted for "Drake." I like that name because it's still a famous explorer and it's also the name for a male duck. I like male ducks. They are pretty.

If you have a better name to suggest, feel free to do so in the comments. If the mood strikes me, I'll add it to the list of choices in the poll it turns out the poll can't be edited after the voting has started so the choices are what they are, but by suggesting alternatives in the comments, you'll still demonstrate your cat-naming acumen to a potential worldwide audience / actual six-person audience.

14 comments:

Tom said...

Why not Snot? It looks like he has a little piece of white snot on his nose and he reminds me of the dog in Xmas Vacation named Snot... he's a spitting image. I also like the name Niko after the main character in GTA. By naming him Niko you're telling the world that you are a cool video gamer. Don't you want to be a cool video gamer?

mikesdak said...

I think Furball would be a fine name,or perhaps given his color scheme, Skunk or,if more cuteness is desired,Flower after the skunk in Bambi.

The Wife said...

Don't name him Drake -- male ducks commit gang rape (we've seen it) and we don't want him to develop ideas!

But to keep with the exploring-thieving-piracy topic: how about Raleigh?

Matawheeze said...

You could use part of his name (Our cat Flickinger, named after the street where we found her is called Flickie) - so how about Mumbus?

Or Vancouver or Fremont for western explorers? Or Cortez?

Anonymous said...

Since the cat likes to "discover," why not name it "Snoop Dog?" Oh, wait, it's a cat. Snoop Cat just doesn't have the same ring. How about "Mr. E." (Mystery for those who don't get it), or maybe "Where the hell are my car keys?" or name it after a search engine such as "Google," "Yahoo," or even "Jeeves." Yeah, Jeeves sounds good. Or you could name it cgrnpn, which is the word verification I have to enter to submit this. I'll even let you add a few vowels. (You choose)

Dale said...

The wife, you're so right. Drakes are horrid rapists-- I've seen it myself. If it's any consolation, Drake the cat is (whether he knows it or not) mere days away from losing key aspects of his plumbing, the downstream effects of which will, I think, with due apologies to the rape-is-about-violence-not-sex camp, take away any rapist impulses he might have picked up from the animals for which he's named. ... Or might be named, depending on whether "Drake" can beat out "Get off the table."

Mike, I was hoping to avoid any name that relates to his appearance. But I do like "Bambi."

Mata, I like "Cortez."

Tom, Snot?

Anonymous said...

Looks like the kitty's wearing a tux with spats to me.

So how about "tux," or "spats?"

Put a bowtie on its collar, train it to dance, and you've got a cool "Spats the Cat" act.

George Junior said...

He reminds me of Fritz - a cat I had when I was a kid - same look, same coloring.

Having said that, of course I voted for Drake. Good luck with ditching the name "Columbus".

Samuel John Klein Portlandiensis said...

We had a kitty named Russel once ... he always answered to the sound of a cat food back being moved about!

Laura said...

I liked "Columbus" for this furry, little explorer, and it has the advantage of giving your son a feeling of responsibility for him. Maybe you could call him "Colly" for short.

I like "Drake." I've considered naming my next cat "Felix" like the old cartoon cat, and the fastidious Felix Unger (The Odd Couple).

Just don't, before or after the operation, call him Nonads. Not even in jest. They really don't like that.

Dale said...

Laura, duly noted. I won't call him "nonads" even if I think it. Even if I think it a lot. Can I call him that behind his back? Oh don't answer, I will anyway.

SJKP, I've always liked pet names that sound prosaic, like "Russel." In my teen years, we had successive cats named "Sherman" and "Richard," and they were succeeded by the only slightly more pet-sounding "Hank." Ah, Hank. He was one for the ages, and the first cat who was truly "mine" -- a proud and testy manx who died in battle against neighboring dogs, or so my sister still claims. Good times.

While I am on this important topic, I am proud to say that I named a cat "Thelma," and when a second female cat was added to the household, I successfully fended off all suggestions to name her "Louise." I don't do cutesy pair names, never have, and never will. Unless I change my mind. So this new cat will not be named to go along with the other cat in the house, "Wilbur" -- not "Templeton," not "Orville." No!

Actually "Orville" would be a pretty excellent name. I really shouldn't think by typing.

Laura said...

...and "Oliver." I like that name for a cat. It sounds upper-crusty, which he clearly is. "Russell," "Hitchens," "Dawkins," or even "Harris" would be perfectly fine as well; "Wright," "Graham," or "Ratzinger" not so much. I really must stop now...

Domestically Challenged said...

Dizzy Gillespie, Othello, Rude Boy, Barnaby, MacCavity, Dunkin (as in dunking an oreo), Orion, Muggsy, Sinbad

Dale said...

DC, I like those! Especially Barnaby, Dunkin, and Orion. Barnaby reminds me of Bartleby, which needs to be on the decreasingly short short list. Laura, those are great too!! I like "Hitchens" best of the Four Horsemen names (a thought that did already occur to me, as did Darwin, as did Wallace, as did Newton) and I also really like Ratzinger as a cat name despite it all.

This cat might have to settle for a very long name of many parts.