Do You Call Your Cat By His or Her Given Name?

Rags ©2006 Elaina G Photography
Rags ©2006 Elaina G Photography

Do You Call Your Cat By His or Her Given Name?

Originally published Feb 3, 2011

When Rags was 14 years old (I was 24), I decided to take him to a new vet.  When they were getting ready to give him a shot for something or other, they told me to talk to him while they did it – so I started out, “Hi Freegie, are you my little Poo-Poos?”  And the vet as well with the vet technician looked at me and said, “This is Rags Dean, right?”

I said, “Yes, of course.”  And then realized that I hadn’t called him by his given name during the course of the shot, so I followed it up with the fact that I rarely call my cats by their given names.  Some people have told me that it is really weird that I don’t.

Caymus and Murphy
Caymus and Murphy

So, it made me wonder, “Do you call your cat by his or her given name?” 

Here are the list of cats that I have lived with and what I called/call them.

Rags = Poo-Poos, Raggle Muffin, Freegie, Freeg


Alley = Ms. Booder or just Booder
Caymus = Nussy, Cay-Cay Nusser, Baby New
Murphy = Beau, Cy Beau, Smurphy
Charlie = Charlamagne, Sharlie, Bubbie, Charlie-man-sers, Wubbie, WubbieBoo, Wubbie Boo Boo
Trigg = Chiggy Wiggy Woo Woo, Triggerman, Chigga, Triggy, Gaussy (after Carl Friedrich Gauss), Gausing

Trigg and Charlie are 5 years old, so their nicknames are bound to change and develop more.

If you have a nickname or a plethora of nicknames for your kitty, I would be curious to know what your kitty’s given name is and what you actually call them!

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Hi, I’m Jenny Dean, creator of Floppycats! Ever since my Aunt got the first Ragdoll cat in our family, I have loved the breed. Inspired by my childhood Ragdoll cat, Rags, I created Floppycats to connect, share and inspire other Ragdoll cat lovers around the world,

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  1. MildredPierce says:

    Walter- walty, turkey, tur tur, turkish, chubis, munkis, waltray, baby beluga,belugs, fats, bratwurst, brat face
    Stanley- string bean, beany, beanwa, Stan stan, bean bean, stringy
    Both of them together- the poots, pooters, bubs, bubberts, the bros, bratty bros,broskis, munks, chickamunks.

  2. Stacy Hikari says:

    My seal mitted lynx, Tyrion has several nicknames and to which he answers

    Me: Cuddle-bun, Lannislove, Ty ty, Fur-baby.
    friend Brian: fluffat, cuddlecat
    Girlfriend: Fur-baby

  3. Patti Johnson says:

    Lurve, lurve, lurve all the nicknames you give your boys, Jenny! And, all the nicknames in the comments are hilariously delightful! We do the same thing. Miss Pink Sugarbelle’s given name is: Pink Sugar

    But…we call her…

    Miss Pink Sugarbelle
    Miss Pink Sugarboo
    Miss Pink Sugarbean
    Miss Pink Sugardoodles
    Miss Pink Sugarbunny
    Miss Pink SugarHerself
    Miss Pink Sugarfluffyfluffs
    Empress Floppybutt
    Empress Fluffybutt
    Empress Fluffypants
    The Queen
    Her Majesty

    Just to name a few. lol 🙂

    Big hugs!

    Patti & Miss Pink Sugarsnickerdoodle 🙂 <3

  4. we call our cat called elsa
    bumble fluff

  5. And now Mimsy has Mr. PrissyPants, Boo Boo Cream Cheese, Plume, Squeak…and he and Dinah have silly song remakes with their names in them. I found that a lot of cat lovers do the songs!

    1. i think i like “boo boo cream cheese” the most – that’s fantastic! that’s fun to know a lot of cat lovers do the songs!

  6. My Goodness I thought it was just me.Mr Tuffles doesnt know thats his name but he knows my tone of voice is only for him,List of names are,that I can remember shweety ,Lolly Lou,Luv Luv Luv,Sha La La, La La,Shagg Wagg ,Shaggy Waggy Ragdoll,Shweet Luvvy Luv.I could go on and on.Allin the name of the huge addoration I have for this shweet Little Boy Ragdoll that follows me all day long and loves for me to blow bubbles for him the liquid kid ones with the little wand thing.If I haller BUBBLES he comes running down the hallway he just luvs those.He also comes when I yell CAT SNAX.But Bubbles always works Bye Lisa

  7. Mrs.Jones says:

    I only have 1 kitty but… It’s the kitties I love bunches that get called nicknames other than their given name. 🙂
    My baby boys name is Ghangis, but he gets called a multitude of love names including; Gangy, Ganglion, Fluffy, Sheeba, KittyMeow, Booboo, lover, meowmeow, Fuzzy, Boy, etc… It changes all the time… Sometimes even BadBoy, or BadKitty.

  8. Catherine says:

    My two boys Squee and Jeepers may or may not know their names but they do know their nicknames!

    Squee: Squeeker (he’s part Siamese and oy can he yowl), Squeeball, Squee-Squee, Fluffbutt, Fuzzface
    Jeepers: Creepers, Jeepers Creepers (this is the cat that jumped off our third floor apartment balcony twice in one day), Suckface (he’ll “kiss kiss” on command), Catsanova

  9. Sheba: Sheba-beeba, Sheebzie, Shebalicious, Miss Missy, Miss Kitten, Meowker, World’s Most Beautifulest Cat (she really was)

    Chooch: Choochamunga, Choochkie, Choochy Boy, Choo-Choo, Choochkeleh, Boychik, Buddy Boy

    I lost them both within the past year.

    1. I had a Sheba too and Sheeba-beeba was one of her names! Also Sheeeeeeeebeeeeee was another. JLS

  10. Oh, I forgot ‘Darcy doodle Dandy’
    (he is subjected to my endless song parodies that I love to do using his name or Ragdoll instead, thank goodness he doesn’t mind 🙂

  11. Mr. Darcy is also at times called Poopy-Paws*, Darcy Doodle*, Doodle, Darcy-Doodle Silly-Noodle(done in song), KittyPuss*, Pancake(due to his color) and Curry Cake(for the way he seems to beg whenever he smells curry powder), Boozy Bear, Mommy’s Baby, FairyPaws, DaintyPaws, SnuggleKins(what my son calls him when snuggling)

    1. GlamKitty says:

      Oh, those are so cute! (And geez, you reminded me of another nickname my own boy has: FairyPants. ;D )

      1. I totally call Charlie, “Charlie Pants” – and I used to call the kid that lived next door, “Lilly Pants”. My boyfriend said to me, “Do you just add “pants” to the end of people’s names you like?” – I guess I do.

      1. Thanks GlamKitty, and Fairypants is so cute.
        Jenny, I love the ‘pants’ thing added to the end of a name, that is too cute : )
        I had an Aunt that would add cutesy words to the end of a name and now my family does it all the time either at the beginning or end of a word, especially for children & pets.

  12. Boy are we a bunch of fruitcakes. Baxter AKA Grumpy-pants, Baxter-Noodle-Doo, Mr. B,
    Mr. Bee-Boozler, Baxx-a rooni-tooni, Baxx-Man, Baxi-Mundo

    Violet, AKA Mrs. Beasley, Beaslier, (Beaslia-Beaslia-Bee), Beeters, Booder, Viley-Oli, V-oletta

    Oh, they go on…

  13. It’s not ususual at all. Dinah is sometimes ‘Racer’ or ‘Tabby’. Mimsy, who’s totally white, is ‘Little Swan’ or ‘Bunny-Feets’. Or ‘Fluffy Butt’. ‘Sir Mimserton’, when he’s fussy about grooming, or ‘Mimsinator’ when he’s destroying household items. My husband and I will discover more nicknames, I’m sure.

  14. Oh goodness.

    Adso’s nicknames include:
    Adso von Knuckle-head (my dad’s contribution)
    Boo-boo cat
    Mr. Drooley-cat
    Mr. Foofy-cat
    Foof-meister Meister-foof

    I just adopted Milo, a solid cream ragdoll, about a month ago. So far his nicknames are:
    Sweety Bear
    Milo von Stinkybutt (he’s a bit gassy at times from the kitten food…)

    He’s a bit crazy at this point, he’s 12 weeks old, but I know when he calms down and more of his adult personality shows, he’ll gain a number of new nicknames. 🙂

    1. Fuzzybum is my favorite. I might have to use that on Charlie.

  15. my cats name is snuggle angel he is a seal lynx point and 3 yrs. old. i called him snuggs,woolvergoose,now i call him goosetifur, goose for short. he wales on a leash like a dog. loves shoes, sinks and snow.he also likes to cuddle in bed. sandi a rag doll lover

    1. Sandra, I love it!! Thanks for sharing! Let me know if you want to feature Snuggle Angel as Ragdoll of the Week on – I can send you the details. Just shoot me an e-mail at jenny [at] and I will send you the information on how to move forward. Thanks.

  16. Eve Kurpiers says:

    Snuggler I’ve had for 5 years, she’s a choc. lynx torbie bicolor so she’s been called
    everything from “Torbes”, “Snugg Bugg” “Nugg Bug” “Nuggie” “Noogie” “Chairman Meow”, Nuzzler my blue bicolor has been “Nuzzie” “NuzzBuzz” “Nuzz” “Gray” “Nuzzles”
    “Nuzzle Pie” “Nuzzle Sandwiches” “Sandwich”…Bongo my tuxedo is “Bong” “Bungo”
    “Bango” then he started putting on some weight so his new name became “Tubby”
    “Tubbathon” “Tub,Tub,Tub…”…….My office cat(yes I have an office cat LOL) is a little
    stray calico named Tortie – so she became “Dumpster Diver”, “Torte-Cake” “Torta Cayka” “Tortis” “Tortisboard” … suprising to see SO many names on this! =)

  17. Kelly Loftus says:

    My ragdoll’s official name is Franklin, but he has so many nicknames. The most common one is probably Mister Moo. Have no idea where that one came from, but it has definitely stuck. He also goes by Frank, Frankie, Frankfurt, Frank and frijoles (my boyfriend gave him that one 🙂 Booboo, Fattums, and Pinky for his bubblegum pink nose and feet. It’s nice to know I’m not the only person who loves their cat like crazy and gives them ridiculous pet names.

    1. I love “Frijoles” I might have to steel that one too!!

  18. Lynn Harris says:

    I shared my nicknames yesterday, but I wanted to say that this thread has been great!! I look forward to peeking into my mailbox to see what other names people call their precious babies. The responses have given me “that warm fuzzy feeling”, reminding me of how much we all love our pets!!

  19. Oscar is also Bunny-butt because he looks like a bunny from behind when he runs.

    1. totally love it – charlie does too!! i might have to use that one – i like to watch charlie run towards the back door because his butt is so fluffy!!

      1. Yes! It is that happy hop/bound they do at the prospect of special fun! It has become an adjective as well as a noun here, as in “Ran like a Bunny-butt.”

  20. Lots of fun reading all the nicknames! Have to add mine to the mix. Andy is Andy-Boy, Andy-Boy-Broccoli, Prince Fatty, Bunny, Baby, Baby bunny and the one I am afraid he is going to recognize as his given name, Puppy. Clearly he is a rag. Oscar is called Grouch, Hungry man and Hey!, Felix is called Baldy, Skinny Boy, Boss.

    My motehr’s cats are called Pain in the A* * because he NEVER leaves her alone!
    Thanks for the thread – lots of fun!

    1. These are so fun – I agree. I never thought it would solicit this much response, but I love it. I like “Andy Boy Broccoli” – wondering where Broccoli came into the picture on that one.

      1. Andy-Boy is a brand name for fresh broccoli – it just seems to follow the babble spilling out when I sing-song to him.

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