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.
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!