Op/Ed: Then Naming of the Cat

Posted Jul 15, 2007 by Samantha A. Torrence

The naming of cats is a difficult matter, It isn't just one of your holiday games; You may think at first I'm mad as a hatter When I tell you a cat must have three different names. -T.S. Elliot
Family of Cats
Family of Cats
There seems to be a lot of hullabaloo about naming your cats. Cat owners have for ages taken a special bond with their feline friends and of course the naming of the cat is important to reflect the personality of both owner and pet.
T. S. Elliot wrote a poem about this special event in which he describes the three names of a cat. First there is the everyday name by which the family calls the pet. These names can be as common as bill, to as sophisticated as Reginald. The second name is that which is wholly unique to the cat like Mumdruggles, or Heffelmuffin. Lastly is the unspoken name, the true name of the cat which occupies their musings and very thought.
As a previous cat owner I myself fell into the stigma of finding the perfect name. I started my cats off with a name that I wished to call them, but always one popped into my heart and it was the one they identified with. One of those cats was David Robert Bowie. Yes I named him after David Bowie. And Bowie he was called till slowly I caught myself calling him Pooky. That is not a name I would pick, but he would not respond to Bowie, it was Pooky. Another cat of mine was Miss Katherine Sunshine. She rather liked her name but it was too long, and she preferred Miss Kitty.
I am not the only owner obsessed with naming. It is a popular event to compare the names of your cats, and to pick that perfect one. On the About Cats website they have a poll up for the most popular name in June. Much like human babies there are popular names for months and years for cats! has provided a list of the top 10 cat names in the U.S.
Top 10 List on The Ten Most Common Cat Names in USA
1. Tiger
2. Smokey
3. Tigger
4. Max
5. Oreo
6. Kitty
7. Shadow
8. Princess
9. Oliver
10. Sam
So remember when naming your cat, give special consideration to its three names.