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Friday, January 27, 2006

The wayward cat returns

Happy CatBlogging Friday y'all - this week's Carnival Of The Cats #97 is here, so click on over and check out the furry goodness. My post today is an update on our feral friend that I first wrote about in December. Three weeks later we took him to our vet to be neutered and vaccinated, which he was not too happy about. He mostly disappeared after that, but we're pleased to report that he's back and trust is slowly being re-established. He becomes anxious when he can't get back outside, and will sit at the door and cry incessantly until we let him out. But he's staying indoors for longer periods of time, so I think it won't be long until he's fully domesticated. We've even let our other two cats socialize with him while he's in the house; they're a bit wary of each other, but there's been no hissing, growling, or flying fur, so we think things are progressing well. The biggest problem is that we can't come up with a name for him that we like. For the time being we're calling him "P.T.", which is short for "Puddy Tat" (as in "I tawt I taw a...") as he slightly resembles Tweety Bird's arch-nemesis Sylvester, but we're not that keen on it. There's nothing wrong with the name Sylvester, but it's kind of a cliche for a black-and-white cat and we'd like something a bit more original. We could use some help in picking out a name. What comes to your mind when you look at that sweet feline face below? Please leave a comment if you have any suggestions, and thanks!


  • At 1/28/2006 03:53:00 AM, Blogger Wild*Hen said…

    How about Ferral? or...Patches? Skittles? (he's skittish?) Don? I'm just grasping for straws now.

    So glad you chopped his boys off. We don't need no more kitties with no homes. :^)

    I have a ferral cat too. I named him Kunta Kittay...is that racist? He IS a black cat. I love him and feed him so I'm gonna say no.

    Anywho, I suspect he is playing me and indeed has a home with my new neighbors a few houses down. However he hangs around my front yard and LOVES me and is so vocal. I'd kidnap him if my current cat, Sassy Bin Laden would allow it. She however is a terrorist cat and will commit Jihad on any new addition to our family...

    I will keep thinking of a good name for P.T.

  • At 1/29/2006 09:27:00 PM, Blogger LadyGunn said…

    My sister had a cat that looked a lot like that one that she named Spanky.
    I, on the other hand, have named several horses & cats George. Not sure why, other than it just seemed to fit them.

  • At 1/29/2006 09:54:00 PM, Blogger Gigolo Kitty said…

    He looks like a Balthazar to me.

  • At 1/30/2006 05:55:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Hmm Byron with that lovely dark curling hair.

  • At 1/30/2006 09:30:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    MITHRA (Male): The Persian lion-headed god of truth and friendship. He was such a popular god that he became the symbol of mystic light for several Middle Eastern cultures. The Romans, always on the lookout for a pagan deity to steal, just loved this guy. It's true that the cult of Mithra was the strongest competitor against Christianity. As a matter of fact, the Romans even celebrated his birthday on December 25, long before Christianity adopted this date for the celebration of the birth of Jesus. The cult died out not long after the Roman Empire adopted Christianity as its official religion. A name for your cat that harkens back to a time when a once great, yet all but forgotten god, "...could'a been a contender."

    ZABABA (Male): Sumerian and Babylonian god of combat, the battlefield, and implements of destruction. He ruled over both victory and defeat, conquerors and the conquered. Needless to say, this is a tailor-fitted name for your warrior cat.

    I like deity names for pets, but for some reason I didn't give The Beasts deity-esque names.

  • At 1/30/2006 10:58:00 PM, Blogger Wild*Hen said…

    Any updates Toasty?

    Did we decide on a name?

    I do like Nio's suggestions.

  • At 1/31/2006 02:23:00 PM, Blogger bearbee said…

    Pendragon.....the name of King Arthurs' father

    Also like the aforementioned 'Byron' and 'Balthazar'

  • At 1/31/2006 09:57:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    How about Domino (my sister had a longhair tuxedo boy cat named that.


  • At 2/01/2006 09:28:00 PM, Blogger liberalguy said…

    The white collar around his neck reminds me of what they used to wear in Elizabethan times, which was called a "ruff". So what about Ruffy for a name?

  • At 2/01/2006 11:13:00 PM, Blogger Mr. Toast said…

    Great suggestions, all of them, and I appreciate your comments very much. As T.S. Eliot says - "The naming of cats is a difficult matter, It isn't just one of your holiday games", and I hope we'll figure out a "sensible everyday name" for him before I go "mad as a hatter"!

    Thanks y'all for visiting my blog.

    -Mr. T


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