The naming of cats is a difficult matter. So said T.S. Eliot in his seminal work of literature, Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats. (Yeah, that’s right: who needs The Waste Land or The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock when you can read poems about cats?)
I’ve often hoped I could find cats for some of my favorite names, but it doesn’t always work out this way. Here are some of my favorites.
1. Mungojerrie and Rumpleteazer
Like the cats by that name in Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats, these two would be ridiculously agile and clownish cats with mischievous minds and behaviors to match.
It goes without saying that this would be a quiet gray cat with a great sense of adventure, immense magical powers, and a wry sense of humor.
3. Frick and Frack
Frick and Frack were two Swiss ice skaters who came to the U.S. in 1937 to join the Ice Follies, where they performed a comedy skating skit. It also refers to two people who are so close as to seem indistinguishable — or to a pair of silly people. These also seem like the perfect names for a pair of super-cute Siamese kittens.
4. Black Jack Davey
A charming black feral or former feral mancat who charms the ladies with barely an effort, named after the Gypsy king of traditional ballads like this one by trad-rock band Steeleye Span. (I thought I had a Black Jack Davey once, but it turned out she was a girl, so she became Dahlia P. Kittenface.)
5. Puis├¡n (pronounced "pwisheen")
This Irish Gaelic word means "kitten." It would therefore be perfect for any gargantuan bruiser of a cat — preferably a ginger, of course! — with a super-sweet temperament. (See also: Pusheen!)
Need I say more?
This name absolutely must belong to a Bengal cat. As Mr. Eliot himself said, "Her coat is one of the tabby kind, with tiger stripes and lepard spots."
The pooka is a nature spirit of Celtic mythology that, much like a cat, can be very helpful and kind if you respect it, but if you don’t … well, that’s just not gonna end well for you. A cat named Pooka would be dark-furred and have huge ears like this black Cornish Rex.
What names have you always wanted to give a cat? Share them in the comments, along with a description of the perfect cat for that name!
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About JaneA Kelley: Punk-rock cat mom, science nerd, animal shelter volunteer, and all-around geek with a passion for bad puns, intelligent conversation, and role-play adventure games. She gratefully and gracefully accepts her status as chief cat slave for her family of feline bloggers, who have been writing their cat advice column, Paws and Effect, since 2003. JaneA dreams of making a great living out of her love for cats.