Do You Give Your Cats Nicknames Based on Their Fur?


All cat lovers I know give their kitties a multitude of nicknames, and each one is usually chosen based on the looks or personality traits of the feline. My three cats have well over a dozen monikers each, and I typically use them instead of their given names. It’s not that I don’t like the original ones — the nicknames are just cuter, funnier, or snappier to say.

Some of my cats’ most-used nicknames are based on their fur colors. Here are a few of them.


Phoebe is a calico-tabby mix, and her fur pattern is absolutely gorgeous — a work of art! When I post photos of her on social media outlets, I generally receive more than a few comments reflecting admiration of her beautiful markings.

Look at Phoebe, showing off that feathery chest! I can’t stand it!

Snowy Girl: This is a nickname I use when I’m running my fingers through her downy white chest. The fur looks like thick white feathers — like you’d see on an owl. So the name reflects her chest’s snowy owl likeness, and its similarity to a fresh layer of newly fallen snow. If you ever meet Phoebe, I’m sure you’ll agree. And then you’ll want to touch her fluffy chest — just to make sure I’m telling the truth. I promise I am.

Pumpkin Patch: Most of Phoebe’s coat is brown tabby-like, but there are these little patches of orange that appear in various areas. I think she looks a little like a sweet little patchwork quilt. There are two standout pumpkin patches on her body — one on her haunch and another above her left eye. Sometimes I pet her in those places while I’m calling her Pumpkin Patch. She responds way better to my petting her on the top of the head than on the haunch. I think it’s too close to her belly, and she’s not a belly-rub girl. I guess I don’t blame her because I’m not either.

Aww, sweet little Pumpkin Patch.


Saffy is a gorgeous gray lady who just turned 14. She looks great for her age, don’t you think? She’s the most introverted of my kitties, but I think her elegance speaks volumes.

The floof is majestic.

Floofy Floof: Saffy’s luxurious coat is extra fluffy, and includes various white patches that look marshmallowy … to me, anyway, but I’m always thinking about food! Oh, and she also sports some major floof on her cheeks. Cheeky girl.

Gray Girl: Well, this one is obvious — her fur is mostly gray. It’s such a pretty shade of gray, though. Sometimes it even has a silvery sheen when she’s in the sun. I’ve always loved gray cats. In fact, Saffy’s the third gray cat with whom I’ve shared my adult life. There’s just something special about those grays.

Gotta love those grays.


Ah, Cosmo. He’s my boy, so of course I have tons of nicknames for him. He proudly wears his fancy tuxedo coat, even if his lower belly is getting bit droopy.

No amount of yoga is going to tighten up those saggy man panties.

Man Panties: I’ve called him this forever because he has a little patch of white positioned in the exact area where someone would wear underwear. “Underwear” is not that great of a nickname, though — Man Panties is way funnier. Because of his paunch, his man panties are beginning to sag and swing when he walks. Even funnier.

Shiny Boy: Cosmo has the silkiest coat in town. It’s shiny and almost looks sparkly in the sunlight. I suppose if you’re going to wear a tuxedo, it should look and feel luxurious.

Shine on, Cosmo!

Do you give your cats nicknames based on their fur? Tell us about them in the comments!

Read more by Angie Bailey

About the Author: Angie Bailey is an eternal optimist with an adoration of all things silly. Loves pre-adolescent boy humor, puns, making up parody songs, thinking about cats doing people things and The Smiths. Writes Catladyland, a cat humor blog, Texts from Mittens (originated right here on Catster) and authored whiskerslist: the kitty classifieds, a silly book about cats wheeling and dealing online. Partner in a production company and writes and acts in comedy web series that features sketches and mockumentaries. Mother to two humans and three cats, all of which want her to make them food.

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