Nerd shoutout: Help me name this kitten!

June 29, 2011 by joshwork
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So, I’ve got a tiny, little, cuddly problem. Maybe you can help.

 

 

In my latest fit of asserting my independence, I decided to adopt this furry goofball. She can be a handful sometimes – literally – but even as I type this, she is showing her adorable side, curled up on my lap and purring away (and chewing on my thumb).

I’ve been calling her “Kid,” as in “Hey Kid, stop that,” or “Remove your claws from my ankle, Kid.” Folks in the office tell me this is not acceptable, that I must give her a real name. Well, I’m having a hard time coming up with one.

Being a self-proclaimed nerd, I thought it best to choose a nerdy name for her – some obscure reference to a character in a comic, cartoon, movie or video game, perhaps. I’ve come up with a few ideas, but each one has its pros and cons. Here’s where you come in: What’s a great, nerdy name for a cat?

My ideas so far:

Who wouldn't want a mogwai for a pet – despite the risk of a gremlin outbreak?

Gizmo, after the cute little Mogwai in “Gremlins.”

Pros: Just like Gizmo, she’s got massive ears and eyes. She also makes all sorts of squeaky noises, though I have yet to hear her enunciate anything like “uh oh” in her little kitty voice.

Cons: She might grow into those adorably oversized cranial features. Plus, I’ve gotten her wet and fed her after midnight, and she has yet to spawn any evil gremlins.

 

Oh Marceline, why are you so mean?

Marceline, as in Marceline the Vampire Queen, of “Adventure Time” fame.

Pros: Sometimes she’s nice, other times she can be kind of mean. At heart, though, she’s a good person, probably. Plus, she bites.

Cons: Don’t ask me why, but I’m not a big fan of giving people names to pets. Also, pet names should not have more than two syllables. Otherwise, by the time you’re done shouting at the pet, it will already have stopped doing whatever it was that triggered the shouting.

 

I doubt the kitten would be able to balance on a broom like Jiji.

Jiji, the titular witch’s black cat in Studio Ghibli’s “Kiki’s Delivery Service.”

Pros: Jiji’s kind of a rascal, not unlike this kitten. Also, the kitten has a high-pitched voice like his. (In the Japanese version, at least – the Disney version has Phil Hartman voicing the cat, but we don’t talk about that.)

Cons: Jiji’s a male cat, though his voice actor (in the original Japanese) is female. Also, he’s a black cat. This kitten has a tiger-like fur design with white paws.

 

How about you? Any great, nerdy cat name ideas? I’m a fan of cats in literary media, from Puss in Boots to Reynard’s Tibert to Pangur Bán of the Gaelic poem. but for now at least, I think Kid will do.

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5 Responses to “Nerd shoutout: Help me name this kitten!”

  1. Robin BNo Gravatar says:

    I like JiJi, but – also – “Itchy” or “Itchy Poo” came to mind while watching the video.

  2. Lauren McGillNo Gravatar says:

    I was going to say Gizmo!

  3. MonicaNo Gravatar says:

    I second Gizmo! Though, thinking on Robin B’s suggestion of Itchy Poo, it sure would be fun to hear you call that name out….

  4. Katy BrownNo Gravatar says:

    Pippa.

  5. AlyssaNo Gravatar says:

    i have come up the following names for a cat…
    Frodo
    Onyx
    Ace
    Sirius
    Gandalf (the white/grey)
    Aerosmith
    Nirvana
    Loki
    Queen
    Zeppelin
    Oasis
    Taz
    Sparta
    Simba
    Voldemort
    Carrot
    Woodstock
    Gizmo
    Kirby
    Kashmir
    Stimpy
    Laverne
    Cheshire
    Scar
    Phoenix
    Bane
    Winky
    Kreacher
    Sonic
    Cynthia
    Cake
    Mufasa
    Chewbacca
    Yoda
    Boo
    HoneyBooBoo
    Droid
    Mew
    Meowth
    Frenchie
    Moustache
    Dammit
    Stoopid
    Spock
    Squirtle
    Vulpix
    Zucca ( Pumpkin )
    Regina
    Misty
    Bilbo
    Sauron
    Gollum
    Smeagol
    Legolas
    Yoshi
    Zelda
    Kiss
    Pichu
    Cartman

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