Do Cat Names Fall Into Three Categories?

A cat by any other name is still a cat.

Nancy Parish
Catness

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Photo is of my cat Harper Lee as a kitten. She’s sitting on a chair judging me.
Harper Lee as a kitten / Photo courtesy of the Author

I’m reading the novel, Starter Villain, where one of the characters states that cat names generally “fall into one of three categories: physical characteristics, food, or mythology.”

Was that theory true or just the product of a prolific writer with an effusive imagination? I got to thinking about how I have named my cats and put his theory to the test.

My first cat

My first cat, a gray and white short hair kitty, my brother and I found on our walk home from school, we named Dusty for his dusty coat. He turned into a grumpy old man in his later years. But the name still fit. Our name choice validated the theory.

As a lifelong cat lady, I’ll leave it to you, my readers, to determine the crazy part. I’ve also thought about the other cats in my life.

My other brother found my second cat outside on Christmas Day. She was desperately seeking warmth and scampered between his feet to get inside. She was a pretty Maine coon mix and had been through it. She was skinny and had a gaping hole on her side from a fight of some sort.

She napped in our laps and played with makeshift cat toys we put together from leftover Christmas wrappings. We named her Nicky for…

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Nancy Parish
Catness

Amateur Cat Herder. Previously, Contributing Editor for CWIM. My ebook Life with Scout: The Blind Kitty Chronicles avail. https://thesoundandfurry.com/