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January 14, 2007
By: Kevin Drum

THE TRIUMPHANT RETURN OF CAT BLOGGING....So why the light blogging today, you ask? Answer: cat shopping!

Today we went down to the shelter where we got Inkblot eight years ago and spent some quality time in their visitor room. At first we had no luck: there was a nice siamese cat who was a little older than we wanted, a fluffy gray cat who was a little too fluffy and a litty too diva-ish, a twitchy black cat who was afraid of her own shadow, and a pear-shaped black cat who was great for a few minutes but then started hissing at us. Then, after we'd almost given up, Marian said, "Let's look at one more."

You can see the result below. No name yet, so we're taking suggestions. She's three years old, makes a beeline for any open lap, and has already established herself as queen of the household. It took Inkblot a while to even figure out that anything had happened, and when he finally came downstairs he let loose with a few pro forma hisses -- which were blithely ignored -- and then retreated upstairs. He's safe there for now, but it won't last. This cat is going to be queen of the entire house before long.

So we're once again a two-cat household, and for the time being everything is quiet. We'll see if it lasts.

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That is a very nice looking cat. I really like the picture of her hiding in the bookcase.

Posted by: tanj on January 14, 2007 at 7:56 PM | PERMALINK

Beautiful green eyes. Congratulations. Give the doofus some extra ear scratches to ease the transition.

Posted by: Blue Girl, Red State (aka Global Citizen) on January 14, 2007 at 7:59 PM | PERMALINK

That bookshelf picture is adorable. Maybe call her "Pi"?

Posted by: David on January 14, 2007 at 8:00 PM | PERMALINK

A beautiful tuxedo cat, Kevin. Thank you for supporting your local shelter as well.

I'm a big fan of people names for pets (Sam and Ernie are my two, with Ernie being a tuxedo). And when you described her as queen of the household on her first day, I immediately thought of the Queen of Soul: Aretha.

Or if you're a fan of the musical or movie, Dreamgirls, you could go with Effie.

Posted by: mr421 on January 14, 2007 at 8:03 PM | PERMALINK

Congratulations! What a beauty. Your cat looks like he/she has a third eye...What about "Wisdom" or "Shiva"

"In Hinduism and Buddhism, the third eye is a symbol of enlightenment (see moksha and nirvana). The third eye is the ajna chakra (sixth chakra) also known as brow chakra or brow centre This is commonly denoted in Indian and East Asian iconography with a dot, eye or mark on the forehead of deities or enlightened beings, such as Shiva (God of Destruction), the Buddha, or any number of yogis, sages and bodhisattvas. This symbol is called the "Third Eye" or "Eye of Wisdom", or, in Buddhism, the urna. In Hinduism, it is believed that the opening of Shiva's third eye is the end of the universe."

Posted by: JerseyMissouri on January 14, 2007 at 8:03 PM | PERMALINK

La Inkblota!

Posted by: Gabriel on January 14, 2007 at 8:05 PM | PERMALINK

A good-looking cat, Kevin. Congrats on the new member of your family.

Posted by: Apollo 13 on January 14, 2007 at 8:06 PM | PERMALINK

her majesty

Posted by: workingclassannie on January 14, 2007 at 8:07 PM | PERMALINK

Call her 'Trackback'.

Posted by: gussie on January 14, 2007 at 8:08 PM | PERMALINK

"Pelosa" works for me...

Posted by: ROTFLMLiberalAO on January 14, 2007 at 8:08 PM | PERMALINK

How about Tux... short for Tuxedo. That white splotch looks like a shirt under a black formal jacket.

Posted by: wagster on January 14, 2007 at 8:11 PM | PERMALINK

I suggest naming him the Replacement. His issues should be entertaining.

Posted by: trifecta on January 14, 2007 at 8:12 PM | PERMALINK

Artemisia....Queenie...Isis...

Posted by: Apollo 13 on January 14, 2007 at 8:13 PM | PERMALINK

Yeah, we all notice the tuxedo. How about Opus?

Posted by: Becca on January 14, 2007 at 8:15 PM | PERMALINK

Your comments about her soon ruling the house have me thinking of Balkis for a name.

http://en.wikisource.org/wiki/The_Butterfly_That_Stamped

Posted by: xaxnar on January 14, 2007 at 8:17 PM | PERMALINK

How about "Coulter"? It has the added benefit of making it much easier for you if the cat has to be put down.

Posted by: eightnine2718281828mu5 on January 14, 2007 at 8:17 PM | PERMALINK

May I humbly suggest Trudy? (see the movie Local Hero for inspiration on this name)

It was a name I suggested for our most recent cat, but was vetoed by my English wife. Delia is her name now. If you know England, you will understand the name.

Posted by: swarty on January 14, 2007 at 8:19 PM | PERMALINK

I'm impressed you got up and moving so quick. I guess the steaks are too high to take lying down (apologies to egbert).

She looks like a chunk of snowflake obsidian. Or maybe that's a white bib around her neck. I guess I'd go with Snowflake, Obi, Sidney, or Bibby. My wife thinks you could go with spitwad if your obsessed with that third eye thing. I guess that would go with your other cats name.

Posted by: B on January 14, 2007 at 8:20 PM | PERMALINK

She's black...how about Condoleeza

Posted by: peej on January 14, 2007 at 8:21 PM | PERMALINK

The Song Of The Jellicles by T. S. Eliot

Jellicle Cats come out tonight,
Jellicle Cats come one come all:
The Jellicle Moon is shining bright--
Jellicles come to the Jellicle Ball.

Jellicle Cats are black and white,
Jellicle Cats are rather small;
Jellicle Cats are merry and bright,
And pleasant to hear when they caterwaul.
Jellicle Cats have cheerful faces,
Jellicle Cats have bright black eyes;
They like to practise their airs and graces
And wait for the Jellicle Moon to rise.

Jellicle Cats develop slowly,
Jellicle Cats are not too big;
Jellicle Cats are roly-poly,
They know how to dance a gavotte and a jig.
Until the Jellicle Moon appears
They make their toilette and take their repose:
Jellicles wash behind their ears,
Jellicles dry between their toes.

Jellicle Cats are white and black,
Jellicle Cats are of moderate size;
Jellicles jump like a jumping-jack,
Jellicle Cats have moonlit eyes.
They're quiet enough in the morning hours,
They're quiet enough in the afternoon,
Reserving their terpsichorean powers
To dance by the light of the Jellicle Moon.

Jellicle Cats are black and white,
Jellicle Cats (as I said) are small;
If it happens to be a stormy night
They will practise a caper or two in the hall.
If it happens the sun is shining bright
You would say they had nothing to do at all:
They are resting and saving themselves to be right
For the Jellicle Moon and the Jellicle Ball.

The Prairie Angel

Posted by: Arachnae on January 14, 2007 at 8:26 PM | PERMALINK

Great looking kitty, and that's wonder ful that you rescued her from a shelter.

It looks like she has an accent mark in the middle of her forehead. I'd name her Breve or Tilde. Or maybe Cyclops.

Posted by: lemaloon on January 14, 2007 at 8:28 PM | PERMALINK

I feel a need to honor your Calpundit roots.

NANCY, after the first woman Speaker of the House? Actually, Nancy's kind of cool and bi-partisan as it may also be seen to honor California Preznit Reagan's wife, Nancy. And also, Nancy Drew who was not really political, but very, very cool.

Maybe ZARRA or CESARA after Cesar Chavez?

Maybe TRIXIE, after "Tricky Dick."

Posted by: theorajones on January 14, 2007 at 8:31 PM | PERMALINK

"Tuxedo," nothing - she looks like she's wearing a cardigan with only the top button buttoned. Very feminine.

In keeping with the queen theme, how about Cleopatra? You could call her Cleo for short.

In the meantime, congratulations! She's lovely.

Posted by: Journeywoman on January 14, 2007 at 8:32 PM | PERMALINK

Audrey

Posted by: bdr on January 14, 2007 at 8:34 PM | PERMALINK

She looks a lot like our cat, Maxwell. My eleven year old liked Paul McCartney so much that she name her new kitty after Maxwell Silver Hammer. Max is now 5 and, amazingly, has the same temperament as my daughter -- neither like to be cuddled. Max hangs out on her desk while my daughter works on her computer.

So, I suggest "Maxine."

Posted by: pol on January 14, 2007 at 8:35 PM | PERMALINK

Congratulations on your new cat. It really works best with two!

As for name suggestions: with the tux, I'd have to call her either Ritz (puttin' on the Ritz) or Ritzi.

Have fun!

Posted by: fm on January 14, 2007 at 8:36 PM | PERMALINK

Congrats, I let out whoop as soon as I saw the headline.

The white spot on her forehead (off center due to a long night at a Bollywood opening) makes her look like an Eastern princess. How about Pearl or the Sanskrit equivalent . It would be a way to honor Jasmine (in a way) as well.

Posted by: Keith G on January 14, 2007 at 8:40 PM | PERMALINK

The pictures are great! The bookcases look beautiful and the lovely new kitty fits right in.
It warmed me to see it, a break from the nightmares of political doings and all the heavy thinking required of the citizens...

Posted by: consider wisely always on January 14, 2007 at 8:47 PM | PERMALINK

Stick with the inky theme, how about "Sumi?" That's the Japanese word for ink.

Posted by: charlie don't surf on January 14, 2007 at 8:47 PM | PERMALINK

Out of the comments recommendations, I liked Pelosa. Haha, congrats on the new cat, it's very cute.

Posted by: Steve W, on January 14, 2007 at 8:48 PM | PERMALINK

You've got Inkblot, how about Whitespot? Not only does it fit, but the cat names rhyme then too!

Posted by: Kit on January 14, 2007 at 8:51 PM | PERMALINK

for some reason the photo cried out to me: Petunia. Maybe its the flower theme, or maybe just a name that starts with P, since others have suggested p-names
Enjoy the territory war!

Posted by: lisainVan on January 14, 2007 at 8:51 PM | PERMALINK

It does look like she's in a tux, complete with "SPATS."

I know, kinda a dumb name. I'd wait until the personality comes out a bit more. We have one cat named "Clare" because we got her on St. Clare's Day. The other cat, kitten actually, that we got the next day, well...I wanted to name her "Gilda" in honor of Gilda Radner.

BUT

After tearing through several plants and swinging from the 4 1/2 foot spidar plant "XENA" seemed far more appropriate.

Congrats on getting a shelter cat. They're terrific.

Posted by: brat on January 14, 2007 at 8:51 PM | PERMALINK

How about Peach? -- in the hope of upcoming impeachments.

Posted by: _PK_ on January 14, 2007 at 8:52 PM | PERMALINK

How about "Star" because of white patch of fur on her forehead. Or maybe tootsie because to the little black patch of fur on the front toes?

Or simply wait until she lives with you for a while so you can give her a name that matches her personality.

Posted by: Cheryl on January 14, 2007 at 8:52 PM | PERMALINK

I'm a bigger Simpsons fan than cat fan, so I'm going to have to suggest Snowball II. This name has the added benefit of making absolutely no sense.

Posted by: Crabshack on January 14, 2007 at 8:53 PM | PERMALINK

"Ascott" ... she looks like she's wearing one. Or, perhaps, "Tinta," which is Spanish for ink or some very strong coffee.

Posted by: Ed on January 14, 2007 at 8:54 PM | PERMALINK

She's lovely. Mazel tov!

Posted by: LTL on January 14, 2007 at 8:55 PM | PERMALINK

She's very photogenic. Does she know yet that she will be one of the most famous cats in the world? Perhaps best not to, diva-wise.

I like Sheba. Congratulations to the whole family.

Posted by: garbo on January 14, 2007 at 9:00 PM | PERMALINK

She reminds me of a cat I fostered for my local Humane Society. I called her 'Magpie' for her habit of stealing small objects as well as for her coloring. I like 'Sumi' - gonna put that on my list of future cat names.

Posted by: cathy on January 14, 2007 at 9:01 PM | PERMALINK

Funny when you mentioned she's like a queen I thought of Sheba too. She's LOVELY!

MAZEL TOV!

Posted by: Sarah on January 14, 2007 at 9:03 PM | PERMALINK

How about naming her Charle Alpha Tango?

But maybe that has too military a ring for liberals.

Posted by: Al on January 14, 2007 at 9:04 PM | PERMALINK

Wow! Definitely a Queen. I was thinking Nefertiti, but I love the idea of the Queen of Soul, Aretha or the Queen of the House, Pelosa. Being a former language teacher I LIKE that, Pelosa being the feminine of Pelosi...

Posted by: clareA on January 14, 2007 at 9:09 PM | PERMALINK

Hey, I like Cleo (but sounds male) or how about Chloé

Oh, by the way, she's a calico and we know what Ashcroft thinks about those types of cats.

Posted by: Cheryl on January 14, 2007 at 9:14 PM | PERMALINK

Beautiful cat! I second the nomination for 'Shiva.'

Posted by: nepeta on January 14, 2007 at 9:15 PM | PERMALINK

Reina. Elizabeth. Katherine.

Posted by: Francis on January 14, 2007 at 9:19 PM | PERMALINK

A follow up to my earlier post:

Hindi words relating to Pearl: Sukti, Moti, Mukta (this one might get your bank records searched - again)

Others

Akuti .. princes,
Asha .... hope,

Posted by: Keith G on January 14, 2007 at 9:21 PM | PERMALINK

Sheba, Queen Sheba.

Congrats Kevin - she looks like a nice kitty!

Posted by: Bill on January 14, 2007 at 9:25 PM | PERMALINK

How about "Victory" or if you prefer "Victory - 08"?

Posted by: Tigershark on January 14, 2007 at 9:28 PM | PERMALINK

The cat has my blessing, since she clearly has the appropriate disdain for "The Live of Pi."

Posted by: Louise on January 14, 2007 at 9:31 PM | PERMALINK

Cute cat. Glad to see Catblogging is back. The wife and I are on "death vigil" with one of ours...renal and now mulit-system failure...very tough times...

Call her "pinkey" or maybe "digit" for the black pinky digit on her right front paw.

/vic

Posted by: Vic Silverfish on January 14, 2007 at 9:31 PM | PERMALINK

PI me like PI!

Posted by: D. on January 14, 2007 at 9:32 PM | PERMALINK

Beautiful cat, Kevin. I think timbales would be a great name for a Drum family cat. It's a pretty name for a pretty cat. Best of luck with her.

Posted by: rita on January 14, 2007 at 9:32 PM | PERMALINK

Hillary

/wrong species?

Posted by: O'Melissokomos on January 14, 2007 at 9:34 PM | PERMALINK

Pi ain't bad. But the white cravat reminds me of William Powell, who played Nick Charles in the Thin Man series. Nick's wife was Nora, which is good, and she was of course played by Myrna Loy, of the famously upturned nose. So, following that feline logic, I nominate Myrna.

Posted by: Kenji on January 14, 2007 at 9:35 PM | PERMALINK

Sheba (or Sheeba)

Posted by: Triskele on January 14, 2007 at 9:37 PM | PERMALINK

She's beautiful, Kevin, congratulations on your new addition. Cats are so cool, aren't they?

Posted by: Susan on January 14, 2007 at 9:38 PM | PERMALINK

Owing to that "third eye"spot, an Asian Indian female name seems appropriate.

Some suggestions:
Aishani
Kali
Kiri
Neela
Sheela
Simi

Congratulations on the new cat. May you both and your whole family be blessed.

Posted by: Greg in FL on January 14, 2007 at 9:39 PM | PERMALINK

I find a lot of shelter cats like to hide behind books. Sometimes to the extent that they climb over them and then push them out onto the floor to make room. Not a habit to be reinforced.

I was thinking bleachspot (a derivative of whitespot suggested above), but I think that would just get confusing.

Posted by: rewolfrats on January 14, 2007 at 9:43 PM | PERMALINK

I like the "third eye" looking spot on her forehead. A great seer ... Or just a spot ... But why not call her Seer? Maybe she can channel the spirit of recently passed-on cult writer and lecturer Robert Anton Wilson.

Posted by: Neil B. on January 14, 2007 at 9:44 PM | PERMALINK

Star. Because she is.

Posted by: Jeany on January 14, 2007 at 9:44 PM | PERMALINK

"Surge"

Posted by: ululu on January 14, 2007 at 9:45 PM | PERMALINK

Congrats! She's very pretty.

But now you'll have to give Inkblot some extra luvving, so he doesn't get a complex.

Posted by: kc on January 14, 2007 at 9:47 PM | PERMALINK

Call her Queen Elizabeth.

Or Rani (alt.sp. Ranee), which means princess or queen in India.

Posted by: Vincennes on January 14, 2007 at 9:47 PM | PERMALINK

Yes, but is the new cat cool?

Posted by: Michael7843853 G-O in 08! on January 14, 2007 at 9:49 PM | PERMALINK

At first we had no luck: there was a nice siamese cat who was a little older than we wanted, a fluffy gray cat who was a little too fluffy and a little too diva-ish, a twitchy black cat who was afraid of her own shadow, and a pear-shaped black cat who was great for a few minutes but then started hissing at us.

This is almost a word-for-word description of my single life. Just substitute "woman" for "cat" and you're all set.

Posted by: craigie on January 14, 2007 at 9:51 PM | PERMALINK

Oh boy. That's one handsome cat. Ideal. "Pi" is the best name so far. Animals respond to long vowel sounds better than short. Which is why my "Katmandu" is responds best to "Doozie.". (But hates Bob Seger.)

Posted by: PW on January 14, 2007 at 9:53 PM | PERMALINK

I never offered condolences on Inkblot. So here they are, offered as an owner of a 19-year-old cat.

Naming: well, she's obviously queeny (as opposed divaish) so a royal name seems suitable. Sheba is overused, I think.

AHA. Got it: Nefertiti. (Merneith is kinda weird. Sobekkara & Hapshetsup are probably too hard to pronounce. Cleopatra is way overused, and she was Greek anyways.) Yeah, Nefertiti.

m, she looks Egyptian

Posted by: max on January 14, 2007 at 9:54 PM | PERMALINK

We all have our own deeply ingrained prejudices, which we must use the rational part of our minds to combat. That said, my by best cats have all been black & white ones.

Posted by: fafner1 on January 14, 2007 at 9:59 PM | PERMALINK

Yay!
Congratulations with a great looking cat!

Posted by: Preston on January 14, 2007 at 10:01 PM | PERMALINK

Kevin! You have taken our cat! Or at least a younger, sleeker version of our cat.... same white ruff that comes together in the middle, black fluff, black spot on the right front paw, white spot in the forehead, and awareness of existence in the eyes. Her name is Neema, and she's very nice--enjoy her company. We have taken some pictures of what your cat will be 11 years and 11 pounds in the future--but can't figure out how to post them.

Posted by: Rifka on January 14, 2007 at 10:01 PM | PERMALINK

The white bandana made me think of western movies. Then I flashed on Clevon Little from Blazing Saddles. Then 'Bart', the character played by Little.

Bart.

Posted by: Howard on January 14, 2007 at 10:04 PM | PERMALINK

Victoria seems appropriate, if she's really going to be the queen.

Posted by: DavidK on January 14, 2007 at 10:06 PM | PERMALINK

Shiva was the first name the popped into my head too when I saw the pics. Fits the attitude too.

Posted by: Jack on January 14, 2007 at 10:07 PM | PERMALINK

I meant to mention this the other day when I saw the picture of Inkblot on the fence:

Take a small bell (a Christmas sleigh bell or a regular one) about an inch in diameter.

Take a foot or so of string and pass it through the slot at the top of the bell. Tie the ends of the string in a strong knot, so you have a bell hanging from a doubled 6" length of string.

Take a 2" nail and tap it firmly into the exterior door facing, right at cat height. 1" to 1 1/2" of the nail should stick out.

Slip the string with the bell on it over the nail, knotting the string around the nail securely. (Or you may want to just slip the string over the nail so that you can take the bell down at night.)

Inkblot (and the new kitty, if she's an inside-outside cat) will train themselves: since cats like to bat at things, they'll ring the bell. You must be alert to the sound, and hurry to let them in when you hear it.

In no time, they'll have figured out that it's a cat doorbell!

We did this for our cats when I was growing up, and they really appreciated it.

Posted by: old calpundit reader/cat owner on January 14, 2007 at 10:13 PM | PERMALINK

I vote for Pi

Posted by: Al's dad (not that Al) on January 14, 2007 at 10:20 PM | PERMALINK

Without a doubt, the cat is Scratchy.


Posted by: You're Welcome on January 14, 2007 at 10:22 PM | PERMALINK

Lots of good suggestions, but just remember that you're going to have to be able to do that "kitty, kitty, kitty" call with her name, so it will have roll off the tongue with successive syllables. My shelter cat was going to be Lakshmi until I tried it out, and " 'kshmee, shmee, shmee" just sounded silly. But if you can stand it, it's a great name for a 4-footed friend to bring you luck.

Posted by: lahke on January 14, 2007 at 10:24 PM | PERMALINK

According to wikipedia, the Queen of Sheba was named Makeda, not so bad as names go, and surely a fine ruler for the Drum household.

Posted by: Quillian on January 14, 2007 at 10:31 PM | PERMALINK

How about Smudge?

Posted by: Eric on January 14, 2007 at 10:32 PM | PERMALINK

I agree with those who suggest an East Asian type of name, due to the dotted forehead.

You'll love a tuxedo kitty. My Datsa is one as well, and I adore him.

Posted by: Elayne Riggs on January 14, 2007 at 10:34 PM | PERMALINK

"Bibs" is the only name for your new cutie.

Posted by: Dilbert on January 14, 2007 at 10:37 PM | PERMALINK

Another vote for the Indian name -- the third eye thing is striking.

Also, no hard "s" sounds in a cat name. Cats don't LIKE that sound. What cat would give itself a name with an "s"?

Posted by: bleh on January 14, 2007 at 10:39 PM | PERMALINK

Splotch, Chaser, 2-tone, Panda, Spats, Tar White, One More, Owleyes

Posted by: snicker-snack on January 14, 2007 at 10:40 PM | PERMALINK

I love a tux cat. She's a beauty.

Posted by: digby on January 14, 2007 at 10:52 PM | PERMALINK

Star. Because she is.

Posted by: Jeany on January 14, 2007 at 10:52 PM | PERMALINK

Timbales, Kevin and Marian, please name her Timbales. Its such a pretty name and so appropriate for a Drum family cat.

Whatever you name her, I'll always love her.

Posted by: rita on January 14, 2007 at 11:02 PM | PERMALINK

From one cat person to another - congrats. And here's yet another vote for Sheba. Or Zelda, which is the name I want to use for my next cat (if it suits, of course).

Our own queen of the house is named Bella.

Posted by: gemini on January 14, 2007 at 11:07 PM | PERMALINK

How about Bollywood? (India meets So-Cal)

Posted by: Sarah on January 14, 2007 at 11:10 PM | PERMALINK

Cashmere

Posted by: segi on January 14, 2007 at 11:14 PM | PERMALINK

I can see several reasons why "Pi" works, or perhaps "Magpie," with "Pi" as her nickname:

1) Magpies are black and white birds.

2) When something is black and white, it's pied. (Gerard Manley Hopkins' "Pied Beauty" might be worth quoting here, but you get the idea.)

3) She's already linked herself to the name through her choice of hiding place. (Technically, I suppose that means her name should be "Richard Parker," but it's a bit butch.)

4) A cat, like pi, is irrational.

Posted by: PCash on January 14, 2007 at 11:15 PM | PERMALINK

Piewacket, Pi for short.

Posted by: mw on January 14, 2007 at 11:16 PM | PERMALINK

Since she's queen, how about Cleopatra? Call her "Cleo" for short.

Posted by: Jonathan on January 14, 2007 at 11:17 PM | PERMALINK

I had lovely Tuxedo cat named Pistache

Posted by: remi on January 14, 2007 at 11:22 PM | PERMALINK

Well, what do you know, a Tuxedo cat! You could call her Tennie. She also reminds me of our cat Lucifer, also a Tuxedo cat. So, maybe you could call her Lucinda, or Lucy.

Oh, and the picture of her with the book Life of Pi, somehow that seems eerily......

Oh Duh! Pi! Name her Pi. She Squares the household of cats again.

Anyway, there are my suggestions.

Posted by: Rook on January 14, 2007 at 11:23 PM | PERMALINK

The caste mark on her brow, and her steady fearless gaze, make me think a Hindu deity's name would be appropriate.

Not Kali. That's just begging for trouble :)

How about Lakshmi? She's the goddess of light, beauty, good fortune and wealth. As Vishnu's consort, she also signifies love and grace.

Posted by: CaseyL on January 14, 2007 at 11:23 PM | PERMALINK

Meet Sandy and Pandora:
http://www.braingarage.com/Dons/Travels/journal/December%2006/images/cats.jpg

They both are rescues from North Carolina that travel with me.

Posted by: Don on January 14, 2007 at 11:30 PM | PERMALINK

She looks like my Mac, right down to the white spot on the forehead. Mac was so named because the local SPCA found him, terrified and abandoned, in a dumpster behind a McDonalds.

Your beautiful lady should bring you much joy. Inkblot will come around.

Posted by: ej on January 14, 2007 at 11:30 PM | PERMALINK

60 Minutes...No president has ever been subject to such warranted abuse and taken it so impassively.

Posted by: Michael7843853 G-O in 08! on January 14, 2007 at 11:48 PM | PERMALINK

(disturbing display, wasn't it?)

Posted by: Blue Girl, Red State (aka Global Citizen) on January 14, 2007 at 11:51 PM | PERMALINK

Garbo!

Posted by: Anonymous on January 14, 2007 at 11:51 PM | PERMALINK

You want names??

Ri-co-la.
Clawdia.

Posted by: ascap_scab on January 14, 2007 at 11:56 PM | PERMALINK

How about Leela - the cyclops in Futurama. She is smart, resourceful and sexy.

Posted by: Damned at Random on January 14, 2007 at 11:59 PM | PERMALINK

Does this cat have three eyes?

Posted by: Danton on January 15, 2007 at 12:30 AM | PERMALINK

For those head-of-the-household female animals, I like to go with jazz names... Ella (Fitzgerald), Nina (Simone), Billie (Holiday), Dorothy (Dandridge), and Sarah (Vaughan) are few. If you want something more modern, try Cassandra (Wilson) or (Sweet Baby) Jai.

Posted by: DHP on January 15, 2007 at 12:35 AM | PERMALINK

To piss off a few groups, including the wingnuts, name her Aisha.

Posted by: gregor on January 15, 2007 at 12:42 AM | PERMALINK

Since your an overtly religious guy and everyone is suggesting a hindu connection, maybe you should be thinking about famous women who passed away ~ three years ago: Katharine Hepburn, Celia Cruz, Anna Lindh, Althea Gibson, and Nell Carter.

I'd go with Celia. It's a good southern California name.

Or you could break the gender barrier and go with Rick James.

Posted by: B on January 15, 2007 at 1:08 AM | PERMALINK

Damn homonyms again.

Posted by: B on January 15, 2007 at 1:11 AM | PERMALINK

Wotta doll! Good show Kevin...

Posted by: john manyjars on January 15, 2007 at 1:23 AM | PERMALINK

Tuxedo cats are the best. Wise, funny, curious, full of spit and vinegar, sugar and spice.

If you listen carefully, most cats will tell you their name ...

That's how Mapplethorpe, Tokoro, Ozzie and Talulah explain their monikers.

I'm glad you are a two-cat household again. Congratulations!

Posted by: Debra Bowen on January 15, 2007 at 1:32 AM | PERMALINK

I say Tennessee (again riffing on the tuxedo). I know it breaks the two-syllable pet name law, but really, what cat responds to its name anyway? I always just wind up calling them "kitty."

Posted by: Spinks on January 15, 2007 at 1:52 AM | PERMALINK

I'm surprised that no one has come up with this suggestion, which seems obvious to me:

Al.

I know it's not a feminine name (yet) and maybe we shouldn't enshrine him with a cat's name, but still, it rings true to me. I realize it's not fair to the cat, but maybe she'll never see the blog.

Posted by: jim on January 15, 2007 at 1:57 AM | PERMALINK

Both of our cats respond to our first cats name. I think the second cat is afraid we're trying to give the first cat a treat and generally comes running.

The first cats name is a single syllable and includes two plosive consonants.

Posted by: B on January 15, 2007 at 2:07 AM | PERMALINK

Very nice choice !

Quite regal w/a spirit of her own that projects (obviously)

Maybe Buddhis (female buddha) or just let her develop a personality and key off of that.

Our three felines send greetings to your new resident.

Jasmine would most likely approve...

"All animals except Man know that the ultimate purpose of life is to enjoy it" - Samuel Butler

Posted by: daCascadian on January 15, 2007 at 2:24 AM | PERMALINK

Inkblot and . . . Eraser!

Posted by: Scott N. Hendrix on January 15, 2007 at 2:45 AM | PERMALINK

This may sound a wee bit stereotypical, but I'm sure the cat won't mind.

With that little white dot on her forehead, why not call her India?

Kinda goes with Inkblot. India. Ink. Blot.

Posted by: san antone rose on January 15, 2007 at 2:47 AM | PERMALINK

I would vote for one of the exotic queen names such as Sheba or Cleopatra (Cleo), or perhaps you might go with "Diva", since that seems to fit the personality you described.

In any case, congratulations -- she's a beauty.

Posted by: Jim in Chicago on January 15, 2007 at 2:47 AM | PERMALINK

You have good taste -- we also ended up with a tuxedo cat:

http://tinyurl.com/yjts8v

We're movie nuts and were already the owners of Boris (Karloff), so the new guy is (Buster) Keaton, called Keaton. This was partly because the rescue org we got him from had named him Kiki, and we didn't want to confuse his little cat brain too much.

I like the idea of working Pi into the name somewhere, myself.

Posted by: Mnemosyne on January 15, 2007 at 2:54 AM | PERMALINK

A very pregnant cat showed up in our back yard In Orange County in the late eighties. Your cat looks just like her. She was highly intellegent and knew what she wanted and got it too. Your cat is probably a descendent of hers. Her name was Sophie.

Posted by: Sandy on January 15, 2007 at 3:13 AM | PERMALINK

I immediately thought of Aretha for the Queen of Soul, also. I had a beautiful tuxedo cat I named Levi, for the wonderful lead singer of the Four Tops. (The cat was that soulful and elegant so it was entirely appropriate.) After having my sister inform me she named a cat after me, I can say...it doesn't really feel like an honor. But I certainly meant it in the most positive way.

In looking up what Rumpole's ( as in "of the Bailey") wife's name who was always refered to to as "She Who Must Be Obeyed". I came across "Ayesha", from the H. Rider Haggard novel.

That was the name of "a beautiful and apparently immortal sorceress,"...according to Wikipedia.


Or...Koko, for Koko Taylor and a play on "cocoa", perhaps. Something about the blues tonight and I was thinking of the names in "Wang Dang Doodle "...but she doesn't look like an "Automatic Slim".

So.

Best of luck with the beautiful new additional to the family and loving up Inkblot. Two cats are so much better than one.

Posted by: T4TX_T4TN on January 15, 2007 at 3:18 AM | PERMALINK

Simplicity. Blacky. My family once had a cat that looked quite similar. Such was the name given by my younger brother. It fit fairly well. He now has a dog ... "Fluffy." She's ... fluffy.

Posted by: Joe on January 15, 2007 at 3:25 AM | PERMALINK

Not smart enough to have ideas - but I can vote! And I think magpie (pi for short if you like) is far and away the best. PCash makes the case above

Posted by: Don on January 15, 2007 at 3:46 AM | PERMALINK

The photos indicate a regal pose; much like an ancient Egyptian queen would do while at court, or a goddess.

An Egytian queen/goddess name would be in the ballpark.

Goddess "Bast" would be good.

The Goddess "Bast" of Lower Egypt:
(You pronounce the "t" in the name.

[[ Bast is the Egyptian Goddess and protector of cats, women and children.

Of sensual pleasure, protector of the household, bringer of health, and the guardian saint of firefighters.

Also called Bastet or Basthet, the goddess Bast is widely known today as the "Cat Goddess".
Legend has it that, by day, Bast would ride through the sky with her father, the sun god Ra,
his boat pulling the sun through the sky.

Ever watchful, she protected Ra from his enemies. Thus she became known as the Lady of the East,
the Goddess of the Rising Sun, and The Sacred and All-Seeing Eye.]]

...plus a lot more but you get the idea.

Posted by: James on January 15, 2007 at 4:11 AM | PERMALINK

Didn't Edmund Leach or someone write an essay about why we give cats and dogs stupid demeaning names like "Dewdrop" or "Poopsie" and gave birds human-sounding names like Tom(-tit) or Robin?

Something about birds living like humans apart from humans, while cats and dogs live like humans among humans. Naming demotes the animal so it can't compete with human relationships.

Pretty bloody if you ask me. I say fight against that trend and call her Margaret or Joan or something like that.

Posted by: Fluffy on January 15, 2007 at 4:55 AM | PERMALINK

Oh, for heaven's sake, folks.

Secretive, attractive, more or less lives in a tux?

Bond. Obviously. ("Bond. JANE Bond.")

Congrats, Kevin, on the new cattitude!

Posted by: waterfowl on January 15, 2007 at 6:20 AM | PERMALINK

It’s awesome that Inkblot has a new friend. Why don’t you name her “Whiteout”?

Posted by: Erik on January 15, 2007 at 6:37 AM | PERMALINK

Delia is her name now. If you know England, you will understand the name.

"LET'S BE HAVIN' YOU!!!"

Heh.

(Oh yeah -- Congratulations, Kevin!)

Posted by: Thlayli on January 15, 2007 at 6:40 AM | PERMALINK

Kate Middleton.

Posted by: qlipoth on January 15, 2007 at 6:47 AM | PERMALINK

"princess" has always worked for me. a good
character observation, and it rolls off
the tongue. congratulations on the pretty cat.

Posted by: daveminnj on January 15, 2007 at 6:54 AM | PERMALINK


The obvious answer for a name- Fiat Tux.

Posted by: serial catowner on January 15, 2007 at 8:02 AM | PERMALINK

Name your kitten Frunobulax.

"The monster, which the peasants in this area call FRUNOBULAX (apparently a very large poodle dog) has just been seen approaching THE POWER PLANT."

Bullets can't stop it. Rockets can't stop it. We may have to use NUCLEAR FORCE."

Frank Zappa actually *did* name a sheepdog of his Frunobulax (Fruney, for short). I don't know if you're quite that facetious-minded.

I named my cat Hobbes (after my favorite early modern political philosopher, not the charming comic strip tiger). I like the idea of naming pets after seriously admirable people.

Pelosa is a bit forced, but Nancy is lovely. Emma is a sweet name for a cat (anything vaguely English like Delia, Catherine or Phoebe tends to charm me to death).

But India, as somebody suggested, is a nice bookend for Inkblot. I'd stay away from the more exotic, Eastern names (Cleopatra, Sheba or Nefertitti seem a hair overbaked to me).

Just some random early-morning thotz.

Congrats, Kevin, Marian and Inkblot. Nice to have settled this so quickly :)

Bob

Posted by: rmck1 on January 15, 2007 at 8:18 AM | PERMALINK

As owner of Nattie (shortened form of Natasha who looks just like your Inkblot), Sammy, and Xena; I vote for Pen, Quill, or Scrivener. I also like Pi.

Posted by: Cyn2 on January 15, 2007 at 8:56 AM | PERMALINK

Right after this cat blog post, we had our 1st Angrybear cat blog post - from Cactus. Oh well, I'm a dog owner. But congrats on making a good choice.

Posted by: pgl on January 15, 2007 at 9:29 AM | PERMALINK

Imelda!

Posted by: dcbob on January 15, 2007 at 9:34 AM | PERMALINK

Late to the discussion due to playing hooky keep one eye on the NFL playoffs, but I suggest 'Domino'.

"Oh. Oh. Domino.
Roll me over like Romeo."

But then at one point I had cats named Tristan, Mimi and Carmen so you can see I have a musically related name bias.

Posted by: MsNThrope on January 15, 2007 at 9:36 AM | PERMALINK

Looks like a formal cat so I would suggest adding a Sir or Miss before the name you choose. I think it funny to name cats opposite of their genter, but that is just me.

The Miss avenue has so many rounts, the obvious Miss B. Haven, Miss Understood, I know both are over used.

Posted by: ScottW on January 15, 2007 at 9:48 AM | PERMALINK

If she's the queen - Dido.

Posted by: Pudentilla on January 15, 2007 at 10:02 AM | PERMALINK

Kevin, she's gorgeous.

Do us all a favor and give us a few updates about how the integration into the family is going, how Inkblot is doing and whether he's coming to accept her, etc.

I just lost one of my two cats, too, and am facing the same issues of bringing another cat into the household to keep us both company, and I'm sure others here are, as well.

Posted by: gyrfalcon on January 15, 2007 at 10:13 AM | PERMALINK

Famous tuxedo-related dames/names:

1. Coco (Chanel - designed the 1st women's tux)
2. Eve (as in Yves, YSL designed the 2nd)
3. Marlene (Dietrich famously wore a tux)
4. Kate (Hepburn - ditto)
5. Bianca (Jagger - ditto)
6. Grace (Jones - ditto)
7. k.d. (Lang - ditto)

Of Coco, Eve, Marlene, Kate, Bianca, Grace & k.d. - I'd choose k.d. for the all-important catcall. "Kay-dee-kay-dee-kay-dee" can't be beat. You'd just have to explain she was named after a great singer, not a perky news-anchor, who may have, or not, worn a tux.
(BTW, Kevin, I apologise for a reference, intended as humorous, I made about your dead cat a while ago. I lost an 13 yr old feline friend 9 months ago & though dark humour worked for me afterwards, assuming the same was true for you was inappropriate. Sorry.)

Posted by: DanJoaquinOz on January 15, 2007 at 10:16 AM | PERMALINK

Congrats on your new arrival! Bete Noire, aka Peeve.

Posted by: Lucia on January 15, 2007 at 10:42 AM | PERMALINK

What a beautiful cat.
Are you familiar with the T.S.Eliot wisdom that all cats must have three names? Their everyday name, a dignified name(cats are great believers in dignity) and the name that only the cat knows and calls herself. I say if you are really fortunate, the cat may one day tell you her secret name. I have had many cats but only one told me her secret name. I know her as Shadrach Meshach and her special name was Chatelaine.

For this beauty who resides as a diva, I would suggest the birth name of one of our legendary divas, Marilyn Monroe. That name is Norma Jean and her everyday name can be Normie. Then you can hope she will tell you the rest.

Posted by: Akiba on January 15, 2007 at 10:49 AM | PERMALINK

Clearly you need to keep the new cat sated lest she consume you. Just like the tiger "Richard Parker" in Life of Pi.

So, "Richard Parker" it is.

Posted by: Model 62 on January 15, 2007 at 10:58 AM | PERMALINK

Looks like she's gonna get into a bit of bookshelf rearranging there, eh? So, a librarian...
And the perfect name for a librarian-type cat is, of course, "Mrs Quivey".
But you knew that...

Posted by: Doozer on January 15, 2007 at 10:58 AM | PERMALINK

Rorschach

Posted by: Kerkira on January 15, 2007 at 10:59 AM | PERMALINK

She reminds me of Opus in a tuxedoed penguin sort of way; hence my suggestion for a name.

Posted by: Danzo on January 15, 2007 at 11:01 AM | PERMALINK

For those head-of-the-household female animals, I like to go with jazz names... Ella (Fitzgerald), Nina (Simone), Billie (Holiday), Dorothy (Dandridge), and Sarah (Vaughan) are few. If you want something more modern, try Cassandra (Wilson) or (Sweet Baby) Jai.

And if she was a white cat, would you name her Anita (O'Day), Connie (Boswell), Diana (Krall) or Lee (Wiley)? (And the person who suggested k.d.: has it shown a proclivity towards female cats? Just joking.)

Anyway, she's adorable. My proposed name: Felicity, which is inherently catlike.

To many wonderful years together...

Posted by: Vincent on January 15, 2007 at 11:23 AM | PERMALINK

Since she will be the Queen of the household, I think you should name her Contessa and Tim thinks she should be Regina.
Another idea because of her white forehead spot is Bindi or Tika...the hindu name for the spot between the eyebrows...the spot is "believed to usher in prosperity, and grants her a place as the guardian of the family's welfare and progeny".
Our beloved tuxedo cat, Waldo was as handsome as she is lovely!
CONGRATULATIONS!!

Posted by: anne marie on January 15, 2007 at 11:25 AM | PERMALINK

Beautiful kitty Kevin and Marian. Inkblot will come around. Congratulations!!!

Names: she looks just like a cat I used to have, so I suggest my best cat name ever: Stella

Makes calling her fun for the whole family!!!

Posted by: Dawn on January 15, 2007 at 11:33 AM | PERMALINK

Makes calling her fun for the whole family!!!
Posted by: Dawn

Funny. Oh, the strange looks I used to get calling out 'Mi-mi-mi-MI!'...

You've got to take the calling name aspect into account.

Posted by: MsNThrope on January 15, 2007 at 11:43 AM | PERMALINK

THE TRIUMPHANT RETURN OF CAT BLOGGING...

Ah Kevin,

Good for you!

Posted by: little ole jim from red country on January 15, 2007 at 11:47 AM | PERMALINK

'Kali' means "black" in Sanskrit and Hindi. And it's the name of a powerful, dominating goddess in Hinduism.

Posted by: goethean on January 15, 2007 at 11:50 AM | PERMALINK

THAT is a nice looking cat. If she were a male, I'd suggest "Tuxedo", "Tux" for short.

Posted by: Bloviator on January 15, 2007 at 12:03 PM | PERMALINK

What a lovely lady! When I saw the spot on her forehead I thought of meditation and the 'lotus position'.

Lotus? You'd still have a flower in the house, after Jasmine ;)

'My little Lotus Blossom' has a nice ring to it.

Seriously though, I think she'll tell you her name with a little more time. Or it'll just come to you and Marian when you least expect.

Congrats!

Posted by: sara on January 15, 2007 at 12:08 PM | PERMALINK

I had an uncle who had about 8 cats as I was growing up. They were all named the Sammy. We'd go over and see Sammy with a festering wound on his head all covered in ointment and then the next time we went over Sammy would be all better but confusingly, he was a different color and shape. The farm was hard on cats.

Posted by: toast on January 15, 2007 at 12:16 PM | PERMALINK

Oh yeah, Sammy even changed sex a few times.

Posted by: toast on January 15, 2007 at 12:18 PM | PERMALINK

Looks like a maitre'd, something French might be appropriate.

Posted by: Fred F. on January 15, 2007 at 12:33 PM | PERMALINK

Congratulations Kevin! So glad you have another new friend -- one who really needed a wonderful home of her own.

Posted by: greynct00 on January 15, 2007 at 12:36 PM | PERMALINK

Lovely cat! I love tuxedo cats, one of my favorite past pets was a tux.

If yours were a boy kitty, one would be tempted to name him Bond, Astaire, etc. after the formal attire.

But, we could go for a female analog. How about Nora (of Nick and Nora) or Liza (she of the female tuxedo)?

Posted by: rdb on January 15, 2007 at 12:52 PM | PERMALINK

Kevin, thats a cute cat. I have a "tuxedo" cat that looks identical. We call her Ms. Cleo. Why? I have no idea, it just seems to fi.

Posted by: spyder on January 15, 2007 at 12:55 PM | PERMALINK

Wingnut or moonbat.

Posted by: tim case on January 15, 2007 at 1:10 PM | PERMALINK

My cat looks rather like that. I named him Shinobi, that is, ninja.

Of course that is ironic since my cat Shinobi is stupid and clumsy but I digress.

Posted by: MNPundit on January 15, 2007 at 1:15 PM | PERMALINK

How about Lucky?

I ain't superstitious...

Posted by: godoggo on January 15, 2007 at 1:19 PM | PERMALINK

Montag? Tag or Mon for short.

Posted by: Stacy on January 15, 2007 at 1:25 PM | PERMALINK

Suggestion: Lola

Posted by: bcinaz on January 15, 2007 at 1:28 PM | PERMALINK

Dapper.

Posted by: Bruce Arthurs on January 15, 2007 at 1:45 PM | PERMALINK

To follow up on Tim C.'s suggestion:
Wingnut or moonbat.

Al, I tell you. Al.

Posted by: jim on January 15, 2007 at 1:51 PM | PERMALINK

Name? "Empress of the Medium Regions."

Posted by: CN on January 15, 2007 at 1:57 PM | PERMALINK

Mephista la Reina.

Posted by: cld on January 15, 2007 at 2:04 PM | PERMALINK

I had a queen cat once. Her name was Vita. She ruled the house, including the dog.

Posted by: Delia on January 15, 2007 at 2:07 PM | PERMALINK

That is a beautiful kitty. Congratulations.

Posted by: annelina on January 15, 2007 at 2:22 PM | PERMALINK

Now that I've read the thread, I think la reina Mag-Pi-Wacket works best.

Posted by: cld on January 15, 2007 at 2:26 PM | PERMALINK

I suppose naming her "Judy Miller" would be cruel - even if appropriate for the "Queen of all she surveys."

Posted by: Repubanon on January 15, 2007 at 2:36 PM | PERMALINK

What a hypnotically gorgeous kitty! What name could be worthy? When I gazed at her forehead, I saw the blackest night sky and in the center, the glow of the first star to appear each night -- Venus. Venus, the goddess of love. May she bring love and delight to your house.

Posted by: Madame Defarge on January 15, 2007 at 2:49 PM | PERMALINK

This is probably atrocious, but what struck me was "Pinkerbell". Don't ask why. (Her white fur looked a little pink in the picture, which I'm sure is a picture artifact only. But I still like it.)

Posted by: Susan on January 15, 2007 at 3:00 PM | PERMALINK

I see that several people have recommended calling your new cutie Cleopatra.

Unfortunately that name has been taken over by my Cleopatra who is THE EMPRESS OF THE UNIVERSE _ ALL MUST PAY HOMAGE. Bring mousies, birdies and treats, all wrapped in fresh leaves of catnip.

I liked the suggestion of India, or Indie for short.

Posted by: Optical Weenie on January 15, 2007 at 3:11 PM | PERMALINK

Cleo, short for Cleopatra.

Posted by: Goof Beyou on January 15, 2007 at 3:19 PM | PERMALINK

Congratulations on your new addition, Kevin.

Posted by: Brian on January 15, 2007 at 3:45 PM | PERMALINK

Our late cat Truesdale was a dead ringer for this little lovely.

Congratulations.

Posted by: Susan on January 15, 2007 at 3:57 PM | PERMALINK

I second "Tika" ... very chic! Kevin, please let us know how Inkblot is doing! Congratulations!

Posted by: Nana Seragh on January 15, 2007 at 4:25 PM | PERMALINK

Here's another. Aristocat.

What was the name in that Disney movie?

Duchess.

Except that cat was all white.

Posted by: James on January 15, 2007 at 4:39 PM | PERMALINK

Well, you can't name her Dewshine(that was *my* cat, and she was some cat!). Bookmark might be good. Or maybe Bookend, since she apparently wants to be one. Or maybe Sheba, since she wants to be queen of the household(nah, that's too obvious). Tuxedo? Nah, that won't do either. How about Princess? I suggest this because I have a cat, Prince, who is also a tuxedo. And he's very, uh, princely. He looks almost like yours, except that his hair is short and sleek, while your cat's hair is long and fluffy.
Anne G

Posted by: Anne Gilbert on January 15, 2007 at 5:19 PM | PERMALINK

Socks !

Posted by: John C on January 15, 2007 at 5:34 PM | PERMALINK

Even though she's a she - her name should be Richard Parker. Echoes of Pi, and a cat, albeit smaller than Richard. Have fun with the new kitty.

Posted by: Mary S on January 15, 2007 at 6:09 PM | PERMALINK

re: name
hatshepsut? hatty for short

Posted by: Amy Neill on January 15, 2007 at 6:28 PM | PERMALINK

Rajah?

Posted by: LTL on January 15, 2007 at 7:01 PM | PERMALINK

Kevin,
I like the French theme, so I vote for Chat (pronounced Sha)...French for cat.
Congratulations...she's a beauty.

Posted by: Jackie on January 15, 2007 at 7:48 PM | PERMALINK

She does look like she's wearing a black sweater, buttoned at the top only, with her white cleavage spilling out below.

Cleavie?

I also like Cleo.

Posted by: san antone rose on January 15, 2007 at 7:52 PM | PERMALINK

Bandit.

Because that triangle of white under her chin looks like it could be pulled up over her face to rob a bank.

Posted by: Jonesy on January 15, 2007 at 8:04 PM | PERMALINK

Pretty lovely lady. And a lap cat besides. She is lucky to have found you and you are lucky to have a cat with lots of kitty love. Kitty love is the best cure for the pain of your loss... Ink Blot will get over it.

Posted by: JWC on January 15, 2007 at 8:43 PM | PERMALINK

Wow, that's a great looking cat. And I don't even like cats.

I'm channeling rmck and probably a few others with the name India, or something Indian like Tika or whatever some others suggested (look, I don't like cats, but I'm trying here). There's something about her so deliberately relaxed that it's like she's just waiting for the right moment to tell you that last year she kicked your country's ass, economically speaking.

Posted by: erica on January 15, 2007 at 8:58 PM | PERMALINK

Rooty-tooty
'tis your duty
to call this cutie
Beauty

Posted by: Randy Gold on January 15, 2007 at 8:58 PM | PERMALINK

Congratulations, Drum family! She's a beautiful cat...

As for names, I realize she's a female, but thought instantly of Loki, the Norse mischief-maker.

Loki bears many names : Lie-Smith, Sly-God, Shape-Changer, Sly-One, Lopt, Sky Traveller, Sky Walker and Loftur among others.

This one looks as she'll be up to all kinds of trouble.

BTW, I'd like to second Dawn's name (upthread) for her cat Stella. We had a Stella that was a dreamboat. Now we have a Sheila.


Posted by: bigcat on January 15, 2007 at 9:03 PM | PERMALINK

What a regal creature!

Myrna, Mina or Pinkie.

Posted by: Tilli (Mojave Desert) on January 15, 2007 at 9:54 PM | PERMALINK

Looks like "Tallulah" to me.

Posted by: Lee on January 15, 2007 at 9:56 PM | PERMALINK

How about "Pavarti"? As in Harry Potter.

Posted by: Zandru on January 15, 2007 at 10:33 PM | PERMALINK

"Bandana", for the white one around her neck.

Posted by: bluegarage on January 15, 2007 at 11:27 PM | PERMALINK

I second the name
Bindi
for the dot on her forehead.

Posted by: jfrey on January 16, 2007 at 12:04 AM | PERMALINK

Sybil was one of my favorite cats and yours looks just like her. Does she have split personalities, too?

Posted by: mgck on January 16, 2007 at 12:09 AM | PERMALINK

I had no idea that "tuxedo" and "jellicle" were official terms. Of course I have an "applehead" so I shouldn't complain.

There's a bizarre graphic on wikipedia for them. You can ponder the variable white spotting gene for both inkspot and the new girl. The pelt display reminds me of Frist.

http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/4/43/Bicolours.png

Posted by: B on January 16, 2007 at 12:44 AM | PERMALINK

Oh, good for you!

I wish I were so brave. I'm just not ready yet.

Posted by: four legs good on January 16, 2007 at 4:31 AM | PERMALINK

Like any good cat, she'll let you know what her name is.

Congratulations on your lovely new addition.

Posted by: Monoglot on January 16, 2007 at 6:13 AM | PERMALINK

I love Bindi and Shiva for the 3rd eye, but if she's already queen of the household, I vote for Reina. Congrats on the new addition to your family, Kevin, and good on ya for getting her from a shelter.

Chicatto

Posted by: chicatto on January 16, 2007 at 10:19 AM | PERMALINK

Everyone sees something different in her. So I say call her Rory. Short for Rorschach.

Posted by: Ryan on January 16, 2007 at 10:31 AM | PERMALINK

Inkspot and Rorschach. Call her Rory for short.
Congrats, she is lovely.

Posted by: Fat Old Grump on January 16, 2007 at 11:09 AM | PERMALINK

You have escalated your cat occupation, so call her surge.

Posted by: williscreek on January 16, 2007 at 11:26 AM | PERMALINK

Our two are Roxy (the name given her at the shelter we rescued her from and it just fit), a miniature black panther and a cat in every sense of the word.

Our Ragdoll is Digby. He's in your face and funny as hell. So that name fits too.

Posted by: Richard on January 16, 2007 at 11:42 AM | PERMALINK

Hmm. White spot on the forehead? How about Whiteout?

Posted by: scarshapedstar on January 16, 2007 at 12:18 PM | PERMALINK

Surge! I love it!

Not a very feminine name, but as it represents the escalation of your house's occupation by stealthy forces :)

Bob

Posted by: rmck1 on January 16, 2007 at 1:27 PM | PERMALINK

I vote for Medea.

Posted by: Jon Parker on January 16, 2007 at 1:33 PM | PERMALINK

That's great, Kevin. Rescued and shelter cats are the finest kind. She reminds me of our late Ophelia, Ophie for short, who was found on the street with a busted leg and brought to my vet by a kind soul. She spent 12 happy years with us. May your new lady spend many more with you.

Posted by: Needles on January 16, 2007 at 1:44 PM | PERMALINK

fiona. fee for short.

Posted by: moi on January 16, 2007 at 2:07 PM | PERMALINK

Lots of fantastic names on this thread. Your readers divide into those who prefer exotic names (Indian & Egyptian princesses & goddesses: Kali, Sheba, Shiva), those who prefer the whimsical (Surge, Pelosa, Whiteout), and those who prefer the domestic.

Me, I'm in the latter category. She looks French to me...If she were my cat, I'd try out Margot, Coco, Gabrielle, Josephine, Eve... or Clementine.

Whatever name you choose, she's lovely. I hope you are worthy of her: I can see from here that she will not tolerate sentimentality or half-hearted gestures.

Posted by: PTate in FR on January 16, 2007 at 2:52 PM | PERMALINK

Oh, and welcome to her! I look forward to many beautiful portraits! As others pointed out upthread, she is soon to be a famous cat. Once you pass the probation period, she may allow that she is the luckiest cat in California.

Posted by: PTate in FR on January 16, 2007 at 3:02 PM | PERMALINK

Sapphire

Posted by: Gex on January 16, 2007 at 3:12 PM | PERMALINK

she's lovely, and i'm very you have a new cat in your life.

i also have a queen of the house in my life, so i would share her name, and recommend the following:

isabella

like the queen(s) of spain, or a bastarization of elizabeth of england, a queen of cat needs a queens name.

also, the nickname 'izzy' is cute enough to carry around along with the more formal name. :)

Posted by: hamlet on January 16, 2007 at 5:17 PM | PERMALINK

That spot does look like an eye...

How about "Catclops", from Venture Bros.?

(This from the guy who named his wife's cat C.K. Dexter Haven.)

Posted by: ThresherK on January 16, 2007 at 6:07 PM | PERMALINK

As your new kitty is so fond of open laps, I suggest "Laptop." It goes well with "Inkblot," too. Congratulations!

Posted by: Margy on January 16, 2007 at 6:52 PM | PERMALINK

that cat's name is Penguin

Posted by: lovedog on January 16, 2007 at 9:57 PM | PERMALINK

Dionne - a black female of regal bearing (and aren't cats borderline mystical?)

Posted by: MaryCh on January 17, 2007 at 2:01 AM | PERMALINK

I think you should stick with the flower names for your female cats, so Rose or Magnolia but because of her regal attitude, Sheebah might be more fitting.

Posted by: Michele on January 17, 2007 at 7:07 AM | PERMALINK

Well, I don't know if Kevin settled on a name yet (didn't see him commenting here), but: I suggest calling the new cat "Hope". It's a nice name for a nice girl, and the main reason: we need hope really badly right now.

Posted by: Neil B. on January 17, 2007 at 9:59 AM | PERMALINK

I think you should call her whatever she wants to be called. Whether it's "Dot" or "Queenie" or "HRM" (pronounced Herm, short for Her Royal Majesty), or whatever will help you remember that special something that made you choose her over any other cat at the shelter.

Bless your soul for taking home a kitty who needed a home. (I volunteer at a shelter; too many cats don't find their lucky person.)

Posted by: anncetera on January 17, 2007 at 1:06 PM | PERMALINK

What a gorgeous cat, Kevin! I particularly
love the dot on her forehead and the dot on her paw. Congratulations to you all!

Posted by: Leaves on the Current on January 17, 2007 at 2:53 PM | PERMALINK

With the jewel on her head, I would say a beautiful Indian woman's name. How about Saroj??
Anyway, that is wonderful and I'm so glad you adopted an adult cat from the shelter. Congratulations and she is really pretty. And I can't believe how at home she looks for a new cat!!
I like Pi too--already suggested.

Posted by: April on January 17, 2007 at 8:34 PM | PERMALINK




 

 

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