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:
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.
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.
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.