200 Names for a Cat

Winter weather. Impeachment hearings. An impending election. There are any number of things that might be getting you down on this early December day, so it’s time for something cheery.

For once I don’t have something book-related to post. Instead, I think this list of 200 nicknames we have called our cat deserves to see the light of day. For the record, the cat’s actual name is Alfie. Some nicknames are literal and some are fanciful. A few are downright embarrassing, but I’m going to go ahead and post them all; surely you’ve called your (fur)baby by some ridiculous names? Others are gentle slurs about his weight, though he has lost about 1 kg this year. Some have to do with his occasional sullenness or outright meanness. But he’s a lovely creature, really. I marvel sometimes that we let a tiny carnivore share our bed every night. We’re so used to it that we wouldn’t have it any other way.

A few of my favorite nicknames are: Alfred the Ingrate, Furry McPurrface, G.K. (Grumpy Kitty) Chatterton, Grumblepuss, Imperious Blinker, Kitten Pot Pie, Monsieur Poire, Podgebelly and Smugtopuss.

For the whole list, click here. It’s in alphabetical order.

From Scatty by Siné, a French comics artist.

Which is your favorite?

25 responses

  1. Gosh. I can’t think of anything at all to say. No comment then. Just like the politicians.

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    1. Not a pet person, then? 😉

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      1. Oh, we’ve had cats in our time, and loved them. But they knew their place in the pecking order … I think.

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    2. Ha! Whereas ours definitely rules the roost. Thus “Kitty Dictator” and “The Bedtime Enforcer.”

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  2. Gorgeous pussy cat! You’re much more of a softy than I am . We finally named out newish cat Mischief after a great deal of deliberation but she came to us from the rescue home rejoicing in the name Little Miss Lil. Sadly, that’s what’s programmed into her microchip.

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    1. Ha! We’re lucky our rescue cat came with a sensible name, though of course we soon set about counteracting that with preposterous nicknames.

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    2. Awww, what a cutie – might make a note of some of those names for any future cats. In Romania we have a firm belief that all cat names should contain an s or z sound (rather like the pss pss we call them with), and you have some good ones there meeting that criteria.

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      1. How interesting! Yes, we’ve got a lot of S names for some reason.

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      2. Mind you, I was going to call one of my sons Nicolas Maximus, so perhaps I think of them as cats too…

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      3. I wonder if people feel about their children as I do about my cat 🙂 He’s the best creature on earth … and the most annoying.

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      4. Yes, that sounds familiar in regards to both cat and my boys!

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  3. Love it! My family have had five different dogs since I was a baby and they’ve all had multiple names. I wish we had kept more of a record! They aren’t as imaginative as yours though; my dad’s current dog (Betty) is called e.g. Bettina, Betty-face, Better, The Betty as well as totally unrelated ones like sweet pudding (?).

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    1. We had a few dogs in my family, most recently Rocky the pug, who didn’t accumulate all that many nicknames beyond Rockstar and Pugley.

      Oh yes, we have as many variations on Pudding as you can think of! It’s odd how many of the nicknames relate to edibles. I love the moment in Elizabeth McCracken’s memoir about her stillbirth (sad, but gorgeously written) when she feels slightly relieved that she’s in France so the doctors will just think “Puddin,” the name they’d given their baby in utero, is an ordinary English name like George.

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      1. Ha, there are a lot of food ones! My mum used to call her last dog Archie ‘sausage’ and ‘sausage boy’ which gradually mutated to ‘sausage pie’. (He was a springer spaniel, so not that sausage-like…)

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  4. Amazing list! Besides your favorites, here are mine: ( I can hear myself calling him that) Chop Licker Fattypuss Puddin Tat Sir Purrsalot Sent from my iPhone

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    1. Hopefully you’ll get to meet him before too long! ________________________________

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  5. That list is the best! We have lots of nicknames for our pets, too, but Link probably has the most. I think partly because his name is easy to rhyme!
    Linky, Link-Lou, Bink, Binky, Binky-Boo, Binkers, Slinky, Slinkers, Slinky-Malinky, Slinky-Bink… you get the idea. 🙂 For some reason my son calls him Dingus and Gus. But my son loves calling the pets funny names. He calls our dog (whose name is Exxo) Pablo, Pabello, Travis, Travert, and Good Boibus.
    I can’t forget the bunny! Nugget gets Nuggy, Nugs, Nug-Nug, and Sir Nuggington.

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    1. Those are great! I think our only rhyme is Alfie Palfy. I didn’t know you had a rabbit as well. That’s a full house!

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  6. Oh my god, ALFRED THE INGRATE. It’s like something out of I Capture the Castle or a Nancy Mitford novel. Amazing.

    Our dog was called Wimbledon, which translated into a nickname chain that went, improbably, thus: Wimby –> Wimbles –> Bimbles –> The Bimble-pupling –> B –> Mrs B –> The Missus

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    1. Love it. I think all pet names devolve into ridiculousness at some point. Luckily, it’s not quite so bad for children, though I do have some friends who have let in utero names or middle name/nicknames go on for too long.

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  7. I love this! I like Monsieur Poire. Our two new additions (Percy and Willa) have several names already and they only came on Sunday! Matthew calls her Willa-Willa and I call him Percy-pops or Percy Cat (pussy cat).

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    1. Aww, enjoy getting to know your new kitties!

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  8. All the cats I’ve ever had have had nicknames, but never as many as this! My favorite of yours was Flatypus. 🙂 Currently we don’t have a pet and it’s kinda weird. This was great! Thanks for sharing.

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    1. Flatypus specifically refers to when we’re trying to pet him and he flattens himself under our hand!

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