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Big and in color. Go on. You know you want it.

As I suspected from the slightly evasive emails, the big chunky dark ginger boy in the pictures was spoken for. May I present — that cat’s little brother.

This is a seriously tiny kitten. When I said “no way!” to age ten weeks, the woman copped to eight. Yeah, I dunno. He’s as small as Damien was at six weeks, and Damien was a shrimp. Well, we’ll stuff him full of calcium and protein and let him keep his balls as long as practical and see if we can’t big him up a bit.

Anyway, he’s a beautiful, charming little booger. He purred all the way home (almost a two hour trip), got out of his carry box, trotted to the john and had hisself a proper pee and poop (good GOD kitten shit is pungent), followed it with a big meal and now he’s tapped out on Uncle B’s chest, sparko.

I kind of painted myself into a corner here. I told Uncle B if he didn’t come up with a name, I was going to call the cat Jesus Christ Monkey Balls. That was two weeks ago. And. Well. No, it hasn’t stuck, but the poor little bastard is in peril of it sticking.

So here’s what we’re considering so far (audio).


Comment from Scubafreak
Time: September 24, 2013, 9:28 pm

Hmm.. If he was black with a white spot on his chest, you could call him Sith, and if he were grey and had a stub tail, you could call him Mister. Of course, only people who read The Dresden Files will have any idea what I’m talking about.

You COULD call him Grimalkin…. He’s an interesting character in the series. The personal (talking) pet of Queen Mab…..

Comment from Deborah
Time: September 24, 2013, 9:35 pm

I always thought Caruso would be a good name for a boy cat. Your little ginger tom is adorable and I am happy for you (and terribly jealous).

Comment from Christopher Taylor
Time: September 24, 2013, 9:44 pm

Well he is a cute little fella.

Comment from Skandia Recluse
Time: September 24, 2013, 10:12 pm

Have you introduced the kitty with no name to the chickens yet? Could be a story there. Might end up with a picture for lolcats where the little kitty is sleeping under the protective wings of a sassy hen.

Comment from S. Weasel
Time: September 24, 2013, 10:38 pm

Goodness, no. We got home after dark. He hasn’t even met Other Kitty yet.

We had a couple of close calls. She came in twice for meals, but I left a window enticingly open and she slipped out voluntarily.

Spoiler: this will NOT go well.

Comment from QuasiModo
Time: September 24, 2013, 10:54 pm

We have 2 males and a female…the males always defer to the female..

Comment from Paula Douglas
Time: September 24, 2013, 11:03 pm

I like Copper for a ginger. He is gorgeous. What a tiny cutie.

That audio is goddamned hilarious. What’s it from?

Comment from Paula Douglas
Time: September 24, 2013, 11:05 pm

Wait. Is that MST3K?

Comment from surly ermine
Time: September 24, 2013, 11:10 pm

Grats, he’s a cutie. We don’t official have any cats, they just suddenly take up residence at the farm and sometimes disappear as quickly. This is why we hesitate to name them, at least right away. We had one named Gollum years ago. Currently there is a tom (same color as your fella) named Pumpkin courtesy of our 7 year old son. Good names….I got nuthin’.

How bout Reginald? See, told ya.

Comment from BJM
Time: September 24, 2013, 11:11 pm

Awww…how about Rufus?

Comment from S. Weasel
Time: September 24, 2013, 11:20 pm

MST3K Season 9, Episode 20. Space Mutiny.

Comment from Oceania
Time: September 24, 2013, 11:22 pm

It is Prince Harry The Kitten – The Little Ginger Bastard!!

Comment from Nicole
Time: September 24, 2013, 11:23 pm

Such a cutie! Congrats!

Comment from Uncle Badger
Time: September 24, 2013, 11:24 pm

Ha! Free at last! He ascended Mount Badgergut, curled up under my chin and slept for over an hour.

Oh, and he farted, too. Rather a lot.

Chip off the old block don’tcha know.

Comment from JeffS
Time: September 24, 2013, 11:43 pm


Hmmmmmm …… call your ginger tom …… Tom Ginger.

Yeah, I know. I got nuttin’.


Comment from bad cat robot
Time: September 25, 2013, 12:25 am

That is a proper kitten. He looks slightly mad. (In the Brit sense of the word.) I would name him Entropy, or perhaps Kelvin.

In further critter news, did you know that Mercedes is now targeting the powerful chicken demographic in their ads? I found it hilarious and want to know if you can do this with your chooks, Swease. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nLwML2PagbY

Comment from pupster
Time: September 25, 2013, 12:37 am

Stinky Whizzelteets

Comment from kilroy182
Time: September 25, 2013, 12:53 am

He is a handsome young man. How about Mr. Bingley?

Comment from Mrs Compton
Time: September 25, 2013, 1:18 am


Comment from Mrs Compton
Time: September 25, 2013, 1:21 am

I hate the intertubes tonight, to slow!

How about Schrodinger?

Comment from Becca
Time: September 25, 2013, 1:50 am


Comment from Feynmangroupie
Time: September 25, 2013, 1:58 am


Comment from pandelume
Time: September 25, 2013, 2:40 am

Narcissus Codpiece

Comment from Nobody
Time: September 25, 2013, 2:56 am

Roll Fizzlebeef is probably my favorite.

Comment from AliceH
Time: September 25, 2013, 3:00 am

I dunno. He looks sort of like a Malcolm to me.

Comment from drew458
Time: September 25, 2013, 3:20 am

Actually, of all the suggestions here, I rather like Kelvin. He can be Kel for short, Kelvie when you’re feeling affectionate, The Kelvinator when he’s all big and tough and in Great Lions of the Serengeti mode … and half the folks you tell it to will mishear and call him Kevin anyway.

And science nerds will tell you that it’s a very positive name.

And this opens the door to having another cat name Fahrenheit, which I think is more suited to a Siamese, especially a more than usually borderline binary crazy one, as Fahrenheit runs hot and cold.

Celsius would have to be a girl cat.

+1 for Kelvin.

Comment from Nina
Time: September 25, 2013, 3:28 am

He’s a cutie, all right! My next tomcat is going to just be named…Tom.

Because I’m so original like that.

Comment from dissent555
Time: September 25, 2013, 3:36 am

Not a cat person, but he is cute. For now.

I’m confused . . . cats respond to names?

Comment from Christopher Smith
Time: September 25, 2013, 3:48 am

You need a name for them to ignore, dissent555. Otherwise they risk being thought deaf.

William Tecumseh Sherman – “Cump” to his friends = was a redhead. Or you could find some Viking Hero to name him after.

Comment from Paula Douglas
Time: September 25, 2013, 4:04 am

Oh, sure, they respond to names. I can be on the far side of the house and call one of the Siamese, and that particular cat will soon show up to lick the yogurt carton lid or enjoy a peeled grape. The cat won’t sit there and think, “Hey, Thomasina, that’s me,” but if you give her a treat she’s nuts for and then say her name a bunch of times while she’s getting it, she’ll soon learn to snap to attention and eventually come when you say that word. They’re responding to the sound’s association with something cool, not self-identifying with it, but it sure looks like they know their names. Dogs do the same. I think humans and some chimps are the only animals with a sense of self, where there’s a concept of “that’s me,” or even of “me.”

Comment from Gromulin
Time: September 25, 2013, 4:10 am

One of the many cats I grew up with was a big orange tabby like that guy. He was the last of a 40 year line of outdoor cats at my Dad’s place. You mentioned how nasty kitten-shat smells. I can’t remember if he had any name before “Rottenguts” in his older years. This cat was a walking WMD. It was weaponized cat-slide on the grass, like trying to mow a minefield.

Comment from Stark Dickflüssig
Time: September 25, 2013, 4:55 am

Rankine, or go home.

Comment from catnip
Time: September 25, 2013, 5:21 am

What a cute one!

I think his name might be Dickens.

Comment from Frit
Time: September 25, 2013, 5:28 am

Kahuna (as in ‘The Big Kahuna’)
Fafhrd (Fafhrd and the Grey Mouser by Fritz Leiber.)
Pixel (After a kitten in Heinlein’s “The Cat Who Walks Through Walls”)

Side note: All my cats have always come to me when called, and all I ever did to encourage that was give lots of pettings when they responded.

Comment from scottthebadger
Time: September 25, 2013, 5:34 am

I had a wee small orange tomcat named Tyrone. Or you could make him the chiefest of all cats, and name him Grumman. Mac Cavity is also a good name Mac Cavity Weaselcat.

Comment from Deborah
Time: September 25, 2013, 1:08 pm

The Cat Who Walks Through Walls” is a great book. And Pixel, given his mistress’s fondness for the manipulating them, is a good choice. I like Rufus, too, for a fine ginger cat, and cats respond well to sibilants (xref: Caruso). But Grumman—now that’s a stellar name. Perhaps he needs three names (the practice in my family). Rufus Grumman Caruso would be one bad-ass cat. Grumman.

Comment from Wolfus Aurelius
Time: September 25, 2013, 3:00 pm

Pixel is a perfect name. I’m not sure without checking the novel, but I think he was a red tabby as well. There’s also the tabby Petronius the Arbiter, Pete, from Heinlein’s “Door into Summer.”

Oh, yes, cats know their names. Usually because they associate the sounds with something good, as Frit and Paula pointed out above. My smartest beast, the black longhaired Marie-Antoinette, knew any variation of her name — “Marie,” “Twa-nette.” One night she was on my lap, looking away from the TV, just her and me in the house. Suddenly a character on the TV mentioned the famous French queen. Marie looked sharply at the screen, as if thinking, “Who’s calling me?” So it wasn’t only my voice or Linda’s, but the actual series of sounds, that she knew.

Comment from Stark Dickflüssig
Time: September 25, 2013, 3:20 pm

Soup Man.

Comment from M
Time: September 25, 2013, 3:53 pm

Neutering male cats early usually makes them grow larger than intact males. All their energy goes into bone and muscle growth instead of sexual development etc.

Comment from Tibby
Time: September 25, 2013, 4:32 pm

He’s lovely. Enjoy his presence, and let us know when you do settle on a name.

Comment from Bob Mulroy
Time: September 25, 2013, 4:52 pm

He sure is a cutie! I hope you have many, many happy years together.

Comment from Wolfus Aurelius
Time: September 25, 2013, 5:12 pm

Comment from M
Time: September 25, 2013, 3:53 pm

Neutering male cats early usually makes them grow larger than intact males. All their energy goes into bone and muscle growth instead of sexual development etc.
So I’d always heard. However, my current feline roommate, Wolf the giant black cat, is huge — 16 or 17 pounds, not fat. And he was intact at age 1.5 when I adopted him; I paid for the neutering. So even intact he grew like a weed.

Comment from CrabbyOldBat
Time: September 25, 2013, 7:42 pm

He looks like royalty to me. How about Ginger George?

Comment from scottthebadger
Time: September 25, 2013, 7:50 pm

Rufus Grumman Caruso Tomcat, I like that, but he’s not my cat.

Comment from S. Weasel
Time: September 25, 2013, 8:25 pm

I thought, in the absence of testicles, they tended to fat, not muscle.

Comment from Teresa in Fort Worth, TX
Time: September 25, 2013, 10:36 pm

“Roscoe” is a cute name – looks like one that would fit him

As does “Harry” (in honor of “The Spare”) – or “Hal” for short.

You could always go with “Hobbes” in honor of the cartoon tiger.

Regardless, he is too cute for words!

(Back in the day, I named my ginger tabby “Waddles”)

Comment from Nina
Time: September 26, 2013, 1:38 am

My boy is named Lugh, after some Celtic god whose attributes I can’t remember and am too tired to look up.

We’ve got a weddin’ in a week and a half and I don’t have any brain for anything else.


(Fun, though)

Comment from AliceH
Time: September 26, 2013, 2:23 am

Call him what you want, but it’s obvious to me now his name is Rudyard Kipling (which gives one a good half dozen nicknames). Just letting you know 🙂

Comment from kilroy182
Time: September 26, 2013, 3:39 am

Oooh, Kipling! that gives me an Idea, call him Shere Khan.

Comment from Christopher Smith
Time: September 26, 2013, 4:32 am

Neutering vs Muscle…

No real correlation. My cat Julius Caesar is built like a cat athlete – long legs and body, not an ounce of fat. Not even the vet can complain about his weight, which is saying something.

Now, sure, a cat that doesn’t keep active can go get fat. But I have free fed my cats for years and none have ever been more than a smidge overweight. If food is always there, they usually don’t get ocmplexes over it and overeat.

Comment from Oh Hell
Time: September 29, 2013, 5:44 pm

I just was adopted by two kittens. I may have to steal some names…..

Comment from Smokey
Time: September 30, 2013, 8:49 pm

We got a kitten that looks almost exactly the same: orange tabby. Named her ‘Punkin’.

She’s 5 months old now. A naughty, naughty girl! [Actually, a slut.] But she’ll calm down in a year or two. But right now she’s terrorizing our two older cats, a male & a female. She has them both intimidated.

Didja know: only 25% of orange cats are female. All true calicos are female.

Advice: only dry food. They’re much less likely to get fat. Wet food should be limited to live mice in the barn…

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