This post was first put up on Saturday, July 21, 2007
Au is named after his golden coat (AU for Gold) and also because he bites when we play rough games; so we’re always saying, "au, au, au!"
I love the whole process of cat naming and think the psychology of pet naming is worthy of academic research.
Are those who give their pets aristocratic names like Duke and Datin (Malay for the wife of a baronet) trying to climb the social ladder or merely acknowledging the innate superiority of their cat friends?
Do cats with names like Alfred, Suzie and Annie live with humans who are more anthropomorphic than cats who are called Fluffy, Tiger and Tinkerbell?
Are cats with distinguished names like Augustus and Divinia more likely to be sedate than colleagues called Whirlwind and Lightening?
The best name I've heard in ages for a cat is Cockroach: because he eats everything in sight and moves like lightening!
Anyone have any other good cat names?
PS this pretty kitty is simply called Cat.