Monday, June 11, 2012

Guido's Quest For Dominance

Names have always had strong associations for me: Natashas have black hair and are glamorous; Roberts have a sense of humour, and so on. 

When Guido came to us from Pet Epicure,  he was called Jake.  But to me Jakes are blonde and have blue eyes.  As Guido's soft brown eyes and coat look Italian, we called him Guido.

It's turned out to be a bit of mistake because our little Guido is turning into a small Mafiosi!

He's using his baby meow to get round restrictions like, "It's 2AM, no I am not in the mood to play" and trying out De Klaw when he wants to be picked up - not a problem usually but when I'm dealing with hot oven dishes and other dangerous goods....

What do you think?  Do names influence character?  Or is Guido trying out his powers of purrsuasion because we spoil him?

Here he is, grinning an evil grin because while Au and Target came to collect their treat yesterday, Guido made me bring him his share while he was lounging outside on the bench. 

28 comments:

Cheysuli and gemini said...

We think enough of names NOT to let the male call Gemini "Soiling Demon" just because, well we didn't want to take chances. I think Guido is living up to his name too!

The Cat From Hell said...

Hmmm, me thinks that purrhaps wes grows into our names.
Kisses
Nellie

Spitty-the-Kitty said...

Um, why doesn't your Human deliver *all* your treats? It is not right to make the kitties come running. Guido has the right idea! Humans' purpose is to Serve Us. Right? Right.

Oh, and my name is Spitty. What does that tell you?

Cat-from-Sydney said...

Hmm...what do you make of Angelina then? Sexy, hot mama? Except that I've been *snip*. Anyway, I think you're just putty under Guido's paw....you are officially enslaved. He's Italian alright, more Roman than anywhere else. Might as well call him Caesar. Be prepared to "hail Caesar" all the time. purrr....meow!

Sparkle the Designer Cat said...

I was just saying on another blog that cats already have their names picked out and it's up for the human to figure it out - and those who think they already have a name for their cat are, in reality, subconsciously searching for the cat with that name. So I think you actually have it a little bit backwards.

Au and Target said...

Sparkle, "Now there's a thought! And now we have to consult The Naming of Cats by T S Elliot :-)"

Cat IN Sydney "Angelina is the heroine of the Stainless Steel Rat books! She's gorgeous, tough, and wily. Sounds purrfect, don't you think? We are practicing our bowing and scraping..."

sully86 said...

guido:* speaking italian*
" what do you expect me to do. I am guido the cat mob from greece".

Declan said...

I'm sure being called Declan brings out my Irishness and influences my liking for Guinness! Deccy x

Kjelle Bus said...

Off course your name reflect on how you behave , just look at me who is called Charlie Rascal *MOL*

Huffle Mawson said...

I don't know... you would think a cat named Teddy would be all cute and cuddly but that's not the case in our house!

Old Kitty said...

We hope names don't influence character! Poor Target! :-)

Awww Guido suits Guido - he is like an Italian Stallion! Yay! LOL! Take care
x

m.q said...

Guido really smart and we think hes trying to be the king!!
pursss


BoBo Salem
Meow Meow Family

Fuzzy Tales said...

Ha! Guido certainly has you trained to do his every bidding. :-)

Do names influence character? We suspect the reverse. We like Sparkle's comment, have to agree.

Hannah and Lucy said...

We thought that all cats were meant to teach their humans to obey.
Luv Hannah and Lucy xx xx

Sharon Wagner said...

We named one of our cats Akua. Which turned out to mean gentle spirit in Hawaiian. So true!

Tamago said...

LOL, I love the evil grin! There is a saying "names and natures do often agree" and Guido sounds like the good example for it :-)

Brian said...

Guido has got to mean wise because he sure has it figured out!

Katnip Lounge said...

All we can say is that Guido is quite the Wise Guy!

meowmeowmans said...

Guido, you sound like a very smart mancat to us!

The Island Cats said...

We're not sure if names influence behavior...but if behavior influences names, Zoye should be called "She Devil!"

Guido, you is one handsome dude.

Wally & Ernie

Lorenza said...

Guido sure knows how to get what he wants!
Take care
Kisses and hugs
Lorenza

Barbara said...

What a gorgeous tyrant he is... I don't know whether it"s a chicken or egg situation with names... although I often wonder if Charlie would have been a different cat if he were called The Reverend Wenceslas Muff which is one of my all time fave cat names!

Ginger said...

I think names definitely influence personality and character. He is just a gorgeous boy.

Photo Cache said...

which comes first the names or the characters? dilemma, we know not.

emma and buster

catsynth said...

I somehow think the latter is true, i.e., he is using his powers because he is a bit spoiled ;)

We think that names can definitely suit characters - Luna's name suits her.

Gattina said...

Apparently the name suits him very well ! I named Arthur after and uncle of mine, but he didn't stroll through the neighborhood and try out other beds or worked under cars !

sully86 said...

http://randomdotfm.blogspot.com/2012/06/play-with-me.html

K9 Katastrophie said...

I think names influence character!

Licks,
Ruthie