Condiment cats

Awwww Pickle is a ball of energy and I’ve considered whether a second cat would wear him out. I was at Cat Protection Society talking to them about the idea and one of the girls said they had a very social cat at the moment named Cous Cous. Now social or not, I simply couldn’t adopt a cat called cous cous. That would mean we would have Licorice, Saffron, Pickle and Cous Cous. People would start to think I was food obsessed… that I’d developed some bizarre condition of only adopting cats if they could be a condiment! Add Chilli to the mix and it’s already a little ‘food heavy’. Of course, chilli’s real name is kecil (pronounced like the ke in ketchup and the c as a ch). It is the Indonesian word for small (given Chil was dumped at 2 weeks and hand reared she has always been very petite).
As far as cat names go, I think Cous Cous is rather cool. In my family, no cat can ever be given a human name. It appears this must be a family oddity because many people give their cats human names. Cat Protection Society at the moment have Max, Gibson, Franklin, Quinn, Frida, Claire… human names abound! Of the non-human names (cous cous aside), I think a pair called ‘fortune and cookie’ is pretty cute. When I first got my girls I thought of all sorts of ‘pairings’. I remember contemplating ‘krispy and kreme‘ for quite a while. As neither of them has the personality of a krispy it was perhaps a lucky escape. Today Andrew told me ‘we should have called Pickle Bart Simpson… he’s as irritating as Bart sometimes. But oh no, we couldn’t give him a human name!’

While my family avoids human first names, surnames are quite acceptable. The cats of my parents and my childhood include: (don’t think we have very shortlived cats… we generally have had 3 at once)

  • Russell – oh yes, that was a human name. But we didn’t name him. Mum and dad bought the house and the cat came as part of the package.
  • Streisand – she had a weird nose
  • Piewackit – of bednobs and broomsticks fame; all black and a beautiful temperament
  • Miss Piggy – well she owned the place. She was well named!
  • Jingle – a little black kitten we adopted a couple of days before Christmas
  • Fizgig – I think it’s a Dark Crystal character?
  • Holmes – originally named Homeless… the pathetic attempt of my brother and I (aged about 10) of trying to get dad to allow us to keep ‘homeless’. After dad finally succumbed we changed it to Homes… and well Holmes had more finesse!
  • Poirot – named for being exceptionally inquisitive I don’t think we had considered we already had a detective in the household
  • Chilli (formerly kecil). I never use her full name at a vet after someone wanted to treat a cat which rhymed with heckle. Clearly not an Indonesian speaking vet).
  • Pippin – what can I say… mum was obsessed with Lord of the Rings
  • and lastly the food gang… Licorice, Saffron and Pickle.
See, cat names are better when they aren’t human ones!



Posted on September 10, 2011, in Cat Protection Society, Cats, Waffle and Nonsense and tagged , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

  1. Hey – can’t understand with our cats names: Dennis, Rupert (Prince) and Xena ( yes – warrior princess). . . . . !

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