Thursday, January 04, 2007
Name that Kitty!
Baby Kitty is home, but when we went to the shelter, the clerk coughed and looked embarrassed and said, "Um . . . this kitty isn't a girl."
She seemed to think we might not want a baby boy kitty, which is ridiculous. We obviously aren't planning on breeding him, and who in the world could fall in love with an adorable kitten and then refuse to take it home over something as arbitrary as gender?
But now we need a new name. We like three-syllable names with literary connotations. Current possibilities:
Adama (a good BSG name, but may sound female to people who don't know the show . . . and yes, I know, that's arbitrary too)
Agathon (a neat BSG name)
Apollo (another BSG name, but a bit too ordinary)
Ichabod (a great literary name, and we can call him Icky for short)
Godzilla (he just did that rearing-up-at-himself thing in the mirror, and they look like monsters preparing to decimate Tokyo when they do that)
Balthazar (we're strongly leaning towards this, especially since it's almost Epiphany and Balthazar is the traditional name for one of the three wise men . . . and we now have three cats)
Votes or ideas?
In the meantime, he's running like a maniac around my study, already pouncing on things, and he gobbled down the tiny bit of post-surgery food he's allowed to have in about two seconds. And he's already very affectionate with people. He's going to be a splendid cat!
Never mind. We've settled on Balthazar, although now we need a good nickname. My mother thinks that "Balthie" sounds vulgar.
Little kitty has further proven his brilliance by chasing his tail, leaping onto Gary's sweater to attack the buttons . . . and escaping from the study twice, although he's only been home an hour. His vet appointment isn't until Tuesday morning. Oh dear. But if he does get out, at least our other two cats are immunized against FIV and FLV. We still don't want them to get upper respiratory gunk, though, and he has sneezed a few times.