Naming cats can be great fun. But when adopting a cat from a rescue or shelter, is it necessary to keep the name? Our new little kitten Gaither (pictured below), was once named "Faith," by his foster mom. (She had another little female cat named Hope.)
photo of Gaither © Franny Syufy
When Faith was taken to the foster shelter veterinarian to be spayed, the veterinarian made a note in her file, "Neutered male kitten, Faith." I sure don't blame the kind-hearted foster, after all, I've made the same mistake myself at least once. Gaither is such a strange name, and I didn't ask his foster mom how she chose it. But I looked the meaning up online and found that it means "goat keeper" or "goatherd." Since my son sometimes calls our Billy "Billy Goat," or just "Goat," it seemed kind of fitting, so we stayed with the name Gaither. Besides, we didn't want the little guy to have an identity crisis at his young age.
How did you choose a name for your cat? From a real-life hero, a fictitious character from a book, movie or video game, perhaps a song title? Share your cat's name here in the comments, with a little information about your cat and the circumstances behind his or her name.