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Spacewriter
2005-Mar-02, 07:00 PM
<sigh>

During the last blizzard we found a six-month-old cat shivering, wet, cold, hungry, under our front porch. We coaxed him in, fed him, gave him a bed, and now he appears to have settled in. We are making an effort to find his owners, and failing that, we'll assume he was dumped and he's ours to keep.

Soooo... take a look at this pic. Got any good suggestions for astronomy-related cat names?

http://www.thespacewriter.com/LostCat1.jpg

Crazieman
2005-Mar-02, 07:02 PM
Awww so cute.

Just love kitties. Though I'm fresh out on names.

Sam5
2005-Mar-02, 07:05 PM
<sigh>

During the last blizzard we found a six-month-old cat shivering, wet, cold, hungry, under our front porch. We coaxed him in, fed him, gave him a bed, and now he appears to have settled in. We are making an effort to find his owners, and failing that, we'll assume he was dumped and he's ours to keep.

Soooo... take a look at this pic. Got any good suggestions for astronomy-related cat names?

You found a cat that was half dead and half alive? Of course, you must name him Schrodinger.

Nicolas
2005-Mar-02, 07:05 PM
Take "Nicolas". Your cat will have a variant for each of its lives! :D

What a nice cat.

It needs a macho name 8) . :D I'll post names when I have any ideas!

Evan
2005-Mar-02, 07:06 PM
It's a good idea to use names that start with a high pitched sound as in "eee". It gets their attention better.

How about Helios?

Spacewriter
2005-Mar-02, 07:07 PM
I should point out if he stays with us, there won't be much "macho" in his lifestyle. He'll go in for le petit operation!

Nicolas
2005-Mar-02, 07:08 PM
OK, what's the name of your hairdresser then? :lol:

Spacewriter
2005-Mar-02, 07:09 PM
OK, what's the name of your hairdresser then? :lol:

Laura.

;)

Nicolas
2005-Mar-02, 07:09 PM
Bad luck for your cat. Laura it is :) .

Laurel? 8-[

Spacewriter
2005-Mar-02, 07:12 PM
Here's another pic. He's what they call a Mackerel Tabby.

http://www.thespacewriter.com/LostCat2.jpg

Nicolas
2005-Mar-02, 07:14 PM
What I call a "dustbin cat" :) . But it is a nice cat, looks like it has some personality too! (it is a cat after all :)).

Looking at those eyes, what about Steven? (as in Seagal :D ).

cyswxman
2005-Mar-02, 07:14 PM
How about Spot. (ala Data)

Nicolas
2005-Mar-02, 07:17 PM
How about Spot. (ala Data)

Yeah why not call the poor thing Envisat, or ERS-1 :D :wink: .

Ok let's see, nice satellite names. Spot is excellent of course, but probably would go unnoticed. SMART-1 is over the top. Hermes? Zond?


I do like Oppy, considering its past and the astronomy link.

TimH
2005-Mar-02, 07:19 PM
As a fan of the PVP comic strip I would like to suggest Scratch Fury: Destroyer of Worlds.

Feel free to shorten the name to Scratch.
:wink:

Nicolas
2005-Mar-02, 07:22 PM
as a fan of high fidelity vinyl music reproduction, I object :D

Doodler
2005-Mar-02, 07:27 PM
I dunno, how about Huygens? He dropped in someplace cold and wet, kinda fits. :)

Moose
2005-Mar-02, 07:30 PM
Am I seeing that right? He seems to be striped on one flank and mackerel on the other?

What a handsome lad.

How about Edwin or Hubble?

Buzz?

kylenano
2005-Mar-02, 07:32 PM
Felis (http://www.pa.msu.edu/people/horvatin/Astronomy_Facts/obsolete_pages/felis.htm)?
Sky, as in mackerel ... ?

One of our cats, Pebbles, could be better named Heisenberg, because I never know where I'll find her sleeping.

frogesque
2005-Mar-02, 07:32 PM
Looking at those photos I think you better name him soon 'cos he ain't going nowhere. He's landed on his feet and is staying put. :lol:

So instead of naming him soon how about naming him Pronto?

Of course if you really want to keep an astro theme you could do worse than Titan.

A Thousand Pardons
2005-Mar-02, 07:41 PM
Got any good suggestions for astronomy-related cat names?

We do that sort of thing a lot (http://www.badastronomy.com/phpBB/viewtopic.php?p=3552#3552) :)

Parrothead
2005-Mar-02, 07:42 PM
Name it NGC 6543 :wink:

Spacewriter
2005-Mar-02, 07:45 PM
True.

We already have a cat named Miranda (because of her markings, (left)).


http://www.thespacewriter.com/miranda.jpg http://www.thespacewriter.com/pixel_tall.jpg


We also have Pixel (right), who was named after the Heinlein cat in the "Cat Who walked Through Walls."

And, Lazarus, named after Lazarus Long.

http://www.thespacewriter.com/laz_tower.jpg

jrkeller
2005-Mar-02, 08:00 PM
How about Phil, after the BA

farmerjumperdon
2005-Mar-02, 08:08 PM
Of the names suggested so far, I like Shrodinger best.

Other possibilities: Cat, Photon, Quasar, Gary, Sputnik, Meow, and my favorite . . . Psssssssssst. Guaranteed to come running whenever the name is called.

Nicolas
2005-Mar-02, 08:19 PM
Vostok
Haley
G.P. (as in GPS :))
Mir
Buran
Cougar (astronomy related thanks to this board:))
Echo (you'll probably have to call its name twice anyway)

tlbs101
2005-Mar-02, 08:29 PM
We have had 2 Silver Tabby cats very similar to your cat; Larry and Micheal (aka Boo-Boo). While those aren't astronomy-related, they are names I am used to for that type of Tabby cat.

Unfortunately your picture brought back a bad memory -- Micheal was mauled to death by another dog(s) or possibly a coyote in the neighborhood last fall. Boo-boo died of old age in 2003.

Lance
2005-Mar-02, 08:38 PM
Unfortunately your picture brought back a bad memory -- Micheal was mauled to death by another dog(s) or possibly a coyote in the neighborhood last fall. Boo-boo died of old age in 2003.

And reading this reminded me of my calico that was mauled to death by a dog a few years ago.

Thanks.

:cry:

ToSeek
2005-Mar-02, 08:50 PM
With ears like that, you should name him after a radio telescope, like Arecibo. ;)

Maksutov
2005-Mar-02, 09:31 PM
<sigh>

During the last blizzard we found a six-month-old cat shivering, wet, cold, hungry, under our front porch.[edit]Got any good suggestions for astronomy-related cat names?...
Given the circumstances of discovery, how about Neptune? That covers the cold and the wet aspects pretty well, plus hungry cats really love to scarf down fish.

Then when it's mating season you'll probably be tempted to "Nip that Tune in the bud!"

Spacewriter
2005-Mar-02, 09:42 PM
Mak,

That little "nipping" will happen soon! We don't intend for there to be ANY mating! ;)

Metricyard
2005-Mar-02, 09:47 PM
<sigh>

During the last blizzard we found a six-month-old cat shivering, wet, cold, hungry, under our front porch.[edit]Got any good suggestions for astronomy-related cat names?...
Given the circumstances of discovery, how about Neptune? That covers the cold and the wet aspects pretty well, plus hungry cats really love to scarf down fish.

Then when it's mating season you'll probably be tempted to "Nip that Tune in the bud!"


Or maybe name him Titan?. Nice cold moon.

Or go for the easy one and call him stripes? Or even easier, cat.

Van Rijn
2005-Mar-02, 09:49 PM
Has anyone mentioned Leo?

http://www.astro.wisc.edu/~dolan/constellations/constellations/Leo.html

Spacewriter
2005-Mar-02, 11:58 PM
Great suggestions all! We're mulling over possibilities! Keep 'em coming!

Wolverine
2005-Mar-03, 12:31 AM
Soooo... take a look at this pic. Got any good suggestions for astronomy-related cat names?

http://www.thespacewriter.com/LostCat1.jpg

From the pictures, he looks like a Herschel to me.

tmosher
2005-Mar-03, 01:09 AM
If it hasn't been mentioned already. How about Airy?

Chuck
2005-Mar-03, 01:26 AM
Cold related names ideas:

My favorite, Rocky Road, an ice cream flavor and metaphor for a difficult time.
Others:
Forty Below, the place where Celsius equal Fahrenheit
Zero Kelvin, absolute zero
Reykjavik, the capital of Iceland
Fairweather, sounds nice but is the name of a glacier in Alaska.

Grendl
2005-Mar-03, 02:02 AM
I agree with Metricyard; before I got to the second page I was thinking Titan would be a good name...half water ice and cold, it fits how you found the kitty. It has the Greek mythology origins, sounds like a good strong name and easy to call.

I've had cats all my life and I try to name them based on something about their behavior or physical characteristics--thus my cat was like a monster and I studied Old English literature, so she became Grendel and Slinky literally acted like the toy just tumbling all over the place. Of course, he becomes "Slinks" or "Slinkster" or other affectionate names I'm too embarassed to repeat. Some people thought I should have named him Beowulf, but I thought that was too contrived and he doesn't "slay" Grendel. He submits to her once she growls at him.

Your cats are cute--what hilarious markings, especially Lazarus--I like the way he's just hanging out of his fort too.

Hutch
2005-Mar-03, 02:09 AM
Well, noting that you named two of your other cats after Heinlein characters, there's always Rico (Starship Troopers), Manuel, Mike or Prof (The Moon is a Harsh Mistress) or....whoops, vapor lock.

paulie jay
2005-Mar-03, 05:57 AM
I know it's not astronomy related, but that cat just looks like "Tommy" to me!

Enzp
2005-Mar-03, 06:59 AM
Neptune works, you could hardly call him Pluto.

I have had many cats here on the farm over the years, and not a darn one has ever told me his name. I figured it was arrogant of me to make up names for them, so they all got called things like Gray Cat, Yellow Cat, Mom cat, etc. When the Yellow cat passed away the vet called to say that "Yellow" was gone. SOunded weird since we didn't call him that.

But we recently found a kitten too. Out by the road we heard a pathetic little "mew" on a rainy day while retrieving the mail. There in the tall grass next to the road was a tiny fit-in-your-palm kitty soaking wet and sad. Barely old enough for hard food. He would not reveal his name either, but since he spent a lot of time messing around in the kitchen with the shopping bags there was always a sort of rustling going on. Otherwise he was asleep lying there like a doormat. SO he became "Matt Russel." My wife would not go along with just calling him tabby cat.

Probably no help, but there, I shared.

kucharek
2005-Mar-03, 07:14 AM
How about Spot. (ala Data)

Yeah why not call the poor thing Envisat, or ERS-1 :D :wink: .

Maybe that would better be Envicat...

How about Jonesy, another famous space cat?

BTW, you don't adopt cats. Cats adopt you.

Wolverine
2005-Mar-03, 07:18 AM
Oberon (http://www.nineplanets.org/oberon.html)?

Just had a passing thought, that would still tie in to Herschel and satisfy the astronomical requirement, while paying homage to Shakespeare and a fine ale (http://www.bellsbeer.com/branddetail.asp?BrandID=28). Mmm, multi-faceted. :D

scotsman
2005-Mar-03, 04:28 PM
Great suggestions, may II offer a pic of our adoptee, same story , only he appeared in summer 2002, and hasn't left yet

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v613/colinritchie/general/Picture020.jpg

He's known as Poppet , or Pops, or "Getoffmeyoulittlehairymonster", depending on who he's climbing up at that particular moment

He's taken a particular liking to my wife Jill... She's less impressed!

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v613/colinritchie/general/Picture019.jpg

Tee Hee.......

Candy
2005-Mar-03, 04:59 PM
Oberon (http://www.nineplanets.org/oberon.html)?

Just had a passing thought, that would still tie in to Herschel and satisfy the astronomical requirement, while paying homage to Shakespeare and a fine ale (http://www.bellsbeer.com/branddetail.asp?BrandID=28). Mmm, multi-faceted. :D
I like Oberon or Obie for short. 8)

Spacewriter
2005-Mar-03, 06:51 PM
Scotsman,

Of course Poppet isn't going to leave. He knows a good thing when he sees it! ;)

Oberon seems to be settling down as a possible first-choice for a name. We like the option of Obie, and could even change it to Obi-Wan if we so desired, without major problems.

He goes to the vet tonight for shots and a wee "snip"...

Nicolas
2005-Mar-03, 06:59 PM
Scotsman,

Of course Poppet isn't going to leave. He knows a good thing when he sees it! ;)

Oberon seems to be settling down as a possible first-choice for a name. We like the option of Obie, and could even change it to Obi-Wan if we so desired, without major problems.

He goes to the vet tonight for shots and a wee "snip"...

If your to be named cat ever gets, uhm, kaput, and you'll get a new one, you'll have a fine pun with "Obie I" and "Obie II" :) . (I do hope you'll have him very long however!)

One thought about "Obie" however: if you call your cat, clearly pronounce it as "Obie" and not as "Obey". If a stranger sees you asking your cat to obey, you really look like you lost all feeling with reality :D .

Wally
2005-Mar-03, 09:47 PM
How 'bout Ceaty (purnounced cee-AY-tee)

get it?? :wink:

Spacewriter
2005-Mar-03, 09:54 PM
Cute.

Actually, we just thought of an another astro-association with Oberon. If we call him Obie for short, it could also mean OB, as in O-B stars -- hot young stars with lots of energy. ;)

Cougar
2005-Mar-03, 10:49 PM
Here's another pic. He's what they call a Mackerel Tabby.
http://www.thespacewriter.com/LostCat2.jpg

Lots of good name ideas so far. From this shot he looks like he's got all four of the tabby patterns -- a little mackerel, a little "ticked", maybe a touch of classic pattern, and a little spotted. 'Course, not as spotted as Chui...
http://www.xmission.com/~dcc/chuicut.jpg

fossilnut2
2005-Mar-03, 10:49 PM
A house without a cat always seems incomplete.

We had the same 3 cats for 16 years. One died two years ago, one last November and we were are now down to 'Brillopad'..he's at least 18 (maybe older).

The cats don't so much have a name but 'names'. Brillopad also goes by 'Barney' and 'Brownie'.

Recently we've half adopted a stray cat. A six-toed Tom that is the gentlest cat I've known...but he always shows up with some minor injury or gash that we treat. We call him 'Danger' or 'Danger Cat' . I'm sure by this time next month we'll have taken him to the vet for (gasp!) and he (with the 'he' part missing) will then officially be our cat.

Brillopad sleeps on my pillow or my head...his option. In old age he is more spoiled than ever but he earned his 'champion mouser' reputation. This is not an exaggeration but in the first 16 years or so of his life he used to catch an average of 5 mice or voles a day. That's 5 x 365 days/year x 16 years or around a zillion rodents in his hunting days. He still catches a couple a week just for old time's sake.

Cougar
2005-Mar-03, 10:58 PM
That's 5 x 365 days/year x 16 years or around a zillion rodents in his hunting days.
Welcome to the board, Fossil. You have a real knack for astro-estimation!

Grizzly
2005-Mar-04, 10:57 PM
Meow Tse Tung.

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Feles mala! Cur cista non uteris? Stramentum novum in ea posui
Bad kitty! Why don't you use the cat box? I put new litter in it