Cute Stories About How Stray Cats Were Named

We have an article on Petplace that lists cute stray cat name suggestions.

We asked for users to give us additional name suggestions and we received some wonderful stories that we’d like to share with you. Here are a few of our favorites:

  • Pest

    My cat’s name is Pest. When I moved to the neighborhood I saw this wonderful, beautiful Maine Coon Cat type sleeping in the sun in my backyard every day. He always seemed healthy so I assumed he belonged to someone. At the time I had a very elderly dog that needed to go out several times a night. As the weather became colder in October, this wonderful cat would charge into the house when I would open the door to let my dog out at night. This cat would hide under the furniture until I went to bed. Out of my mouth would come the phrase ‘You are being such a pest. In the morning I’d find him sleeping with my dog. How could I turn away such a loving cat. My dog is gone now and Pest sleeps on my pillow.

  • Maybe

    I have a stray named “Maybe”, she was very ill when found and I didn’t need another cat., so I did not give her a name. I kept saying she probably isn’t going to make it and if she does she is not staying. Pretty soon it was, “well maybe she is going to make it”, then “well maybe if she does make it” “maybe if she gets along with the other cats” . It has been over a year and Maybe is the baby of
    the house!

    Donna White

  • Berm, Gimpy and Fleabag

    I have a couple cat names for your list of cool cat names for strays:
    – “Berm” was found on the side of the road
    – “Gimpy” was a 3 legged stray cat that showed up in my yard and decide to stay with me.
    “Fleabag” was a flea ridden pregnant cat that took up residence in my pole barn. She has since been to the vet several times and is on the mend.

  • Palomine
    We named our first stray Buddy, that is on your list, our second tuxedo stray we named Palomine, for Pal of Mine as Buddy was already taken! Buddy I started calling ‘hey Bud’ then Buddy stuck, and since we already had a Buddy when Palomine showed up I called him my Pal… :o) – Kelly Dahmer

  • Mimi, Killer, Elwood and Seymour

    All of our cats found us and were named accordingly –

    – Mimi, short for Screaming Mimi was bellowing at the back door
    – Killer, the tiniest, frailest orange baby you’ve ever seen, was given a
    name to live up to
    – Elwood was singing the blues when he was found, wailing and alone and
    scared
    – Seymour, an orange Manx, was tail-less so we could “see more”

    Chris

  • Eponine

    We named our kitty “Eponine”, after a character, a homeless girl, in “Les Miserables”.

    Randy

  • Jackpot

    I “adopted” (or should I say was adopted by) a stray, black, older tom about 8 months ago. He lives outside (wouldn’t get along with our two inside tom cats), but I give him food, play, and love daily, and usually find him waiting on our front steps each morning. He went through several names, i.e., Blackie, Lucky, and CPT Midnight, but ended up being “Jackpot,” a name given him by our neighbor, who observed “That cat sure hit the JACKPOT when he came to your house!!”

  • Hazard

    One of my allt ime favorite stray cat names was the name of my sister-in-law’s beloved kitty, Hazard. Hazard was an orphaned kitten from Erika found wandering in a toxic waste dump in California. She brought him home and he grew into a fine feline friend and brave hunter known for his frequent gifts of bits of mouse, vole, mole, bird, etc. Hazard passed away last year at 19.5 years of age, and was my personal inspiration for adopting our current feline friend (who came from our local SPCA with the fine name of Wittington).
    Clare S – New York

  • Named for the Restaruant Parking Lot

    I love the names for stray cats. We had one, a beautiful little calico, named Quincy because we found her in the parking lot at Quincy’s restaurant. I still have Spooky…….he was left behind when his owner moved, it was Halloween and he was very spookie, still is in fact. Then there was Omega….we named him that because we were determined that he was going to be “the last cat” we took in. Yeah, right. Loki got his name after being fished out of a dumpster while playing chicken with the garbage truck. (Loki is the Trickster in both Norse and Indian lore).
    Jan Puckett

  • Double Joy

    Your article about cat names was amusing. I adopted 2 cats that my friend found in the snow. Ironicaly they are white. My friend named them “Shuan-shua n” & “She-R” My friend is of Chinese descent and the names put together mean double joy. I joke that their names should be reversed as She-R is twice the weught of Shuan-shuan!
    Regina

  • Je t’amine

    A suggested cat name: Je t’aime. This is actually French for “I love you”. We fell in love with our stray cat, and he fell in love with us. The name is so befitting.

  • NONA

    I have a cat that I rescued from living in a bathroom. Her previous
    owners called her ashley (it just did not fit), so after weeks of
    thinking..calling her that cat or cat and trying sooo many names I said
    to my boyfriend there is just no name that fits her ………then it
    struck me – NONA -NO NAme.
    Kathleen

  • Lots of Ideas

    I have had several cats: MeatLoaf and Sting were brothers. Then I had MoJo and JuJu…then Treasure and Trinkette whom were sisters…Teensy and Tiny whom were twin siblings..now I have Karma, Fate, Chance, Destiny andMagick…all black feral kittens with both golden eyes and green eyes that I’ve taken in because I couldn’t decide on which pair to take! My brothers have a pure black cat and a pure white one…Ying and Yang! My sister has a sibling set that are identical… Abra and Cadabra and my cousin names hers after herbs and flowers: Olivia (olive) Anissa (anise) BellaDonna, Rose and Daisy for the girls, and Mandrake, Tonka, and Valarian (Vale for short) for the boys! We are all cat lovers, can’t you tell? LoL
    Rebeque

  • Sunny

    We have a yellow cat that adopted us 17 years ago. At first he was just a stray we fed but became ours after we spent over $300. at the vet for a urinary tract infection. We named him after the sun because of his yellow color but spelled it “Sonny” because he was a male. Sonny has been the best cat. He acts somewhat like a dog. Sonny has never rubbed up against our leg like most cats, he gets close but doesn’t touch. (Which is great if you have on black pants) He comes when you whistle. He asks to go outside when he need to go to the bathroom (only using the litter box if it is an emergency, such as being left inside the house alone for a great length of time). Sonny is getting very old and we will miss him when he is no longer with us.
    Mary

  • Spooky

    My all black cat is named Spooky for a couple of reasons. First, he showed up on my patio, right at our open screen door, while we were watching an episode of the “X-Files.” The male lead’s nickname was “Spooky Mulder.” Plus, we had the lights out and all you could see of the cat was his glowing green eyes, and I screamed a little when I saw him. I thought our own cat, who is black and white, had gotten out, but I admit I was quite startled by those eyes! And since he’s all black, like a Halloween cat, we thought the name fit.

    He seemed to come to the name right away. He was so severely malnourished, his gorgeous hair was blowing away in the breeze, which of course broke my heart. We fed him but let him stay outside through that summer, but as fall, and Halloween approached, we decided to take him in. I don’t know if it’s truth or urban legend, but I didn’t want to take any chances at him being abused during Halloween season because he was an all-black cat.

    He needed some love and care, and shots and neutering of course, but he’s been with us nearly 10 years now! We figure he was turned out of his last home, probably because an elderly owner had died and the family didn’t want him. Their loss, because he’s a big furry ball of love. We guess he’s at least part Persian, because of his many-layered, longish coat and large body size (about 18 pounds and not fat at all).

    I’m really glad he showed up at our door and I am happy to share his story whenever I can!

    Janet Vandenabeele

  • Sunshine

    I have a tortoise shell calico cat. She is totally orange and black with white at the tips of her legs or feet and her face is white from the noise to her chest. I named her Sunshine…(first impulse was Moonshine because I found her abandoned and near death in the Street at night before Halloween.) I was a name that started wit S and Sunshine goes with her positive energy.
    Renee

  • MoonCat

    I wanted to share tale of my oldest cat. I volunteer with a no-kill animal rescue organization. A mother cat had given birth in a planting ‘space’ in the rockery of my carport, and left them in the full sun, 90 degrees out. One kitten was screaming for it’s mom. They were in danger of falling between the pallets of my woodpile, one had already fallen into the grasscatcher of the lawnmower – so I moved them. Cleaned them up, gave ’em some kitten formula and put them back in a clean nest with a hot water bottle near the spot.

    Next morning at 3:15 am, I checked on them – one was gone, the other was out of the nest. I took it to a volunteer on my way to work. He didn’t make it.

    3 1/2 weeks later – I return home, again to kitten screams. I cussed under my breath and if I found the kitten, I wasn’t returning it – as the kitten wasn’t safe. 3 hours I cut through blackberry vines to reach it. it was moving about – mewing, I talked to him the whole time – and then I couldn’t find him. I backed out and waited – flashlight in hand. Felt something cold on my foot and thought ‘great – I stepped on a slug/snail.’ Looked down and a tiny white face looked up at me from my foot. I said ‘thank God’ and he climbed my jeans. I scooped him up – put him in a crate, removed dead leaves from my hair and clothing and dashed to get more baby cat supplies. It was a full moon, lunar eclipse that night, and he was white kitten, one blue eye, one yellow eye.

    I named him ‘Moon Unit’. His nickname is ‘MoonKat’. Under the circumstances, it felt appropriate.

    Purrs and headbonks

    Karen Hoover

  • Fight Club

    We took in a cat that had been in a fight and had a really bad wound on
    his front leg…so we named him FightClub.
    Brea

  • Silly, goofy, Hoho and Mama

    my ex feral stray kittens are :

    Silly—for his silly antics
    Goofy— for the goofy things he gets into
    HOho…..mostly black with a white ring around the neck
    Mama cat…. the mama of the other three

  • Abby

    Abby, which was short for Abandoned Kitty.
    Karen

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