Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Top Names for Kitty

Are you looking for the purrfect name for the new Kitty coming into your household?  Or maybe you are like me and like to have 14 middle names for your know, names you thought were cool, but you thought of them after Kitty had been granted his or her name? Like my Jake, whose official name is now Jakemiah Marmalade Hezekiah Jedediah Jeremiah was a Bullfrog Bean
Anyhoo, here are the 2012 big winners -- and the big losers -- in the kitty name game.
Jakemiah Marmalade Hezekiah...yada yada yada

Top 10 most popular male cat names

1. Max
2. Oliver
3. Tiger
4. Simba
5. Charlie
6. Milo
7. Smokey
8. Jack
9. Leo
10. Kitty
Kitty? Really? You couldn't do any better than that? 

Top 10 most popular female cat names

1. Bella
2. Kitty (sigh)
3. Lucy
4. Chloe
5. Luna
6. Sophie
7. Lily (with one L)
8. Daisy
9. Lilly (with two L’s)
10. Callie
So those are the most popular names, but what are the long-term trends indicating for feline monikers? After looking back over name data for the last 12 years, Vetstreet came to the conclusion that the following names were rising fastest in popularity.

Top 10 trendiest male cat names

1. Dexter
2. Cooper
3. Louie
4. Loki
5. Henry
6. Teddy
7. Marley
8. Tucker
9. Ziggy
10. Winston
I can't be the only one who thinks most of these sound like dog names, not cat names.

Top 10 trendiest female cat names

1. Lola
2. Stella
3. Izzy
4. Zoey
5. Lulu
6. Luna
7. Nala
8. Penny
9. Ruby
10. Willow
For every name trending up, one has to trend down. Here are the names that are falling fastest in popularity.

Top 10 least trendy male cat names

1. Bailey
2. Salem
3. Baxter
4. Bubba
5. Merlin
6. Whiskers
7. Alex
8. Snowball
9. Sebastian
10. Thomas

Top 10 least trendy female cat names

1. Katie
2. Sabrina
3. Tigger
4. Samantha
5. Snowball
6. Miss Kitty (Okay, at least you’ve acknowledged that Kitty has a sex, so that's a little better)
7. Sheba
8. Tabitha
9. Tabby
10. Sweetie

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Postcards from Kitty

What if your cat went on vacation without you (because we all know how badly she needs to get away from the strenuous life she lives day in and day out!)? You know, to kick back and relax on the beach, and maybe catch up with friends or relatives? Hey, cats need breaks, too. So, let's say your cat has jet-setted away on a fantastic vacation and, taking a break from sunbathing and eating fancy fare, decides to drop you a postcard. What would she say? Hmmm ...

"I smell smoke." Photo of Hector by Nicky Westbrook

"Boxes and babes ..." Photo of Reeses by Donna Bailey

"I really dig it here." Cat on the Beach by Shutterstock

"My quality of sleep has been stupendous." Photo of Gorilla by Katy Herman

"Aloha!" Photo of Ravioli by Kit Breshears

"Bon Voyage!" Cat and Suitcase by Shutterstock

"You might want to do some shopping before I get home." Photo of Frances by Marina Dickey

"Don't harsh my vacation mellow." Cat in Sunglasses by Shutterstock

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Wednesday, June 5, 2013

If Kitty Drove...

We all are familiar with CATITUDE.  
How do you think Kitty would display it on a bumper sticker?

8 Bumper Stickers Your Cat Would Put on His Car

If cats drove, these rear-end slogans would be the best part! (All the crashes would be the worst part.)

Cats aren't typically shy about letting us know how they feel about any given situation. And most times, they don't even have to mutter a single mew. Felines are masters of stink-eye and, believe me, we know when things are getting smelly. 
What if cats could drive? If they did, I guarantee their car bumpers would be plastered with funny and sassy stickers. Don't you think?
What sorts of messages would those opinionated cats convey with their bumper stickers? I have some ideas.

1. Empty food bowl awareness

"Open your eyes, people!"
Sometime cats think we are completely inattentive to their needs and desires. Or we're just blind. It matters not if dinner is two hours away, an empty food dish is a glaring message to FEED ME NOW. And yes, there may be a few kibbles or clumps of food present inside the bowl, but it's still not full. To cats, not full = empty. Kitties hope to visually nudge thoughtless humans with this bumper sticker. 

2. Show me your licker license

"Wouldn't you?"
My cats spend a half-hour bathing and a good part of that time is spent butt licking. I know they are painstakingly clean animals, but how clean does a bottom need to be? The process must be more that just wiping away remnants of poo -- it has to be a really excellent time, too. That's why, at any given moment, they'd rather be licking their own butts. And they don't care who knows it.

"Can't reach the pedals." Photo by Jacob Davies

3. Honor roll, schmonor roll

"And I'm proud."
Cats are sick to death with our "My kid's an honor roll student" bumper stickers. How could they not respond with something sarcastically delicious? They also want to yak all over your stick-people family. 

4. Basket love

"And the seating is much more comfortable."
Cats aren't always snarky -- occasionally they have a lighter message to share with the world. Like flaunting their love of the almighty laundry basket! A basket of warm laundry does in fact transport cats ... straight to nirvana. 

"That's how I roll." Photo by TANAKA Juuyoh

5. Taking a brake

"You better believe I do."
Cats would never, ever run over something as precious as a hair elastic. Now way, no how. And even though a hair elastic in the middle of the road may not be a common sighting to us humans, cats just want us to know how much they love these things. I suppose if you'd read this far, you've bought into the idea of cats driving cars, so asking you to imagine a bunch of hair elastics lying in the road isn't much of a stretch now, is it?

6. Political shout-outs

"I can totally get behind her policies."
Political stickers blanket bumpers, especially during the election season. Cats desire solid leadership and have strong viewpoints on issues that are important to them. They know cats likeLil Bub will fight for equal rights for ferals and the removal of doors from all homes. "Sick of The Man bringing you down? Vote Lil Bub." 

"I love heated seats." Photo by alexik

7. Hobbies!

Cats are always looking to connect with others who have similar interests. Bumper stickers let them be loud and proud about their hobbies and other activities. I know my cats would definitely have this sticker. Phoebe spends extended periods of time staring at moths flitting around light fixtures. Another popular moth-themed sticker is, "I'm MOTHing Without You!"

8. I heart stuff

"And lots of it."
Cats know what they love, and they want us to know it, too. When I see "I Heart ..." bumper stickers on humans' cars, I always think, "Boy, they must really love _________." I think this because they had to first see the sticker and think to themselves, "Hey! This is totally me and I want everyone driving behind me to know I heart _________!" I'm not judging, either. I've sported bumper stickers on my car and have hearted lots of __________.
I think this is a good one because I seriously heart TP. Cats aren't the only ones who enjoy a tidy behind.
What would your cat's bumper sticker say? Tell us in the comments!

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