3 Legs, 0 Name


I have a new cat. Here's how Miller feels about it.

Do you feel my icy glare burning through this door?

Miller is in denial, but I'm pretty sure the kitty is here to stay. Turns out my vet had a amputee-kitty that desperately needed a home. Turns out I am a huge sucker.

But 3-legged kitty has no name. I DID have a name for it, but I shared it with my mom, who then turned around and shared why that  name was attached to a gross person, therefore, I could not name her Grandcat said name.

So no name.
I have a possibility. It's a maybe. But the kitty keeps looking at me like, “Seriously? You can't come up with anything?” Right now his name is Biter Scratcher Curtain Climber. But that won't fit on his monogrammed onesie, so I need something else. It can't be anything that alludes to his disability. It can't be anything flowery and pretty.

Help me out. 3 Legged Kitty needs a name. Let's hear those suggestions!

And before you feel sorry for him, don't. He's too busy playing to remember he has lost a limb. Here he is “helping” me change the sheets on the bed.

Have a great week!

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Kristin - August 29, 2011

Oh my goodness, he’s adorable! I love how completely spastic kittens are! =)

As for names, I’m sort of drawing a blank. Although his color and goofiness does remind me a little of Bingley in 2005 P&P. Or you could always name him Harry- those two little dark markings on his forehead look like he escaped Voldemort twice. =)


Ruth - August 29, 2011

He is ADORABLE! Miller will come around, keep the faith! 😉

As to names — my first thought was something piratical, like Captain Jack or Long John Silver (Johnny for short). He seems to have a mischievious pirate-like personality IMO. 🙂

Clare - August 29, 2011

He looks so fun and playful! 🙂 Very, very cute. Haha, Miller looks so regal in that picture above, like he thinks he’s above the newcomer. 🙂

Now, I’ve never had a pet before so I’m not sure what is usually acceptable as a cat name, but I’m am a chocoholic, so the first name that came to mind was Twix. Don’t know why, but that was the first thing I could think of. I’ve long since given up on trying to figure out how my brain works. 🙂

Jenny - August 29, 2011

Miller is a common last name, as is your Jones, so maybe something to go along like…Smith? Your home is the home of Ms. Jones, Mr. Miller, and Mr. Smith.

Is it obvious I don’t have a cat & don’t have a clue how to name one? And that I like a theme? 🙂

HopefulLeigh - August 29, 2011

Oh my gosh, I can’t handle his cuteness! Love him. The way he was jumping around reminded me of a kangaroo, so maybe borrow from Winnie the Pooh and call him Roo? But there’s a sage wise look in his eyes in that picture so maybe name him after your favorite theologian/professor/smart person.

Katie - August 29, 2011

Awwwww he is adorable. I want a kitten so badly.

Jerica - August 29, 2011

He is so cute, and congrats on being a new mommy! 🙂
As for a name, I like to name pets unusual (or just a little bit funny) human names like Archibald (Archie), Duncan, Earl, Eugine, Fernando, Gilbert, Lorenzo, Malcolm, Mario, or Nigel. Have fun naming your little guy!

Kathryn - August 29, 2011

I love ginger cats and that he is down a limb makes him even cuter! Look at him making the bed! Too cute. And he looks like a Jeremy to me 🙂

Capillya - August 29, 2011

Aw dangit. I was going to go with “Walker” because of the whole War of the Worlds tripod thing.


bookwyrm14 - August 29, 2011

He is SOOOO cute! I’m not a big fan of cats, but I love cat pictures, and yours is adorable!

I actually like the other Jenny’s idea: Ms. Jones, Mr. Miller, and Mr. Smith sounds cute. 🙂 But not to be accused of stealing her idea, I think Carlos is good. Yep, your no-name kitty strikes me as a Carlos. 🙂

Allie Smith - August 29, 2011

Frodo.you should name it Frodo.because it’s small and has lost an arm like Frodo lost a finger 😉

Morgan - August 29, 2011

HE IS SOOO CUTE!!! You should name him a character from on of your books, or a book u love reading.

Kelly - August 29, 2011

Mr Big

Jenny B Jones - August 29, 2011

You guys have some great suggestions. And for the record, Miller was initially Millie. Until on vet trip number three the vet broke it to me SHE was a HE. She discovered this during the spay/neuter sugery…

Peg Phifer - August 29, 2011

For no reason that I can come up with—except for his color—is Butterfinger. Y’know, the candy bar. He’s absolutely adorable! I love kittens . . . and cats. I must, because I currently have seven of them.

Peg Phifer - August 29, 2011

Do I get a second chance? The way he’s bouncing around so energetically . . . has anyone thought of Tigger?

Liz Johnson - August 29, 2011

Um … cutest kitty, EVER! Cutiepie! Thanks for sharing.

Peg Phifer - August 29, 2011

Ooh, ooh, one more try. What about Nugget, as in gold nugget. Sorry, I love the name game 🙂

Allie - August 29, 2011

Awwwww I love him!! I have a 3 legged kitty to! So sweet!!
As for a name I have always loved the name capo like as in the gutar thingey… But yea so sweet

Ashley - August 29, 2011

I vote for Butters or Weasley.

Jenny - August 29, 2011

Are you certain HE is a HE this time around??

Carla - August 29, 2011

I thought Tripod, but you don’t want to focus on the disability. I like the pirate idea… Hook or Sparrow would be fun. Spider would give him the image of having more legs. I knew someone who named their pet Comere. When called, you would be saying come here and name all at once. Comere also makes me think of Comet, thats good for his color!
Have fun! He’s super cute!

Angie - August 29, 2011

Oh my goodness..he’s a cutie! Seeing him jump around kinda of reminds me of one of my favorite characters from Seinfeld so I think you should name him Cosmo! 😉

Jason - August 29, 2011


Jelena - August 29, 2011

OK, so I like some different names too. Below is a list of some names I found and liked (btw we had a cat named Oliver for a few months before he ran away so I listed that name in his honor :)) oh and definitions of the names are in parenthesis…

-Algernon (with whiskers)
-Andrew (Manly)
-Benjamin (Son of my right hand)
-Winston (from the friendly town)
-Thaddeus (praise to God)
-Rufus (red haired)
-Oscar (divine spear)
-Oliver (olive; peace)
-Lester (from the army or camp)
-Jonah (peace)

P.S LOL Miller’s icy glare and yes I can feel it :)…………………..

Carla - August 29, 2011

Chance…for the second chance he’s getting on life and that he has “8 more” chances. Not sure how he lost the leg? I know he want named for the poet laureate Miller Williams, but you can pick another famous poet so they will be connected that way. Exp: Shel, Tennyson, Langston, Robert…
Maybe you should change Millers name and have a Burt and Ernie!

Serena Chase - August 29, 2011

I had a cat named Mr. Knightley once, so I’ll admit it: I love the Bingley idea, but how about something a bit more modern and goofy? In BBC’s LOST IN AUSTEN (have you seen it? Hysterical.) Amanda calls Mr. Bingley “Bingers”. That characterization of Jane Austen’s bumbling highborn is so… funny cat.

Sadly, I actually own “the best ever book of cat names.” My grandma bought it for me when I was in college and had managed to acquire 3 cats by the middle of my soph. year. Maybe it’s available as an e-book by now… or not.

katers - August 30, 2011

he’s so cute, jenny! I had a big tom cat w/ his markings and named him Scotty (butterscotch) and most of the time called him Scotters. He’s was a cutie. My story is sad cuz I went to adopt I’m as a stray and discovered he had an id. chip and he was returned to his owners who thought he’d died. I miss the little dude.

Jenn Anderson - August 30, 2011

Shakespeare. His tragedy has become his comedy.

Erin - August 30, 2011

Well, fine then, I won’t suggest “Three-Leaf Clover” OR “Dances With Dandelions.”

Okay, by way of explanation: there is this brilliant children’s book about a little boy cat named Skippyjon who pretends his closet is Mexico, and when he’s there being El Skippito, the great sword fighter, he speaks in a written-in Spanish accent like thees.
So, the first thing I thought of when I saw the picture of your new kitty was this line from the book- “My ears are too beeg for my head. My head ees too beeg for my body…” Skippyjon!, I think. Jonny-boy for when he’s being endearing. But no, I am not one to propose a cat name without extensive study and thought, so I go on to watch the video, and what do you know, again, new kitty exhibits extreme Skippyjon-like tendencies- “But once he was alone, Skippyjon began to bounce and bounce and BOUNCE on his big-boy bed.” I mean, really. And, as if I haven’t already given you plenty of compelling evidence as to why you should name your cat Skippyjon, know what Skippyjon’s full name is? Skippyjon- wait for iiiiiit- JONES. Seriously. …okay, even if you don’t name your cat Skippyjon, you should read the book. It’s muy, muy bueno.

Erin - August 30, 2011

…and it’s called, appropriately enough, “Skippyjon Jones.” Since I failed to mention that before.

Jodianne Adams - August 30, 2011

I am always pro underdog or in this case underkitty. And, as usual, the underkitty doesn’t know that there is an issue. I love that about animals! Here’s my suggestion for underkitty…Twitter!


Lauren - August 30, 2011

I had an epiphony for a name: Stanley! I just got all excited about the name Stanley.
The cat is adorable. My cat is looking like Miller at the moment with the death glare as I write.
Good luck with him…and the five hundred and seventy-three (now seventy-four 🙂 ) name suggestions!

bookwyrm14 - August 30, 2011

Can I speak again? 🙂

I also like one of Peg’s suggestions: Tigger. And Stanley (Lauren’s name) seems to fit too. And so does Scott or Scotty (Katers’s idea).


Sarah :) - August 30, 2011

The golden one, because he’s gold. He looks adorable! Have fun with him. And I’m sure Miller will get over it… eventually 😉

Liv - August 30, 2011

Name him something unique…my dog’s name is Truffles because he is a toy poodle, has an afro and looks like a mushroom. My mom and I refused to let dad name him Mushroom soooo Truffles Graham Cracker Pittman was invented..no, seriously that’s his name! =D

Erin McFarland - August 31, 2011

I vote comment #4 by Jenny. Good name symmetry! 🙂 That pic of Miller is a crack up. Like he knows he just lost his only child status. ha!

Amy - August 31, 2011

Suggestion #4 is my favorite, too. And around PA Dutch country last names like Yoder are common, so how about Yoder? I Googled common surnames and came up with 1000 choices (http://names.mongabay.com/most_common_surnames.htm) My faves are: Davis, Thomas, Wilson (reminds of a volleyball AND the neighbor on “Home Improvement”), Garcia (What?!), Lewis, Clark (get another cat and you have Lewis & Clark), Murphy, Bailey, Cooper, Watson, Sanders (I actually knew a guy whose first name was “Sanders”), Jenkins, Griffin (my fave, I think!), Sullivan (“Sully” for short and they you can give a nod to “Dr. Quinn”), Ferguson, Spencer, Willis, Riley, Elliot, Oliver, Chandler, Wolfe, Baldwin. You can look at the list.

My faves: Griffin, Wilson, Murphy, Oliver (you could answer the phone, “Jones, Miller, Oliver and company” or just “Oliver and Company). But I really like Griffin.

AND YOU DIDN’T TELL ME HE WAS GINGER?!?!!??!!? What the what, Jenny Jones?!!?!? That is an important detail because ginger cats are my very favorite!!!

My friend named her hyper cat “Smunky” (spunky & monkey together), although he came with the name “Simba” and then her sister named him “Buddy.” Her mom calls him “Kitty” and other people call him various names. Identity crisis?!

Miller will adjust. He’s a good-looking cat!

Mary - August 31, 2011

Well, I won’t go with the obvious Lucky, Tripod or Trey but I love Sam! We had a orange cat named Sam I Am — he went by Sam (we’re just casual like that).
But then you probably don’t want my cat naming advice as my cats are Big Kitty & Little Kitty and now Little Kitty is bigger than Big Kitty. It’s all very confusing.

Mary - August 31, 2011

Or Riggins because I’m ever so SLIGHTLY obsessed with Friday Night Lights and Tim Riggins…

Ally - August 31, 2011

I personally love Rogue or Rascal because he looks atad mischievous (so cute, by the way).

Naomi - September 2, 2011

Oh my, so cute!
And, for whatever reason, he looks like a “Tucker” to me!

Ronda - September 3, 2011

Well, I’m probably too late on this, but he looks like a Morton to me! Not sure why, but that name popped up in my brain while I watched him attacking that bedsheet! 🙂 Not too cutesy, but not too dignified. And it goes with Miller.

Erin - September 7, 2011

The Naming Of Cats by T. S. Eliot
The Naming of Cats is a difficult matter,
It isn’t just one of your holiday games;
You may think at first I’m as mad as a hatter
When I tell you, a cat must have THREE DIFFERENT NAMES.
First of all, there’s the name that the family use daily,
Such as Peter, Augustus, Alonzo or James,
Such as Victor or Jonathan, George or Bill Bailey–
All of them sensible everyday names.
There are fancier names if you think they sound sweeter,
Some for the gentlemen, some for the dames:
Such as Plato, Admetus, Electra, Demeter–
But all of them sensible everyday names.
But I tell you, a cat needs a name that’s particular,
A name that’s peculiar, and more dignified,
Else how can he keep up his tail perpendicular,
Or spread out his whiskers, or cherish his pride?
Of names of this kind, I can give you a quorum,
Such as Munkustrap, Quaxo, or Coricopat,
Such as Bombalurina, or else Jellylorum-
Names that never belong to more than one cat.
But above and beyond there’s still one name left over,
And that is the name that you never will guess;
The name that no human research can discover–
But THE CAT HIMSELF KNOWS, and will never confess.
When you notice a cat in profound meditation,
The reason, I tell you, is always the same:
His mind is engaged in a rapt contemplation
Of the thought, of the thought, of the thought of his name:
His ineffable effable
Deep and inscrutable singular Name.


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