Newsday Tuesday – Inspired Cat Names

I had fun (and I hope you did too) reminiscing about cat names yesterday and I thought you might enjoy a site I stumbled across in my research featuring cat names inspired by literary cats. Are you familiar with the cat name, Oopsacat or Jellylorum? How about Mungojerrie? Those are some of the cat names in T.S. Elliot’s Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats—and that will be portrayed in the movie, Cats, coming out next year. Do you remember Moppet and Ginger in Beatrix Potter’s books? What about the cat named Crookshanks in one of the Harry Potter series? Who among you remember Thomasina? Do you recall the name of the cat in the Incredible Journey? I didn’t. It was Tao. There were Si and Am in Lady and the Tramp. Here’s a site listing some of the more famous literary cats. Who doesn’t remember Lucifer in Cinderella? Sassy was a star in Homeward Bound and the animated Aristocats had numbers of cool cats with interesting names: Thomas O’Malley, Duchess, Peppo….The Lion King has inspired many people to name their cats Mufasa, Nala, and Simba. What about Figaro in Pinocchio?

Have you ever named a cat after a literary cat? Tell us about it. In the meantime, Check out this fun site.

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