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Would you give your child the same name as a close relative's cat?

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GwendolineMaryLacey Mon 22-Aug-11 12:13:44

And if you were said close relative would you go hmm when the name was announced?

Just interested and the name is just an option but if I really liked it, I'd use it, cat or not grin

SenoritaViva Mon 22-Aug-11 12:16:53

Probably not, although SIL called her child the same name as her mother's dog! They changed the dog's name (e.g. if the dog had been called Harry they changed the name to Barry). It always makes us laugh and worth teasing her DD who is now 13 about....

BreastmilkDoesAFabLatte Mon 22-Aug-11 12:42:23

As long as the cat isn't called Felix, I might...

chandellina Mon 22-Aug-11 18:57:24

Sure, why not. I'm thinking of naming daughter the same as a good friend's dog. (who I named about 12 years ago!) And my brother's family gave their dog the same name as my son. It's not a big deal imo.

InstantAtom Mon 22-Aug-11 21:07:31

Yes, unless it's Kitty which is a generic cat's nickname.

PorkChopSter Mon 22-Aug-11 21:21:21

I gave DC3 the same name as my childhood pet. In tribute, like.

Except my dad forgot that cat died 15 years earlier. So he took me aside to point out that it might be a bit confusing for our current cat to be called the same as the baby, who would they know who we were talking too. So I pointed out that the cat was dead, and he actually looked at it to check it was breathing before I pointed out it was a different cat confused

GwendolineMaryLacey Mon 22-Aug-11 21:46:28

grin Hmm, so opinion is split...

The name is Lucy btw. Not a particular catty name but nonetheless, the cat was there first!

SenoritaViva Mon 22-Aug-11 21:52:08

Oh Lucy, heavens no problem then. How close is the relative? Can they change the name to Juicy for the cat?! (aka MiL's Jess to Tess?!) Or wouldn't they be willing?

musttidyupmusttidyup Mon 22-Aug-11 21:54:34

DD has same name as DBs cat which luckily unfortunately died before DD came along. SIL still says it's a cat's name.

InstantAtom Mon 22-Aug-11 21:56:34

Lucy is a gorgeous name smile

PotPourri Mon 22-Aug-11 21:57:34

Lucy is a child's name. No way is it a cat's name. Use it for your child if you want. So weird to call your cat a girls name....!

exoticfruits Mon 22-Aug-11 22:12:25

Lucy is a lovely name-I would use it.

I have a friend who always calls her cats by proper names and it suits them. At the moment she has Lydia and Hermione.

lollystix Mon 22-Aug-11 22:19:47

I took on 2 cats from cat protection league. Their names were Laura and Lucy. It just freaked me out as they are not proper names for cats. Felt like a fanny calling them that so they were quickly renamed Fatty and Skinny.

exoticfruits Tue 23-Aug-11 09:02:27

I didn't know that you had to have 'proper names' for cats. If I got one I would call it Elsie or Hilda.

Catsmamma Tue 23-Aug-11 09:05:09

my cats are called Oscar, Reuben and Faerie if that is of any help to someone looking to name babies

they have middle names also ;D truefact

monal Tue 23-Aug-11 09:15:47

My little brother is named after my dad's childhood labrador so I say go for it.

Abcinthia Tue 23-Aug-11 09:25:22

My sister was named after a cat.

MardyBra Tue 23-Aug-11 09:26:57

I don't know but the thread title made me genuinely lol.

LaTristesse Tue 23-Aug-11 14:55:13

PorkChopSter, I've nearly actually just peed myself a little bit reading that! Very funny...

My DH is named after his Mum's dog. Seems like it's acceptable, go for it!

wahwahwah Tue 23-Aug-11 15:00:50

As long as the child is not going to be called Tiddles or Mittens...

GwendolineMaryLacey Tue 23-Aug-11 15:19:06

OK, so the tide has turned today. I'll add it to the list of names that is getting us nowhere

KateBC Tue 23-Aug-11 15:27:29

Catsmama - Rueban is on my list for DS2, and have a rabbit called Oscar

I like people names for pets, I had a cat called Eric before, and I named my parents cat Boris. MUch better than Mr Fluffy or Tiddles, imo

PorkChopSter Tue 23-Aug-11 16:25:09

Ah, but Lucy is the name of my parents neighbour's unneutered mangy tomcat shock

mathanxiety Tue 23-Aug-11 17:04:29

I would definitely use Lucy. She will no doubt outlive the cat, and it's a people name after all so imho it should never have been used to name a cat.

The cats I know have names like Mookie, Moonpie, Murph and Cleopatra. Though my own (female) cat's mn is James -- christened by DS many years ago.

chandellina Tue 23-Aug-11 21:35:46

Gwendoline - that's funny because the friend's dog name I was talking about using for my DD on the way is also Lucy! another good friend had a cat named Lucy too that was like a child to her but is now deceased. it's obviously a great name for humans and animals.

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