Saturday, May 22, 2010

What's in a name?

With apologies to Shakespeare ...

Well, for the first time ever, Grant hasn't come up with a name for our new cat . We have both thought of one choice after the other. Some of my blogger readers suggested Cleopatra. This made sound sense and is a lovely regal name but we're nervous to give a gender-specific name incase our predictions are wrong about the cat being a female!
I also loved Queenie, Maggie, Annie, Sally and Baby (doh, I know!)  And watching her confidence as she plays with the toys we've found for her and her happy disposition,  we thought of Prancer, Dancer, (I know, horse names!) or Twister. (A hurricane! LOL!)  We liked Darling, Sweetie, Cutie or Clever-pegs (All names we've used this week)  but once again, I don't think this cat would forgive us if it IS a male and is lumbered with such a name.  

She has found the coolest spot in our diningroom. On a glass shelf of our glass dining table which is just below the airconditioner. Clever-pegs? I'd say
Last night as I was preparing for bed, (Grant was in bed already with the cat lying on my pillow - the coolest spot in our bedroom) and I walked down the passage to fetch something I'd forgotten in the office. Immediately the cat jumped off the bed and padded down the passage behind me. Grant said "That cat is your shadow!" And suddenly we had her name. We have decided to call her Shadow for that exact reason. She follows me all over the place. If I get up in the middle of the night to go to the bathroom, she follows me. During the day she is behind me as I work in the kitchen. She lies on the mat beside my bed as I get ready dressed in the morning. She lies next to my computer as I sit at my desk. My Shadow. 

Ah, and it's not a gender specific name...

Welcome Shadow!


  1. Shadow is perfect, Jo---and definitely can be used for either male or female. She looks like a she though --whatever that means!!!! ha

    Congrats on the new baby.

  2. That's a great name for her!

  3. Aw, Shadow is a cutie! I love those orange ears. :o)


  4. I Love this name Shadow!

  5. I've been catching up on your blog, as I've been busy this week--substituting in my friend's kindergarten class because she was in a bad car accident on Monday.

    Your little kitten is adorable, and how sweet that she follows you wherever you go! What a perfect name for her--Shadow. My husband will not allow animals in the house and we don't have a fenced yard, so we have no pets. :( Maybe some day.

  6. Hi Betsy;) yes, she definitely looks and acts like a female, I agree. Thanks for popping in. (((Hugs))) Jo

    Thanks Joyful;0

    Hi Faith;) welcome to my blog. I also love her ears: huge and as you say: orange...

    I knew you'd like it Gaelyn!

    Hi Pat;) I hope your friend is OK. Your hubby sounds like both my sons: No animals - and they grew up surrounded by a menagerie Perhaps this is why (lol!) It's a lot less work and worry not to have pets! Bless you my friend.

  7. I was going to suggest Triangle (Angle for short) because her head is a perfect triangle! But Shadow is much better, How long will you be in North Africa?

  8. That sounds like the PERFECT name for her/him Jo ! Now, the million dollar question ..... will s/he be 'Shadowing' you back to South Africa one day ?!

  9. Good choice!

  10. Brenda;) what a clever name that would have been. We should be here until April 2012 after which we'll go back to SA (with the cat!)

    Mai oui, mon cher ami. I'm already arranging to bring the travel cage (from Global Paws, Johannesburg) back to the Sudan; as well as a micro chip. Issam knows two good small animal vets as he's had a dog in Khartoum in the past. As you know, we've done this before! We're looking into taking the birds back with us, but that may be a bit more complicated. Thank you for being so sweet and encouraging yesterday.

    Dankie Ida!

  11. Shadow is Perfect! Boy Or Girl...It's easy to tell if it's a boy or girl...but Usually, white cats are girls..don't know why...

  12. Shadow is a great name for your kitty. She seems like a wonderful addition to the household.

  13. Hi Jo,
    I'm running late with comments, it's been a hectic few days.
    Shadow is a perfect name, she/he is really adorable.
    ☼ Sunny


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