Wednesday, January 21, 2009

On The Choosing of Names...

THE BIG THING:

I've given the name a lot of thought. I had come up with "Iza" and "Cat Ballou", a friend suggested "Midge, because New Kitty sticks close to me like Skeeter did and a midge is like a mosquito (a skeeter) in that regard. The name Heather was suggested because of her color (and I really considered that one).

There is also a matter of tone. I think it helps cats to recognize their names by tone patterns. Skeeter was Skee-ter, first syllable a high note and the the second a low note. LC is first letter a low note and second a high note. Ay-la is 2 high notes.

So I decided that New Kitty should have a name that followed the Skee-ter pattern (high to low note) pattern. Midge and Cat Ballou don't work that way. And I looked at 100's of names on a "cat name site". None really seemed to fit New Kitty.


So her name is Iza (pronounced EE-za), high note to low note... Iza Spencer to be exact. I'll think of a middle name soon, though Iza Meezer Spencer (pronounced EE-za MEE-zer) seems cute. Because of her shape and voracious appetite, I am nicknaming her "Pudge". That might even become her daily name...

If any kitty thinks of a better middle name by Jan 31st, I will send them fresh catmint, a toy, and some treats... ;)

Iza is an applehead Blue Point Meezer. I think her colors will become more pronounced in the next year.

Ayla and Iza are starting to get along. Ayla has stopped hissing and has even groomed Iza briefly, and they have chased each other around a couple of times. I think it is going to work out fine. They ate dinner right next to each other last night.

She sure loves playing with toys!

Iza loves to sit high up on my chest when I am sitting in a chair. How she stays there is beyond me. She purrs automatically on any contact with me, and follows me around from room to room. She is definitely a lapcat!

Iza eats anything! Mom Heather, the cat-breeder, says she grew up on primo dry food, so is probably experiencing taste-overload with all the canned stuff. I'll have to watch her weight, as she is already way plump for a kitten (9 months). Heather tells me she was an inside cat, but she sure is interested in getting outside with LC and Ayla. I will be keeping her inside for 2 months (until March when it is warmer and she has a complete smell-sense of where her house is). I've done that with all my cats.

More pictures of Iza tomorrow! And I will have to Photoshop Iza into the header picture soon... :)

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20 comments:

Parker said...

Things do seem to be going well!
Iza is a very good name!

Niko and Cloud said...

We like the middle name Louisa. But we also think Meezer is a good middle name.
How much does she weigh now?

Cory said...

Iza, such a sweetie. Glad to hear that Ayla is alreay grooming her a wee bit!

Alasandra said...

Iza seems to be fitting in nicely. We think Iza is a very nice name. And it has the advantage of being short. Mommy says the girls names in our household are mouthfuls. But then that is what happens when our Daddy names things. Luckily youngest boy bean named Socks. ~S,S & C

Kaze, Latte, & Chase said...

Its a great name! So glad to hear things are going well and she's so purry. I love to purr, the humans tell me I'm just a puddle of love.

Kaze

Angus Mhor said...

Latie? Folara? Marthona? Doni?(say DAHN-ee), Joplaya? Although I think the two-syllable names are best. I like Doni-although that may not be New Kitty's character. Latie, maybe. Younger,less experienced. From the Mamutoi, remember?

Okay, that's all I've got!

Tom and Tama-Chan said...

In France, Iza would be short for Isabelle!

Tom and tama-Chan

Teri said...

Iza Meezer! We Furrydance cats hadn't visited your blog in a while and just found out there's a new kitteh in your house and we are so happy for you to be a threesome family again.

It's nice she came from the same person you have a kitty history with too, not that the cats remember relatives, MOL.

Hope you don't mind Teri askin'. but since she's a vet tech, she told us she wondered what those dark circular spots on Iza's fur were.

You probably know this already, but pointed cats are pointed because the cool parts of their body (ears, tail, legs, face) are genetically programmed to make dark fur and the warm parts of their body make lighter fur.

So anytime there is a bare spot on the pale parts, the fur grows in dark until they shed out again in 4-6 months. She said at the vets, they would check those dark spots on Iza's fur for dermatophytes (ie: Ringworm or other house type molds/fungus's).

One of the cats in our house got a fungus that came from wet drywall after Spot cause the flood in our house. But with medicine and baths, it went away and the dermatophyte culture was negative for ringworm, so that was a relief for Teri!

The cats of Furrydance and Teri

The Furry Kids said...

Iza is a cutie!! Iza Meezer is a cute name. What was her name before she lived with you? Mama thought mine and EG's "before" names were cute, so she made them our middle names (Tazo Tea Gizmo and Earl Grey Philip).

Love,
Tazo

PB 'n J said...

Ooooh we love Iza Meezer - furry distinguished! And Iza is a good calling name, for when you have to holler at her (not that it will ever happen :-). None of us really have middle names, except for the silly made up ones that Mommy randomly comes up with.

The Crew said...

Well, look at you!! See what happens when we don't get out visiting for a few days?

Welcome Iza. You're a lucky girl to find a great forever home.

Fat Eric said...

Ooooh, I didn't know there was a new kitty at your house, how exciting! *waves paw* hi Iza!

Cheysuli and gemini said...

Welcome Iza. I think her colors are quite lovely as they are! She is a fine looking little cat.

The Island Cats said...

We love Iza Meezer! And we're happy she seems to be fitting in well! Yaay!

Derby said...

Iza is a new and distinctive name. Does she have some darker fur patches on her back?

JB's Big World said...

Wow, a new kitty! And I like the name Iza, it is very unique.
--JB

KitKat said...

I like the name Iza. Such a special new kittie. Have you thought about the name Mika (pronounced Meekah)? That's my choice for a new name.
Purrs,
Normie

William said...

Iza is very pretty!

~Caroline!

Zoe and Indy said...

Iza is a great name. We laughed when we saw "Pudge" because that's what Georgia often gets called around here.

Riley & Tiki said...

We like the name Iza. That tone pattern thing is a good idea. We both come running if Mommy or Daddy calls either name. Sometimes Kesey comes too. Daddy calls us Rosencrantz & Guildenstern (from Hamlet) because we answer readily to either name. They never thought about the tone thing when they named us because Vincent never answered to his name at all. (Occasionally he would answer to Sweetie).