Sunday, June 11, 2006

Congratulations, it's a litter

Andy is going to be the proud papa of two grey and white feline twins.

They are twelve weeks old, male and female. The girl has the sniffles right now, so they are holding onto her for a bit so that in case she needs a veterinarian it's not my responsibility, but if all goes well I should be able to pick them up after work sometime this week!

Please submit name suggestions below. I will probably need to live with them a while before I settle on something. Preferably I'd lean toward a brother and sister from history, literature or mythology. Siegmund and Sieglinde are already out, those were the names of the two pigeon chicks who hatched on my shower window sill. Plus, I'd prefer something a little less tragic.

Pictures to come as soon as they're home!

47 comments:

Jean F. said...

Michael and Janet...

Anonymous said...

Donnie and Marie

Time said...

Gwendilyn and Cescily

Jean F. said...

Hansel and Gretel

Travis said...

What were the names of the Bobbsey Twins? Those books rocked.

Especially "The Bobbsey Twins on a Bicycle Trip."

If you wanted something slightly more mature, Artemis and Apollo would be cute.

little-cicero said...

Jack and Jill

(I know...genius- absolute genius!)

little-cicero said...

By the way, I just want you to know that I believe you have every right to raise kittens with equal priority to heterosexual parents, just as long as you don't go passing on the wrong values to those kittens.

:)

Jade said...

Luke and Leia

Eomer and Eowyn

Zeus and Hera

Or if you're not as concerned about actual siblings, but characters who were partners...

Mulder and Scully

Merry and Pippen (alright technically both guys, but Merry could be a girl's name)

Jean F. said...

L-C: "By the way, I just want you to know that I believe you have every right to raise kittens with equal priority to heterosexual parents, just as long as you don't go passing on the wrong values to those kittens."

Cruel, L-C, cruel and insensitive...even if you intended it to be facetious, you don't have the right to imply that Andy would pass along the wrong values because he is gay. He has better values than most folks in this world.

I liked Jade's suggestions.

Nathan said...

Ebony and Ivory, lived together in perfect harmony...

I also like One and Two, or if you prefer, Neo and Wot.

Left and Right, as in I brought home a pair of mittens...oh? really? I thought you had said mittens.

Helen and Troy

Tybalt and Juliet (not bro and sis, but both Capulets). I guess they both die though...never mind.

Andy, I have it. Mork and Mindy. I just cannot do any better than that.

obliquity said...

I realize owning a feline named "Pokey" probably discounts my credibility--but I love naming pairs...

Cordelia & Sebastian (Evelyn Waugh)
Theo & Isabelle (Gilbert Adair)
Ángel & Zahara (Almodóvar)
Nate & Claire (A.Ball)
Scout & Jem (H. Lee)
Taro & Jiro (A.Kurosawa)--technically both male names
Mr. Darcy & Lizzie (J.Austen)
Alvaro & Leonora (G.Verdi)

Anthony said...

Not much to do with siblings, but if they turn out to be polar opposites you could go for Ying and Yang.

Is it just me, or do siblings with tragic ends dominate the market? I mean, in Shakespearean terms, Sebastian and Viola aren't half as memorable as Laertes and Ophelia.

jwc said...

call the boy eve and the girl adam.

Jess said...

How about Bonnie & Clyde? :-)

Andy said...

These are all really great suggestions! I think I'll have to try them out on the cats.

Alas, Jess, I can't do "Bonnie & Clyde" because Bonnie was the name of my neighbor's cat that died while I was taking care of it. It wasn't my fault! She was 18, and the vet said she had cancer, diabetes and kidney failure. But still...I know a jinx when I hear it.

Quinn said...

Nathaniel and Superfly

Bart and Lisa

Bobbsey Twins were Freddie and Flossy (the younger pair) and... oh, c'mon, I can do this! Nan and some other guy. Bert.

Quinn said...

And please let us know when they will be appearing on either kittenwar.com or Stuffonmycat.com.

Jade said...

Alright, now Nathan's comment made me think of

Neo and Trinity from Matrix
then I thought...

Crichton and Aeryn from Farscape

I suppose it depends on the kitten's personalities... do you think one of them would want to learn how to control wormholes?

Jere said...

How about Gunther and Gutrune?

little-cicero said...

Jean F., I'm sorry you took it that way. I though the emoticon would suffice in expressing the satire in that comment.

Once again, I was making a failed attempt at humor, so really pity is a far more appropriate reaction than disgust.

I beg your pardon maam. Andy is a good man with good values.

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Mari said...

Richie and Joanie (If they HAVE to be siblings)

Joanie and Chachi (If not)

Simon and River (Yay Firefly!)

Cecil and Beanie (If they don't have to be siblings)

Fritz and Clara (Siblings from The Nutcracker)

Pamina and Tamino (Not siblings)

If they were my cats, I'd probably name them something weird, so maybe I shouldn't be giving names...

Time said...

Gertrude and Heathcliff

Anthony said...

Andy won't need me to point out Gutrune is a no-go, unless their mother is a Gebietsch ...

Andy said...

Who by the way is the only woman Siegfried has ever met who hasn't been his aunt. I'm not making this up, you know.

Love you, Tony. ; )

These are such great suggestions, truly!

Jean F. said...

I think you should reach into your Italian experiences and look for some names there. Names that end in "a" "i" or "o" seem to be good for pets and there are so many good Venetian spots you could pick from -- you should definitely try out some Italian names on them.

Nathan said...

Good idea. What about Ciao! and Bravo!

Anonymous said...

Sampson and Delilah

Jesus (Spanish pronunciation) and Mary Magdalene

Jack and Chrissy

Anthony said...

If you do go down the Italian route - which is a fantastic idea, to say nothing of how appropriate it is - do avoid pasta names. I'd just start thinking of Martin Crane's line on his dog: "I call him Eddie Spaghetti, 'cos he has worms."

On the other hand, you could just call them Anna and Russell and leave it at that ...

little-cicero said...

Gepetto and Finocchio

Anonymous said...

Oscar and Felicity

Andy said...

Felicity? Gross, I hated that show.

Little Cicero: umm, a) my kittens are male and female. b) did you mean Pinocchio? c) you know "Finocchio" means "fag" in Italian???

little-cicero said...

Finocchio means "fag"?
How offensive is the word? To be honest, in common Italian usage I knew it had to do with homosexuality, but is it indeed akin to "fag"?

How about Dino and Angelina?

Anonymous said...

I meant in Felicity as the female counterpart of Felix, as in Oscar and Felix.

L-C, you are a disgusting, hateful person. The kind of guy who thinks hate jokes are funny, and then says, "I was only kidding. I didn't mean anything", when confronted.

Dominic

little-cicero said...

Anonymous, I'm hurt that you gathered this impression of me through a couple of my failed attempts at humor. I have hate for only a few people in the world, and in those cases I regret that I feel hate. I consider Andy a friend, and I defend him often against my mother who assumes that he's a pervert/predator.

I think I'll just retire from satire for a while as it is clear that it is not one of my talents.

I'm sorry if I offended anyone, I really am.

Andy said...

Dominic, I do think you were maybe a bit harsh on LC. I think mostly he's just a little sheltered from reality, and I'm hoping college will change that for him. His experience in the blogosphere has opened him up to a range of new and challenging ideas and as he learns how to defend his positions, he refines his ideas and learns which positions aren't defensible. I think his last comment was probably innocently made -- though I will say his response was distinctly reminiscent of the recent Scalia "vaffanculo" gesture flap.

Frankly, I am delighted to have LC as a regular contributor to this blog. Dissent can be so refreshing.

Geez, who thought there'd be controversy on THIS post? Not I...

little-cicero said...

Thank you. Mostly I'm concerned over offending your mother, who is obviously a master of the craft of mothering. She seems like a super lady.

Time said...

Lancelot and Gweniviere

kr pdx said...

er, Arthurian bro and sis would be Arthur and Morgaine ... which would, admittedly, not be a pair to name Andy's cats after ;).

(All human sexuality questions aside, does Andy really want the brother and sister kitties named after lovers? I recognize that's less bad with cats maybe, but ewww.)

Andy said...

KR is correct, I do not particularly want any suggestion of romantic involvement attached to my feline siblings.

Actually right now I'm kind of leaning away from the brother/sister combo naming, I don't want one cat's personality to necessarily be defined by the other's. But we'll see what works on them.

Anonymous said...

L-C, I apologise for the harshness of my remark to you. I had no idea that you were so young. That explains a lot. I thought you were being deliberately hurtful and I found that upsetting. I'm glad you have the opportunity to grow through Andy's wonderful blog. I'm sorry if I hurt your feelings.

Dominic

Aethlos said...

Vanessa & Belle (too obscure?)

Aethlos said...

BETTER: Fag & Dyke ?

Andy said...

Aethlos: tacky (e.g., Donny and Marie) is one thing, vulgar is another (someone at work suggested "Anal" and "Oral." Seriously, though, we do have a donor whose first name is "Anal" (we're assuming that's ethnic?) and there is Oral Roberts, so it's a real name. Still, my response was...Nnnnnnno.).

little-cicero said...

I appreciate it anonymous. I'm pretty sensitive, so that means alot.

kr pdx said...

it was killing me to not be able to come up with anything, but by the time I looked all the easy ones were taken!

A few more literary pair names:

Dickon and Mary (deep, thoughtful friends), The Secret Garden

Funny but not useful: Orlando and ... Orlando :)

I like best: Harry and Hermione (lots of room for wrangling and for being friends :) )--and lots of other fun names surround these two, of course :).

Have fun finding their names! We always wait until after a kid is born to name them--best to meet them first, yep.

Andy said...

"Harry the Cat" makes for a nice pun. I rather like Hermione. It's going to be a very tough choice.

Oh, but I do dislike Virginia Woolf. I fell seriously afoul of a professor my freshman year of college when I said, "Virginia Woolf is my favorite mystery writer." The professor said, "How so?" And I said, "I have no idea what she's talking about."

Though, if I had to choose whether I'd rather have lunch with Virginia Woolf or William Faulkner, I'd pick Woolf in a heartbeat.

This is apropos of nothing, I just never get enough opportunity to express my distaste for Faulkner. And Ayn Rand.