I don't know about you, but I first encountered 'tar baby' in the Uncle Remus tales about B'rer Fox and B'rer Bear and B'rer RabbitTar Baby aka Girl Friend and Honeybun was named by a lady at the shelter (an African American lady, a grad student of literature) who called her that after a character in the novel Sula. I'd read the book, too. One of the characters was an African American boarding house owner who had a boarder who was a blond white guy she called Tar Baby.
Best part is that, once Tar Baby decides she likes you, she'll sit on or near you, talking so sweetly and lovably. I have to say, she's probably my favorite kitty, heaven help me. For now, I can have six, maybe more . . . .
Here, she's helping me with my taxes.
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Here, she's a glorious sun goddess.
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Here, she's keeping my bed warm for me.
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You have a female ginger cat? AmazingBynx was once Batman (in the shelter) but as much as I love comic characters, I just didn't want to keep it. I also found he has too much personality and almost human qualities so I wanted a more "human" name. So when I remembered the character from Hocus Pocus (a human cursed to be a cat forever) Binx, a black cat...it just fit.
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Lily, was formerly Lila at the shelter. And although it was a pretty name, I felt she needed something not quite as "mature" sounding. She's a pretty, tiny, delicate little fuzzball and needed an equally fitting name. One of my favorite flowers is Lily of the valley, and so that is where the name Lily was born.
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Chester was formerly Atticus at the shelter. I had zero attachment to that name, and it just didn't fit for us. Our late cat Hank, was named Chester at the shelter we got him, and we did love the name, but my husband SO wanted to call him Hank, and I loved that for him as well, but we loved the name Chester and said we would use it the next time we got a cat that it suited. So when "Atticus" chose us at the shelter, we both looked at him and said at the same time, "he would be a great Chester", so the rest is history, and we had to bring him home. Chester is on the right, (Lily on the left).
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This is our Hank (RIP)
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I completely agree that your cat sporting the gentleman’s name “Carleton” should be his! He’s a very handsome fellow
None needed.I currently have two cats. Both rescues off the yard.
The first is Mamie, a small, classic torte. I live near Houston, Tx. Hurricane Ike came onshore near me, and the state government urged people to evacuate. And many people did. The last of Ike cleared out on a Sunday. The electricity was out. Monday morning, I heard a single, loud scream at 6 am. I went out side to find the source. My neighbors had found a young cat that had sought refuge from the wind and rain hiding in the suspension of a car. The scream had been my neighbor pulling the cat from behind the car wheel. The neighbor's wife was allergic to cats and she was already flushed and sneezing. So I adopted the cat. And Mamie was the nickname for Ike (president)'s wife.
My second cat is Walker, a very well marked tuxedo. He was a neighborhood stray. And when the women in the neighborhood walked their small dogs, Walker would walk with them. Many of us fed him. One day, a neighbor told me that Walker had been attacked and injured by a Rotweller dog. So I picked him, up and took him to the vet. After he was healed, I brought him home and now he is an inside cat. He is a very affectionate cat. Sleeps with me, proximity depending on the air temperature.
Apologies for the long explanations.
Oh my! They are all gorgeous! Bashful's eyes are absolutely stunning! Makes me miss my orange cat! He was my best buddy! His name was Oliver (he passed away years ago! But man, I loved that cat!)