Thoughts on changing new adoptee's names?

ladytimedramon

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As I've been looking at cats for adoption, I've seen some that I am interested in, but I'm not crazy about the name (example - a cat with the same name as one of my relatives). When I adopted Delilah, I had already loved the name and felt no need to change it.

I know on a stray they may have only had the name for a few weeks, but sometimes a cat is a surrender and has had the name its whole life.

Is it a good idea to change a cat's name when you adopt it?
 

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I've had some of my cats for over 14 years and I'm pretty sure they don't recognize their own names. I don't think it's like dogs who do respond to their names. I'd go ahead and change the name to whatever you want and if the cat doesn't respond well you can use whatever nickname seems to fit.
 

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I didn't like the name the shelter had for Ruby, and since she was picked up off the street and brought to the shelter, I'm sure it wasn't her actual name. Even if it was, it wasn't a name I wanted for a pet, so I renamed her Ruby, and she learned her new name really quickly.

I understand your concern, though, about changing a cat's name, if the shelter name is the name the cat has had all of its life. I guess maybe ask the shelter if it's a name they assigned, or the name the cat came in with. If it's the name the cat has had all its life and you don't like it, you could always change it to something similar sounding.
 
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When I adopted Delilah they said she was a surrender. Delilah was one of those names that I love (in Second Life, I had a cat avatar that I named Daylilah because Delilah was in use)
 

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My crew knows their individual names and respond. Well, two of the three for sure. I am pretty sure Fury thinks is name is "Rocket Link" because he responds to any name. But Rocket and Link look up specifically to their names.

I'd see how the cat responds to the name and go from there.

If the cat responds and you don't like it, find something phonetically similar. Similar start and end sounds or just one way or the other. Cats tend to respond more to sounds rather then the actual word so as long as it is close enough they should still respond.

If the cat doesn't respond, change away
 

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I changed Geoffrey’s name from Goofy. I just could not call a sweet kitty, Goofy.

I did honor his prior owner—- who requested keeping his name. I kept the G and y. A distinguished name for a “fraidy”, insecure cat —- but a sweetheart.
Actually, he is calling me right now—- to cuddle.

It did not take long for him to respond to his new name.
He had it for 3 years.

With Artie, he had that name for 8 years. I did not want to confuse him, so I kept it. It ended up suiting him. A strong, confident, loving, soul-kitty.
 

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Don't think my cats know their names, but maybe Meep thinks her name is "Meanie." I suppose you can change a cat's name without any problems. They eventually respond somewhat to whatever you consistently call them.
 
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