Sometimes you find love in unexpected places. It creeps up on you and when you realize it’s real, you know you have to have them in your life full time. You even ask them to move in, and you’ve only known them for 2 weeks.
You make lists of things that you think you want: Playful, short hair, dark complexion. Declawed.
And then you go to the cat shelter–just to volunteer, just to look. You go in thinking you know who you’d want if you adopted another cat to be a playmate for your current cat, Biddy.
But as you’re playing with that cat, you look over in the corner and spot this precocious furball observing all of the other cats like an anthropologist. He looks just like Biddy, but much thinner and with longer hair.
Much to your surprise, he’s exceedingly friendly. As you pet him, a kitten plays with his tail, and he doesn’t even care.
The shelter calls him Sidney.
You return the next week, convinced that another cat will captivate you. But again, all you want to do is hang out with Sidney. Not only is he incredibly sweet, but you think he might be the perfect buddy for Biddy. Biddy needs a calm cat who will wait for Biddy to come to him.
So you sleep on it, and it still feels right, so you go back and adopt Sidney. Here he is in his new home:
Just for reference, here’s Biddy. I truly never thought I’d get a cat that looks so similar to Biddy. Oops.
I have a trial period of one week to see if I want to keep the cat. I’m 99% sure I do, but I want to make sure it’s the right thing for Biddy before I commit to it.
If I do keep him, one thing will have to change: His name. “Sidney” sounds too much like “Biddy.” Here’s where you come in. What’s a good name for this cat? I was trying to think of famous redheads and twins, and so one name I’ve considered is George Weasley (of the famous redheaded twins in Harry Potter).
I kind of think he needs a normal human name. You can’t really tell from the photo, but if you meet him, his facial expression often says something to the effect of, “Oh, you haven’t seen The Artist yet? You totally should, if you want to. Either way.”
So to help me celebrate Valentine’s Day the way St. Valentine intended it, help me name my new cat.