Somebody with too much time on their hands compiled the top 10 cat and dog names. In descending order of popularity, they are:
(Note: These names were drawn from a database of 450,000 pets able to afford health insurance.)
You’ll notice an absence of any Cats Working names. We hope this blog’s popularity will eventually rectify that, because we weren’t named according to what’s “in,” but after famous people: Yul Brynner and Fred and Adele Astaire.
Digging in for a little analysis, I see that 3 of the cat names aren’t technically “names” (Tiger, Smokey, and Shadow), and there’s one that Sarah Palin’s next baby will probably get (Tigger).
However, all the dog names are “real.” Does this mean cat owners are more likely to view their cats as objects? You tell me.
And only 3 of the cat names are clearly female, while 7 of the dog names are. I suspect too many girl kitties are getting stuck with Smokey and Shadow.
Surprisingly, Max is tops for both species. Any cat named Max becomes a walking ad for Max® Cat, the “the highest quality, most delectable tasting” cat food around, according to its maker’s modest claims.
Cats Working once found Max® Cat “utterly resistable” and rated it 3 tails down. Give us tasty chicken heads, feet, or intestines any day. Around here we say, what’s haute cuisine for Anthony Bourdain is good enough for us.
When it comes to naming a cat, don’t be a slave to fashion. Here’s another list I found that’s more interesting, comprehensive, and objective. Even so, Fred’s the only one who makes the cut at #54.
Adele and I are feeling very special today.