They Name Themselves

When adopters ask about good kitten names, I tell them to give it a few days before choosing the new addition’s name. And I’m not alone — all of the counselors at our location say the same. It’ because the cat or kitten will name itself, or at least let the new human know it’s name. It’s best explained by example.

My colleague Deb found a kitten in a box on top of a trash bin. Shortly after picking him up, she sent me a text. Here’s the convo:



No other name ever stuck. Nothing fit, nothing seemed right. He was always referred to as Kmart. And I’m pleased to report that Kmart is happy and healthy in his home.


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