The Watering Hole, Monday, August 25th, 2014: Introducing…

…well, he hasn’t got a name yet, but here’s our new little guy. Sorry, the pictures are a tad grainy/blurry because we used Wayne’s computer’s camera.

Our new little orange guy watches over Wayne's shoulder

Our new little orange guy watches over Wayne’s shoulder

The little guy falls asleep anywhere/anytime (like a minute after this shot was taken)

The little guy falls asleep anywhere/anytime (like a minute after this shot was taken)

Such a serious face for such a youngster.

Such a serious face for such a youngster.

Please help us come up with a name for this little guy. So far all I’ve come up with is “Joker”, because he pantsed Wayne the other night, pulling Wayne’s sweats down in his efforts to climb up Wayne’s leg. He’s amazingly self-possessed, and the rebuffs from the other cats don’t seem to faze him for more than a moment. For the most part, the others seem to be starting to accept his presence, if not his friendly/playful overtures. However, our two older boys are usually out most of the time during this nice weather, so their encounters are infrequent. Importantly, though, Troi has gone from hissing/growling anytime the kitten is near, to allowing him to sleep actually touching her on the couch, and to eat from the same plate. The other night he was sleeping with his nose up against one of Troi’s paws. Not bad progress for less than a week.

Name suggestions?

This is our daily open thread–please feel free to comment on cat names or whatever subject is on your mind today.


58 thoughts on “The Watering Hole, Monday, August 25th, 2014: Introducing…

  1. My sister has talked about her experience being the youngest child and your cats attitude seems similar to my sister’s when she was learning what existence was all about. There was a great sense that those around her were ignoring her that led to her disruptive behavior which was her cry for attention. “I’m here and I matter and even thought I don’t understand the way everything works you need to understand that its me!”

    My name suggestion: Itsme.

  2. I posted links to this column on my Facebook page (which is mostly you guys) and my Twitter account. So you may see some strangers show up today. Just ignore the trolls, or delete their comments as you wish. 🙂

    And thanks for the suggestions. Keep ’em coming. Right now I just call him “Little Boy”, but we do need a formal name for him sooner or later. 🙂

  3. Cute little cat. Names are not easy but it’s fun to come up with silly ones: ScareDee, YesMaster, I’mDaBoss or Naranja (orange in spanish)

  4. Kitty. All cats are named “kitty.” 😉

    BTW, both of my sons have orange cats that look just like this little cutie.

  5. This is pretty God damned scary. Released this morning by Environmental Health News and National Geographic, it’s about birds, and the fact that across the planet they’re in serious trouble:

    “In North America’s breadbasket, populations of grassland birds such as sweet-trilling meadowlarks are in a free-fall, along with those everywhere else on the planet. Graceful fliers like swifts and swallows that snap up insects on the wing are showing widespread declines in Europe and North America. Eagles, vultures and other raptors are on the wane throughout Africa. Colonies of sea birds such as murres and puffins on the North Atlantic are vanishing, and so are shorebirds, including red knots in the Western Hemisphere. Sandpipers, spoonbills, pelicans and storks, among the migratory birds dependent on the intertidal flats of Asia’s Yellow Sea, are under threat. Australian and South American parrots are struggling and some of the iconic penguins of Antarctica face starvation.

    While birds sing, they also speak. Many of their declines are driven by the loss of places to live and breed – their marshes, rivers, forests and plains – or by diminished food supply. But more and more these days the birds are telling us about new threats to the environment and potentially human health in the coded language of biochemistry. Through analysis of the inner workings of birds’ cells, scientists have been deciphering increasingly urgent signals from ecosystems around the world.

    Like the fabled canaries that miners once thrust into coal mines to check for poisonous gases, birds provide the starkest clues in the animal kingdom about whether humans, too, may be harmed by toxic substances. And they prophesy what might happen to us as the load of carbon-based, planet-warming gases in the atmosphere and oceans climbs ever higher.”

    This news follows by a couple of weeks a study showing that invertebrate numbers–not species, but total numbers–have fallen 45% in the last 35 years. That’s not a typo. Oh, and researchers using incredibly sensitive GPS sensors found that the ongoing western drought had cost the region 63 trillion gallons of lost groundwater since 2013, taking enough weight off the crust of the planet that the Sierras had jumped 0.6 inches skyward.

    45% fewer invertebrates in the last 35 years. We’re talking about a scale of destruction that staggers the mind.

      • If nature has her way, we will be. Nature will figure out that we’re the problem, and that if there were fewer of us around, the planet as a whole would do better.

        I expect some new predators that like feasting on humans to start showing up in greater and greater numbers.

    • Once the tipping point has been reached, the cascading effects will slowly increase and become more noticeable. We’ve passed the tipping point.
      The Earth and it’s ecosystems will right themselves after great loss of life for all species on Earth. Obviously the worst is yet to come; within 100 years ‘civilization’ as we know it will have collapsed, it will likely take 1,000 years for a balance to again emerge.

  6. Cat name – Crookshanks….. because of Hermione’s Crookshanks in Harry Potter. Crookshanks was also the name of my son’s stuffed orange cat, which alas was left behind in Cincinnati airport in 2008. I always call cats ‘Stupid Cat’….

    • A true libertarian would call for any lawmaker who claims a moral authority through religious belief to be immediately removed from office. Modern teabagging “libertarians”, on the other hand, seem to be very pro theocracy. What they really want is to ensure that none of their tax dollars ever go to anyone they don’t like and to have the firepower to take direct action against same.

  7. Just asking the question she did tells me she’s a racist, no matter how much she may deny it. I already muted her, so I’ll never see her reply to me. If any.

      • That method has worked out for a lot of the cats that we’ve had, pete. We’ve also found that often when we go ahead and name them right away, that name morphs over time. One of ours went from “Amelia Earheart” to “Meals” to “Meals on Wheels” (from her habit of ‘wheeling’ at the door to go out) to “Meal Ticket” (for about the first two years, we only saw her at mealtime) to “Ticket” or even “Tick.” Her brother Stubby got his name as a kitten because the tip of his tail had no fur – it grew in after several months, but he remained “Stubby” for life.

  8. Thanks to everyone for the name suggestions, and special thanks to those who changed their gravatars to orange kitties for the occasion. 😀

    For now, to me he’s just ‘little guy’ or ‘little buddy’ – and no, I’m not going to name him ‘Gilligan.’

    • Animals find their own names, but I must nonetheless suggest “Max” after our twenty year old orange striped cat who died last fall.

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