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How to Choose a Pefect Name For Your Cat

How to Choose a Pefect Name For Your Cat

Choosing a name for your cat is a big responsibility. It’s what they’ll be called for the rest of their life. You can choose a trendy name for your cat such as Lola, Ziggy, Willow, Luna, Finn or a name with more sentiment. For most people, a pet is a member of the family, so it’s almost as equally important as choosing a name for your child. Cats have an approximate lifespan of 12-15 years (sometimes longer) so it and you will hear this name for a long time. It’s the name that you’ll tell everyone when they ask about your pets, the name you’ll call out to get them back in for their food. It’s the name you’ll say as you greet them, or play with them. It is important to choose the name carefully and take the time you need to select a suitable handle that fits.

 1. Appearance

You could decide to name your cat based on its appearance. When you look at your cat, does a name spring immediately to mind, does it just look like a ‘Max’? Or a ‘Wolfgang’? Depending on the color of fur or specific markings that your cat has, you could name your cat Ginger, Marmalade, Smokey, Misty, Patch, Tabby, Ghost, or Midnight. A cat with a mustache marking could perhaps be named Sherlock. If a cat has a lip that is raised on one side, you may decide to name him Elvis. You get the idea. You could also take into account the breed of cat, for example, ‘Russian Blue’ and select either a Russian sounding name or something based on the color ‘blue’ (and all the different names there are for certain shades).

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2. Personality

The personality of your cat could also determine its name. One woman who had a very hyperactive, naughty cat decided to name it ASBO (Anti-Social Behaviour Order). Whereas a very regal and perhaps aloof appearing cat may want a name that is preceded by ‘Lord’, ‘Lady’, ‘King’, ‘Queen,’  ‘Prince,’ or ‘Princess.’ Naming a cat based on its personality may take a little longer rather than selecting an immediate name based on physical appearance. You have to get to know the animal.  It can be all too easy to swiftly name your cat before you’ve had the chance to form a proper bond with them. Only to later learn their ways and unique personality, and regret the name you’ve chosen.

3. Based on Pre-Existing Name

Sometimes you may acquire a cat that is an older cat, perhaps from a Rescue Centre or from a family member or friend who is no longer in a position to care for it and that cat will already have a name. It could be a name that you’re not personally keen on, and you may wish to give it a new name to signify its new start in life. Some people will argue about whether this is the right thing to do, to change a cat’s name once it has got used to one. It could add to the confusion of changing to a new location and owner. However, if you do decide to do this, a key bit of advice is to select a name that is ‘similar’. For example, a cat that was named ‘Lala’ could become a name that has a similar amount of syllables and structure like ‘Laura’. It’s a change of name which may be pleasing to the new owners, but not so dramatically different that the cat doesn’t recognize who it refers to.

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4. Literary Character, Celebrity or Historical Person

Depending on your interests you may decide to name your cat after a character from your favorite Television series. If you like The Big Bang Theory, you may decide to name your cat Sheldon or Penny for example. If you like the Harry Potter book series, you could name your cat Sirius, Lupin or Snape. There’s always musicians like Dylan or Hendrix and favorite authors: Ellison or Dickens. You may have a particular actor, singer, or person from history that you admire who influences your choice of name. You may decide to name your cat after a famous scientist, inventor, artist, or sportsperson.

5. Place Names

There are many locations that you could decide to name your cat after. A favorite home-town connection, a beautiful holiday destination, the place where you met your partner, the place where you went for a date or honeymoon. If you and your partner are buying a cat together, this could be a lovely way to make that connection stronger, with the constant reminder of a special place. It also makes for a nice story when people ask why you chose the name of your pet. There’s such a wealth of cities, towns, and states from all around the world, you’re sure to come up with some possibilities.

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6. Techniques to choosing a Name

The above points give you suggestions about where to look for inspiration. But, if you’ve come up with a few names, how do you whittle down your list to the one that is correct for your cat? It is sensible to write your proposed names on a page or board. You could then rank them from one to ten to weed out less preferred names. If it really comes to a crunch and you have two names that are tied, then you could put both names into a hat and select one of them randomly. You could try calling the names to your cat, and seeing which one your cat responds to so that your cat has some say in the decision. You also should consider how your pets name will sound if you use a shortened version of it.

One bit of advice for when you’re choosing a name for your cat is to take your time to be as close to 100% certain as possible that the name you’ve chosen suits your pet. This article has covered naming your cat based on its appearance, its personality, making it similar to its pre-existing name, or naming a cat after a fictional, famous or historical character. Ultimately the choice comes down to you and your family. It would be nice to choose a name that is fairly original and suits the nature of your cat, which will have a unique personality all of its own.

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When you’ve finally decided on a name, constantly use it when you feed them, when you shake treats, when you groom them, when you stroke or cuddle them, when you call them in from outside, so they learn that it refers to them. Do also remember to get the name put in the cat’s name capsule on its collar, and registered on a microchip with the vet. Choose wisely for your feline friend!

Featured photo credit: Pexels via pixabay.com

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How to Control Your Thoughts and Be the Master of Your Mind

How to Control Your Thoughts and Be the Master of Your Mind

Your mind is the most powerful tool you have for the creation of good in your life, but if not used correctly, can also be the most destructive force in your life.

Your mind, more specifically, your thoughts, affect your perception and therefore, your interpretation of reality. (And here’s Why Your Perception Is Your Reality.)

I have heard that the average person thinks around 70,000 thoughts a day. That’s a lot, especially if they are unproductive, self-abusive and just a general waste of energy.

You can let your thoughts run amok, but why would you? It is your mind, your thoughts; isn’t it time to take your power back? Isn’t it time to take control?

Choose to be the person who is actively, consciously thinking your thoughts. Become the master of your mind.

When you change your thoughts, you will change your feelings as well, and you will also eliminate the triggers that set off those feelings. Both of these outcomes provide you with a greater level of peace in your mind.

I currently have few thoughts that are not of my own choosing or a response from my reprogramming. I am the master of my mind, so now my mind is quite peaceful. Yours can be too!

Who Is Thinking My Thoughts?

Before you can become the master of your mind, you must recognize that you are currently at the mercy of several unwanted “squatters” living in your mind, and they are in charge of your thoughts. If you want to be the boss of them, you must know who they are and what their motivation is, and then you can take charge and evict them.

Here are four of the “squatters” in your head that create the most unhealthy and unproductive thoughts:

1. The Inner Critic

This is your constant abuser who is often a conglomeration of:

  • Other people’s words; many times your parents.
  • Thoughts you have created based on your own or other peoples expectations.
  • Comparing yourself to other people, including those in the media.
  • The things you told yourself as a result of painful experiences such as betrayal and rejection. Your interpretation creates your self-doubt and self-blame, which are most likely undeserved in cases of rejection and betrayal.

The Inner Critic is motivated by pain, low self-esteem, lack of self-acceptance and lack of self-love.

Why else would this person abuse you? And since this person is actually you– why else would you abuse yourself? Why would you let anyone treat you this badly?

2. The Worrier

This person lives in the future; in the world of “what ifs.”

The Worrier is motivated by fear which is often irrational and with no basis for it. Occasionally, this person is motivated by fear that what happened in the past will happen again.

3. The Reactor or Trouble-Maker

This is the one that triggers anger, frustration and pain. These triggers stem from unhealed wounds of the past. Any experience that is even closely related to a past wound will set him off.

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This person can be set off by words or feelings, and can even be set off by sounds and smells.

The Reactor has no real motivation and has poor impulse control and is run by past programming that no longer serves you, if it ever did.

4. The Sleep Depriver

This can be a combination of any number of different squatters including the inner planner, the rehasher, and the ruminator, along with the inner critic and the worrier.

The Sleep Depriver’s motivation can be:

  • As a reaction to silence, which he fights against
  • Taking care of the business you neglected during the day
  • Self-doubt, low self-esteem, insecurity and generalized anxiety
  • As listed above for the inner critic and worrier

How can you control these squatters?

How to Master Your Mind

You are the thinker and the observer of your thoughts. You must pay attention to your thoughts so you can identify “who” is running the show; this will determine which technique you will want to use.

Begin each day with the intention of paying attention to your thoughts and catching yourself when you are thinking undesirable thoughts.

There are two ways to control your thoughts:

  • Technique A – Interrupt and replace them
  • Technique B – Eliminate them altogether

This second option is what is known as peace of mind!

The technique of interrupting and replacing is a means of reprogramming your subconscious mind. Eventually, the replacement thoughts will become the “go to” thoughts in the applicable situations.

Use Technique A with the Inner Critic and Worrier; and Technique B with the Reactor and Sleep Depriver.

For the Inner Critic

When you catch yourself thinking something negative about yourself (calling yourself names, disrespecting yourself, or berating yourself), interrupt it.

You can yell (in your mind), “Stop! No!” or, “Enough! I’m in control now.” Then, whatever your negative thought was about yourself, replace it with an opposite or counter thought or an affirmation that begins with “I am.”

For example, if your thought is, “I’m such a loser,” you can replace it with, “I am a Divine Creation of the Universal Spirit. I am a perfect spiritual being learning to master the human experience. I am a being of energy, light, and matter. I am magnificent, brilliant, and beautiful. I love and approve of myself just as I am.”

You can also have a dialogue with yourself with the intention of discrediting the ‘voice’ that created the thought, if you know whose voice it is:

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“Just because so-and-so said I was a loser doesn’t make it true. It was his or her opinion, not a statement of fact. Or maybe they were joking and I took it seriously because I’m insecure.”

If you recognize that you have recurring self-critical thoughts, you can write out or pre-plan your counter thoughts or affirmation so you can be ready. This is the first squatter you should evict, forcefully, if necessary:

  • They rile up the Worrier.
  • The names you call yourself become triggers when called those names by others, so he also maintains the presence of the Reactor.
  • They are often present when you try to fall asleep so he perpetuates the Sleep Depriver.
  • They are a bully and is verbally and emotionally abusive.
  • They are the destroyer of self-esteem. They convince you that you’re not worthy. They’re a liar! In the interest of your self-worth, get them out!

Eliminate your worst critic and you will also diminish the presence of the other three squatters.

Replace them with your new best friends who support, encourage, and enhance your life. This is a presence you want in your mind.

For the Worrier

Prolonged anxiety is mentally, emotionally and physically unhealthy. It can have long-term health implications.

Fear initiates the fight or flight response, creates worry in the mind and creates anxiety in the body.

You should be able to recognize a “worry thought” immediately by how you feel. The physiological signs that the fight or flight response of fear has kicked in are:

  • Increased heart rate, blood pressure, or surge of adrenaline
  • Shallow breathing or breathlessness
  • Muscles tense

Use the above stated method to interrupt any thought of worry and then replace it. But this time you will replace your thoughts of worry with thoughts of gratitude for the outcome you wish for.

If you believe in a higher power, this is the time to engage with it. Here is an example:

Instead of worrying about my loved ones traveling in bad weather, I say the following (I call it a prayer):

“Thank you great spirit for watching over _______. Thank you for watching over his/her car and keeping it safe, road-worthy, and free of maintenance issues without warning. Thank you for surrounding him/her with only safe, conscientious, and alert drivers. And thank you for keeping him/her safe, conscientious, and alert.”

Smile when you think about it or say it aloud, and phrase it in the present tense; both of these will help you feel it and possibly even start to believe it.

If you can visualize what you are praying for, the visualization will enhance the feeling so you will increase the impact in your vibrational field.

Now take a calming breath, slowly in through your nose, and slowly out through the mouth. Take as many as you like!

Replacing fearful thoughts with gratitude will decrease reactionary behavior, taking the steam out of the Reactor.

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For example:

If your child gets lost in the mall, the typical parental reaction that follows the fearful thoughts when finding them is to yell at them.

“I told you never to leave my sight.” This reaction just adds to the child’s fear level from being lost in the first place. Plus, it also teaches them that mom and/or dad will get mad when he or she makes a mistake, which may make them lie to you or not tell you things in the future.

Change those fearful thoughts when they happen:

“Thank You (your choice of Higher Power) for watching over my child and keeping him safe. Thank you for helping me find him soon.”

Then, when you see your child after this thought process, your only reaction will be gratitude, and that seems like a better alternative for all people involved.

For the Trouble-Maker, Reactor or Over-Reactor

Permanently eliminating this squatter will take a bit more attention and reflection after the fact to identify and heal the causes of the triggers; but until then, you can prevent the Reactor from getting out of control by initiating conscious breathing as soon as you recognize his presence.

The Reactor’s thoughts or feelings activate the fight or flight response just like with the Worrier. The physiological signs of his presence will be the same. With a little attention, you should be able to tell the difference between anxiety, anger, frustration, or pain:

  • Increased heart rate and blood pressure; surge of adrenaline
  • Shallow breathing or breathlessness
  • Muscles tension

I’m sure you’ve heard the suggestion to count to ten when you get angry—well, you can make those ten seconds much more productive if you are breathing consciously during that time.

Conscious breathing is as simple as it sounds; just be conscious of your breathing. Pay attention to the air going in and coming out.

Breathe in through your nose:

  • Feel the air entering your nostrils.
  • Feel your lungs filling and expanding.
  • Focus on your belly rising.

Breathe out through your nose:

  • Feel your lungs emptying.
  • Focus on your belly falling.
  • Feel the air exiting your nostrils.

Do this for as long as you like. Leave the situation if you want. This gives the adrenaline time to normalize.

Now you can address the situation with a calmer, more rational perspective and avoid damaging behavior.

One of the troubles this squatter causes is that it adds to the sleep depriver’s issues. By evicting, or at least controlling the Reactor, you will decrease reactionary behavior, which will decrease the need for the rehashing and ruminating that may keep you from falling asleep.

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Master your mind and stop the Reactor from bringing stress to you and your relationships!

For the Sleep Depriver

(They’re made up of the Inner Planner, the Rehasher and the Ruminator, along with the Inner Critic and the Worrier.)

I was plagued with a very common problem: not being able to turn off my mind at bedtime. This inability prevented me from falling asleep and thus, getting a restful and restorative night’s sleep.

Here’s how I mastered my mind and evicted the Sleep Depriver and all his cronies.

  1. I started by focusing on my breathing—paying attention to the rise and fall of my belly—but that didn’t keep the thoughts out for long. (Actually, I now start with checking my at-rest mouth position to keep me from clenching.)
  2. Then I came up with replacement strategy that eliminated uncontrolled thinking—imagining the word in while breathing in and thinking the word out when breathing out. I would (and do) elongate the word to match the length of my breath.

When I catch myself thinking, I shift back to in, out. With this technique, I am still thinking, sort of, but the wheels are no longer spinning out of control. I am in control of my mind and I choose quiet.

From the first time I tried this method I started to yawn after only a few cycles and am usually asleep within ten minutes.

For really difficult nights, I add an increase of attention by holding my eyes in a looking-up position (Closed, of course!). Sometimes I try to look toward my third eye but that really hurts my eyes.

If you have trouble falling asleep because you can’t shut off your mind, I strongly recommend you try this technique. I still use it every night. You can start sleeping better tonight!

You can also use this technique any time you want to:

  • Fall back to sleep if you wake up too soon.
  • Shut down your thinking.
  • Calm your feelings.
  • Simply focus on the present moment. 

The Bottom Line

Your mind is a tool, and like any other tool, it can be used for constructive purposes or for destructive purposes.

You can allow your mind to be occupied by unwanted, undesirable and destructive tenants, or you can choose desirable tenants like peace, gratitude, compassion, love, and joy.

Your mind can become your best friend, your biggest supporter, and someone you can count on to be there and encourage you. The choice is yours!

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