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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!

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The Best Way to Create a Vision for the Life You Want

The Best Way to Create a Vision for the Life You Want

Creating a vision for your life might seem like a frivolous, fantastical waste of time, but it’s not: creating a compelling vision of the life you want is actually one of the most effective strategies for achieving the life of your dreams. Perhaps the best way to look at the concept of a life vision is as a compass to help guide you to take the best actions and make the right choices that help propel you toward your best life.

your vision of where or who you want to be is the greatest asset you have

    Why You Need a Vision

    Experts and life success stories support the idea that with a vision in mind, you are more likely to succeed far beyond what you could otherwise achieve without a clear vision. Think of crafting your life vision as mapping a path to your personal and professional dreams. Life satisfaction and personal happiness are within reach. The harsh reality is that if you don’t develop your own vision, you’ll allow other people and circumstances to direct the course of your life.

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    How to Create Your Life Vision

    Don’t expect a clear and well-defined vision overnight—envisioning your life and determining the course you will follow requires time, and reflection. You need to cultivate vision and perspective, and you also need to apply logic and planning for the practical application of your vision. Your best vision blossoms from your dreams, hopes, and aspirations. It will resonate with your values and ideals, and will generate energy and enthusiasm to help strengthen your commitment to explore the possibilities of your life.

    What Do You Want?

    The question sounds deceptively simple, but it’s often the most difficult to answer. Allowing yourself to explore your deepest desires can be very frightening. You may also not think you have the time to consider something as fanciful as what you want out of life, but it’s important to remind yourself that a life of fulfillment does not usually happen by chance, but by design.

    It’s helpful to ask some thought-provoking questions to help you discover the possibilities of what you want out of life. Consider every aspect of your life, personal and professional, tangible and intangible. Contemplate all the important areas, family and friends, career and success, health and quality of life, spiritual connection and personal growth, and don’t forget about fun and enjoyment.

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    Some tips to guide you:

    • Remember to ask why you want certain things
    • Think about what you want, not on what you don’t want.
    • Give yourself permission to dream.
    • Be creative. Consider ideas that you never thought possible.
    • Focus on your wishes, not what others expect of you.

    Some questions to start your exploration:

    • What really matters to you in life? Not what should matter, what does matter.
    • What would you like to have more of in your life?
    • Set aside money for a moment; what do you want in your career?
    • What are your secret passions and dreams?
    • What would bring more joy and happiness into your life?
    • What do you want your relationships to be like?
    • What qualities would you like to develop?
    • What are your values? What issues do you care about?
    • What are your talents? What’s special about you?
    • What would you most like to accomplish?
    • What would legacy would you like to leave behind?

    It may be helpful to write your thoughts down in a journal or creative vision board if you’re the creative type. Add your own questions, and ask others what they want out of life. Relax and make this exercise fun. You may want to set your answers aside for a while and come back to them later to see if any have changed or if you have anything to add.

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    What Would Your Best Life Look Like?

    Describe your ideal life in detail. Allow yourself to dream and imagine, and create a vivid picture. If you can’t visualize a picture, focus on how your best life would feel. If you find it difficult to envision your life 20 or 30 years from now, start with five years—even a few years into the future will give you a place to start. What you see may surprise you. Set aside preconceived notions. This is your chance to dream and fantasize.

    A few prompts to get you started:

    • What will you have accomplished already?
    • How will you feel about yourself?
    • What kind of people are in your life? How do you feel about them?
    • What does your ideal day look like?
    • Where are you? Where do you live? Think specifics, what city, state, or country, type of community, house or an apartment, style and atmosphere.
    • What would you be doing?
    • Are you with another person, a group of people, or are you by yourself?
    • How are you dressed?
    • What’s your state of mind? Happy or sad? Contented or frustrated?
    • What does your physical body look like? How do you feel about that?
    • Does your best life make you smile and make your heart sing? If it doesn’t, dig deeper, dream bigger.

    It’s important to focus on the result, or at least a way-point in your life. Don’t think about the process for getting there yet—that’s the next stepGive yourself permission to revisit this vision every day, even if only for a few minutes. Keep your vision alive and in the front of your mind.

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    Plan Backwards

    It may sound counter-intuitive to plan backwards rather than forwards, but when you’re planning your life from the end result, it’s often more useful to consider the last step and work your way back to the first. This is actually a valuable and practical strategy for making your vision a reality.

    • What’s the last thing that would’ve had to happen to achieve your best life?
    • What’s the most important choice you would’ve had to make?
    • What would you have needed to learn along the way?
    • What important actions would you have had to take?
    • What beliefs would you have needed to change?
    • What habits or behaviors would you have had to cultivate?
    • What type of support would you have had to enlist?
    • How long will it have taken you to realize your best life?
    • What steps or milestones would you have needed to reach along the way?

    Now it’s time to think about your first step, and the next step after that. Ponder the gap between where you are now and where you want to be in the future. It may seem impossible, but it’s quite achievable if you take it step-by-step.

    It’s important to revisit this vision from time to time. Don’t be surprised if your answers to the questions, your technicolor vision, and the resulting plans change. That can actually be a very good thing; as you change in unforeseeable ways, the best life you envision will change as well. For now, it’s important to use the process, create your vision, and take the first step towards making that vision a reality.

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