Many names

These are the names I call my cat:

Cat sitting atop bookcase, staring into ceiling light.

  • Dixon
  • Dixie
  • Dix
  • Cat
  • Kitty
  • Kitty Face
  • Kitty Butt
  • Dixie Face
  • Dixie Butt
  • Butter Bean
  • Butt Bean
  • Butt Face
  • Kiska (from the Russian киска, meaning “kitty”)
  • Kiska Face
  • Kiska Butt
  • Butt
  • Bunny
  • Bunny Butt
  • Zayats (from the Russian заяц, meaning “hare” or “rabbit”)
  • Zai

This list has been seven years in the making.

But above and beyond there’s still one name left over,
And that is the name that you never will guess;
The name that no human research can discover–
But THE CAT HIMSELF KNOWS, and will never confess.
When you notice a cat in profound meditation,
The reason, I tell you, is always the same:
His mind is engaged in a rapt contemplation
Of the thought, of the thought, of the thought of his name:
His ineffable effable
Deep and inscrutable singular Name.

— T.S. Eliot, “The Naming of Cats”





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