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Jackeens Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Nov-12-08 07:08 PM
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Issue of major importance: would it be disrespectful to call my stray cat Obama?
Well?

We've been feeding him for two years, he's now a permanent resident in the garden - we even bought him a little kennel. :crazy: But we've never settled on a name for him. Does he deserve to be called Obama?

Similarities with the President-elect: Lovely eyes, quite cuddly, greying around the edges. Nimble, aggressive when he needs to be, but generally dignified.

Dissimilarities: He hates change (the cat, not Barack) and the only hope he ever holds in his heart is for an extra pouch of rabbit and carrots in gravy.

What do you think?

And before you cat-loathers suggest it - no, I won't call him Sarah.

Thank you in advance for your help.
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The Velveteen Ocelot Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Nov-12-08 07:09 PM
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1. It is a great honor to have a cat named after you.
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LynnTheDem Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Nov-12-08 07:09 PM
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2. IMO, nope not disrespectful.
Hi Obama-kitt! :hi:
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liberalmuse Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Nov-12-08 07:12 PM
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3. Absolutely not!
Cats are enlightened creatures, and I'm sure Obama will be very honored to know that someone had the mind to name a cat after him.
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FrenchieCat Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Nov-12-08 07:12 PM
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4. Or maybe an offshoot of the name, like....
Baracat
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ClarkUSA Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Nov-12-08 07:13 PM
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5. I'm partial to Purrr-ack myself.
Edited on Wed Nov-12-08 07:14 PM by ClarkUSA
Obama sounds lovely, too. A rose by any other name... :)
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bigwillq Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Nov-12-08 07:13 PM
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6. Call it whatever you want to.
I don't think it would be disrespectful. I am sure there are some pets named George or Grover or another president's name.
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iamjoy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Nov-12-08 07:14 PM
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7. Name It Renegade
It's a cool name and it's Obama's Secret Service Code Name. That way, you're naming it after our President to be without any concern about being disrespectful by using his actual name.

Of course, I don't think it would be disrespectful anyway, but if you're concerned about it...

I love cats.
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FrenchieCat Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Nov-12-08 07:15 PM
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10. I like Renegade! Especially since it is a stray!
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asdjrocky Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Nov-12-08 07:14 PM
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8. My sister just told me that her daughter named one of her cats Obama.
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ksoze Donating Member (635 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Nov-12-08 07:14 PM
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9. RENEGADE sounds like it fits him better and still has meaning for you
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T Wolf Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Nov-12-08 07:18 PM
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11. Using the last name could be interpreted as disrespectful. OTOH, calling him Barack,
Edited on Wed Nov-12-08 07:19 PM by T Wolf
would be a sign of affection.

But Purr-ack (upthread) is better, though.
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Jackeens Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Nov-12-08 07:20 PM
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12. Excellent suggestions: ok, it's now between Purr-ack, Renegade and Baracat! Vote! n/t
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gblady Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Nov-12-08 09:15 PM
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16. I'm liking the Renegade suggestion....
beings he was a stray and all...
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kestrel91316 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Nov-12-08 07:32 PM
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13. An injured stray cat was brought in to my office the day after the election.
While we were trying to locate the owners (based on an unregistered microchip) we mulled around some ideas for a name if we wound up keeping him. He was part black and part white, so the obvious choice was Obama, and we thought "Obie" would be a good nickname.

He went back to his owners safe and sound the next day, and his real name was nothing close to Obama, lol.
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Jackeens Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Nov-12-08 07:33 PM
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14. Obie! I Love it! That's purrrrrrrfect, thank you!
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FrenchieCat Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Nov-12-08 09:21 PM
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18. Obie's a winner. Very Kewl!
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applegrove Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Nov-12-08 08:38 PM
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15. The more who are named for Obama the better. By the way did that
sewage plant in California get called after W?
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AlCzervik Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Nov-12-08 09:17 PM
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17. if i ever get a dog i'm naming him Howard after Dr. Dean.
although Dr. Dean would be an ass kicking name for a dog. I also have a Guinea pig named Bob so i guess you can't go by me.
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Jackeens Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Nov-12-08 09:22 PM
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19. It's a cold night in Dublin, I went out to give him some warm milk - and:
When I shouted "OBIE" he came darting out of his kennel :-) True, that might have been because I was armed with a jug of warm milk, and yes, the neighbours' curtains twitched in a slightly alarmed way, partly because they think I'm shouting out to Obi-Wan Kenobi in my back garden, but Obie's good, very good - it'll do for me!
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texpatriot2004 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Nov-12-08 10:10 PM
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20. We found a cat about 3 weeks ago. Spouse named him Isaiah
but I was thinking of his full name as Isaiah Hussein Steve...or something.

I think it is a wonderful idea to name the cat after President Elect Obama. That's my two cents.
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happychatter Donating Member (619 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Nov-12-08 10:30 PM
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21. My cat's third name is Mustafa.... but he's not a Turkish, Masonic, Genocidal Maniac
Edited on Wed Nov-12-08 10:31 PM by happychatter
he's a pretty nice guy

your stray may be named Obama, but he'll still crap in the flower bed, fight and fornicate indiscriminately

it could happen
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Occam Bandage Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Nov-12-08 10:31 PM
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22. I'd like to throw another vote in for Renegade. nt
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