My new nameless sweetheart…


All the cats together As many of you know I am just a little bit cat-crazy. Pixie and Popsie are my lovely girls and, as of around a week ago, they have gained a beautiful baby brother!

He's just so adorable and they all get on really well, too. My greatest concern was that they might not get on but it's like we've always had him now.

Just one little problem about this boy – we can't decide on a name!

The cat without a nameHe is a Russian Blue so I had thought a good Russian name may be suitable. He's very happy so I thought maybe 'happy' in Russian, but it's very hard to find a website which translates into English letters!

I did find one website, it was a dating site but I didn't fancy calling him 'I like your online profile and would like to meet you' even if it was Russian! We did have a good giggle looking through the phrases but we're no closer to finding him a name that suits him.

I like 'Dinky' but my children already think I ought be banned from naming pets after the last two!

The cat without a name Can you help me to name him? He is very alert, playful, lap-loving and, more than anything, greedy! When he hears us getting his food prepared he starts meowing extremely loudly and each mew is exceedingly lengthy!

So, with his character in mind, what shall we call our cheeky scamp?

Catherine x


  1. Nicola Rippon January 28, 2009 at 8:02 pm -  Reply

    I’m sure you have a great name for your little fella by now – and how gorgeous he is!
    If you are interested the Russian for small, and therefore ‘dinky’ is Maly which would be a very good alternative!
    Incidentally my old (and now departed) cat Misha was named after Mikhail Baryshnikov the ballet dancer.
    My two cats (sisters) are called Gracie and Erin because they were born when we were on holiday in Ireland, they came from Waterford Close, and their mother’s name was Molly!

  2. Sue Page January 30, 2009 at 12:34 am -  Reply

    Hi Catherine
    He is a beautiful Russian Blue. My mum and dad have always had either various kinds of Siamese or Burmese cats. They are affectionate intelligent cats who take great delight in running your life (much like any other cat really)! What breed are your other 2?
    How about Scampi? Sounds a bit Russian and he’s a little scamp – he won’t know you’ve named him after a fish!
    Or, Smokey Joe (due to his grey colouring)? Is there a gem that is a pewter/grey colour that might suit him – Mr Moonstone?
    Dinky Dudeski?
    Well… did ask!!
    Good luck!
    Sue x

  3. JESSICA January 30, 2009 at 10:55 am -  Reply

    Hello Catherine
    Had a quick look at t’internet, and since you dont want to call your new boy ’40 yr old male, lives with mother’, how about the following?
    Sticking with the ‘P’ theme:
    PASHA (m) Russian
    Diminutive of PAVEL
    PYOTR (m) Russian
    Russian form of PETER
    or for a more showbizzy edge:
    RADA (f) Russian
    = HAPPY
    (here I am supposed to be working, ha!)

  4. Gillian Griffith January 30, 2009 at 8:18 pm -  Reply

    Hello Catherine
    I know that you would like a Russian name for your cat but have you thought of the name Blue.I would love a cat but I am alergic to them ,so I have to make do with ceramic ones.
    love jill.

  5. Lyla Scott January 30, 2009 at 9:27 pm -  Reply

    What a lovely looking chap he is!
    I think you should name him Pushkin after the russian poet, I suggested the same name for my sisters cat and he seems to like his new name (he was a rescued cat so we didn’t know what his original name was???).

  6. MeJooly January 31, 2009 at 12:22 pm -  Reply

    Hi Catherine,
    I have Russian family and have myself a Russian middle name. What you have to be careful is not to use the female version of the word. Like “La” and “Le” in French.
    Rada is a nice name but is female so as your little cat is a male it might confuse him! ha ha!
    Happy in Russian is “Escheahestehleeveyerri” a bit of a mouth full! So how about…….”Khorosho”. It means good. You could also shorten it to “Rosho”.
    He looks adorable! But if he’s naughty, will you be calling him Ivan The Terrible! ha ha ha!
    Love to you, Pops N Pix….and no-name!
    X x X

  7. Andrea H Williams February 1, 2009 at 2:04 pm -  Reply

    Hia Catherine,
    My Russian blue girl is called Kushka named after the mountain range) officially but we often call her Boopsy. She never seems confused by the difference in names, sometimes it even gets shortened to Boops. Boops would suit a boy too.
    Our other russian blue(now sadly departed) was called Magic. He was Kushka’s son.
    I also now have three cats. I had four last week but one sadly had to be put to sleep last week. Anyway we gave her a great life. Have great fun with all of yours.

  8. Catherine Huntley February 2, 2009 at 9:34 am -  Reply

    Hi gals,
    Thanks for your fab suggestions! ’40 year old male, lives with mother’ is now his name….
    * pause for silence and rolling tumbleweed *
    No, of course not, but it was a little tempting for me as it really appealed to my sense of humour!!
    Well, the suggestions are all great but I have been calling him Dinky so much that, despite the kids protestations, I think Dinky is is! Because I’m daft around cats it has developed into Dinky Winks…I know, I know, what will all the other cats in the playground say…at least I didn’t call him Moon Unit Zappa (no offence Moon Unit).
    Scampi would have been great but I had already called a cat Scampi in the past. It wasn’t my cat but one that always hung around the local fish and chip shop and would follow me all the way home after I bought a fish supper so I called him Scampi. He just made me laugh as he was nothing to do with the chip shop but would walk inside and watch intently all the goings on!
    I love hearing your cat stories so keep ’em coming!
    Love Catherine x

  9. Susan Charnock February 2, 2009 at 2:36 pm -  Reply

    I think if you would like a russian name you should call him (neune) pronouced new ne…. which means sing!!! which when your getting tea ready sounds like what hes doing to get your attention!! he’s lovely just like your other cats hope you have lots of fun with him!!

  10. anesha February 5, 2009 at 11:41 am -  Reply

    What a wonderful picture, all three adorable babies together! When we got our second cat our first cat wanted nothing to do with her! It was an interesting two years but sadly my little one died (car accident)and things are different again. Hope your three get on really well and I like the name Dinky! Imagine what the neighbours would think when you call him!:-)
    Have a great day.

  11. Catherine Huntley February 9, 2009 at 12:55 pm -  Reply

    Thanks for the suggestion Susan, if you could have heard him just now you’d know just how apt that name would be, too! He’s happily chomping and purring away now.
    Anesha, I am so sorry about the loss of your little one. I still remember, so clearly, the first call I ever lost. His name was Simon and I still have piccie of me holding him when I was around 7. So, no matter how much time passes she will always be alive in your lovely memories.
    Thanks for writing in, ladies, I love that we can keep in touch this way.
    Catherine x

  12. Honora Lozynskyj February 25, 2009 at 8:51 pm -  Reply

    How about petrushka it suits him perfectly and is gorge when said with russian accent .

  13. Daria Edwards March 21, 2009 at 8:52 pm -  Reply

    Hi Catherine,
    I think Dinky Winks would be great in an ad for Northern Nights! I’m Sure he would love it, if my tribe are anything to go by!! I have six rescue cats, Ella, Minnette and the four litter mates, Tabitha’s Bewitched, Sapphire Serenade, Graymist and Panda Panda (coz they always name pandas twice!!!) that I hand reared from when they were three days old. They will be six on the 1 April. They are a joy and a worry. It’s good of you to take the time to keep a blog because although you are speaking into a camera you are a welcome guest in my living room.
    All the best to you, your family and the kitty koos!!!!!

  14. Diana Clews March 25, 2009 at 9:48 am -  Reply

    Hi Catherine
    Dinky Winks looks absolutely gorgeous. I adore grey cats and following that line, I think I’d have to call him Pewter if he was mine. Definitely a precious family member.
    I currently have 3 cats: a 6 year old grey tabby called Indi (short for Indiana – he’s always been an adventurer)and 2 five year old black females called Rhubarb & Custard. They were rescue cats and could not be separated because Custard would squeal everytime Rhubarb was moved away from her.
    Rhubarb is skinny, hyperactive and non-verbal. When you talk to her she quivers her tail, I’m sure she knows sign language.
    Custard is a confirmed coward, scared of everyone and everything outside the house. She is also enormous due to comfort eating and cries with the voice of an opera singer. She flops onto her back like a giant seal when you call her belly girl and loves her tummy rubbed.
    I am sure you’ll find nicknames that suit Dinky as his personality grows with him. Cats soon get used to different names and endearments. Have fun with him.
    Love Diana

  15. JAN April 5, 2009 at 2:17 pm -  Reply

    Hi catherine
    I have abritish shorthair blue coulour point female cat called ellie, she is three years old,and is very inteligent,but is such a poser,my daughter shelley also has a british shorthair lilac self.
    She came along to help me choose a kitten for myself, saying as we were on our journey that she would not have a cat, that was until a lilac kitten lied immediatley on her lap,and sleept their till we left. Their was also ablue self,and shelley loved the coulour so much she decided to call,her new lilac kitten. BLUE it really suits him,even the vet loves it. He is the most adorable loving cat,and is shelley’s pride and joy.

  16. Gilly Parker-Evans April 23, 2009 at 1:07 pm -  Reply

    Hi there Catherine,
    I’m really in love in with Dinky!!
    In fact since I have seen your gorgeous Russian Blue I have been reseaching the breed and am thinking very seriously about getting one!
    Could you be so kind as to let me know the breeder contact details that sweet Dinky came from please and I can perhaps put my name down for one…. just got to let my nice husband know …”the good news” first!!
    Just one thing… could we have more Dinky pictures please?
    Always enjoy your shows on QVC, and am loving the new hair colour as well – really does suit you!
    Best Wishes,
    GILLY. X

  17. Wendy Hall June 9, 2009 at 10:17 pm -  Reply

    I love the name Dinky – I used to have a Sulphur Crested Cockatoo with that name – female – and wot a madam she was! Totally thought she was boss – I watched her see off a bloomin’ great sheep once. I think it was more surprise than fright that made it scarper however. Best wishes – Wendy

  18. Jean Andrews August 28, 2013 at 12:20 pm -  Reply

    You are one of my very favourite presenters and I love the fact that you are dotty about cats! I am down to one now – my two older silver tabbies, Gus and Jix had to go to pussy heaven because they were both really sick (aged over 16), which is not a bad innings for cats. I am now left with just Boris (not named after the London mayor and mostly called Boz or Bozzy) and am wondering whether to get some more – difficult at rising 75. Boris is a comedy act. He sets the robotic vacuum cleaners off because he thinks they are cat toys and I have to keep really heavy objects on top of them to avoid having this voice telling me in the middle of the night to “please remove and clean Roomba’s brushes” . Cats are really intelligent and just lovely. I sometimes try to paint them, but silver tabbies are really difficult to do in watercolour. I managed the previous three Persians (who all made old cat bones) in pastel which is much easier, and anyway, Persians do not have those difficult tabby markings.

  19. Jean Andrews August 28, 2013 at 12:41 pm -  Reply

    All the cats in my family and that of my son are “musical cats” I had thought of calling the first two Persians Brecht and Weill, because I was teaching Mother Courage in German at that time, but shouting “vile, vile, vile ” on the doorstep would have made the neighbours think I was off my trolley, so they were called Freddie (Frédéric Chopin cat) and Franz (Franz lLiszt cat) The third Persian acquired a year later was Claude ( Claude Debussy cat – really bad joke Claude the the pussy cat which clawed the furniture). Gus and Jix were Gustav Mahler cat and Giacomo Puccini cat. (of course abbreviated). Boris is an operatic cat – he is named after a Russian opera “Boris Goudonov” his little brother who died was called Alfie after Alfredo in “La Traviata” . You have a rich field with a Russian blue. You could always call it Trotsky, but the implications of that are horrendous and imply that you have a cat with tummy problems! When I play the Sims on my computer, I often have a Romanov family with a cat called Rasputin! Not a good idea for your darling. You could always go to “War and Peace” and just call him Nicky (Nicolai Rostov) – unless you think that implies he is a kleptomaniac!!

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