UPDATE: Congrats to @AngelMcClellan for her awesome name for the black kitten, Shadow. Really fits hir personality, shy yet curious but also kind of a mastermind.
Can you come up with the perfect names for these special kittens I’m fostering? If I choose your idea, I’ll send you a copy of my book GLIMMER along with some swag. Sound good? Read on to learn more (and see pics of the kitties to help inspire your naming)!
Background/The Why: Everyone has hobbies, passions, causes. One of mine and my husband’s is helping feral cats. Feral cats are just regular cats who have gone wild over one or more generations. We volunteer with Alley Cat Project, a local trap, neuter, release program and we foster through the Seattle Animal Shelter. Though I’ve trapped my share of cats (around 25), my biggest love is fostering feral youngsters and especially “socializing the unsocializable.” Speaking of which…
The Kitties: Yesterday we took home this adorable pair of feral littermates who were found at an industrial site, with no mother. : ( They are total cuties: one solid black and one gray tabby. However they are already wary of humans—being just a touch past their ideal socialization window of 7 weeks—and will need extreme patience over the next month as they learn to trust us. In time their fierceness will be re-channeled into fierce affection and they will make extremely loving companions (I have 2 formerly feral companions who are wonderful, and they’re both on my desk as I type this). But in the meantime… it’s hard. We don’t even know their weights or genders because they don’t want us getting that close. So keep your names gender-neutral please!
The Contest: Tweet your gender-neutral kitten names with hashtag #NameThatKitten. Mention me, @phoebekitanidis, so I can RT you as soon as I get the notification. There is no cost to this, share with anyone you like who likes cats (the last thing these kittens need is hate), and be creative. hashtagContest ends Friday 5 PM Pacific. That’s is, can’t wait to see your ideas!