Naming a cat is serious business. A recent poll by Associated Press-Petside.com has me wondering if your name choice indicates anything about how you feel about your pet. The poll reveals that 50% of the pet owners interviewed consider their pet to be as much a part of the family as any other person in the house. The poll also looked at whether pet owners gave their pets a human-like name, like Sophie or Bruce, versus a non-human name, like Peanut or Fluffy. 50% of owners surveyed gave at least one of their pets a human-like name.
In the Moderncat Reader Survey, the answers to the question “Would you say that you consider your cats to be your children?” are as follows:
- 1% No, that’s weird, they are animals
- 38% I consider them to be part of the family, but I don’t think of them as my children
- 59% Absolutely, I am a cat mom/cat dad!
- 2% Other
So, I’m interested to see if you think there is a correlation between using human-like names for your pets and how you feel about them as members of the family. Plus, I always love reading what everyone has named their cats, so please leave a comment with your cat names and other thoughts on the topic.