Help us Decide What to Name Stray Cat!

Pretty kitty ...stray cat calming down. A name is in the works.

If you follow me elsewhere {twitter, facebook, instagram} you’d know that we’ve sort of adopted a stray cat. For me, this is kind of huge because I’ve always been of the mind that you do not under any circumstances feed stray cats in fear of, well, I dunno what. But I’ve also never been in a situation where a stray needed me either.

Stray Cat, as I’ve been calling him – Kitty Kitty to his face, had made a few appearances in our backyard and on our general property since the beginning of the year. I assumed he was a neighbor’s cat and because my dogs may or may not try to find and/or eat cat poop lying in our yard, I have always shooed him away. I may have even told LeRoy to “Get the kitty!” once or twice. But don’t worry, LeRoy is fast but he could NEVER catch a lofty cat. It’s all in fun 😉

It’s not that I’m not a cat person, per se, but I’m allergic to cats and have never been able to have one as a pet. I can’t even pet one really. But also, because I’ve never been close to one, I’ve never really wanted to pet one either. Which I think they know because I’m always the first one they come up to to rub their bodies all over.

About a month ago while I was lounging in our backyard in the sun, I peeped Stray Cat at the back end of our yard leaning over the edge of our pool trying to drink the water. And then I remembered {TMI alert} all the cat poop I’d been seeing in the yard was riddled with what looked like sesame seeds and realized the poor cat was eating palm tree droppings. I almost cried when it all hit me.

Back in the moment, I must have made a noise because Stray Cat froze, then ran into a perfectly cat-sized square cut-out at the edge of our pool shed fence… where I assumed he had moved in to. I was heartbroken for him… or her?

This is usually all I see of stray kitty. He won't fully come out til I leave, no matter how hungry he is. Though he's getting braver & meowing at me now #blackcat

So I started feeding him.

That afternoon I gave him some dry dog food pebbles and water and he ate it up like he hadn’t eaten a meal in his entire life. Though he wouldn’t come out to eat while I was standing there, I ran into the master bedroom to peek out the window to watch.

It was purely coincidence that I had to stop at the vet for the dogs a few days later so I picked up a bag of specialty dry cat food {you know, that’s all the vet has} and had the husband grab some low sodium tuna at the market.

For the first few weeks, all I’d see of Stray Cat was a head poke from his entrance to the pool shed {above} when I was out there leaving his food. But he soon came to know when I’d be out there with his meals by the sound of our sliding glass door. A theory I tested one day by using the kitchen door instead.

But he learned my feeding schedule as well: he gets dry food in the morning when the dogs get their breakfast and tuna in the evenings when the dogs get their dinner.

Stray Cat is becoming braver and braver.

Now when he hears the sliding glass door open, he’s waiting at the wall for me.

Our newest family member, a black scaredy cat with big yellow eyes. I realized just recently he/she lives in our pool shed & can't not give it food & water. This is the closest it's gotten to me ever but im totally allergic to cats so it's just as well :)

But as I approach him, he runs back to the pool shed until I crouch to leave his food then sort of rushes me like he’s going to pounce my head! I have to admit, he scares me a little sometimes because I don’t know what the hell he’s doing. And when it’s tuna time, his meows get LONNNNG AND LOUUUUUUD and sometimes he opens his mouth like a snake and makes a whispery/hissing but haaaaaing sound {like the photo below}. What is that? Then, when I’m trying to scrape the tuna onto his dish he gets so close to me I think think he may eat the tuna out of my hand. The other day he SWATTED the tupperware container I was holding with his tuna in it!


We see him quite often now around the house; the roof, the nearby walls, our front pillars, the sidewalk in front of our house. I think he definitely feels like this is HIS place now, which is kind of funny I think. The other morning as I was opening the windows in our master bedroom, I saw him curled up on one of the lounges at the back of our pool. It made me smile. I’ve never had a cat.

Someone thinks he owns the place now. Hint: it's Stray Cat ...relaxin' on our lounge.

But Lovecats, we need your help!

We are having a major debate in our house about what to name Stray Cat. Since I’ve been feeding him and “taking care of him” I just assumed that I would have full naming rights. But I suppose that was silly of me to assume that the husband didn’t care because last week when returned home from the gallery the husband suddenly announced that Stray Cat’s name was Scraps.

Now, even though Scraps is not in the realm of names I would normally think of {I like human names for pets because I think it’s funnier} Scraps would have been one to consider being that this cat looks like he’s been in a few “scraps” of his own. However, since the husband “decided” it without me – after referring to Stray Cat as “yours” {meaning mine}, I said “No… I don’t like the name” and we’ve been debating ever since.

The other night while watching Mad Men {we’ve just finished Season 3} Kinsey had a run in with the janitor whose name was Achilles – click here for pronunciation, if you’re not sure. and immediately I announced THAT’S IT! THAT’S STRAY CAT’S NAME! It was an “aha moment” and I was happy.

The husband replied… “The cat already has a name”

You see where this is going?

So here’s the breakdown: I like Achilles better. I like the irony of the name… instead of the obvious fact that this cat is scrawny & scrappy {he has a few scars on his face} and I also like the fact that it kind of also sounds like “kitty” a-“chillis” and would be easier for the cat to get to know since I call him by saying “kitty kitty”.

So Lovecats, we leave the decision up to you. Whichever you decide, will be the namesake of our newest family member. Please help us 🙂

What should we name Stray Cat?

* all votes are anonymous



LA native & lifestyle blogger Maegan Tintari writes daily at sharing beauty & style secrets, including fashion DIYs, how-to nail art manicures, hair tutorials, recipes & home decorating ideas, as well as a look into her personal life, her journey & battle with infertility & recent relocation to the mountains by a lake in search of a better life with her adorable French Bulldog brothers, Trevor and Randy.


  • Charlie, Feminine Bravery

    July 26, 2011 |

    I think it’s super sweet of you to feed him 🙂

  • Neris / Fashion Fractions

    July 26, 2011 |

    So sweet that you adopted a creepy cat! haha! J/K! It really is very sweet of you guys! I’m curious to see who will win in the battle of cat names 🙂


    Fashion Fractions

  • Juani

    July 26, 2011 |

    I am somewhat of a ‘cat lady’ (I have 4) and can tell you that Achilles’ aggressiveness when it comes to the food is a very good thing.Just shows he’s hungry,and super excited to be getting it.Ponchos (my calico girl cat) is the sweetest thing,but when it comes to meal times,she’ll put the smackdown on both Frankie and Stanley,her 2 brothers,she gets so excited about food.

  • this free bird

    July 26, 2011 |

    I just want to say I’m crying my eyes out. The swat is such a brave thing for him–that’s super close to you and a cat’s way of communicating. By walking around your yard he’s marking his territory to any other cats. And the sleeping on your loungers sent me off to the kleenex box. You are such a kind heart for noticing the little things about this cat and caring for him.

    Yes I sound like a nut, but I’ve taken in homeless cats and they are the most appreciative pets I have EVER had. Please keep sharing about him, he’s awesome!!


  • Caz

    July 26, 2011 |

    Our cat Timmy (I also like human names better) is OBSESSED with Tuna as a treat and makes the same LOUD demands and hissing sounds. It’s a bit crazy because he is well fed the rest of the time.

    I’m so happy you’ve adopted KittyKitty even if you can’t pat him. I’m such a cat-lady and would have more than one if it wasn’t so expensive to immigrate them!

  • Caroline, No.

    July 26, 2011 |

    This post nearly made me cry! The picture where he’s on the lounger. SNIFF! Thank you so much for feeding him. Does he seem healthy? He might need a little vet check-up. If you ever dare pick him up. 🙂 (Just approach him gently, no quick movements, and you’ll be fine. Give him a little tickle on the neck.) 🙂

    Thanks again for being lovely to the cat, sniff.


  • Caroline, No.

    July 26, 2011 |

    ps: he is absolutely gorgeous, btw. those black cats fur is so soft and silky. and shouldn’t you be calling him lovecat, anyway? like dur. x

  • Wendy

    July 26, 2011 |

    You have some good karma coming your way! 🙂

  • Deborah

    July 26, 2011 |

    I love human names as well! Poor little dude!

    He’s gorgeous btw.

    I have two rescue pets; an AmStaff doggie and my dumpster cat. George and Calvin.

    Bless you guys for feeding this little kitty. He will repay you tenfold. smooches

  • Peppe

    July 26, 2011 |

    kitty is sooo cute! im melting 😀

  • Anonymous

    July 26, 2011 |

    It’s very lovely of you to have taken him on. I had a cat for ages that we noticed hanging around our yard hoping to sneak food (we had other cats) so we started feeding him. He went from being a totally wild and scared animal who wouldn’t come near us to the sweetest most affectionate cat ever who loved cuddles. He was so appreciative all the time because he knew how good his life was compared to his old life, and when he got his first proper food bowl he lay on top of it all day with pride in his eyes!

  • Amanda Edwards

    July 26, 2011 |

    I adopted a stray cat last year. They can actually grow to be the most loyal of cats because they’re so grateful to have a constant source of food! My family always jokes that my cat (Reggie) would take a bullet for me.

  • Cathleen

    July 26, 2011 |

    To answer your question about the open mouth – my understanding (and I have 3 adopted) is that they open their mouth like that when they need to smell something better than they are normally able to (for example, tuna). Instead of smelling and breathing simultaneously with their noses, they’re opening their mouth to breathe so that they can use their nose exclusively to smell. It’s a little weird, but it’s not a threatening expression. The hissing however is, be careful!

  • Timbo

    July 26, 2011 |

    I´m a big huge cat person, my cats name is Mr.Fritz 🙂 pretty funny

    When i saw your cat, i automatically thought of the name Norman or Luna. 🙂

  • Katri

    July 26, 2011 |

    Sometimes stray cats just decide to be someone’s cat. And then they stay. Obviously they think they ‘adopt’ a human 🙂 Or a whole family.

    I have pretty same situation right now. A young male stray cat came to my garden about a month ago. He tries to show friendliness to my cat, he asks me for food and he doesn’t leave. He’s sleeping in nearby bushes and runs to me when I get home.

    Seems he’s decided: “Well, here’s the place I’m gonna live, I like it here.” 🙂

  • Katie

    July 26, 2011 |

    aww what a sweet little face 🙂 My boyfriend is allergic to cats or else I would definitely have on by now!

  • antique engagement rings

    July 26, 2011 |

    How bout Strut…as in stray cat strut!

  • cassidini

    July 26, 2011 |

    I’m quite fond of playing the name game. It’s my opinion that you’ve adopted “Tough Guy”. Congrats on the new addition to your fur family.

  • Craftmaker

    July 26, 2011 |

    That is so sweet of you! Taking care of a stray cat. But shouldn’t you wait to see if it is a male or a female? I mean, I already voted for Achilles but I it’s a male’s name. What if it is a lady? I think you should name her Negra! (black in Spanish). Please, keep us posted! I want to know what happens to this cute cat 🙂

  • Namine

    July 26, 2011 |

    this is such a cute post!!

  • Marisa

    July 26, 2011 |

    Awww poor little guy. My cats meows the same when when I give them canned cat food, and they are allll over me when i’m opening the can. It’s normal. In fact if they even hear me opening any can, they are meowing and all over me. I like the name Achilles. Kind of jealous actually!

  • Anonymous

    July 26, 2011 |

    Thats sweet of you to feed him 🙂

    I am a big cat person. and always seem to pick up stray cats and not stray cats, by feeding them.

    If you are really thinking about adopting him,even if he is just an outside cat- I would advise to get him/her a rabies shot when he becomes more comfortable with you and lets you touch him. Also if its a female, you should think about getting her fixed or your one cat will turn into alot of cats.

    But when he does become comfortable with you, you will have a best friend. He will follow you around.

  • TheBeautyFile

    July 26, 2011 |

    I like “Mr. Scraps.” You’re so sweet to take him in. He looks like a lovebug.

  • Calicoh Morez

    July 26, 2011 |

    I’m a huge cat and dog lady! I’m an animal lady to be exact. I sincerely hope this turns out well for Achilles. I say you call him Luna! He’s so black! I love it! He’s not being aggressive, so no need to fear him. He’s just really, really hungry and can’t help his anticipation. Cats are the sweetest thing! I’m rooting for him! Yay for cats!

  • Kristine

    July 26, 2011 |

    I love this story, and I love that your husband named him. I chose Achilles, though. 😉

  • Anonymous

    July 26, 2011 |

    You MUST buy CATfood. Dog food has ingredients that aren’t meant for a cat. Tuna has too much salt, too. For an occasional treat, it’s o.k. Please don’t feed dogfood to this cat. Cats need certain ingredients in catfood. Fresh water in a bowl so the cat won’t drink the chemicals in the pool. Just sayin……..

  • Anonymous

    July 26, 2011 |

    “Pool-lee” (as he was drinking from your pool)

  • EarthMommy

    July 26, 2011 |

    AWWW!! I love this! We also had a stray cat adopt us. His name started out as “Outside Cat”, then “OC” for short, finally “Ozzy”. He’s a pretty boy. Don’t freak out when Achilles starts leaving you dead things (lizards, mice, birds), he’s just showing you he views you as the “big cat” and he’s proudly bringing you his catch. Don’t get upset (it’s gross, I know), it’s his way of showing love and sharing his food with you. Good Kitty!

  • Kasha

    July 26, 2011 |

    Dear Meagan,

    I have never commented on your blog but since I love cat, then… I guess I change my mind.

    I myself have some cats and it’s experience that some cats are easy but strays usually not. Strays’ life is hard, those scars prove it. They have to fight again other cats or even other stray dogs, etc. One has to be very fast and aggressive in order to survive because food is rare. That why he swat your tuna: 1. He/she likes it A LOT. 2. And He/she’s so hungry. You can see it if you feed a kitten, he gonna make a fuss when he know it’s eat time: rubbing himself at you, pacing or even growling…

    You are so kind to help this cat. I hope feeding him don’t trigger your allergic. Black cat is rarer than others. And if he/she becomes more open, I think you can shape his “poop” habit instead of ending up with random cat poop; make him/her a small shelter instead of curling and leaving fur everywhere…

    Anyway, I love Achilles and if you adopt him, I swear I gonna comment more regularly.

  • Anonymous

    July 26, 2011 |

    Why not just name the cat “Jane Fonda”?

  • Jen

    July 26, 2011 |

    The Hubsy and I have 3 cats; Higgins, Barnaby, and Darcy, all adopted from the animal shelter. Like others said, what you are experiencing with your new little one and food is very normal. My cats have dry food throughout the day and I give them some wet food around 7pm every night. Around 6:15 in anticipation of their wet food, the cats sit in the kitchen and cry those long and loud meows. It is almost like they are asking, “Is it time yet?!?!” I also give them some treats in the morning to help keep their teeth clean and Higgins does this weird thing where he shakes his head – it looks like a mini-seizure – just because he is SOO excited about his treat.

    Cats are great! After time you will notice they are more like dogs than you think. 🙂

    If he sticks around, I would suggest a trip to the vet – especially since he shares the yard with your doggies.

  • Emilee

    July 26, 2011 |

    This post brought a serious smile to my face! Love the little guy : )

  • Jessica

    July 26, 2011 |

    Scrapilles, in the time honored LA tradition of combining names. Your husband can call him or her Scraps for short, and Scrapilles still sorta sounds like Achilles. Compromise!

  • Love + Marriage

    July 26, 2011 |

    You should look out for “kitty crack” aka Bonito to feed him (though regular tuna is pretty decadent so he already had it good). They have it at nicer pet shops.

    I often worry about people stealing my cats because they’re so cute but my husband tell me when they start meowing for their Bonito the thieves will bring them back to us. It’s obnoxious!

    Also – I like Scrapes but my cats are Big Boy and Moxie and they have like 100 nicknames so they pretty much just come to my voice.

  • daer0n

    July 26, 2011 |

    I voted Achilles, I think it suits him. If all else fails, name him Becker, it was the name of a black cat that appeared in a 1975 movie called “Blacker (or darker) than night”. He’s cute 🙂

  • RocquelleIsLovely

    July 26, 2011 |

    I’m not much of a cat person myself (just never been around them much), but I’ve enjoyed watching stray cat get closer to you! My boyfriend and his family recently “adopted” in a stray cat, and he named her Sassy, which I think is so cute! Both names are great; I’m glad the cat has found a new home of sorts with you and your husband!!

  • K

    July 26, 2011 |

    by the by, I had (aka a roommate had and I helped raise and fell in love with) a dog that was named Achilles. I think it’s a great name. And can be shortened to kill, which is funny when it’s an animal that won’t kill anything like my(not mine) dog. Though this kitty may actually be a fighter, in which case kill is still funny. To me at least.

  • Lorena

    July 26, 2011 |

    How very nice of you 🙂
    Think that first you need to take the cat to the vet so you can know if it is a she or a he- and of course vaccination and get him/her operated so you won’t have more cats around…
    Oh and in regards to the name I don’t like any of the above 🙁
    How about Elvis or George ?

  • Jessi

    July 26, 2011 |

    Omigosh, I got emotional reading Stray Cat’s story… I love that you’ve saved him, and I love that he’s adopting you and your house as his. Poor thing… but not really anymore, I mean he gets tuna now! Lol… Regarding the name, I must agree with Achilles. Scraps is too typical and expected for a pet’s name, you know? No offense to the husband, of course 😉
    xoxo J

  • Aim

    July 26, 2011 |


  • mauishopgirl

    July 26, 2011 |

    He’s adorable. I’m allergic to and find if I’m around cats regularly I’m okay. It’s when I haven’t been exposed and then suddenly am that all hell breaks loose. He seems like an outdoor cat anyways so take it as a sign and enjoy your new furry companion.

  • Jennifer

    July 26, 2011 |

    I’m all for compromise, so how about Achilles Scraps von der Poolhaus? 😉

  • Alison Purple

    July 26, 2011 |

    sorry, hubs, but Maeg is gonna win this one! ; )

  • drollgirl

    July 26, 2011 |

    welcome to CAT LAND! i love the kitties! they are endlessly entertaining!

    and i do not want to get in the middle of your cat naming fight (lolololol — you guys are hilarious), so i am going to think of a whole NEW name. but of course i can’t think of it on the fly.

    wait. could you call him/her DARKNESS????? LOL. or charlie murhpy?????

    p.s. kitty stampede has a kitty named TUNA. and one named TURTLES. lololol.

  • Jennah Watters

    July 26, 2011 |

    If he ever gets close enough and you are definitely claiming him, get him a collar and nametag (I LOVE Boomerang Pet Tags). People take for granted that a dog belongs to someone and got loose, but you never know with a cat. This way if something ever happens to Stray Cat, you’ll know and can maybe help instead of just wondering.

    We recently have had 2 stray cats show up at our house, and their lack of collars has us wondering if they’re strays, someone’s outdoor cats, or escapee indoor cats. And as a cat (and dog) lover, it makes me sad not to know and be able to help if help is needed.

  • Renee

    July 26, 2011 |

    the first thing that came to my mind was
    Monroe,as for Marilyn Monroe

  • T.

    July 27, 2011 |

    You’re giving him tuna, what do you expect? Cats go crazy for tuna. I think he’s beautiful, love black cats, cats in general really!

  • Holly

    July 27, 2011 |

    miu miu!

  • ~ronda

    July 27, 2011 |

    But doesn’t she look like the egyptian goddess Bastet??

    Just a thought…

  • Mary Ann

    July 27, 2011 |

    The 4th pic, the attack kitty, cracks me up!

  • Amber

    July 27, 2011 |

    This post just melts my heart. It broke a little when I read about the palm tree droppings in the poop but I’m so happy you decided to help out. Your new little babe is so pretty and will love you forever for what you’re giving him/her. I look forward to more kitty updates!

  • floater

    July 27, 2011 |

    Hey Maegan. Your cat is adorable. Have you pet him/her yet? If you haven’t try approaching him gradually (and very slowly) and sort of bow or lower your body when you do and and extend your hand (possibly with a treat in it). This will sort of show him/her that you mean no harm. It always works for me. I am taking care of about 8 strays behind my house.
    As for the name I like Achilles. Good luck!

  • Gaby_fez

    July 27, 2011 |

    Hola Maegan,hacia mucho tiempo que no comentaba en tu blog,pero te sigo leyendo a diario como siempre. 🙂
    Me gusto mucho esta entrada ya que soy una amante de los animales,y Felicitaciones a ambos por adoptar un gato callejero!(ya que desde que un callejerito llega a tu casa es difícil que se vaya,jeje)
    Así es como siempre llegaron mis animales,ahora mismo tengo 2gatos que son mi adoración Mimo y Homero(es igual a Homer Simpsons,jaja)…

    Me gusta el nombre Achilles suena igual que Aquiles…

    Buena suerte con tu nueva mascota….Cuentanos después que tal se lleva con tus perros 🙂

    Besos Y Saludos

  • Eryka

    July 27, 2011 |

    We have a cat named Achilles!

  • sophia

    July 27, 2011 |

    Achilles because he’s a demanding son of a – that can obviously fend for himself, and has battle scars to prove it! I just adopted two calico’s and they are the best little munchkins ever! Apple and Annette. 🙂 Love your blog, by the way…it makes me happy.

  • S. Scraps Achilles Darth Tuna Vader

    July 28, 2011 |

    Maegan & Hubby- I’m glad you guys took me in and please realize that I am named:

    S. (Scraps) Achilles Darth Tuna Vader!!

    Now…it is settled

  • sorrelle

    July 28, 2011 |

    He’s adorable. I am biased because he look just like my cat Blaise. Happy kitty owning.

  • TK Kerouac

    July 28, 2011 |

    very kind of you to take him in, takes heart.
    Hes yours now. Your his home.
    Scappy Doo is yours.

  • kitty kitty

    July 28, 2011 |

    I’ve followed your blog for quite some time but I’m one of those lazy people that never comment…

    …but this story broke my heart! You are so sweet to take care of that poor little thing! I like Achilles a little better as it is more “regal” sounding (aren’t cats regal even if they are stray?), and he seems to run away fast!. Either way though, I’m sure you’ll still end up calling him “kitty kitty” at times too.

  • Anonymous

    July 29, 2011 |

    He is so cute! But, please take him to a vet to get shots and examined.
    Don’t forget to mention he was pooping something sesame seed like, it may be a sign of parasites 🙁 Bleh!


  • UrbanEscape

    August 25, 2011 |

    This is such an incredibly sweet, touching post. I regularly read your blog and this is the first time I’ve been compelled to comment– not because other posts aren’t amazing– but because this one triggered something in me. Thank you for taking care of that little cat. There is nothing more noble than helping a creature in need.

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