Cosette no more


I took my new kitty to the vet today to get checked out, only to discover to that she is a he. The vet even had a hard time telling that it was male, but yeah, my Cosette needed a new name.

Apparently in France, you’re supposed to name your pets according to which Letter Year it is. For pets born in 2007, it’s the letter C. (Though we had no idea about this when we chose Cosette last week).

So, according to Laboratoire TVM, here are some suggested names for male pets born this year: Caballero, Cactus, Cadburry, Caillou, Calvin, Canyon, Capone, Caporal, Captain, Carambar, Caramel, Carbone, Cartoon, Caruso, Cash, Catch, Caviar, Chamallow, Charlot, Chaz, Check, Cheddar, Chianti, Chips, Chipster, Chorizo, Chraz, Chuncky, Citrus, Clovis, Clown, Cobra, Codex, Cognac, Colonel, Confettis, Cool, Cosby, Couscous, and Cowboy.

Needless to say, we flipped the list over and looked through the female names instead. Our kitten is now called Canaille (rascal), which is definitely less feminine-sounding and more appropriate for our little whiny brat.

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  • Astrid

    I like the new name!Are Canaille eyes of different colours? Looks like one is green and the other one blue. At the cat refuge where I sometimes work we have a grown up cat just like yours and with green and blue eyes. I’ve renamed him “Bowie” :)

  • Astrid

    I like the new name!

    Are Canaille eyes of different colours? Looks like one is green and the other one blue. At the cat refuge where I sometimes work we have a grown up cat just like yours and with green and blue eyes. I’ve renamed him “Bowie” :)

  • Karina

    My friend had a little white kitty whose name was “snowball” … then it got fixed and we nicknamed it “noballs”Couldn’t help but share ;-)

  • Karina

    My friend had a little white kitty whose name was “snowball” … then it got fixed and we nicknamed it “noballs”
    Couldn’t help but share ;-)

  • Jennie

    Actually both of his eyes are green, but it does look like one is blue in that picture. It must be the lighting. That would be cool if he had eyes of different colors though…Haha, I love the “noballs” nickname!!

  • Jennie

    Actually both of his eyes are green, but it does look like one is blue in that picture. It must be the lighting. That would be cool if he had eyes of different colors though…

    Haha, I love the “noballs” nickname!!

  • Katia

    Oh that is HILARIOUS. We had the same problem with a pair of kittens too… only worse, because we came from a farm, and we’re supposed to “know” about these sorts of things ;) Luckily I’d named them Iliad and Odyssey so it didn’t matter if they were male or female ;)

  • Katia

    Oh that is HILARIOUS. We had the same problem with a pair of kittens too… only worse, because we came from a farm, and we’re supposed to “know” about these sorts of things ;) Luckily I’d named them Iliad and Odyssey so it didn’t matter if they were male or female ;)

  • Crystal

    beautiful kitty! male or female, cats are so great. I have a neutered male and a new female kitten who is hell bent on nursing from him…he just lies on his back and lets her attack his belly (in vain of course!) Canaille is a cute name and it makes me think of when I am teaching my students and I say “Can I…?” they always giggle because to them they think “canaille” silly silly Frenchies

  • Crystal

    beautiful kitty! male or female, cats are so great. I have a neutered male and a new female kitten who is hell bent on nursing from him…he just lies on his back and lets her attack his belly (in vain of course!)

    Canaille is a cute name and it makes me think of when I am teaching my students and I say “Can I…?” they always giggle because to them they think “canaille” silly silly Frenchies

  • cochayuya

    I love cats!. You will castrate him?

  • cochayuya

    I love cats!. You will castrate him?

  • Leah

    Still a cutie either way…bits or no bits! Hehe.

  • Leah

    Still a cutie either way…bits or no bits! Hehe.

  • Derron

    Funny story…my first host family (I was an exchange student in Belgium 2002-2003) had a cat named Cosette and I thought she was a she the whole time and then one time I heard my host brother talking about Cosette saying “Il….” and I was like “Il?” and he was like “Oui, Cosette est mâle, on vient de l’apprendre il n’y as pas longtemps.” So, it would have been completely normal for your male cat to be called Cosette.

  • Derron

    Funny story…my first host family (I was an exchange student in Belgium 2002-2003) had a cat named Cosette and I thought she was a she the whole time and then one time I heard my host brother talking about Cosette saying “Il….” and I was like “Il?” and he was like “Oui, Cosette est mâle, on vient de l’apprendre il n’y as pas longtemps.” So, it would have been completely normal for your male cat to be called Cosette.

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