You may remember a few weeks ago I mentioned wanting to adopt a certain kitty from a local rescue (see blog entry "Proud Moments and..."). Well, firstly hubby said yes (after I agreed to pay)! So we went to the foster mom's house to meet the kitty, which meant we caught a brief glimpse of her butt as she skittered out of the room as fast as she could. Then we waited another week and a half or so until she could have her spay surgery. She's been with us for about a week now, and at first she wouldn't even let us come close to her, hissing when we did. She didn't eat or drink much of anything for the first two days and wouldn't come out from under the furniture. Three days later, she's eating and drinking normally (possibly more than normal), I've had several extensive petting/scratching sessions with her, and she's currently sitting on the window sill, watching me as I type this.
She's a beautiful cat, with the tortie half black, half orange face, bright green eyes and a large white bib and four white feet. She has an unusally short, crooked and inflexible tail, which I think must be a result of whatever abuse she suffered. It would certainly explain why she's so skittish. She's still rather afraid of my husband and startles very easily. It's even kind of an uphill battle for me - it seems that no matter how much progress I make in one day, I start over at square one the next day. But I can definitely tell she's warming up to us and our home.
So - the reason for the title is this: I'm having a hard time naming her. The rescue called her Queenie, which I'm just not that fond of. I've thought of a few names that are ok, but nothing seems perfect, so I'm asking for your help. Here are my ideas, and some parameters:
1. I'd rather it not be too cutsey - Muffin, Fifi, etc
2. Nothing that could be easily misconstrued as my child's name - ie, nothing too human.
3. Bonus points for literary names!
I've thought about Sheba (as in Queen of), Sasha (human, but not currently very common) and something along the lines of Faeling or Fae (as in Folk of the Fae or Faerie Folk - becuase she's always hiding and she can move faster and quieter than you would believe). Also Callie, but again, human, and a bit obvious for a calico. So on that note, all ideas are accepted, please leave them in the comments below, and here's a few photos for inspiration!
For the record, this (and my profile pic) is Bean, our three year old male tabby.
Helping me pack for my trip to Turkey
Doing the Superman
Trying to fit in a shoebox