Not the controversy that Shorty’s name caused, but it still gets asked. At the adoption centre, Kodi’s name at 10 weeks old was Spy, but when we brought him home, it just didn’t stick. “Shorty & Spy” has a nice ring to it as a cat duo now that I think of it, but we needed to find something to reflect his character.
Many suggested we go with a typical physical identifier as a name like Smudge or Rorschach or Tux to honour the splotch on his nose. But to me it didn’t suit his personality so we needed to find something more personal.
I wanted to go with Chaz, but that was the name of my first cat who was also a bit crazy. I also thought of Jaz or Jax but they didn’t feel right. Finally, considering his boyish nature and human bonding, I started calling him by a human name, Cody, but wanted something more unique, so the spelling Kodi came to be.
But what about the phonic similarity to Shorty? Would they each identify their own name as separate from the other? We think they do, but the evidence only really lies in Kodi coming when called and both Shorty and Kodi coming when Shorty is called, and I’m pretty sure the latter is only because Kodi never wants to be left out. I do think they understand the “shor-” and “ko-” differences based on their reactions but I admit this could just be my own bias. More often than not, however, his nickname, Koko, is used, along with variations therein: Kokobean, Kokopuffs, Loco Koko,
As it turned out, his name actually turned out to be prescient for his other nickname, Kodipendent, is based on his codependent nature.
In hindsight, I could’ve named him Joker because he has a heart on his chin, what could be a club on his nose, and I’m sure I could identify a spade and diamond elsewhere on his fur. But it would be antithetical because he is so full of love.
Whatever his name had turned out to be, Kodi has definitely made an impression considering the amount of people who have told me they’ve named their cat or dog after him, which is a great honour!