How did Shorty get her name?
It has remained a big topic of conversation, Shorty’s name, almost as much as what breed she is. People thought Kodi’s name was cute, but now that Sho’s grown into a fluffy-tailed, black-maned exotic beauty, viewers have asked why she wasn’t given a more regally appropriate name like Victoria or Cleopatra.
We tried several names for her at first, though none felt right. I’m not talking about a typical black cat name like Shadow or Smokey, but we tried earnestly to find something that fit with her sweet nature, playfulness, and cuddly attachment to us.
It was Bryan who started calling her Shorty, a term of endearment like sweetheart or honey heard often in music, especially hip hop, which we listen to a lot.
It seemed to suit her because not only was she a true sweet heart, she also had short little legs that prevented her from jumping up even to the couch, and an adorably large belly that seemed to throw off her balance which led to her clumsiness and something you might call breakdancing.
Nowadays, I still see that funny clumsy kitten behind those majestical green-hued eyes, and when she enviously watches Kodi jump effortlessly to the tops of the shelves, I still see her as my little Shorty.
Often she is also referred to as Sho, Sho-Sho, Sho-Sho-Beans, Shortround, and Shortcake, so whatever version thereof that viewers want to call her, regally-reflective or not, is fine with me.
Now let me ask you: what made you decide on your cat’s name? Was it reflective of their colour? Their personality? An homage? Or did it just seem right?