Fred and Ginger...

My wife has two cats...Fred and Ginger....She named them after Fred Astair and Ginger Rogers..... Originally, Fred was named Frederick Wildcat...after the wine importer Frederick Wildman & Sons of NY....the Wife likes the Parallel 45...anyway, I digress.....

We got Fred first, and after a while, the Wife started in on me with the old.."Aww...doesn’t Fred look lonely? Maybe we need to get him a friend.."....yeah, well, eventually I caved....so, she went and picked out a "girl" kitten and named her Ginger....We had Fred castrated a few months ago, and Ginger was slated to get fixed last week...

So, the Wife comes back from the vet with bad news...Ginger didn't need to be fixed....He needed to be castrated....yep...."Ginger" was a "boy" cat...So, for almost a year, the Wife has been calling to Ginger in this effeminate voice...totally different than the voice she uses to call in Fred...and being more gentle to him/her...just, generally, treating Ginger like a girl...and Fred like a boy...I asked her if she was going to change Ginger's name to Butch or something to make up for calling him Ginger for so long, but she said she'd rather keep calling him Ginger...poor cat....

by Eric on November 22, 2003 | Comments(8) | Psycho Rants

Comments so far:

That's ironic !
Funny story, Red.
Or shall I call you " GINGER ?"

posted by: sisoflexx on November 22, 2003 10:06 AM

I thínk Ginger is, by now, gay. Which is ok. Not like there is anything wrong with that...

posted by: Helen on November 22, 2003 10:22 AM

So funny! A common mistake which I have never understood. How in the world could someone NOT see the difference? ;)

posted by: Indigo on November 22, 2003 11:05 AM

I "inherited" a cat named Ginger from a friend who picked him up as a stray and then moved to an apartment that didn't allow cats. This cat was a male. He was my first cat, the cats we had previously were really my (ex) wife's. He acted more like a dog than a cat most of the time, but he did know how to leave me alone when I wanted to be left alone. He was a "guy" through and through, being called "Ginger" didn't phase him a bit.

He's the cat I had to put down when a stone-hearted bitch of a "neighbor" decided to put out antifreeze to poison cats. That's the only time I've ever really out-and-out cried as an adult, even through my divorce I never cried, much less how I cried when I had to hold Ginger as he died.

posted by: Jack on November 22, 2003 12:03 PM

Sisoflexx: No, you may not...hehhe

Helen: I think you may be right...but he still beats the crap out of Fred every so often...

Indigo: I think he just had small nads...then again, I never checked...and the Wife got him as a kitten..

Jack: Hey, cool story...sorry about you losing your cat...and if my neighbor put out anti-freeze, my wife would shoot them...literally..

posted by: Eric on November 22, 2003 12:11 PM

well, Ginger Baker was a guy - he played drums for Cream way back in the 60's?
We have 7 cats - RestStop, Merriwether(a boy), Little Girl, Gandalf, Annie, Cleo and Barnacle (a girl). Naming cats is tough, and if he has learned to come to Ginger, it's best that you just don't tell him that it is often a girl's name.

posted by: Beth Donovan on November 22, 2003 02:47 PM

Beth: I know that Ginger isn't always a girl's name...but he WAS named after Ginger Rogers..heheehh

posted by: Eric on November 22, 2003 03:50 PM

My folks had the same thing happen. They had a little black and white kitten wander up to the house. They named "her" Petunia, because "she" liked to sleep and play in my Mom's flower bed.

Well, there was a vet trip, much the same as yours, with the very same results. And for some reason, they weren't able to get him neutered at the time.

Well, his name is still Petunia. But they've never seen him act like a tomcat yet. He just sleeps in the flower bed, and has very little to do with any of the other cats, of which the folks have 2 female and 1 other male.

posted by: BSTommy on November 22, 2003 07:21 PM