Here are some terrific throw-back names for your new girl! We have used the name Piper from this list. My own top five picks are: Esme, Ivy, Electra, Dagney, and Pippa--saving those for the next female pet.
We've had many cats in our family over the years, and never knew that there is one common ailment among cats that is responsible for up to 25% of all deaths. The disease? Feline chronic kidney disease, or CKD. Looking back, I see that we probably lost a cat to it years ago, but didn't recognize it at the time. This year, however, we lost Milo, an older cat we adopted at 8 years old, but only had for three years before he died of CKD in April. Boy, I miss that little guy, he was my favorite cat of all time.
It isn't entirely understood why this disease is so common in cats, but there are a number of potential causes that end in the same result—CKD—and these include congenital defects, disease processes, and environmental factors. What isn't known is why a cat's kidneys are such a ready target for these various factors. And it seems that a few breeds are more susceptible: Burmese, Maine Coon, Persian, Abyssinian, Siamese, and Russian blue.
Here is a fun compilation of some great vintage names for dogs and cats that we have found around the web. Not that you haven't heard these before, but when you're thinking of names, many of these might not come to mind. In our family, we have used Milo, Levi, and Oliver, and loved those names. If you are inspired to use one of them for your new dog or cat, let us know!