Whoever is naming the cats at this Austin shelter probably needs to be drug tested.

Atomic toaster? Fardtus? Unicycle 7?

According to Austin Pets Alive!'s website, they've done a fantastic job at saving the lives of countless dogs and cats in the area. When the shelter was first opened in 1997, Austin had a kill rate of 87%. Since, the city now has a save rate of 97%!

While their dedication to helping animals is unquestionable, Twitter user Nic went viral after tweeting about the shelter's questionable naming system.


After that tweet, she shared a photo of the adorable cat that she got at Austin Pets Alive!

People replied to her tweet with some of their favorite bizarre names.

A Twitter user named Hannah has a good theory on why the cats have such eccentric names.

One of Austin Pets Alive!'s employees chimed in with the latest kitty names. Fardtus? Sounds like a villain in a kids' cartoon.

After the tweet went viral, Austin pets Alive! wrote a blog post explaining their naming system.

Austin Pets Alive! names thousands of kittens and cats a year. If we went with traditional names each time, imagine how many callicos named Callie we'd have, or black cats named Midnight? It's much easier to find Atomic Toaster in our system versus searching through 20 different cats all with the same name. We believe the more unique the name, the better, because it ensures you're talking about the right cat.

As far as the numbers behind the name … no, we aren't talking about the 4th version of the iPad. It's the way we keep track of how many litters of neonatal kittens we receive a year!

The site also dispelled the myth that they give the cats strange names so their caretakers don't get attached.

Names don't stand in the way between feeling a connection towards an animal. We name every cat that comes through our doors, whether that be a neonatal kitten or a barn cat – even our own feral cats get a unique name based off of their personalities. It's our way of honoring them as living beings. Naming things, no matter how strange the name, is a bonding experience.

Here are just some of the awesome names and cats we found on the Austin Pets Alive! Site.


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