Kitten, kitty… okay. Small and cute.
Baby, honey, babe… okay. Endearing. Generically endearing.
Introducing Pengie. Like penguin. Not as cute. Not as endearing sounding. But it works for me.
At least he didn’t stick with “dolphin”. As intelligent as the animal may be, I didn’t exactly take too well to him saying “you look just like a dolphin”.