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Your example of Cuddles being cute—example 2 is incorrect. The examples should be
In example one, it infers you have more than one cat so you would offset the name of said cat with commas. If you only have one cat, then example two is correct.
Via GRAMMARBOOK.com, here is an explanation that might help:
RULE 6. If something or someone is sufficiently identified, the description that follows is considered nonessential and should be surrounded by commas.
If we already know which Freddy is meant, the description is not essential.
The boy who has a limp was in an auto accident.
We do not know which boy is meant without further description; therefore, no commas are used.
This leads to a persistent problem. Look at the following sentence:
Now, see how adding two commas changes that sentence's meaning:
Careful writers and readers understand that the first sentence means I have more than one brother. The commas in the second sentence mean that Bill is my only brother.
Why? In the first sentence, Bill is essential information: it identifies which of my two (or more) brothers I'm speaking of. This is why no commas enclose Bill. In the second sentence, Bill is nonessential information—whom else but Bill could I mean?—hence the commas.
Comma misuse is nothing to take lightly. It can lead to a train wreck like this:
Because of the commas, that sentence states that Twain wrote only one book. In fact, he wrote more than two dozen of them.
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