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What to name your new cat

What to name your new cat

Choosing the right name for your cat can be a tough decision. The good news is the name for your kitten doesn’t need to be as practical as it would have to be for a puppy, as it’s highly unlikely you’re going to be yelling across a park to get your cat’s attention! However, choosing the perfect name can still be a challenge.

Where to find inspiration

If you want to make it easy, choose a short name of one or two syllables. If you have your heart set on a longer name, consider what nickname you can use. And if you have another pet, you may want to think about how the names will sound together. You could also think about the breed of your cat. Talk to the breeder about the general characteristics of that particular breed and name accordingly.

Another idea is to take inspiration from the things you love. If there’s a certain movie you absolutely can’t stop watching, maybe you’d like to name your cat after its main character. If there’s a well-known person you respect or admire, there’s a potential name for your cat too.

Finally, choose a name that’s going to grow with your cat. While Kitty may sound adorable while they are little, your cat won’t always be so small or young.

Consider popular cat names

Some popular human names for cats, according to Find Cat Names1, include:


  • Felix
  • Jasper
  • Alfie
  • Axel
  • Leo
  • Archie


  • Bella
  • Abby
  • Daisy
  • Cleo
  • Hazel
  • Willow

Of course, there are still names that are more “animal” inspired as opposed to human such as:


  • Simba
  • Tiger
  • Oreo
  • Bear
  • Biscuit
  • Gizmo


  • Nala
  • Angel
  • Bambi
  • Cookie
  • Buttercup
  • Luna

Turn to your love of food

Do you have a love affair with food? Perhaps there’s a fun name to complement your inner foodie.2 From herbs to desserts, here are some ideas.

  • Barley
  • Brownies
  • Chip
  • Cinnamon
  • Olive
  • Peanut
  • Bean
  • Clementine (who doesn’t love Clemmie for short!)
  • Ginger
  • Pickles
  • Coco

Turn your TV on

Do you enjoy watching television? Popular television shows and characters offer ample opportunity to find a unique name for your cat. Here are some suggested cat names inspired by those on the small screen.3

  • Agnes (One Life to Live)
  • Archie (All in the Family)
  • Cabot (Murder, She Wrote)
  • Don (Mad Men)
  • George (Seinfeld)
  • Goldie (The Golden Girls)
  • Magnum (Magnum PI)
  • Quinn (Dr Quinn, Medicine Woman)

Embrace their personality

Alternatively, you could consider naming your cat after a characteristic they display.

Playful cat names

  • Batman
  • Dash
  • Frisky
  • Hypurr
  • Mischief
  • Rascal

Sweet cat names

  • Cupcake
  • Dulcie (means ‘sweet’ in Latin)
  • Honey
  • Peaches
  • Sugar
  • Sweetie

Enlist more help

If you are finding it hard to decide on a name for your new cat, why not enlist your family or a close friend to help brainstorm names that suit your feline? They may have a name in mind that you wouldn’t have thought of, but fits well.

Enjoy this time

While choosing a name for your pet, remember to enjoy this time getting to know them and setting up a safe home for them. One way to ensure your pet is protected from the moment you bring them home is by taking out quality pet insurance that offers peace of mind with lots of benefits.

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  1. Top cat names of 2017Find Cat Names
  2. 42 food names for your catBetter Homes & Garden
  3. Best cat names from most popular TV ShowsPet Place