- Pets and Animals
180 Great, Original Cat and Kitten Names
A New Cat needs a Grand Name
How to Name a Cat
Families are moving away from choosing tired, predictable pet names in favor of more unique and creative ones. This is similar to the trend for human children names - and since cat people think of their felines as their kidlets, it makes perfect sense. This article provides themed lists of name suggestions for your next pet kitten or cat.
Make Your Cat Special
Your cat deserves a livelier name than Snowball or Fluffy.
Naming a pet allows almost unlimited potential. You can use just about any words that you like other than cuss words, regionally offensive-blasphemous names, or the name of someone in your household (too confusing - although that didn't stop George Foreman, did it?) Any name you've always liked or any whimsical term you adore can be a cat moniker.
My preference in an ideal world would be to have the name reflect the personality of the pet. Here, cat owners (I mean, staff) have quite the advantage. Many things can be said about cats - often derogatory - or characterized as inferior to dogs. However, let 's give credit for a strength felines possess: they ALWAYS let you know exactly who they are. There is no pussy-footing (pun intended) about their personality because, as a whole, this species could care less about pleasing people. Therefore, what you see is the real deal. This is a good thing, at least in the arena of matching a name to a personality. After a few minutes, the adopting humans should be able to tell whether their new cat is a Calliope or a Hogwart.
Thus, I offer suggestions for uncommon name possibilities for your very special one-of-a-kind feline.
Cat Names based on Food
This list includes names of foods and also food qualities. Give one a try!
Snickerdoodle (a cookie)
Cat Names from Mythology
Calypso (or Kalypso)
The Only One on the Block with His Name
Cat Names from Movies and Literature
Raif (actually spelled as Ralph)
Cat Names based on Places
Frisco (as in San Francisco)
Adjectives, Verbs, and So Forth as Names
Miscellaneous Name Ideas for Pets
If none of these names fit your cat, don’t use them. However, perhaps these short lists will spur your imagination about what monikers can be used for your new feline. This frees you to snatch the perfect appellation from the universe of words for your unique cat.
Photos and text copyright 2012 Maren E. Morgan