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How to Choose a Name for Your Cat or Kitten

Updated on April 16, 2014
My cat Cookie loves cookies.
My cat Cookie loves cookies. | Source

How do you pick a name for a cat or kitten?

Coming up with a name for your new cat or kitten is not always easy. Do you give your new furry friend a name straight away, or do you wait until you know about more about him or her.

Sometimes it can be more difficult to name a cat than a dog. Personally I have always had a problem with coming up a new name. One of my first cats was a great big barn yard tom, and this guy could really purr so he was named Purr.

I am now owned by several cats. One of them is called Cookie. He is a cat with a passion for cookies, especially small delicate almond cookies. He does not eat the whole cookie just a little bit and the rest is left, may be he is watching his figure. Poor Cookie does not go outside after a very bad fight with another cat which resulted in Cookie’s spinal cord being severed. Cookie’s tail had to be amputated as a result so he now has a nick name – Stumpy.

So far the most unusual cat name I have come across is Curtain. Curtain is a lively ginger puss who enjoys a bit of curtain climbing. He lives with my friend Peppa, and she knows her home has been taken over by a curtain climber.

My cat Ziggie - loves flowers but she was already called Ziggie when she came to live us.
My cat Ziggie - loves flowers but she was already called Ziggie when she came to live us. | Source

Catonalities

After having been a cat owner for many years, I have come to the conclusion cats do have huge personalities and egos. I call them “catonalities”. All cats are very different and I do wonder if they are not one of the most intelligent species on earth.

I know cats that seem to enjoy human activities just as much as cat like activities.

My Siamese takes a keen interest in computers but also takes time out to watch car restoration TV shows with my husband. She is called Luna after her love of sitting on the terrace table looking at the moon late at night.

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Cats – The worlds Number One Pet

Cats are supposed to be the world’s top pet and there are millions of cats kept as house pets. We would like to think of them as our house pets but in reality I think we are their pets and servants. No one ever owns a cat – a cat owns and controls his human servant by tricks passed down through a long line of cats.

Cat Breeds

There are around 100 cat breeds in the world today, and exciting breeds can be found in almost all parts of the world. There are hairless cats, cats like Persians with a massive amount of fur and even cats like the Turkish Van cat that likes to go swimming.

All the different breeds have their own characters so when you decide you would like to be owned by a cat, make sure you choose wisely.

Most Unusual Cat Breeds

The most unusual cat breed is perhaps the Sphynx but there are others so here is a top ten list.

1) Sphynx

2) Munchin

3) Persian

4) Khao manee

5) Ukranian Levkoe

6) Cornish Rex

7) American Curl

8) Scottish Fold

9) Japanese Bobtail

10) LaPerm

The most expensive cat in the world is the Ashera which is a mix between a Savannah cat and several other breeds. If you would like an Ashera it can be arranged. They are available by order and cost a whopping $125,000.

How do you choose a name for a cat or kitten?

So how do you name a cat? I always waited for a few days to discover and here are some of the point I take into consideration.

  • Purrability – is your cat a loud purer or more of a quiet hummer
  • Athletic ability – is your cat a natural born athlete.
  • Climber – have your brought home Tarzan
  • Sleepiness – does your new friend not get off the sofa
  • Food – Food lover or not
  • Color of coat – ginger or black and white.
  • Breed – you may want to call your new exotic kitten something like Cleopatra which can be shortened to Cleo

There are quite a few factors to consider when you name your new friend.

If your cat already has a name when he comes into your home, feel free to change it.

Cats seem to learn new names very quickly, and if he is an older cat he might just associate his new name with his new territory.

Most Popular Cat Names 2013

Female
Male
 
Bella
Oliver
 
Lucy
Max
 
Kitty
Tiger
 
Luna
Charlie
 
Chloe
Simba
 
Molly
Milo
 
Lily
Smokey
 
Sophia
Leo
 
Nala
Jack
 
Daisy
Tiger
 

Ancient Egyptian Cats

The Ancient Egyptian Mau Cat

The ancient Egyptians worshiped, and cats were always kept at temples. Many cats were mummified at great expense on their deaths, and thousand of cat mummies have been found all around Egypt. There are many tomb paintings of Mau cats and they are also often depicted as going hunting with their owners.

The ancient Egyptian cat was called Mau, and the breed was revived by a Russian princess called Nathalie Troubetskoy after the 2nd World War. She moved to the United States in 1956 where she continued the breeding program.

Mau cats are regal, have a special air about them and you can just imagine them lounging around temples being adored.

Popular names for Egyptian Mau cats include

Tao

Cleopatra

Yasmine

Moses

Lotus

Ramses

My cat Luna has almost human like qualities.
My cat Luna has almost human like qualities. | Source

Most Popular Cat Names 2012

Female
Male
 
Sassy
Max
 
Misty
Sam
 
Missy
Tigger
 
Princess
Tiger
 
Samantha
Sooty
 
Kitty
Smokey
 
Puss
Lucky
 
Fluffy
Patch
 
Molly
Simba
 
Daisy
Samboo
 

More than a name

After having found your perfect new friend there is a lot to think about.

Cats are often considered to be low maintenance but many cat owners will claim this is far from the truth.

There are many vital supplies which you will need for your new cat or kitten, and don't forget cats can be notoriously fuzzy so it is important to explore all of the alternatives. It is a good idea to make up a check list to ensure you don't miss out anything.

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