Tips for Naming a Cat

Naming a cat can sometimes be easy, and at other times it can be a real chore. Sometimes the first name you choose just sticks, and at other times trying to come up with a good cat name seems as difficult as trigonometry.

If you’re finding it hard to come up with an appropriate name, don’t despair, it’s not as difficult as it seems.

In fact, when it comes to naming a cat the problem is not where to find names, but how to pick from the thousands of choices out there. Great cat names are everywhere!

Don’t believe me? Okay then, here are some ideas to get you started…

But first, tell me a bit about your cat. What’s she like? Is she black or white, a tabby, tortoiseshell, or counterpoint. Is she laid-back or adventurous? A purebred or a moggie? Short or long-haired?

All of these factors will, of course, have some bearing on the name you choose. I’m sure that you want to pick a name that suits your cat, even though she’ll just ignore you when you call her!

Actually, that’s one of the cool things about cat names. Because, unlike with dog names, where it’s important to stick to the one or two syllable convention, with cat names you can really go to town!

Now, personally, I prefer something sensible, but if you want to call your cat “Madame Fifi McDuff Bobby Sox”, go ahead, your cat won’t mind!

For the purposes of this article though, we’ll stick to the (relatively!) “sensible”.

Let’s start off with some cute names, because chances are you cat’s still a kitten, and kittens are just about the cutest things on earth!

There are tons of cute cat names around, so here’s a quick sample – Bambino, Disney, Gidget, Jojo, Kermit, McFly, Pounce, Q-Tip, Swoosie, Uschi, Womble, Ziggy, Zazzle. There is no shortage of cute cat names.

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Remember, though, that your cat won’t stay a kitten forever, and while most cats retain their cuteness into adulthood, some ultra-cute names won’t sit well with a serious adult cat.

So if you want to “future-proof” your cat name you may want to choose something slightly less sugary.

But where to start?

We’ll that’s actually quite simple. The easiest way is to choose a name that describes your cat. Let’s say you have a glamorous, pure white Persian. We’ll how about “Marilyn”, after Hollywood’s most glamorous blonde.

Or you can start with something that interests you. That’s right, tap into your hobbies and interests and you have a goldmine when it comes to naming a cat.

Don’t believe me? Okay, then, what’s your poison? What do you do for fun?

Let’s say you’re a music fan. Well, that’s easy. Let’s see there’s, Mozart, Joplin, Jazz, Hendrix, Satchmo, Madonna, Disco, Ozzy, Elvis, to name a few. You could even go for Bjork, or Lady Gaga!

How about movies? Stallone, Sigourney, Harlow, Brando, Garbo, Uma, all work, as do, Travolta, Harpo, Meryl, Dustin and Bronson (to name a few!)

Sports fan? Like baseball? How about Babe, Dizzy, Dazzy, Griffey, Skeeter, Yeagar, Yogi, or maybe, even Strawberry.

And this works for any subject – fashion, art, cars, football, cities, celebrities, hockey…Even the Dewey Decimal system yielded a name for a famous cat (Dewey, a book, soon to be made into a movie). And you can mix the names if you have 2 or more cats, or you could search for twin cat names on internet.

You see, there really is no shortage of cat names when you think about it. Just think of a subject you’re interested in and it’s like turning on a faucet. The names literally come pouring out!

Of course, the easiest way to name your cat is to simply check out the lists cat names sites.

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