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Learn how to take care of a cat or kitten in this cat care and grooming video series from Howcast.
You Will Need
- New cat
- Baby name book (optional)
- Internet access (optional)
Choose a human moniker
Choose a human moniker. Names like Max, Sam, or Olivia suit fur babies just as well as real ones.
Suit their personality
Find a name that suits their personality or a behavior trait. Itchy is apt for a cat who scratches, Footloose is perfect for a wanderer, and Cupid seems like a good name for an affectionate kitty.
Suit their physical characteristics
Pick a name based on their physical characteristics. Fluffy would suit a long-haired breed, Spot would suit a calico, and Tiger seems natural for a tabby.
Use a pair of names
Use a pair of names if you have two new cats or kittens. Bambi and Thumper, Bonnie and Clyde, and Tom and Jerry are a few examples.
Keep an existing name
Keep the existing name of an adult cat you're adopting, even if you don't like it. It will make the transition to a new environment easier and they'll feel more comfortable hearing their old, familiar name.
Choose a practical name
Choose a practical name that is not too long or embarrassing. Remember, a cat's name is for life and shouldn't be changed later on.
Pick a name for your cat as soon as possible after bringing it home. They'll feel more secure in their environment and be easier to train.