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How to Pick Cat Names

Take the confusion out of naming your kitty with these tips for finding the perfect feline handle.


  • Step 1: Choose a human moniker Choose a human moniker. Names like Max, Sam, or Olivia suit fur babies just as well as real ones.
  • TIP: Get a baby name book or look for names and their meanings on the internet.
  • Step 2: 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.
  • Step 3: 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.
  • Step 4: 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.
  • Step 5: 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.
  • TIP: Kittens are more adaptable and will accept a new name more easily.
  • Step 6: 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.
  • Step 7: Pick early 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.
  • FACT: President Abraham Lincoln had the White House's first cat, named Tabby.

You Will Need

  • New cat
  • Baby name book (optional)
  • Internet access (optional)

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