Think Of A Purrfect Name

Think Of A Purrfect Name
The name you choose says as much about you as it does about your cat. It shows how you view your cat and your relationship with it.

Some cat names can cause people to judge a cat and react positively or negatively/fearfully when meeting it. For these reasons it is important to use a name that conveys the proper image.

Some people face the challenge of naming their kitty by looking to the origins of their cat's breed for a source of inspiration - Oriental names for Japanese Bobtails or Thai names for Korats.

Sometimes it is your cat's behaviour, personality or appearance that gives it a name. In fact a fifth (20%) of names are based on the pets appearance or personality for example a black cat becomes Sooty or Midnight.

It may be surprising, but more than half (50%) of all pet names are either human names or nicknames. People largely name their animals as they would name themselves.

Choosing a Name For Your Cat

Here our some useful tips in choosing cat names:

Pick a name that the pet can easily recognise. Animals respond better to one or two syllable names.

If choosing a long name keep in mind the shortened version. A long name will inevitably be shortened, but it may ruin the effect that you were originally looking for.

The pet's breed heritage can provide some useful inspiration. For example Orientals (Siamese and Burmese).

Waiting a few days to study your pets' behaviour can help pick the right name. The personality and appearance may assist here.

Pick a name that will grow with the pet. For example "Kitten" may be less appropriate for a full-grown cat.

Cat Name Categories - A Few Beautiful Examples 

Affectionate: Angel, Joy Cuddles

Appearance: Shadow, Bandit Smokey

Art & Literature: Aslan, Plato, Dante

Beanie Babies: Blizzard, Slither, Bongo

Cars: Beemer, Ferrari, Thunderbird

Cartoon: Scooby, Mickey, Homer

Drink: Chablis, Pepsi, Kahlua

Fashion: Versace, Jag, Calvin

Food: Sushi, Peanut, Cookie

Foreign: Fritz, Sacha, Fleur

Geography: Dakota, Sydney, Paris

Historical: Zeus, Nelson, Caesar

Human Name: Max, Jessie, Molly

Music: Elvis, Jazz, Mozart

Nature: Blossom, Panda, Bear

Nicknames: Buster, Boof, Puss

Personality: Foxy, Cuddles, Woffer

Religious: Sheba, Buddha, Zen

Screen: Radar, Scully, Beethoven

Sport: Pele, Rodman, Jordan

Titles: King, Princess, Czar, Lady

Examples of Names With Meanings

Meaning: Beauty
Annabel, Annabella, Belle, Calla, Charisse, Freya, Keely, Layla, Michiko, Mirabel, Zayn

Meaning: Big

Meaning: Cat
Bisbee, Kitty, Namir

Meaning: Curious

Meaning: Light
Abner, Annot, Elaine, Elani, Eleanor, Elin, Evelina, Fulbright, Ilo, Jocelyn, Kenzie, Lenci, Lenore, Leora, Lina, Liora, Luca, Lucus, Lucia, Lucien, Lucelle, Lucinde, Lucio, Lycoris, Mylana, Mitsu, Nitsa, Nora, Norina, Nura, Ora, Orli, Uri, Uriel, Yitta, Ziya, Zohar

Meaning: Pretty
Bonita, Jolie, Jola, Linda, Lindel, Lynelle, Lynnea, Shakila, Shaquilla

Meaning: Small
Alida, Cheche, Coral, Coty, Demi, Jenna, Kiara, Logan, Miette, Paolo, Paul, Teenie, Tino

Meaning: Smart
Hewatt, Mahalia, Washington, Zeki

Meaning: Strong
Alima, Andra, Andreas, Arnold, Aubrianna, Boaz, Breanna, Brian, Brianna, Brianne, Briget, Carl, Carolos, Ethan, Everett, Jerica, Kaori, Karla, Ondrea, Quinlan, Taurean, Vahe, Valerie, Virgil

Meaning: Sweet
Bebhin, Cara, Dulcea, Dulcinea, Eulalie, Honey, Jill, Kara, Lolovivi, Mandisa, Mattox, Melosa, Miette, Mora, Noam, Rianna, Vevina