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How to Name Your Cat: Picking the Perfect Name For Your New Kitten

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Last Updated on November 16, 2023 by Christian Adams

Adopting a new kitten is such an exciting and rewarding time in life, and there are so many great things to look forward to, especially in the beginning. On top of bringing your kitten home, you get to pick out all its adorable supplies like fluffy blankets, soft beds, a tiny collar, and, most exciting, pick out a name!

Once your mind starts rolling with ideas, it can soon become a little overwhelming; after all, there are infinite names to choose from. However, you want your cat’s name to be unique and perhaps meaningful, and that’s what we are here to help you do. In this article, we’ll discuss tips to help you land the perfect name for your new kitten. Let’s get started!

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How to Name Your New Kitten

Your new kitten doesn’t need a name right away, so take your time and try to enjoy the process. Spend some time getting to know your new pet, and one day, a name will drop into your mind, and you will know it’s the one! It is like a special gift or sixth sense we receive when adopting a new kitten, and many cat owners can relate to the feeling.

However, that doesn’t mean you should ignore all the possibilities. You can still have fun choosing your cat’s name until it clicks. Here are a few easy tips to get some ideas generated.

1. Don’t Rush

Consider all the factors that can contribute to your kitten’s name, like its personality or appearance. Take time to decide what you want your kitten’s name to be inspired by. If you give this process patience and time, you will be sure to pick the right one.

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2. Get to Know Your Kitten’s Personality

Take time to bond with your kitten and watch them interact with the world. It will take time to get to know their personality, and their personality may be the inspiration for the perfect name. If your kitten shows traits of being aloof and shy, you may want a sweet and gentle name such as “Blush” or “Bambi,” but if your kitten is full of energy, it may be suited to a name like “Rascal” or “Bizzy.”

3. Find Inspiration in Your Kitten’s Appearance

Your kitten’s appearance and breed may be the inspiration for the name. Your kitten may be fluffy, hairless, large, small, black, white, orange, or tortoiseshell patterned. A black cat, for instance, has been associated with witches, so you may want to call them something like “Salem,” whereas a fluffy white ragdoll could use a name like “Cloud” or “Cotton.” A title like “Pumpkin” or “Gingy” is great for a ginger cat, and a hairless cat could be called “Dobby.”

4. Choose Something Your Kitten Can Grow Into

Consider the longevity of your kitten’s name. Some names seem perfect for a tiny kitten but may seem strange when your cat grows up. Naming your cat “Nermal” after Garfield’s little nemesis may seem fitting for your gray kitten, but when they weigh 17 pounds, will the name seem relevant? Imagine your kitty as a full-grown cat, and make a list of names your cat can grow into.

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5. Consider a Human Name

A human name can be very suitable for a cat, and if there are some human names that you love, consider using one of them. It can be a famous actor, a family member who has passed, or someone that you admire.

Some popular human names for cats include:
  • Oscar
  • Felix
  • Sam
  • Ben
  • Bella
  • Lucy
  • Zoe

6. Choose a Name That’s Easy to Say- Keep It Short and Sweet

Keep it simple, short, and sweet. A complicated name that is hard to pronounce will just end up being shortened as a nickname. You will be calling your kitten’s name often, and after a short time, a name like” Bartholomew” or “Augustine” may get a little old.

7. Get Your Family and Friends Involved

Get your favorite people involved to provide ideas. It can be great fun throwing names around with your friends. All your ideas compiled together may inspire something unique, or a friend may shout out a great name you know is perfect the minute you hear it.

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8. Consider Other Names in Your Home

When picking a name for your kitten, try not to let it sound like the name of anyone else that lives in the household or any other pets. For example, “Chad” may sound too much like “Dad,” and “Bella” is too similar to “Stella.” Things could get confusing, especially if you choose a name like “Snow” which sounds too close to “No!”

9. Let Your Interests Inspire You

Consider famous figures that have impacted your life or your favorite childhood actor or actress. If you love reading, consider your favorite authors, or if you love music, consider your favorite songwriters and musicians.

Favorite TV show characters have also become popular choices for names. If you love gardening, consider a name like “Daisy,” or if you enjoy baking, you could choose a name like “Cookie” or “Muffin.” If you enjoy learning new languages, you can use a name in French or Latin. The possibilities are almost endless!

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Cat Name Ideas

If you need a bit of further inspiration, have a look at our top male and female cat names:

  • Bowie
  • Charlie
  • Cooper
  • Frankie
  • Fynn
  • Gizmo
  • Jasper
  • Kenzo
  • Loki
  • Max
  • Milo
  • Neo
  • Otis
  • Ozzy
  • Tom
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  • Chloe
  • Cleo
  • Josie
  • Katniss
  • Lily
  • Lola
  • Luna
  • Mila
  • Nala
  • Pixie
  • Sage
  • Savannah
  • Scarlett
  • Willow
  • Zoe

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Final Thoughts

Who would have thought there was so much to consider when choosing a name for a new kitten? Well, there is, but it just makes it that much more fun. There are so many great names and so many ways to get inspired, but at the end of the day, try not to rush or overthink the name. Most of the time, a name actually chooses you, and you will know when you hear it. Good luck and have fun!

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About the Author

Christian Adams
Christian Adams
Christian is the Editor-in-Chief of Excited Cats and one of its original and primary contributors. A lifelong cat lover, now based in South East Asia, Christian and his wife are the proud parents of an 11-year-old son and four rescue cats: Trixie, Chloe, Sparky, and Chopper.

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