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100+ Shy Cat Names: Ideas for Sweet & Timid Cats

Shy Cat Names
Last Updated on November 16, 2023 by Christian Adams

Not all cats can be described as outgoing. Cats are often categorized as shy or even a bit skittish—hence the term “Scaredy Cat.” Nonetheless, their cautiousness and timid demeanor only add to their cuteness, and we love them just the same!

If your cat always appears to be hiding or running away at any sign of unfamiliarity—maybe you should consider a name on the mellower side. However, just because your kitty may be a little timid, doesn’t mean you can’t choose a name that also represents their cute or playful sides. With a vast array of shy cat names, we hope you find one that fits your shy feline perfectly!

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Shy Female Cat Names

  • Luna
  • Lolli
  • Buttercup
  • Bella
  • Jelly
  • Blush
  • Poppy
  • Mosey
  • London
  • Cookie
  • Juliette
  • Haze
  • Serenity
  • Pookie
  • Monet
  • Vina
  • Shy
  • Kitcat
  • Mellow
  • Skitty
  • Blossom
  • Bambi
  • Skittles

Shy Male Cat Names

  • Ziggy
  • Jock
  • Monty
  • Mars
  • Cloak
  • Frost
  • Hopper
  • Bury
  • Balls
  • Magness
  • Hugh
  • Prints
  • Waffles
  • Cosmo
  • Dozer
  • Funk
  • Bumble
  • Domino
  • Boomer
  • Timid
  • Nib
  • Pickles
  • Gordo
  • Tux
  • Flipper
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Shy and Playful Cat Names

Just because your timid kitty might be easily spooked and a little wary of new faces doesn’t mean they don’t have a playful side. As the name Houdini suggests, they are sure to be popping up and disappearing without warning! We’re sticking with our shy theme but expanding to include those who still love getting their paws dirty. Here is our list of bashfully playful cat names:

  • Houdini
  • Abra
  • Bounce
  • Uno
  • Flint
  • Pex
  • Colin Feral
  • Zu
  • Squeek
  • Dip
  • Flash
  • Spook
  • Guster
  • Slug
  • Heckle
  • Elmo
  • Angst
  • Chaos
  • Nomojo
  • Beta
  • Eeyore
  • El Nino
  • Bijou
  • Suey
  • Dash
  • Recess
  • Sly
  • Roamin
  • Clone
  • Tag
  • Jiggles
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Shy and Cute Cat Names

When we think about the perfect “shy” cat name—many would associate that with some of the most adorable cat names out there. Well, this list does not hiss-appoint! We’ve gathered our favorite cute yet shy cat names for your consideration:

  • Bitsy
  • Boo
  • Monk
  • Dobbie
  • Pebble
  • Cricket
  • Little
  • Mewt
  • Percy
  • Kai
  • Hiccup
  • Picca
  • Deja
  • Jib
  • Kilo
  • Linus
  • Buttons
  • Bashful
  • Bean
  • Divot
  • Dough
  • Nibs
  • Buckles
  • Mouse

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Finding the Right Shy Name for Your Cat

We know that getting your cat to warm up to you and their new environment may be tough, but hopefully, a sweet and mellow name from our list will do the trick! Whether you decide to call them something cute, like Hiccup or Monk, or something a bit more playful such as Abra or Uno, we are sure they would be tickled by your decision.

If you haven’t found the right inspiration here, you could also check out one of our other cat names lists below:

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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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