Cat Names: The Simplest Ever Guide

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18December 2017

Naming a cat is a big decision.

There’s so much choice!

Where do you even start?
You could sit down with Google all day, and drive yourself crazy making endless lists of cute cat names.
But which one will be the perfect fit for your own pussycat?
You can’t use just any old name for the latest addition to your furry family.
And, as you know, every pussycat is different.
It’s not a one-size-fits-all scenario.
And while you tear your hair out, the cat in question is sitting happily on your lap, looking up at you trustingly.
He purrs, and stretches slowly.
Do you know my name yet?
Alright then, wake me when you’ve got it sorted…


The Secret to Choosing One of 10 Million Cat Names


Now, if you close your eyes, and focus, you might be able to pluck the right cat name out of the air.


But that’s hard to do when the TV is blaring, and the phone is ringing.
Then there are the mournful howls of your poor nameless cat.
He’s reminding you that there’s an urgent need to go buy some top-of-the-line cat food.


After all, it’s the least you can do.
Because, believe me, he’s not going to answer to “Fluffy” for much longer…


So if you don’t have time to meditate in complete silence until you “hear” the right cat name, here’s what you do.


You cut through the endless choices by choosing a cat name category.

Settle on a category of cat names, and then choose from within that range.


Here are 6 cat name categories that will jump-start your creativity.


try a nature cat name

Your new cat might be a child of nature.

He may love to climb trees, or pass out happily under the hedge.
Or he might be an indoor cat who likes to sneak little nibbles on your house plants.
Flower themes might also fit an extra sweet kitty who needs a softer, gentle kind of cat name.
Here are some examples from this category:

  • Rose
  • Poppy
  • Daisy
  • Rosemary
  • Blossom
  • Jasmine
  • Ash
  • Forrest
  • Huckleberry
  • Jasper
  • Leaf
  • Winter

I love that old-school names are coming back for human babies.
Why not for fur babies, too?
These traditional cat names could work very well for the more conservative cat who’s a creature of habit.
In his world, dinner should be served promptly at 5pm.
And you should be settled on the sofa with a hot beverage – ready for your snuggling duties –by 7.30, thanks very much.
Here are some examples from this category:

  • Alice
  • Martha
  • Grace
  • Doris
  • Mabel
  • Minnie
  • Mortimer
  • Frank
  • Walter
  • Fred
  • Clarence
  • Louis

try a magical cat name

We already know that cats have special powers.
They look past you into other worlds all the time.
They know when you’re coming home.
And they’re right there when you need a hug.
So why not acknowledge the many magical qualities of kitties with a mystical name?
Here are some examples from this category:

  • Calypso
  • Aurora
  • Tabitha
  • Lorelei
  • Ariel
  • Miranda
  • Asland
  • Blade
  • Caspian
  • Draco
  • Gandalf
  • Magnus

Some cats seem to be going through a little identity crisis.
They might have shaggy fur like a bear, or like to jump off the roof like they have wings.
These cats make you wonder if they were a different kind of animal in another life.
Why not capture that unique aspect of their personalities, by naming them after the animal they remind you of?
Here are some examples from this category:

  • Bear
  • Wolf
  • Tiger
  • Butterfly
  • Dragonfly
  • Honey Bee
  • Monkey
  • Goose
  • Ladybird
  • Puffin
  • Badger
  • Lioness

food themed cat names

Have you ever told your cat she’s “just delicious”?
I know I have!
Think about your favorite kinds of food – and then see whether any of them describe the scrumptious nature of your own little cat!
Here are some examples from this category:

  • Honey
  • Cupcake
  • Sugar
  • Muffin
  • Cookie
  • Popcorn
  • Meatball
  • Raisin
  • Cappucino
  • Gingerbread
  • Liquorice
  • Biscuit
  • Peanut
  • Noodle

Cats are works of art, right from the moment they’re born.
They come into the world with their little stripes and markings already perfectly in place.
And sometimes the color of your cat’s fur, her eyes, or even the inside of her ears is just so beautiful you want to capture that in a name.
Here are some examples from this category:

  • Coal
  • Jett
  • Indigo
  • Lavender
  • Sage
  • Auburn
  • Silver
  • Scarlett
  • Violet
  • Ebony
  • Emerald
  • Raven


As you can see, there may be 10 million cat names out there…

But you only need one!
And now you have a solid cat naming strategy in place, you’ll find the purrfect cat name in no time.
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  • We have also used Biblical names

    Other CATegories are Authors, Books, Mythology, TV, Cartoons… The list is endless.

  • My cat’s name is Toffee. She was called this when we inherited her from my late mother-in-law. It sounds very sweet but in fact she’s quite a grumpy cat – and we love her for it as it gives her personality!
    That’s Purrfect

    • That’s funny, if she’s a little grumpy rather than sugar sweet! We joke with our nervous cat all the time, “Yep, the apocalypse is definitely coming, you should be worried. In the meantime here’s some dinner!” Ah, the various personalities of cats!

  • As for colour based names you can use words from other languages. Our solid white cat is Nevé from the Italian for the snow field above a glacier

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