Choosing Cat Names

10 Tips to help you pick the perfect cat name choosing cat names

Felix, Pickles or Milo?

Choosing cat names is a lot of fun, but with so many options, it can also be a challenge!  The most important thing to remember is to pick a cat name that you like, and that also suits your cat.

With this in mind, we’ve put together 10 cat-naming tips to help inspire you and keep you on the right track:

1) Make sure you know your cat’s gender. This may sound like a no-brainer, but we’ve known many pet owners who have suddenly realized that their ‘Jack’ is actually a ‘Jill’!

2) Choose a name that you can imagine calling out dozens of times each day.

3) Keep it simple. Two-syllable names are easiest to call out and for your cat to understand.  If you really want a long name like Sergeant Pepper Paws, make sure it can be shortened to something like “Serge” or “Pepper” for everyday use, and that you like the shortened form.

4) Don’t choose a name that you will be embarrassed to call out in public. I named one of my first childhood cats, a calico cat, “Chocolate Fart Bum”.  It was immediately changed to “Chocky” when my mother took her for her first visit to the vet!

5) Let your imagination run wild. Cat names can be witty, famous, regal, related to your hobbies…whatever appeals to you.

6) Let your cat’s appearance inspire you. When you first get a new cat, it may take you a while to get to know its true personality, and as it grows, its behavior may change.  Your cat’s appearance, on the other hand, is much more likely to stay constant.

7) Use your cat’s breed for inspiration. For example, choose a Thai name for your Siamese or a Scottish name for your Scottish Fold.

8) Consult cat naming books and websites for ideas. These resources will provide you with hundreds if not thousands of options.

9) Let your cat guide you. Create a shortlist of names that you like and then try calling them out to your cat.  Its response just might help you pick the perfect one!

10) Be respectful – don’t pick names that will demean your cat.

If you use these guidelines to name your cat, chances are you won’t go wrong. And if you do…don’t worry, you won’t be the first person in history to change their cat’s name. I should know!

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