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100+ Cute Japanese Cat Names for Your Pet

Layne is an animal lover and grew up in a household full of rescued critters. She is a registered veterinary technician.

Cute Japanese Names for Cats

Cute Japanese Names for Cats

Japanese Cat Names With Meanings for Male and Female Pets

Congratulations on your new feline companion. Are you looking for a cute Japanese name for your new cat or kitten? Make sure you pick one that you love from this list of girl and boy cat names. Choose from names that are inspired by all things nature, like the galaxy, seasons, and geography. Choose from cute food names like fruits, veggies, and popular snacks. Choose from beautiful-sounding colors, numbers, and shapes, as well as cute animal names like bears, pandas, and more.

What's the Difference Between Hiragana, Katakana, and Kanji?

If you want to learn the Japanese language, you should start with pronunciation and reading of hiragana. Hiragana is the easiest for people who are new to the language and it is used to structure sentences around kanji (characters), which are very challenging to learn and require studying brushstroke order. Katakana is similar to hiragana (maybe easier) and is used for borrowed words from other languages (English, French, etc.). Start by learning hiragana and studying it's pronunciation from a reputable source.

Nature-Inspired Cat Names for Boys and Girls

NameEnglishHiragana/Katakana

Hoshi

star

ほし

Yoko

ocean-sun-child

よこ

Yuki

snow

ゆき

Hana

flower

はな

Niji

rainbow

にじ

Haru

spring

はる

Gin

silver

ぎん

Ai

love

あい

Kin

gold

きん

Ame

rain

あめ

Tsukii

moon

つき

Kinsei

Venus

きんせい

Taiyou

sun

たいよう

Suisei

comet

すいせい

Tetsu

iron

てつ

Kawa

river

かわ

Mine

mountain peak

みね

Shima

island

しま

Kumo

cloud

くも

Umi

sea

うみ

Mori

forest

もり

Ginga

galaxy

ぎんが

Dou

copper

どう

Dosei

Saturn

どせい

Suisei

Mercury

すいせい

Kasei

Mars

かせい

Bara

rose

ばら

Yama

mountain

やま

Umibe

sea shore

うみべ

Sora

sky

そら

Sakura

cherry blossom

さくら

Bara

rose

ばら

Uchuu

space

うちゅう

Dou

copper

どう

Mori

forest

もり

Kiku

chrysanthemum

きく

Yuri

lily

ゆり

Tanpopo

dandelion

たんぽぽ

Maru or Circle

Maru or Circle

Japanese Names for Cats (Shapes, Colors, Numbers)

NameEnglishHiragana/Katakana

Murasaki

purple

むらさき

Hyaku

100

ひゃく

Rei

zero

れい

Hachi

eight

はち

Roku

six

ろく

Ao

blue

あお

Kiiro

yellow

きいろ

Midori

green

みどり

Aka

red

あか

San

three

さん

Ichi

one

いち

Maru

circle

まる

Adorable Japanese Food and Fruit Names for Cats

NameEnglishHiragana/Katakana

Sumomo

plum

すもも

Tamago

egg

たまご

Satou

sugar

さとう

Wasabi

wasabi

わさび

Ocha

tea

おちゃ

Mizu

water

みず

Ichigo

strawberry

いちご

Suika

watermelon

すいか

Ringo

apple

りんご

Mikan

citrus/clementine

みかん

Nashi

pear

なし

Yuzu

yuzu

ゆず

Endou

pea

えんどう

Kabocha

pumpkin

かぼちゃ

Mochi

chewy rice cake

もち

Momo

peach

もも

Keki

cake

ケーキ

Satoimo

taro

さといも

Ninjin

carrot

にんじん

Shouga

ginger

しょうが

Satoimo

taro

さといも

Tetsu or Iron

Tetsu or Iron

Cute Japanese Animal Names for Cats

NameEnglishHiragana/Katakana

Iruka

dolphin

いるか

Tsubasa

wing

つばさ

Hitode

sea star

ひとで

Tsuru

crane

つる

Risu

squirrel

りす

Hebi

snake

へび

Sai

rhino

さい

Panda

panda

パンダ

Hachi

bee

はち

Kaeru

frog

かえる

Hina

little bird

ひな

Hato

dove

はと

Usagi

rabbit

うさぎ

Neko

cat

ぬこ

Nezumi

mouse

ねずみ

Kitsune

fox

きつね

Chou

butterfly

ちょう

Kujira

whale

くじら

Koorogi

cricket

こおろぎ

Same

shark

さめ

Hotaru

firefly

ほたる

Saru

monkey

さる

Kuma

bear

くま

Tora

tiger

とら

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© 2020 Layne Holmes

Comments

Layne Holmes (author) from Bend, Oregon on September 16, 2020:

Hi Liz, I definitely love to study Japanese. These names are soo cute! Thanks for reading.

Liz Westwood from UK on September 16, 2020:

This is a well-illustrated and interesting list of names. I am in awe of non-native speakers who can master the Japanese language.