8 Tips for Naming Your Cat

Updated on April 30, 2016

You just got home with the new kitten or cat. Hopefully, you got him or her at the shelter. With any luck, you were the one that was chosen. You prepared for this. You have the food, toys and litter box set up in strategic places. Now, what should you name the little guy?

Cats are unique creatures. Common names don’t suit them. While “Fluffy” and “Puss” are cute, they won’t reveal your cat’s true personality. If you rescued him with that name, you can change it—more about that later. Many veterinarians give the house’s surname.

Here are some tips to help you select the best name.

1. Take your time.

You want the name to reflect their look and personality. Take a couple days to name him. Watch how he plays and interacts with you and the environment. Does he play with more than one toy at a time? How does he interact with the other characters in the household? What color is he? A tuxedo cat called “Ginger” is an odd combination, but might fit. His behavior and appearance will give you ideas.

2. Don’t have too many names.

Cats recognize the sounds you make as words. If you give too many names, Alfred Lucious Moby Pendergrass Fluffy Hitler Hayden will think you are confused. He’ll choose the one he likes and ignore the rest.

3. Let the family help.

Everyone in the house should help to name your pet. Take all suggestions, discuss, and vote on a name or two. I don’t recommend using the same name as a member of the household. Otherwise, when you call Peter the child to clean up their mess, Peter the cat will come expecting a treat or something good.

A note about large households. Cats will adapt and respond to each person’s inflections. So you can use different versions of similar sounds and still get a response. They are intelligent like that.

4. Ask your friends.

Nobody knows you like the people you hang out with. They can make some good suggestions. You can also get ideas from their suggestions. My friend kept calling my cat “Rusty”, but I didn’t like it. I kept rolling it around in my head until I came up with “Rustacia”. However, now everyone thinks he is named after an eye medication or a skin disease. He doesn’t care and responds as if he chose it himself.

5. Name him after your favorite character.

If you are a Big Bang Theory fan, you might choose Sheldon or Penny. Dr. Who and Mr. Spock are both great choices for fans of either science fiction series. How about “Jon Snow” or “Finn”?

“Piwaket” was the cat in an old Kim Novak movie, “Bell, Book and Candle”. You could even choose the name of a show like “Librarian” or “Bones”.

6. Use a thesaurus.

Fluffy” has synonyms like Downy, Gossamer or Velutinous. A thesaurus can give you ideas for unusual choices instead of a common name.

7. Make sure he likes it.

Your little furry friend may or may not like the name you give him. If you choose the wrong name, he will respond slowly or ignore you until you have something he needs. How would you like to be called George when you are Loretta?

8. Repeat the name.

While you pet and/or cuddle your cat say his name over and over. Even if you rescued your cat with a name like Fluffy or Puss, you can change it through repetition. Start with calling him both names. For example, say Fluffy Spock for a couple days—especially at feeding and petting time—then start calling him Spock. Soon, he will get accustomed to your voice and accept the name.

They will answer to their names when they hear them. I once had a white cat named Pegasus that got very excited when he heard the cartoon Hercules call his winged horse.

How did you come up with your pet's name? Tell me about it in the comments below.

Comments

    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    • profile image

      Sandra 

      7 months ago

      My cats name is Luka. She was names Luka as she is so original and majestic like the song "My name is Luka"

    • profile image

      Master Sword 

      15 months ago

      What should I name my future cat?

    • profile image

      Jenn OR 

      2 years ago

      Fabulously written but while the title was informative, it lacked the pizazz of the article's advice. Loved that you've worked in Piwaket & Rustacia...prolly others as well, I realize, too!

    • profile image

      Gloria Dornin 

      2 years ago

      great advice and well writen

    • profile image

      Vicky 

      2 years ago

      I had a black puppy and named him Poudre!

    working

    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, pethelpful.com uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at: https://pethelpful.com/privacy-policy#gdpr

    Show Details
    Necessary
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the googleapis.com or gstatic.com domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Features
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Marketing
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Statistics
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)