What Makes a Good Cat Name?

Picking the perfect name for your new feline friend is not that difficult, and it can be a lot of fun. What makes a good cat name is largely a matter of personal choice; hence, there is really no right or wrong name. Your cat won't care what you call him, so consider unique cat names if you like, or stick with one of the more popular cat names.

You may want to choose a name that either complements some physical attribute of your cat (such as their color, size or markings) or a name that fits your cat's behavior or personality. If several cat names appeal to you but you can't decide which one you like best, try using them for a few days to see how they fit. Your new cat hasn't become accustomed to any one name yet, and won't be confused if you alternate names until you find the one that seems to suit them best.

How to Generate Ideas for Unique Cat Names

Inspiration for naming your cat can come from just about anywhere. You might want to choose a cat name according to your hobbies or profession. For instance, if you like to garden, some great cat names are Jasmine, Holly, Poppy, Lily, Lotus, Sweet Pea and Tulip. If you're a chef, baker or waitress (or just really love food) a few good cat names are Honey, Ginger, Muffin, Olive and Cupcake. Your favorite beverage might inspire you to name your cat Pepsi, Sake, Mocha or Soda.

If your children love Disney movies, then Ariel, Bambi and Belle make good female cat names, while Nemo, Woody and Mickey are perfect male cat names. For TV and movie buffs, unique cat names like Xena, Buffy, Hannah, Keiko and Tootsie are all fitting.

The Internet is a great resource for unearthing unique cat names, as well as researching a name's origin and meaning. You can find female cat names, male cat names, cute names and humorous names, as well as names in other languages. There are hundreds of unusual categories of cat names such as medieval, biblical, historical and regional. You could also name your cat after a famous person, if you wish.

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Good Male Cat Names and Female Cat Names

What constitutes a "good" name for your cat is entirely subjective, but here are a few suggestions. Tiger, Max, Butch and Mojo are all good male cat names, and Goliath and Samson are especially fitting for large males. Good female cat names include Gypsy, Pixie, Coco and Princess. Some popular cat names based on color are Shadow, Midnight, Pepper and Onyx for black cats, Sterling or Smokey for a gray cat, and Snowball, Sugar or Daisy for a white cat.

Some things to keep in mind when choosing a pet's name:

  • Your cat's name should be short, ideally no more than two syllables.
  • Names that sound like a command, such as Joe and No, can be confusing to your cat.
  • If you have other pets, the names should not sound the same.
  • Resist the urge to name a new kitten after a dear departed pet. Even if it resembles them, it will have a completely different personality and deserves an original name.

Choosing a name for your cat should be an enjoyable process. Remember to have fun, don't stress over it, and the perfect name will come to you. How will you know when you've found the right name? It will just "fit" your cat, and you won't be able to imagine calling them anything but that!