Choosing A Name For Your Kitten

Once you've brought your kitten home, it's time to choose a suitable name for your new companion. Many people like to take the time to get to know the personality traits of their kitten before selecting a name. But sometimes, as soon as you set eyes on your kitten, a name just sticks.

To help you choose a name that best suits your kitten, we've put together some great tips to get you on the right track.

Keep it short and sweet

Shorter names (containing one or two syllables) are often easier for your cat to learn and are easier to call out. To avoid confusion, your cat's name should sound different from the names of other people and pets in the house, and different from important commands like 'come' or 'no'.

Look for longevity

Choose a name your kitten can grow into. With cats living longer and longer, you may be calling out your kitten's name for the next 20 years! Try to choose a name that is both suitable for a kitten and an adult cat.

Pay attention to personality

The unique personality of your kitten may influence your naming ideas. A playful naughty kitten might be a "Rascal," or a pampered little girl might be a "Princess."

Get inspired by looks

You can get naming inspiration from your kitten's breed or appearance. A Ragdoll might suit the name "Fluffy," whereas a Bombay (black cat) might be aptly named "Midnight."

Consider a human name

With the ever-growing humanization of pets, it's not surprising that many people are choosing human names for their cats. Some of the most popular names for males include Oscar, Max, and Sam. Popular female names are Bella, Chloe, Lucy, Missy, and Coco.

Involve the family

Involve the whole family in the naming process. Have each family member write down their three favorite names. Then have a family discussion about which one best suits your kitten.

Top Cat Names

Some of the most popular names for cats are often the simplest. Check out the below list of popular cat names and see if they match your new kitten and their personality:

  • Tiger
  • Puss
  • Smokey
  • Misty
  • Tigger
  • Kitty
  • Oscar
  • Missy
  • Max
  • Ginger