Speculating on the name of the new royal baby has dominated recent news, but for cat lovers everywhere, naming new kittens or a recently acquired rescue cat is far more important. Sometimes the whole family gets involved, maybe even arguing over who gets to make the final decision.
However, in our eagerness to decide on a permanent moniker for our new pets, we don’t always put enough thought into it and just use the first thing that pops into our heads. Because of this, most cats end up with a name that is shared by many, many other cats.
People tend to name their kittens after things that are sweet, like desserts, so there are a lot of cats named Muffin, Sugar, and Cocoa.
Names that imply affection or friendship are also very popular. Precious, Baby, Sweety, Buddy and Angel fall into that category.
Naming cats based on their color or markings is a good idea, but how many cats have you met named Oreo, Smoky, Snowball or Blackie? Surely there must be a greater palet of color names to work with when trying to describe a beautiful shade of fur!
Names that describe fur texture and volume are also popular. Fluffy and Puff are probably the two most likely names for a very poofy cat!
Then we have the names that suggest a high rank, such as Princess, Queenie, and Duchess. Disney princess names are a favorite among young girls, resulting in a bevy of Ariels, Belles, Mulans and Jasmines.
Naming kittens after currently popular fictional characters is popular, including the heroes and heroines in our favorite books, TV shows and movies. Because of this, many cats end up sharing names like Bella, Simba, and Katniss.
Because people have begun naming their pets after fictional characters and favorite celebrities, more cats have names that formerly were reserved for humans. In spite of this, some cats still get stuck with obvious names like Tiger, Tigger, Kitty and Cat!
All of these a wonderful names, but if you would like to brainstorm and see if we can think up some pet names that are different than most of the other cats in town, let’s have a little fun and see what ideas we can generate together. Over the next few weeks, we’ll look to various sources for inspiration for more creative names for our new kittens and rescued felines. If you want to join in, be sure to subscribe to this column so you won’t miss any of the articles.
Meanwhile, go ahead and share some of your favorite cat names in the comments section below. You may help one of our readers find the perfect name for his or her new fur baby!
If you don’t have a pet or would like to add another pet to your home, be sure to watch the video about cat adoption!