When it comes to choosing some of the coolest cat names, we’ve got your back. Picking a name for your new kitten or adopted adult cat can be challenging for some. New pet owners may not want something plain or are averse to some types of names (like giving a cat a “human” name).
No matter your reasoning for wanting a great name for your new family member, we’re certain that you’ll find inspiration in this list. We’ve got everything from geeky and nerdy names inspired by the Hunger Games and Harry Potter to names that let your creativity flow.
How to Pick a Good Cat Name
With cat ownership comes the responsibility of choosing a name that works for your cat. You may pick their name based on their coat color (such as calling a gray cat “Storm”, “Cloud”, or “Silver”), or you could go with something that fits their personality.
Cats respond better to shorter names. Preferably ones that don’t sound like other names or common things you might use in your home. For instance, don’t call your cat “Cinnamon” if you use the spice a lot in your kitchen because you’ll end up with the fluffy type of Cinnamon in your baking rather than the spice.
Common and Popular Names for Your New Kitty
20 Common and cool male cat names
20 Common and cool female cat names
- Tiger Lily
20 Cool unisex cat names
20 Popular names for any cat
Names Based on Your Cat’s Fur
10 Orange cat names
- Puss/Puss in Boots
10 Names for black cats
10 Names for a black and white cat
10 Names for gray cats
- Earl Grey
10 Names for Calico cats
10 Names for white cats
10 Great tabby cat names
Names for the Nerdy and Geeky
Name your cat after one of 20 Lion King characters
30 Other animated cat names
30 Cool cat names for TV and movie fans
A good list of 20 Star Wars names
- Han/Han Solo
- Jar Jar
20 Awesome cat names for superhero fans
- Wonder Woman
15 Great cat names for the myth and legend readers
- Little John
- Robin Hood
20 Greek Mythology names for your cat
20 Cute cat names for nature lovers
- Cherry Blossom
10 Cat names based off of other animals
10 Funny cat names
- Chairman Meow
- Mr. Bigglesworth
10 Adorable names for your new kitten
When to Start Teaching Your Pets Their Name
Ideally, you’ll want to start teaching your new kitten or adult cat their name as soon as you get them. For kittens, breeders don’t typically name them when they know they’re going to sell them, so they are called by the color of their collar or something similar. That means your new kitten won’t have any name associated with them, so they won’t get confused when learning.
Adopted cats are a little trickier. Sometimes they come with names, but that may be a name given to them by the shelter, so they don’t understand it’s their name. During name training sessions, adult cats may take a bit longer to pick up on their new name.
How to train your cat
To train your cat to learn their name, you only need some treats and a few minutes a day. Say your cat’s chosen name and offer them the treat. You may want to break treats up into smaller pieces when teaching them.
As you continue, get further away from your cat. The goal is to be able to call their name from across the room and have them come to you. Once it’s clear, they understand it’s their name and switch out the treat for petting. Positive reinforcement doesn’t always need to be in the form of treats – cats are tactile and social creatures, and they respond well to head rubs.
Cats have short attention spans. You’ll only be able to train them for a few minutes at a time. You don’t want them to be overwhelmed, stressed, or annoyed. Cat trainers will tell you that even getting your cat’s attention for one minute when training them is enough. Remember not to give up and to keep coming back when your cat is awake but calm.
Do not wake your cat up to train them; avoid training at dawn or dusk when they’re most active. They’re less likely to pay attention in these situations because other things have their attention, and you aren’t on that list.
If you’re having trouble training your cat, seek veterinary advice and ask for training recommendations. Your vet might be able to point you in the right direction while you’re getting started.
Q: How do I find more cute names for cats?
A: Looking online is a great option if you haven’t found a name you like, but you could also consider naming your cat after one of your favorite characters or even an author – like Charles Dickens! You’ll just end up calling your cat “Charles”, but what a great name for a dapper gentleman of a cat.
Q: Why do so many people want cool names for cats?
A: Younger cat owners have had much more exposure to the world through the internet, so it’s no wonder they get a bit more creative with their names. It’s also more socially acceptable to be geeky now, leading to cats being named after a beloved cartoon character. But it’s not just cartoons. People also name their cats after characters in films, TV series, books, their favorite actors, flowers they like, or they give them unique names that have spiritual meanings to them.
Q: What kind of name is best to give a cat?
A: It’s always best to give your cat a name that rolls off your tongue easily and isn’t hard to say, pronounce, or spell. Something around three syllables makes the perfect name, but you’re still likely to shorten it. That said, be sure to pick a name you and your friends can shorten because cat owners rarely use their cat names full when talking to them.
Q: Can you use a baby name for a cat?
A: You might be surprised to learn that many people already do! Baby name websites are one of the best places to find names for animals, and they’re often employed in times like this. Some websites allow you to search by name, origin (country), the first letter, or even meaning! Searching by meaning is an excellent way to find more ideas for your cat’s name.