Choosing a cat name can be difficult. Choosing the perfect cat name can be really difficult.
Owners can find inspiration from many different places: favorite books, movie stars, or by using the names of famous cats that they love. It’s also kind of fun to give a cat a human name. Another way to help find a suitable cat name is to look at the list of the most popular cat names for the year.
Even if you don’t choose one from the list, they can provide inspiration, or if you enjoy being different, you can ensure that you completely avoid any of those that make the most popular names list.
Below are some of the most popular cat names in a range of categories. While some are more common, others might surprise you.
Most Popular Cat Names for Males
According to the Humane Rescue Alliance, the most popular cat name for toms is Oliver, with Ollie, a shortened version of the same name, also coming in at number nine.
Most Popular Cat Names for Females
The Humane Rescue Alliance also put together a short list of cat names for females. The most popular female cat name is Luna, which, interestingly, is also the most popular name for female dogs.
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Most Popular Celebrity-Pun Names
Who doesn’t love a good pun? The Daily Paws put together a fabulous list of pun-tastic names inspired by celebrities. Have a look!
Most Popular Cat Food Names
There is just something so enticing about naming our cats after food. They’re so adorable that you feel like you could take a bite out of them, so why not give them a popular food name to match? Yahoo! put together a great list of popular food names for cats:
Cat Names From History
Are you a history buff? If so, consider Litter-Robot’s list of famous cats throughout history as inspiration.
Inspiration for Names
Some cat owners will tell you it doesn’t matter what name you choose for a cat because they don’t listen and almost certainly won’t respond unless they’re hungry anyway. However, many cats do respond to their names. You can choose anything you like as a name for your cat, but you can look for inspiration in books, on TV and movies, or in the pages of history.
How to Choose a Name for Your Cat
Choosing a name can be difficult, and while you can choose pretty much any moniker you like, experts advise that you follow certain guidelines.
A cat’s name is important, and you should choose one when your cat is young to give it the best chance of being able to learn it properly and answer when you call it. Avoid anything too embarrassing or complicated, and ensure that everybody uses the same name.
If you’re looking for inspiration, the lists above can provide a good place to start, with Luna being the most popular name for female cats and Oliver the most popular for male cats.
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