Naming a new pet is an exciting and challenging endeavor. But you might think the process futile as your new kitten is likely to march to the beat of their own drum and will probably ignore you, anyway.
It’s a common misconception that cats don’t recognize their names in the same way that dogs do. The truth is that cats can recognize their names when said by their owners (even if they ultimately choose to walk away and ignore them).
If you’re trying to settle on a name for your new cat or kitten, why not find inspiration in something you love? Whether you’ve been a Pokemon fan since its inception in 1996 or picked it up when Pokemon Go was released in 2016, a kitten name inspired by your favorite TV show or video game will stand the test of time.
Keep reading for a guide on choosing the perfect Pokemon-inspired name and an exhaustive list to choose from.
How to Name Your Cat
There isn’t a science to the process of naming your pet. The easiest way to start the process is to write down all the names you might like to give your new kitty. Read each out loud. How does the name sound rolling off the tongue? Is it short, punchy, and easy to say, or is it several syllables long and hard to say? Remember, you’ll be using your cat’s name a lot, so you need to pick something that you like saying.
Finding Inspiration for Your Cat’s Name
There are a lot of places to draw inspiration from when it comes to naming your cat. Even if you’re set on choosing a Pokemon-inspired name, you can still take the following factors into account when naming your kitten.
Use Their Personality
Cat characteristics vary from breed to breed and cat to cat. Even two cats of the same breed can have wildly different personalities.
Don’t settle on a name for your kitty until you’ve had a chance to see them in action. Give them some time to get used to their new home, as their personality can change as they become more comfortable in their new surroundings.
For example, if your kitten has a rebellious streak in them, you could name them after Charizard, a sometimes-unruly Pokemon. If your kitten doesn’t like to leave your side, Pikachu might be a great name for them, as this character is known for their loyalty. If your new addition is sleepy and lazy all the time, Drowzee might be the perfect name for them.
Use Their Appearance
The physical appearance of your cat can help inspire a Pokemon-themed name.
If your kitty has a red or copper coat, names like Jynx, Flareon, or Charmeleon would suit them well. If their coat is black, dark-colored Pokemon like Spoink, Murkrow, and Umbreon might work well. White cats could be named after white Pokemon like Dewgong, Litwick, or Vanillite.
Pokemon Names for Your Male Cat
Most Pokemon since the Generation II games have a gender. Some species, however, are genderless. Since most of the Pokemon and characters we’re familiar with do have a gender, we can provide you with kitten names based on the sex of your kitty. Here are our favorite male names inspired by Pokemon:
- See Also: Exotic and Wild Cat Names
Pokemon Names for Your Female Cat
There are female-specific Pokemon and female human characters that might make great names for your new companion. Here are our favorite female-leaning names:
- See Also: Warrior Cat Names
Pokemon Names for Your Kitten
Even though kittens grow to be adult cats eventually, you might consider naming your new addition after one of the notoriously small Pokemon. Here are our favorite tiny Pokemon.
- See Also: Punny Cat Names
Pokemon Cat Names Based on Cat-Inspired Characters
There are many Pokemon that you can look at and immediately know that a real animal was the inspiration behind their design. There are several feline-inspired characters in the Pokemon universe whose names would be a great fit for your new kitty. Here are some of our favorites:
- See Also: Mischievous Cat Names
There is no need to rush when naming your new kitty. Give yourselves time to get to know one another before settling on their name. We hope that our list of potential Pokemon-inspired kitty names has given you a few ideas on what to name your new addition. If you’re not feeling drawn to any of these names, check out our other helpful naming guides!
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