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What to Name Your Cat

By The Daily Cat experts

What to Name Your Cat

There are two things to consider when naming your cat: how you feel about the name and how your cat feels about it. Some owners give their cats silly names that many of us would never consider giving to a person. But if these silly names bring to mind joy and endearment, those feelings are probably carried over to the cat. For example, Gina Spadafori, co-author of the book Cats for Dummies, has an amateur hockey player friend. He named his two cats Slapshot and Puck.

But I learned another lesson about cat names some years ago, when a gorgeous seal point Himalayan cat suddenly came to me as a stray. I first named her Charlotte, thinking that the pretty, French-sounding name seemed appropriate. She rarely responded. I then started calling her Honey, a name that she immediately loved.

As it turns out, cats often react to hearing words that end with an “ee” sound, according to Dr. David Brunner and Sam Stall, authors of The Cat Owner’s Manual. They also like shorter words. That’s probably because “ee” sounds and shorter vocalizations are more commonly used in cat-to-cat communication.

Brunner and Stall also wisely point out that you should avoid names that have a hissing noise to them. The name Sherman or Sissy, for example, forces you to make that “shuh” sound that can scare cats. Imagine if someone named you Danger!


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Posted on November 11, 2011

Stephanie says: We have 4 cats and 3 came with names that they responded to when called. Bonnie, Jax, and Annabelle. The last one is Moe, when we got her, she was called Madeline and it just didn't fit her. She was 2 months old and did not respond to it. Now she is "Mo-Moe" and responds with a "brrrip!" When called!

Posted on September 15, 2011

Mike says: We have a male, orange tabby cat. We decided to name him Sherbert - it worked because he's orange, and he tends to "brrrrrrrt" for his vocalizations rather than meow (hence the SherbeRt, not Sherbet). Of course, Sherbert has morphed into a ton of nicknames, including Sherbie, Derby, Derbs, and Bert.

Posted on September 8, 2011

Joyce says: I tried various names with my girl when she was a kitten. On the sixth morning when I called her Missy, she came running and rubbed and pawed my legs so Missy it has been since. She often will sing out when I call her name, but now reserves the right to not always come to it.

Posted on September 8, 2011

lorraine mac says: Hi , my cat Bunny is a russian blue she is a very good cat but when i pass her she goes to hit me and sometimes has her claws out she will also go to nip me not hard softly but we do have our bonding time she won;t eat unles i stand ther and pet her why does she hit and nip at me

Posted on September 6, 2011

Vicki Rogers says: My daughter was stationed in Sicily and got a beautiful grey tabby female.  Of course the only suitable name was Bella (beautiful) in Italian and she is very smart and every bit a princess with a Sicilian attitude. 

Posted on September 7, 2011

Pam says: we have a sweet female domestic cat that we named Isabelle but we call her Izzie which she does know her name. She is very smart. She knocks on the door or the window to come in or out.

Posted on June 8, 2012

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