Popular and Unusual Cat Names

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Having trouble finding a name for your little pal? Looking for a collection of popular or unusual cat names? KnowYourCritter is here to help.

When you’re thinking of names for your pet you’ll have to consider that cats are likely to pay more attention to a name that is short and/or high-pitched.

Although, if you can’t be bothered to think of names, here you’ll find a list of the top 20 popular and unusual cat names for female and male cats.


cat on a sofa

The Science behind good cat names

“How do I find a good cat name?”

You can name your cat anything that pops into your mind. However, as you may have noticed, cats respond better to specific frequencies of sound. Low purrs and high squeals are quickly caught by the cat’s highly sensitive ears, allowing them to respond to their kitten or other cats.

Names with high-pitched vowels (A, E or I) allow your kitten to remember the sound easier. At KnowYourCritter, we named the office cat CeCe (short for Cecilia, which we only use when she’s in big trouble!).

Not long after using the name to call her, she associated it with herself and we could use it to call her for her breakfast. The e’s in her name can be emphasized at a higher pitch to help her hear the name in another room or when asleep.

KnowYourCritter Recommends – Felix, Kitty, Charlie, Ginger

“My cat won’t respond to its name. Why?”

There are many reasons why your cat is having trouble associating their name with themselves. Cats, like almost all animals, do not realize what they are.

Place your cat next to a mirror and watch it try to understand what it is looking at!

This means that it can be very difficult to convince an animal that their name is theirs alone. That a unique sound is only used when they are being called.

The best way to associate themselves with their name is to use the name when Feeding them, stroking them and playing with them. These positive experiences that your cat enjoys means their name becomes a special sound that they like to hear.

Here’s KnowYourCritter’s top 20 popular and unusual names for female cats:





1 Kitty Baby
2 Luna Chaka Zulu
3 Bella Puss Puss
 4 Fluffy Dobby
 5 Missy Ariel
 6 Ginger Catnip
 7 Lulu BabyGirlRiley
 8 Aurora Kit Kat
 9 Buddy Cecilia
 10 Cookie Mitts
 11 Chloe Bo-bee
 12 Daisy Buttons
 13 Bonita Kiki
 14 Foxy Barbie
 15 Roxy Prissy
 16 Muffin Willow
 17 Contessa Rainbow
 18 Curly Diamond
 19 Bonsai CoCo
 20 Mittens Abby


Here’s KnowYourCritter’s top 20 popular and unusual names for male cats:





1 Oliver Lucifer
2 Mr Whiskers Crookshanks
3 Mittens Fatty
 4 Tiger Winston
 5 Felix Socks
 6 Tom Aiden
 7 Oscar Dimitri
 8 Buddy Arial
 9 Max 8-ball
 10 Simba Catnip
 11 Bob Chewie
 12 Morgan Batman
 13 Dexter Mr Magoo
 14 Emilio Pumpkin
 15 Duncan E.T.
 16 Romeo Godzilla
 17 Mac Apollo
 18 Axel Oreo
 19 Scout Quasar
 20 Charlie Vodka


If you are still trying to think of the perfect name for your cat you can always try to analyse its behaviour or physical features.

Three kittens playing


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