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Posted on Thursday, August 30th, 2012

Choosing a great name for your new cat

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When you take a cat into your home, whether it’s a tiny playful kitten or fully grown independent adult, there are several things you will need to provide for him or her. The first is a litter tray, the next is some delicious cat food, then you’ll want a few great cat toys (why not a catnip mouse or two?) and eventually it will come time to invest in a collar and tags. This means you’ll have to give your new kitty the one gift he or she won’t wear out or need changed regularly – a name.

Naming cats can be tough. It’s hard to know what kind of personality a kitten will adopt in adulthood, and older cats can be austere and reclusive creatures. So, while part of your naming process should be simply getting to know your pet, there are some ways you can begin to narrow your list. Keep these ideas in mind.

  • Go to your favorite book. While there’s no shortage of cats named Boo or Scout, going to a favorite book is a great way to find a few great options. If nothing appeals to you there, this could be a great excuse to do some movie watching. Mine the stories you love in film, literature and music for fantastic names.
  • Think of the most unlikely name you can come up with. While Dave or Sherry might not be the name you settle on for your cat, by delving into unlikely places, you may uncover a bit of gold. Don’t rule out the unusual or un-catlike. Not every kitty is a Cupcake or Shadow – maybe yours is a Melinda!
  • Let someone else decide. Can’t make up your mind? Let a friend or family member put in his or her two cents, or hold a vote. If you don’t like the suggestions or results, you can veto, after all.
  • Go to another language. Do no words in the English language quite do your new feline friend justice? Don’t be afraid to dip into a variety of other languages. Sometimes a touch of Castilian or a few musical syllables of Mandarin can capture your pet’s personality better than the whole Oxford English dictionary.

This content is provided by the pet wellness experts at Hartz. We know that adopting a dog or cat is a huge commitment, so we’re here to help you feel confident and become the best pet parent you can be.

How did you choose your cat’s name?