Getting a new kitten is such a lovely time and most people spend quite a bit of time trying to choose kitten names. I have found that often a kitten seems to already have a name – one that just appears inside my head and sticks no matter how I try to change it. Sometimes it is not even a name I would consciously choose. However, other times I get stuck and just cannot think of a nice name that suits the kitten.
Unlike human babies where the parents can choose to wait a few weeks to see the baby’s personality before naming the child, kittens should be given a name quickly, to help with initial training and give your new little family member a feeling she belongs.
While it is great to give a kitten a lovely name, it is also good to bestow a name that reflects your new kitten’s individual personality. There are actually a lot of good kitten names to choose from in books or in the internet. But generally, how can an owner choose a name which she will find suitable for her own kitten or cat?
Many owners name their kittens with human names . And interestingly enough, there is a whopping fifty percent of cats names used that are also people names. This most likely because their are owners are enamored with a particular name and have a need to bestow that favorite name they love onto something – be this a person, a pet or even an inanimate object. Examples of boy kitten names are Max, Sam, George. Examples of cat girl names are Grace, Lizzy, Suzi, etc.
Another basis for naming a kitten can be personality or appearance. In this category, examples are Midnight – which is a black cat of course. Fluffy – a furry, fluffy cat with a big coat. Whitey for a white kitten. Cat names based on appearances or personality make up around twenty percent of all cat names.
So how does an owner actually name a kitten? Here are some tips which new owners can give some thought.
A kitten’s name is for keeps. No matter which name the owner chooses, the kitten’s name should be that for the rest of her life. It is absolutely not fair to change a kitten’s name to something new every couple of weeks just because the owner finds another name she likes better. If the kitten already recognizes the sound of her name, then you should not change it.
First off – keep in mind when naming a kitten, that the name that the owner chooses will not only reflect the kitten’s character but also how the owner views her relationship with the kitten. As much as it says a lot about the cat, the name given by the owner will tell much about the owner himself. It can then be seen how the name can portray an image of the characteristics of the cat.
Many cat names give either a positive or negative impression of the cat. So, it is important to choose a name for a kitten that conveys the best image of the kitten. Also try to choose to pick a name which will be appropriate when your cat is full-grown. For example, a very big, adult tabby cat with a little-cat name like Minnie or Pixi would be a little odd.
Although the cat won’t mind any name its owner may wish to use, it is just not fair to give the cat an embarrassing name. While a cat won’t object to being called “Booger Booger”, it would be embarrassing for the owner to actually use this name. Can you imagine calling out “Booger Booger” whenever you are looking for your cat, or at every meal time? The kitten’s owner should find her cat a name that she will be proud to use.
It is also nice for an owner to name a kitten with something that is close to her heart and a name he will be proud to call out no matter what time of the day.
A name with two syllables often works the best, as the response of cats to two-syllable names is better. A cat owner may decide to give her kitten a long name as well as a nick name. However, keep in mind that a long name usually get shortened, and that could ruin the effect the cat owner originally wanted for the kitten’s name.
The kitten’s breed heritage may provide great ideas for names. For instance, if the cat owner owns a Siamese cat, why not name it Siam? If the cat is a Russian Blue, it would be nice to give it a Russian-sounding or Russian inspired name such as Sofia or Chekov.
Speaking of inspiration, there are a lot of things out there from which you can gain inspiration for unique kitten names. As I mentioned earlier, the name the owner gives her cat will speak just as much about the owner herself, so maybe you can choose a kitten name that is derived from your likes, hobbies and favorites? If the owner were passionate about world history, maybe unique kitten names such as Marco Polo, Gengher or Voltaire would appeal. If the owner were an avid fan of the Greek mythology, then naming a kitten Zeus, Athena, Hercules or Jason would be sure to make a good first impression on other people.
On the more contemporary side, names of characters from favorite movies, cartoon series, TV programs or pop bands will do just as well. Huey, Louie and Duey are great names for kittens, as are Bonnie and Clyde. A more classy touch would be naming a kitten after signature clothing designers. Hugo Boss, Giovanni and Armani are good would not sound so bad for cats–just as long as they are well groomed as their names imply.
Naming a kitten can sometimes not be as easy as you would expect, but it can be a lot of fun. Involve the whole family and keep some of my suggestions in minds and then no doubt, that perfect name will come easily. Follow this link for some great suggestions on actual names themselves: Kitten names.