150 Cool Cat Names & Tips for Naming Your Cat

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Updated February 5, 2023

Choosing a name for your new feline friend is an important first step in establishing a bond between you and your kitty. After all, this is the name you will use to call your cat every day for years to come.

While some people may simply choose the first name that pops into their head, others may spend days or even weeks deliberating over the perfect moniker for their new pet. T

If you're on the hunt for cool cat names, you've come to the right place. Below, we've compiled a list of some of the best names for cats, which we hope will help you in your naming process.

From elegant and regal names like "Bella" and "Prince" to quirky and fun names like "Sugar" and "Mittens," we've got you covered.

Picking names for your feline friends is fun for the whole family. Whether you have a kitten, one cat or two cats, we are confident you'll find the perfect cool name for your pet.


Tips for Picking the Best Feline Name

When it comes to naming your cat, the sky's the limit. You can choose a name based on your kitty's physical appearance, personality, or simply anything that you find meaningful. 

If you're stuck for ideas, try thinking of names that reflect your cat's unique qualities. For example, does your cat have striking blue eyes? If so, you might consider names like "Blue" or "Sky." Is your cat particularly playful? Consider names like "Biscuit" or "Cookie."

Think About Your Cat's Personality

In addition to physical appearance, another great way to choose a name for your cat is to think about his or her personality.

If your cat is particularly feisty or playful, you might want to choose a name that reflects that, such as "Rascal" or "Tiger." On the other hand, if your cat is more laid-back and easygoing, you might want to go with something calmer, like "Bella" or "Butterscotch."

Get Creative With Punny Names

One of the best things about cats is that they are often quite punny. If you're looking for a name that will make your friends and family chuckle, try thinking of some clever wordplay based on your cat's appearance or personality. 

For example, if your cat is particularly small, you might consider names like "Tiny" or "Mite." If your cat loves to lounge around all day, lazy-themed names like "Sleepy" or "Potato" could be perfect. If youa re seeking cool orange cat names try out "Sweet Potato", "Pumpkin" or "Yams".

Don't Forget About Traditional Cat Names

While there are endless possibilities when it comes to naming your cat, sometimes the best option is to keep it simple with a classic name. Traditional cool unisex cat names like "Fluffy," "Tiger," and "Patches" will never go out of style and are sure to please everyone in the family.

Many male and female cats enjoy unisex names. You can even name a cat with green eyes "Emerald".

Consider a Kitty Nickname

Nicknames happen naturally. It's a shortening of a long name or something that sounds similar. Funny cat names always seem right at the time. And they are. But eventually, that long punny celebrity name is going to be a bit cumbersome for everyday use. 

If you want to have the full title of Queen Muffintop the Third or Fleas Witherspoon, think about how that long name is going to end up being nicknamed in the heat of the moment. Queenie or muffin are cute short forms of your cat's royal title, but calling out the name "Fleas!" when you have guests over might feel a bit awkward. 

This can also be helpful if you are on the fence between two cat names. Make one a fun middle name that you use less frequently. It'll be a great way to break the tension and make you laugh when you call out their full name after finding they've scratched a hole in your new leather couch!

150 Cool Cat Name Ideas

The naming possibilities are endless, but how do you pick just one? We put together a list of 150 of the most popular, the cutest, and many more of the best cat names to help you narrow down your options. 

Whether you are choosing a name based on your cat's quirky behaviours, trying to find something that matches their adorable physical attributes, or just want a name that rolls off the tongue naturally, this list has a little bit of everything to help point you in the right direction. 


Most Popular Cat Names

Not sure what to name your new cat? Take a look at 10 of the most popular cat names. These are so popular that you probably know a cat with one of these names. Just because they are popular doesn't mean that they aren't also awesome!

  1. Luna 

  2. Loki

  3. Leo

  4. Nala

  5. Bella

  6. Charlie

  7. Lucy

  8. Oliver

  9. Simba

  10. Coco

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Cutest Cat Names

If your cat is almost too cute to handle, then they need an adorable name to match. These top cute cat names are perfect for your family feline. They are particularly popular among families with young children, but let's be honest, these charming kitty names are perfect for any feline fluffball. 

Some of these names are classics and scream adorable kitty, like Whiskers or Fluffy. Whether you have a male or female cat, we know you'll find the perfect name.

Take a look at the best cute cat names:

  1. Fluffy 

  2. Tiny

  3. Whiskers

  4. Sprite

  5. Cuddles

  6. Patches 

  7. Pixie

  8. Princess/Prince 

  9. Sugar

  10. Baby

  11. Honey

  12. Snickers 

  13. Mochi

  14. Gizmo

  15. Mittens


Elegant Names for Female Cats

When choosing a name for your beautiful little queen, you want to consider her personality. Is she a wild child with more energy than she knows what to do with? Is your female cat an elegant and regal beauty? 

Just like naming a human baby, sometimes looking at the meaning behind the name will help you find the right one for your baby cat.

Callie, for example, means beautiful and lovely, the perfect name for a Birman or another stunning breed. Or maybe Iris, meaning rainbow, for a calico cat or one with a colourful personality.

Think about who your cat reminds you of. Maybe an actress like Angelina Jolie or Julia Roberts for girl cat names.

When searching for cool female cat names, think of one that matches the female cat personality.

Below are some of our favourite girl cat names to help you name your best feline sister:

  1. Callie

  2. Ivy

  3. Bailey

  4. Lucy

  5. Chloe

  6. Stella

  7. Zoe

  8. Lola

  9. Cleo

  10. Daisy

  11. Sophie

  12. Willow

  13. Iris

  14. Lady

  15. Ava

  16. Lulu

  17. Penny

  18. Gracie

  19. Trixie

  20. Kiki



Top Male Cool Cat Names

Finding the right name for your male cat may seem daunting. There are so many cool boy cat names names to choose from, but we can help inspire you with some of our favourite and most popular boy names for cats. 

There are plenty of fun casual boy cat names, like Max or Simon. But if you prefer a name with a deeper meaning, try Leo, meaning lion and representing bravery. Or maybe you want something a little more cutesy for your handsome cat, like Buddy.

Whatever cool boy cat names grab your attention, we are confident you'll find one that is just the ticket for your furry feline.

Let's look at the top 20 cool boy cat names. Here are some of the top male cat names:

  1. Leo

  2. Milo

  3. Loki

  4. Charlie

  5. Max

  6. Romeo

  7. Jack

  8. Louie

  9. Ollie

  10. Tony

  11. Duke

  12. Buddy 

  13. Jax

  14. Simon

  15. Teddy

  16. Blue

  17. Ozzy

  18. Felix

  19. Tom

  20. Clyde

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Top Unisex Cat Cat Names

These names are pretty adorable and also just generic enough to work for any kitten. Here are our 15  favourite unisex cat names:

  1. Kitty

  2. Nugget

  3. Bandit 

  4. Lucky

  5. Boots

  6. Peanut

  7. Bean

  8. Coco

  9. Maple

  10. Bear

  11. Lucky

  12. Scout

  13. Goose

  14. Rascal

  15. Socks


Spooky Black Cat Names


Black cats get a bad reputation, but they are some of the sweetest and most playful cats and choosing a black cat name is fun! While they aren't the bringers of misfortune that many superstitions lead you to believe, it doesn't mean you can't have a little fun with their names. Pick a teenage witch name or go with something scarier for your new kitty.

You don't have to put a hat on a hat when it comes to naming your cat, but it sure is fun. Here are some of the best black cat names. 

  1. Salem

  2. Midnight

  3. Shadow

  4. Sable

  5. Licorice (one of the most popular black cat names).


Fiery Cool Orange Cat Names

Some of the most famous cats are big orange tabbies: Garfield, Spot, Milo, and Puss in Boots. Orange cats are well-represented in pop culture. Your orange cat needs an iconic name too.

Something that puts a smile on your face when you say it and something that shows off your cat's orange fur pride.  There are many cool orange cat names that refer to the brilliant hue.

Check out some obvious, some funny, and some adorable best orange cat names:

  1. Tigger

  2. Cheddar

  3. Mango

  4. Ginger

  5. Butterscotch


Best White Feline Names

White cats often have some interesting features, like bright blue, green, or even copper-coloured eyes. Their distinctive features give them a striking appearance, which is why white cats are often so uniquely beautiful. Below we will explore some names for white cats that are sure to stand out.

Names like "Blue" or "Sky" come to mind for white cats, but the best white cat names are often a nod to their pristine snow-white coat.

  1. Casper

  2. Angel

  3. Snowball

  4. Artemis

  5. Boo

White and other light-coloured cats tend to be some of the worst offenders for leaving starkly noticeable cat hair on all of your clothes and belongings. Check out How to Treat Cat Shedding for tips on reducing the cat hair that weaves its way into your wardrobe.


Popular Grey Cat Names


Black cats are thought to represent bad luck, but you might not know that grey cats bring good luck. These good luck charms deserve a fun name to represent their beautiful silky coats. Pick something like Dorian Gray for a cool grey cat name.

Here are some of the best grey cat names to help you choose:

  1. Dusty

  2. Stormy

  3. Cinder

  4. Ash ( a great name for grey cats)

  5. Earl


Fun and Unique Cat Names

The classics are the ones for a reason, but sometimes you want a slightly less obvious name. Some names are just too common or boring, like mittens. Picking a unique name can help show off your cat's unique personality, or sometimes they just make you giggle. 

They can be a play on words, something that describes a unique physical characteristic, or just an obviously human name. "Wink," for example, is a hilarious and apt name for a cat that is missing an eye or try a name like "velcro" for a co-dependent cat that sticks to you like glue. 

Choose names inspired by your favourite book, show, or movie like Austin Powers, the Hunger Games or Star Wars. Remember, the coolest cat names usually arise from something you love.

Pick between unique names to find the perfect cat name! A freelance writer might pick a cool name for their pet like Ernest after Ernest Hemingway.

Here are some of our favourite unique, quirky, and interesting cool names: 

  1. Mite

  2. Arya

  3. Sky

  4. Wink

  5. Miracle

  6. Opal

  7. Finn

  8. Moose

  9. Freya

  10. Cosmo

  11. Nox

  12. Velcro

  13. Ophelia

  14. Gatsby

  15. Ace


Food-Inspired Cat Names

There is something endearing about naming a pet after our favourite snack or flavour. Maybe it's because cats are so cute we could just eat 'em up! Figuratively, of course.

Consider one of these food-inspired cat names when picking a name for your new kitten.

Sometimes food is a great way to describe your pet's shape or colouring. Pumpkin is a kind of endearment and a fitting name for a big orange tabby!

Pancake would be an excellent name for a ragdoll cat or other breeds that tend to melt into their surroundings. 

Whether you are looking for something cute or funny for your cat's new name, your favourite snack, or your cat's favourite human food might be just the inspiration you need.

Here are some of the best food-inspired cat names:

  1. Muffin

  2. Biscuit 

  3. Whiskey

  4. Pepper 

  5. Pumpkin 

  6. Cookie 

  7. Skittles 

  8. Peaches

  9. Pancake

  10. Kiwi

  11. Mocha

  12. Sushi

  13. Nacho

  14. Cinnamon

  15. Noodle 


Classic Disney Cat Names


Some of the best cat names come from some of the most famous cats from the Disney universe. Before you settle on a cat name, take a look at some of the best Disney cats for inspiration. 

These larger-than-life feline personalities are not just packed with childhood nostalgia.

They are a great way to find a name that matches your cat's personality or appearance. Oliver is a great fit for any plucky orange tabby with a lot of personalities. Or maybe your female furball is a bit more on the Sassy side. 

Take a look at some of our favourite Disney cats that you might consider naming your cat after:

  1. Simba

  2. Oliver

  3. Raja

  4. Figaro

  5. Lucifer

  6. Nala

  7. Sargent Tibbs

  8. Sassy

  9. Binx

  10. Duchess


Video Game Inspired Cat Names

If you dabble in classic video games and want your new cat to represent your personality with a totally rad and nerdy name, then look no further. From all your favourite old-school games, make your cat's name a throwback to your favourite childhood memories.

You can even choose a cool cat name that suits your cat's personality. If your cat has a bit of a clingy personality, then the annoying fairy guide Navi seems like a fitting cat name. Or maybe your cat is more of a high-spirited menace. Then you may prefer Crash as a more fitting name. 

Here are 10 of our favourite classic video game-inspired cat names to get your nostalgia brewing:

  1. Navi

  2. Cammy

  3. Crash

  4. Toad

  5. Alice

  6. Peach

  7. Cloud

  8. Daxter

  9. Tails

  10. Peppy

Choosing the perfect name for your cat is a big decision, but it doesn't have to be difficult. By considering your cat's appearance and personality, you can easily find a name that both you and your kitty will love. And, if all else fails, you can always fall back on classic nicknames like "Baby" or "Kitty." There is no shortage of names inspired by video games.


Can You Change a Cat's Name? 


Often, when you are naming a cat, it's because you are getting a new kitten. New kittens require a lot of standard supplies and preparation to ready your home, but their name is something you can get creative with.

Kittens are easy because they haven't learned much of anything yet, so you are starting with a blank slate.

But what if you adopt an older cat? They already have a name. So, when is a cat too old to change its name?

The answer is never!  

Unlike dogs, who can learn over 100 words, cats may be limited to as few as 20 or 30. Some cats will learn their name but may just recognize your voice. This means that what you say to a cat may be less important than how you say it.

If your cat already recognizes her current name, then it will take some practice to help her learn her new one, but it's a simple process. Make sure you say it every time you talk to her so that she can understand what it means.

If you choose to adopt an older cat, then don't feel bad if you want to change her name to something that better suits her personality or just rolls off the tongue better.

Many stray and rescued cats get named by their rescuers or fosters, so the name is still going to be pretty new and easy to change without much confusion. 

Her name is more for you than for her, so have fun with it and take your time finding a cat name you love.  We are confident you'll find the perfect cool female cat name or exciting male cat name.

Choosing a name for your cat can be a fun and creative process. There are endless possibilities, from drawing inspiration from their personality and appearance to exploring various themes and sources for excigting names. Whether you go with a trendy, classic, or unconventional name, the most important thing is that it resonates with you and fits your feline friend.

A well-chosen feline name not only adds character to your pet but also strengthens the bond between you and your beloved companion. So, take your time, explore different options, and select a cool name that reflects your cat's individuality and brings joy to both of your lives.


Common Cat Naming Questions

How do I choose a cool name for my cat? 

To choose a cool name for your cat, consider their personality, physical characteristics, or unique characteristics. You can also name your feline companion after something you like or find interesting, like history, books, or pop culture.

What are some trendy cat name ideas? 

Trendy cat names often include pop culture references, such as "Luna" from Harry Potter or "Simba" from The Lion King. Other hip options might involve clever wordplay, like "Whisker" or "Shadow."

Should I choose a name that matches my cat's appearance? 

Matching your feline friends' name to their appearance can be fun and fitting. Names like "Snowball" for a white cat or "Midnight" for a black cat are great choices.

Can I give my cat a unique or unconventional name? 

Yes! Unconventional names can be memorable and reflect your cat's one-of-a-kind personality. Just make sure the name is easy to pronounce and won't cause confusion when your kitty hears it. 

Are there any tips to help my cat learn their name? 

Repetition is key. Use your cat's name consistently when speaking to them and associate it with positive experiences, like treats or affection. Over time, they'll learn to respond to their name.

What if I change my cat's name later on? 

Cats can adjust to new names, but it might take some time. Gradually introduce the new name while still using the old one, and associate the new name with rewards. Be patient and understanding during the transition.


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