Perfect Cat Names
Figuring out cat names for your Ragdoll cat or any cat for that matter can prove to be a difficult task, especially if they live as long as my Rags. Certainly, their name needs to match their unique personality.
Jaran, pictured below, was Ragdoll of the Week. You might enjoy reading through our Ragdoll of the Week submissions as well as our Floppycat of the Week submissions to find out how other cat owners determined which cat names they wanted to use.
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Things To Consider When Naming Your Cat
Naming your new cat should be a fun experience, even if it can sometimes be tricky. Here’s a list of things you can consider to help you make your decision:
- Their personality – you’re not going to have built up a strong understanding of their full personality by the time you name them, but you may base their name on their first impressions.
- Their color – a lot of cat names are based on the coat color of your cat. With Ragdolls this might be trickier if you’re buying a kitten, since the color won’t fully come through until later, but you might have an idea.
- Physical features – this might be based on the individual cat, or the breed. Naming a Ragdoll, you may want to focus on their size, or their beautiful blue eyes
- Breed characteristics – if you don’t know enough about your cat’s individual personality, you might base it on the typical characteristics of the breed – like something gentle and floppy for a Ragdoll. Even if the cat ends up being a little different to the typical breed, the name could be ironic and funny.
If you have a creative pet name, please include them in the comments below.
Otherwise, here’s a long list of some great cat names that you might want to use for your cat.
Boy Cat Names
While you don’t have to pick a gendered name for your cat, a lot of people prefer to stay traditional, or think their cat just looks ‘boyish’. If you’re looking for a classic boy name for your kitty then take a look at this list.
Girl Cat Names
If you’re looking for a more girly name for your cat, then there are plenty of classic feminine names to choose from in this list.
Vintage Cat Names
Some cats just have that old-fashioned look about them. Looking through vintage names can be a great way of finding a name that matches your cat’s personality just right.
Gray Cat Names
A lot of cats have some gray in their fur, with many Ragdolls being some variety of a gray shade. As it’s such a distinct look, you may want to choose a name that suits by choosing one of these names for your gray cat.
Black Cat Names
Black cats really are beautiful and have often been associated with good luck, magic, and mischief. While black is not an officially recognized breed color for Ragdolls, they do exist. If you’re trying to name a black cat, take a look through these names inspired by magical characters and the color black.
Disney Cat Names
If you’re a Disney fan, then there are loads of excellent and fun names to choose from. Whether you’re looking to name your kitty after a feline character from one of your favorite films, or you want to find a quirky name that suits the personality of your pet, check out this list of Disney names for your cat.
- Mr. Whiskers
- Sergeant Tibbs
- Shere Khan
- Thackery Binx
- Thomas O’Malley
Nature Cat Names
Nature is a great place to draw inspiration from when naming a pet. If you’re looking for a wholesome, peaceful-sounding name for your furry friend then one of these names could be a great pick.
Funny Cat Names
Sometimes it’s nice to be a bit whacky when naming a pet, especially if your kitten is already showing off a quirky personality. These funny names are a little different and worth considering if you’re looking for a cute or silly style.
Food Cat Names
Whether you’re really into a particular food or looking for a name that’s a little different, naming your cat after food or drink can make for a cute and unusual name.
Where to Find Inspiration for Cat Names
There are a lot of places that you can find your own inspiration for cat names. It’s different for every owner and for every pet.
Some people like to think about their favorite tv shows and movies when deciding on a pet name. It might be an animal from a show, or just naming their cat after a human character that they love. Remember though that you might fall out of love with the show, but if you’ve established the name as your cat’s then you’ll probably forget where you got the inspiration in the first place.
Often, current events can provide some cat name ideas. Obviously, these names depend on your own personal experience but some of the more popular pet names since 2020 include Fauci, Covi and Rona as a sort of quirky way of remembering the pandemic – though if you experienced loss then you’re unlikely to want to go down this route.
You can find naming ideas anywhere – celebrities, music, books, travel locations – but what matters is making sure it’s something that’s special to you and that fits the cat.
Boy Cat Vs Girl Cat Name Ideas
Traditionally there’s been this idea that there are classic male cat names and classic female cat names, but in today’s world, you shouldn’t necessarily feel limited by lists online telling you what is a name for a boy kitty and what’s a name for a girl kitty.
Again, this comes down to personal preference, and there are likely to be some names that you just think fit a male or female cat better. But don’t shy away from looking at popular female cat names as inspiration for your male furry friend, and vice versa. You might just come up with a name that’s perfect for your cat in an unexpected way.
Cats don’t just recognize their own name, they can also recognize the names of the cats that they live with too, and associate the name with the correct cat. At least, that’s what a 2022 study from Kyoto University claims.
They carried out tests where they would show cats a picture of a cat that they were familiar with, either from a cat café or from a home that they shared. They would also play an audio recording of the owner saying the cat’s name, although sometimes they would play the wrong name on purpose.
When the wrong name was played, cats tended to stare at the images for longer, showing signs of misunderstanding. When the correct name was played, the cats broadly looked away sooner, satisfied that things were correct.
Isn’t that interesting? It’s amazing to show that cats don’t just know their own names, but they know other cats’ names too, and maybe they know your name as well if they’re used to your family using it around you?
Need More Ideas?
There are some fantastic websites out there that are packed with even more cat names than we’ve got listed here.
If you’re still in need of a name for your kitty then why not check one of these out?
- Adorable Ragdoll Cat Names
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- Cat Names - Visit Cat Names Place for male and female cat names, cute cat names, unique cat names, popular cat names and much more!
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What Is A Good Name For A Kitten?
There’s no single good name for a kitten. It depends on their personality, their looks, and your own personal preferences. If you’re planning on buying a kitten, then get a few name ideas ready to see if one fits but be prepared to throw them out the window if inspiration strikes when you meet them.
What Are Some Exotic Cat Names?
If you’re looking for unusual or exotic cat names, a good idea is to decide on a country whose culture and language you like the sound of and look up names. For example, a couple of cool Scandinavian names are Arne or Espen.
What Should I Name My Small Cat?
Just because your cat is small doesn’t mean you have to decide on a name based on its size. Remember they might have quite a bit of growing to do! If you’d like to though, you could consider particularly cute names that express its smallness, such as Dinky or Minni. On the other hand, you could go for an ironic name, and call your tiny cat Brutus, Bull, or Monster.
Who Is the Most Famous
It’s hard to say who is the most famous cat. Whether you’re thinking of fictional cats, like Garfield or Felix, cats with prestigious jobs like the Chief Mouser at 10 Downing Street in the UK, or internet stars like Grumpy Cat, there certainly are a lot of cat celebrities.
What Are Badass Cat Names?
It can be fun to pick a tough sounding name for a pet. If you want to go traditional, try and think of tough guy names like Bruno or Tyson. If you want to have a bit more of a sense of humor with your badass cat name, and you have a bit of a geeky side, you could try naming your cat after your favorite fictional villain, such as Vader. Bowser, or Bane.
Can Cats Recognize Names?
Cats are highly intelligent animals, and they are able to recognize their given names. This probably won’t come as much of a shock to those who have lived with cats, as they come running or perk up and purr when their name is called.
Can Cats Say Names?
Cats can’t really speak like people can and can’t say names. However, there’s growing evidence to suggest that some cats can and do at least copy the sound and tone of their owners’ voices, though they can’t mimic the diction and don’t understand what it is they’re imitating.