With all apologies to T.S. Eliot, choosing cat names is not all that delicate a matter. But some thought should certainly be given to it. Giving your cat a foolish or ugly name on the spur of the moment because it sounds funny is no way to start a relationship. It encourages a careless and disrespectful attitude toward the cat not only in yourself, but in other people as well. Bad cat names encourage a bad attitude toward the cat. Fortunately, coming up with a good name can be fun and there are endless possibilities for ideas.
Let's dive right in.
Finding Good Cat Names
One very popular way for finding good cat names is to look up the names of stars, galaxies or constellations. You don't have to stick with just the major ones. Look up some of the minor constellations and stars as well.
You could find just the perfect name in a constellation you had previously never heard of. You too may find you have a Dorado or Indus on your hands. Another popular means of finding cat names is to use human names.
Matilda, Annie, Pete and Bobby are all popular cat names. Some people name their cats after movie stars or characters in a favorite film or book. I'm certain that at this very moment, there are a large number of Frodos purring contentedly on their favorite windowsill right now.
Use Their Appearance as a Guide
Another way of choosing good cat names is by using something in their appearance to name them. Many calico colored cats have been simply named Calico. Spotted cats of any color frequently have the name of Patch.
One cat was named Shadow because her black and tan tiger stripes seemed to melt into the late afternoon shadows the first time her new owner saw her. A gray kitten was quite suitably named Ash.
Actions Can Lead to Cat Names
Sometimes it is something that cats do that suggests their cat names. One kitten had a habit of scaring himself silly. When he and his siblings first learned to climb trees, he became over excited and rushed up higher than he was brave enough to climb down from.
The poor little guy clung to a branch crying at the top of his lungs while the adult cats rushed around trying to figure out a way to get him down. It only required a stool to retrieve the little guy, but he was sure he was stuck halfway to the moon.
Another thing that he did to narrow the search for cat names was time he managed to get his head stuck between the slats on an old corn crib. He was safely rescued after considerable effort. Due to this undeniable talent for scaring himself, he was named Spook.
Personalities Can Point the Way
Sometimes it is the cats' personality that suggests their cat names. A bold little explorer who was the first kitten in his litter to explore the world outside their nest was named Boone.
A handsome brown kitten was so very fastidious in everything he did (one never puts ones' paws in the food dish, that's dirty!) that he was eventually named Thomas.
Choosing Cat Names Can be Entertaining
Choosing cat names can be a pleasant and entertaining task. It's often the very first thing a person does when he or she picks out a new companion. Take a little time to select just the right name for your new friend. A good name will set your new relationship off on just the right foot.
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