If you're bringing home a new cat or kitten, your to-do list may feel endless—so we've made it a little bit easier and rounded up some of the cutest, most unique, male cat names from pop culture, travel, and more. Now, the only remaining question is: Will your cat actually pay attention to you when you call for him?
Top Names for Male Cats
Your cat is basically your baby—just with way more fur—so it should come as no surprise than many of the world's most popular cat names are some of the world's most popular (human) baby names, too. According to an analysis conducted by Rover.com, pet parents all over the world are loving these classic monikers.
Tips for Naming Your Cat
Between stocking up on all of kitty's gear—like a fun cat tree, engaging toys, and plenty of litter boxes—introducing your new cat to other pets, and getting him into his new routine, bringing home a new cat or kitten home can feel pawsitively overwhelming. What's more? Choosing the perfect name—that the whole family will love for years to come—can be a major challenge in itself.
Here's our advice: Consider your cat's personality and appearance for major inspiration. Is he a brooding, Jon Snow-type? A lazy Garfield-type? Does his fur have a distinctive color or pattern? If you're not feeling totally inspired by his charming personality or good looks, think about your family's interests. If you love to travel, consider a travel-inspired name; if you love to cook, consider a foodie name.
Remember: The name you pick should suit your cat and be something everyone can agree on. We know it's challenging, but we have even more cat naming inspiration for you below.
Male Cat Names from Movies, TV, and Literature
Whether you consider yourself a classic movie buff, a regular ol' Netflix binger, or a total bookworm, pop culture and entertainment have vast inspiration for your new male cat's name. Just don't be surprised if you find your kitty curled up under the warm TV more often than not.
- Aslan: Meaning "lion" in Turkish, this name is inspired by the noble lion from the C.S. Lewis classic The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe and wildly popular movie series The Chronicles of Narnia.
- Bagheera: He may have been the bad guy in The Jungle Book, but this moniker is perfect for your new black cat.
- Binx: If you love Halloween, consider naming your cat after the boy-turned-black-cat from the Halloween classic Hocus Pocus.
- Crookshanks: The Harry Potter series is jam-packed with cat naming inspiration, but if you want to name your cat after a fictional cat, look no further than the curmudgeonly caretaker's cat.
- Felix: Did you know Felix the Cat is over 100 years old? If you want a classic name for your male cat, Felix is it.
- Figaro: Love Disney movies? The name Figaro has appeared in two Disney properties: The 1940 animated film Pinocchio and House of Mouse (in which he's Minnie's pet cat!).
- Garfield: If your cat loves to lounge around the house, look no further than the classic comic strip Garfield. Just don't feed him lasagna.
- Jones: You don't have to get all of your inspiration from cartoons or kids movies. The classic sci-fi/horror film Alien features a brave cat named Jones, too.
- Mufasa: Perhaps one of the best-known cats in culture, Mufasa is the perfect name for a regal, no-nonsense kind of kitty.
- Tom: Although he may be the butt of Jerry's jokes, Tom is another classic cat name from a classic cartoon series.
Male Cat Names Inspired by Food
Consider yourself a foodie? Then, look no further than your pantry—or your favorite restaurant's menu—for unique male cat names.
Male Cat Names Inspired by Travel
Your family's latest vacation might be the perfect source of inspiration for your new cat's name—whether you traveled to a city, the mountains, or the ocean.
Other Cat Name Ideas
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