Some people know the minute they see their new pet exactly what they are going to call their fluffy friend. But for most people naming their kitten takes a bit of thought. Here are some tips to help:
* Human names are always popular for pets, particularly cats. Whether it’s Oscar or Lucy, Sam or Maisie, a tried and tested or even old-fashioned human name suits plenty of pets.
* Shorter names work best, and most pet owners try to avoid naming their cats with similar names to their family members. Aunt Jessie might get a little offended if the new cat has the same name as her.
* When trying out the new name, call to your pet and see how it sounds. Will you be happy for your neighbours to hear you calling out for Bella or Bruce?
* If you’re really stuck, take a look at your pet and see if you get any inspiration from her looks. Mittens might not be the most original pet name, but if she’s a black cat with white paws, it’s certainly apt. What about her personality? Is she particularly playful or a bit of aloof? These traits might help inspire her name.
* Having said that, remember your pet will be with you for years to come. Will your playful little kitten’s name still suit her when she grows into a dignified older cat?