Bringing home a new cat & finding the perfect name!
Bringing home a new cat is fun and exciting! There's a lot to do (don't worry, we have a list), but don't forget about finding the perfect name. Whether you have an adorable new kitten on the way or want to re-name your rescue whom you have taken into your home, you want to pick a unique name that fits her personality.
Cat-proof your home
First things first. For the safety of your new kitten, cat-proof your home. We will not dwell on the details in this article, but in summary, you’ll need to:
Cat-proof your windows
Hide away household cleaners and other chemicals
Hide away supplements and medications
Hide away pieces of jewellery and other accessories
Hide away breakables
Hide cords and wires
Store food items in cupboards
Remove any toxic plants from your home
Close the washing machine and dryer
Make sure rubbish bins are secure
After much research and consideration, we think these are some of the more interesting names with equally interesting meanings. We hope this will help inspire you in your quest to find that special name for your new kitty.
10 unique female cat names
Aura Meaning: In Greek mythology, Aura represents the Titan of pure air and morning breeze. She was transformed into a fountain by Zeus.
Andromeda Meaning: Name of Ancient Greek origins that means "Ruler of men". Andromeda was the daughter of the king of Ethiopia Cepheus and his gorgeous wife Cassiopeia. Andromeda was extremely beautiful too, just like the constellation that carries her name.
Vita Meaning: Vita is a beautiful name with a powerful meaning. It means "life" in Latin.
Kiya Meaning: She was one of the wives of the Egyptian Pharaoh Akhenaten. Kiya is very mysterious since there's not so much documented about her. She had several titles including: "The Favourite" and "The Greatly Beloved".
Mei Meaning: Mei (美) is a very sweet name that means "beautiful".
Layla Meaning: Layla (ليلى) means "night" in Arabic.
Sienna Meaning: Sienna is a yellow-brown earth pigment. The name is in honour of the Italian city of Siena. Since the Renaissance, it has been one of the most used brown colour tones by artists.
Ada Lovelace Meaning: Ada was an English mathematician and considered to be the world’s first computer programmer. She was the first to recognize that the machine had applications beyond pure calculation and published the first algorithm intended to be carried out by such a machine.
Aiko Meaning: Aiko (あいこ) means "beloved child" in Japanese.
Lilo Meaning: Lilo is a name of German origin and it means "generous one".
We did say 10 unique female cat names but after some consideration, we just couldn’t miss adding one more unique name, specifically this name:
Felicity Felicity means “intense happiness,” and what better name for the joyous new addition to your family?
10 unique male cat names
Atlas Meaning: Atlas means "to carry". He was a mythical Titan who bore the weight of the entire world on his shoulders.
Perseus Meaning: In Ancient Greek Mythology, Perseus was the son of Zeus and the brave hero who defeated Medusa to save Andromeda.
Maximus Meaning: Maximus means "greatest" in Latin.
Ramses Meaning: The name Ramses comes from Ancient Egypt and it means "Son of Ra". Ramses II was one of the most celebrated Egyptian pharaohs.
Jun Meaning: Jun (君) means "king" in Chinese.
Hakeem Meaning: Hakeem (حكيم) means "wise" in Arabic.
Silver Meaning: Silver is a colour. As a name, it’s a beautiful sounding name for a silver cat.
Newton. Meaning: Isaac Newton was an English mathematician, physicist, astronomer, theologian, author, and philosopher who is widely recognized as one of the most influential scientists of all time and as a key figure in the scientific revolution.
Akira Meaning: (昭) The meaning of Akira is "bright, clear, ideal".
Bagheera Meaning: Bagheera is a black panther (black Indian leopard) who is a fictional character in The Jungle Book. The word Bagh (बाघ) means tiger in Hindi.
Since we added an extra unique female cat name, we thought it’s only fair that we add one unique male cat name too.
Spock Meaning: A cool name for a breed with huge ears, such as an Abyssinian, Sphinx, or Oriental. If you’re a Star Trek fan consider naming your new addition after this iconic Vulcan.
Items to welcome your new kitten
Now that you have cat-proof your home and chosen a name, it’s time to prepare the necessary items to welcome your new family member. If you have other cats at home, take note that some cats do not like to share these items. You know your cat best. If you are concerned that your cat may not want to share his food/water bowls, litter box, or toys, get new ones for the newcomer.
For new cat parents, here’s the basic list of items to prepare for the arrival of your new kitten.
Cat bed - We like this Nandog Pet Gear Cloud Crown Bed because it's extra soft and snuggly if your cat needs some time alone to snooze. Cats do sleep a lot and an adult cat spends an average of 15 to 16 hours daily snoozing!
Cat toys - Consider a 2-in-1 scratcher cum toy - Kong Scratcher Cat Toy (Squirrel). Get a variety of different types of toys and observe your cat’s preference. The best kitten toy would be the one that your new kitty loves the most and will play repeatedly into adulthood!
Cat food - many options out there! Feel free to send us a message if you need help finding the right one for your kitty!
Cat litter box and cat litter -This litter box designed to make cleaning up after your cat an absolute breeze - Unicharm Deo Toilet Cat Litter Box (Half Cover). The innovative use of zeolite and silica-based cat litter combines with the unique dual-tier design of the litter tray to extend the mileage of your cat litter, while effectively eliminating unpleasant litter box odours.
Bringing home a new cat is both exciting and a little scary. We hope you find the perfect name for your new kitty! Don't forget if it's your first order with us, use code CURIOUS10 for 10% off when you spend $99!
Katherine is a Pet Nutrition Specialist and GDP’s Pet Wellness Advisor. She is committed to helping pet owners make informed dietary and lifestyle choices in nurturing healthy pets. Katherine is also a practicing Nutritional Therapist (human nutrition) and has been helping hundreds of clients to heal naturally with nutrients.