Category Archives: Cat Names

Study Proves Cats Know Their Names

Take it from me. Cats know their names. It depends on how you say them though and whether we’re in the mood to acknowledge your presence. 

Cats know their names, although they sometimes choose to ignore them.

Cats know their names, although they sometimes choose to ignore them.

Do cats know their names, Thomasina? My cat often comes to me when I call him. But when my cat sitter calls him, he never appears.

— Puzzled
Hey, Puzzled!
We ignore our cat sitter, too! And it took us a while to recognize our names when she called us.
Everyone says things differently. So if your cat is used to hearing you say “Tig-gurr,” and your cat sitter says “Tiii-ger,” he’s not going to be sure she’s talking to him.
Of course, we recognize voices, too. When your cat hears your voice, he probably assumes you’re about to offer him food. But who know what that cat sitter wants.


Study Shows Cats Know Their Names

Your Cat’s Name Says It All | How To Name A Cat

What’s in a cat’s name? More than you might think! I actually like my name. And it makes me feel good about myself, even if it is a bit long. 

A cat's name says it all.

What’s in a cat’s name? More than you may think!

Is it okay to change a cat’s name, Thomasina? I recently adopted a cat named Stinky. She must hate that name! 
— Hopeful

Hi Hopeful!

Oh, yes… Please change your cat’s name! No wonder she looks so sad in her picture. Who would want to be called Stinky for 18 or 20 years?

To be honest, I’ve never heard that word, and I don’t know what it means. But I could tell by the way my human typist said it when she read your email to me that it’s not good.

What’s In A (Cat’s) Name?

Hello World!

OMG! I’m so excited! My own blog! I even have a pen name. My real name’s Jessie. Or that’s what our human calls me. Cats don’t call each other human names.

Our human put a lot of thought into my name. She knows cats like the sound of “s” in a name and respond to names that end in “eee.” And here’s something else you should know if you’re naming a cat. We don’t only hear our names, we pick up on your thoughts when you’re saying them. So if you call a cat Stinky (ugh… I hope you won’t!), he’ll see himself as smelly and disgusting every time you say his name.

Here’s one more thing to know: Always try to say your cat’s name the same way. If our human called me Jessie sometimes and Jesss-eee other times, I wouldn’t know who the heck she was talking to.

Oh. Oops! Our human just said if I want to use a pen name, I shouldn’t tell you my real name. Okay. So just think of me as Thomasina. I really like that name, even though it doesn’t end in “eee.”