Congratulations on the adoption of your new black cat or kitten. Now for the tough part: coming up with a great black cat name. While you have many things to think about, there are few as important as the name that you will call the newest member of your family. When selecting a name for your black cat or kitten, there are several factors that you may want to consider:
Is your black cat a male or a female? This is really only important if you want others to know your cat’s sex by his or her name. There’s absolutely no harm in selecting a gender-neutral name such as “Snookums” or “Fluffy.”
What does your cat look like? Is there anything that sets him or her apart from other black cats? Is your black cat long-haired or short-haired? Does he or she have any white spots or different colors on his or her feet or chest? Does your black cat have sparkling eyes or perhaps a striped tail?
What sort of personality traits does your black cat exhibit? This is by far one of the most helpful factors when naming your animal. For example, particularly playful cats lend themselves to names that are more comical and funny, while cats that are more interested in cuddling on your lap may be suited for a more sweet-sounding name. Also, listen to your cat. Is he outspoken and full of loud meows or quiet and mysterious?
Will your black cat be allowed outdoors? If your black cat will be allowed outdoors, you’ll want to make sure that you select a name that you’re comfortable shouting in front of your neighbors. There will be times when kitty needs to come inside and if the idea of screaming “Satan” at the top of your lungs isn’t appealing to you, you may want to reconsider.
What if your black cat or kitten already has a name? If your black cat already identifies with another name, it’s not impossible to teach him to identify with a new name of your choosing. Note that this is more easily accomplished by selecting a new name that has strong consonant sounds and the same number of syllables as his previous name. Also, make sure that you use your cat’s new name when addressing him at all times. Repetition is crucial in helping your furry friend to become accustomed to his new moniker.
Still having a hard time coming up with creative black cat names? Here’s a few to get you started:
- Black Beauty
- Black Jack
- Donnie Darko
- Eight Ball
- Joan Jett
Superstitions Surrounding Black Cats
Black cats are said to bring bad luck when one crosses a person’s path. Some cultures see black cats as bringers of good fortune once they visit and live in someone’s home. Another superstition is black cats are agents of evil, or companions of witches or even an evil being that can transform into cats. Some of these superstitions may have begun because black is associated with evil and adding that to a cat’s independent personality and often nocturnal activities singles them out for superstitious persecution. In the middle ages, black cats were hunted down, killed and their owners burned at the stake in suspicion of being witches. These superstitions are still reflected in many movies and TV shows where black cats are shown as companions of supernatural characters.
Not all cultures view black cats in such a negative light. The Egyptians were known to worship Bast, the cat goddess. They believed that they could gain the favor of the goddess by caring for black cats in their homes. The Egyptians weren’t the only ones partial to black cats. Sailors and pirates thought that black cats had supernatural powers and preferred their ship cat to be black because it would bring them good luck. Fishermen’s wives were also known to keep black cats at home because they believed they would protect their husbands while they were at sea
Some popular feline characters, who are also based on black cats, are Felix the Cat, Cyborg Kuro-Chan, Sabrina’s Salem and Disney’s Pete. If your intention is to choose a name based around magic, sorcery and witchcraft for your cat, then consider the names below.
Breeds of Black Cats
There are many types of black cats or black cat breeds. Not all cat breeds can have all-black coats. Cat breeds that can have all black coats include the Persian, the American Shorthair, the Maine coon, the Oriental, Randombred Shorthairs and especially the Bombay. The Bombay is the most well-known of all black cat breeds because the Bombay is exclusively bred to be black.
Just because your cat is black doesn’t mean you have to choose a name to reflect that. You can always choose a name that reflects your black cat’s regal personality.