What makes a cat famous? From real-life heroes and social media legends, to fictional felines from film and TV, here are some cat names that you need to know about.
All cats are epic in their own way, but some cats are so famous they make it into the history books. What makes a cat so special that they touch the hearts and minds of people around the world?
Whether the cat of a famous pet owner, a pop culture puss or a social media moggie, a popular and famous cat can offer the inspiration that will help you find the perfect name for your feline friend.
We have gathered 25 famous male and female cat names from fashion, fiction, and history, and the internet, who have become the stuff of legend!
25 Famous cat names
Abe Lincoln was said to have loved his Domestic Cat.
Scarlet the Brave
This amazing cat saved her kittens from a Brooklyn house fire in 1996, badly burning herself in the process. This name would suit a fierce Abyssinian.
This blue-cream tortie Birman was Karl Lagerfeld’s beloved ‘heiress.’ She had her own maids (plural!), and an Instagram following in excess of 100,000.
The 1st ever cloned cat was a Maine Coon, ‘produced’ in 2004. Some might argue that the $500,000 her owner paid for her could have been better spent on other cats in need of care.
Mr Bigglesworth (aka Ted Nude-Gent)
Dr Evil’s cat from Austin Powers was played by a purebred hairless Sphynx.
Stubbs - The Mayor of Talkeenta
Stubbs was elected into office by voters protesting at the unsatisfactory candidates on offer. He died in office in July 2017, having served for 20 years. This would be a good name for an American Bobtail.
Tardar Sauce (aka Grumpy Cat)
Grumpy cat because an internet celebrity after her owner posted a picture on Reddit in 2012. Rumour has it that the Ragdoll star of jokes and memes was actually very sweet-natured.
This Scottish Fold, whose name is Japanese for ‘circle,’ or ‘round,’ is famous for jumping into boxes and bins.
Snoopy the Cat
This Exotic Shorthair Persian from China is an internet sensation who has won hearts around the world with those big eyes and chubby cheeks.
The heartwarming tale of the companionship and resilience of Domestic Short Hair Streetcat Bob and street musician James Bowen was a bestseller!
The original grumpy cat, Garfield was a ginger tabby, possibly a Persian.
Felix the Cat
This iconic cartoon cat rose to fame in the era of silent film. A tuxedo British Shorthair was perfect in black and white.
From the classic animated duo Tom & Jerry, this grey and white British Shorthair got into many familiar capers.
Now an international brand, this kawaii Japanese Bobtail kitten has been perennially popular since she first appeared in 1974.
Winnie the Pooh’s friend loves bouncing! This is a great name for a Toyger, of course.
From the movie The Lion King, this Swahili name for ‘lion’ would suit a Siberian cat.
Simba’s friend and love interest, this name means ‘gift,’ or ‘beloved.’
The sweet and pampered rival that Garfield tried to ship to Abu Dhabi, Nermal was possibly a grey Scottish Fold.
Cat in the Hat
The quirky cartoon from Dr Seuss, the Cat in the Hat. This name could work for any cat breed.
Puss in Boots
The bold and ‘fearless’ cavalier from Shrek (and fairy tale) fame. Possibly a Pixie-bob.
The wise-cracking black cat companion in Sabrina the Teenage Witch. A Bombay would be a suitably magical cat to take this name.
“I am not crazy; my reality is just different from yours.” Wise words from the riddling and grinning cat of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland fame. A smiley British Shorthair could handle this name.
Si and Am
From the Disney file, The Lady and the Tramp, these cats are Siamese, if you please (and if you don’t please, too).
Thomas O’Malley & Duchess
Another Disney cat, from The Aristocats, the feral cat O’Malley befriends the purebred white Persian Duchess and becomes a father figure to her kittens.
From T.S. Eliot’s Old Possum's Book of Practical Cats and the film and stage show Cats!, this Norwegian Forest Cat was beloved by all the cats in town.
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