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How To Choose The Perfect Pet Name For Your New Pet

How To Choose The Perfect Pet Name

Are you overwhelmed at the thought of choosing a name for your newfound family member? Picking the perfect name for your new pet can be stressful, but we are here to help! Rather than giving a list to choose from, we thought it’d be helpful to list inspirations for names along with important tips to help when naming your pet. So, whether you are looking for a unique name or one that matches your pet’s personality, we hope these ideas help you choose the perfect pet name.

Take Inspiration From Your Interests

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What’s your favorite thing to do in your spare time? Do you love to read? Maybe you are an avid sports fan or artist. Whichever you prefer, there is plenty of inspiration for naming your pet based on what you love to do. For example, if you’re an avid reader or writer, you could consider naming your pet after your favorite author. For more fun, spice up the names with a twist like Charles Mittens instead of Charles Dickens or Arnold Pawmer instead of Arnold Palmer.

Choose a Unique Pet Name Using Mythology

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Looking for a unique name for your new family member? There are many mythological names to gain inspiration from, such as Greek, Roman, and Norse mythological figures. Plus, you can pair the name with your pet’s personality. For example, if your pet is an energetic hard charger, Athena or Ares might be a good fit.

Travel Back In Time With A Historical Pet Name

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Are you a history buff or obsessed with a certain time period? You can use those vibes to help name your pet. Plus, it’s a great way to show heritage to historical figures. For example, if you’re a fan of presidential history, you can name your pet after your favorite president, or for even more fun, your favorite president’s pet!

Draw Inspiration From Pop Culture

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Favorite characters in TV shows, singers, or actors can be great inspirations for your new pet’s name. Like hobbies, there are so many possibilities based on both your pet’s personality and your passions. Plus, you can name them after a fictional character or celebrity, such as a singer or actor.

Consider Your Pet’s Personality Traits & Fur Pattern

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Does your pet have a unique look, make a weird sound, or acts in a strange or unusual way? A name that fits a pet’s personality is adorable and unique to them. For example, if your pet is an escape artist, Houdini might be fitting. Your pet’s fur patterns and colorings are also a great source of inspiration when choosing your pet’s name. For example, Pumpkin is a cute name that is common for orange tabby cats.

Tips for Choosing the Perfect Pet Name

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When naming your pet, it’s important to make sure the people in your household agree on the name and to include them in the naming process. It’s essential to ensure everyone is happy with the name and try to reduce any type of arguments associated with the pet’s name. To help with this, have everyone write a list of the names they came up with. Afterward, come together and share your picks and narrow the names down to something you can all agree on.

Usually, cats and dogs respond better to names with one or two syllables. This doesn’t mean that their actual name has to be short, but a name that can be shortened to a shorter nickname might be a good idea.

Also, try to avoid names that sound like a command. This is especially important if you have an animal that you are going to train. If your dog’s name is Ray, then when you tell them to “stay”, they may be confused. Also, if you name your pet something close to “No”, like Moe, this could be confusing to your animal.

If you are still having trouble choosing a name but have other pets, choosing pet names with similar themes may help. For example, you could name your pets after TV characters, mythological Gods and Goddesses, or favorite singers or bands.

A Few Final Thoughts

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All in all, picking your pet’s name is one of the first bonding experiences you have with your new family member, and it’s important to have fun! Don’t be afraid to think outside of the box to find a name that works best.

After you’ve chosen the perfect name, don’t forget to make sure your pet has an ID tag. Jeffers Pet has a wide selection of dog ID tags, cat ID tags, collars, leashes, and more. Check out Jeffers’ dog supplies and cat supplies to help you get everything you need for your new friend.

Congrats on adding a new member to your family! Do you have a fun pet name that you’d like to share? Let us know in the comments below!