We love finding out which kitten and puppy names are the most popular and super trendy each year, but you know what might be even cooler? Digging through our data to find our favorite unique pet names! That being said, it was no easy task.
Out of more than 10.4 million dog names and 4.6 million cat names (all belonging to pets born between January 2013 and May 2016) in the Vetstreet database, we pulled out 186,258 names that were, by definition, unique (meaning they appeared in that database only once). From there, we pulled out the most clever ones and divided them into categories. We’re kicking it off with some great pop culture references, but don’t worry — you’ll see all of them over the coming months!
One note: The pictures in the slideshow below are not pictures of the actual pets with these names. However, when possible we did attempt to share pictures of the same breed as the actual pet from our database.
For ages, cat owners have looked at their kitties lying down with all four legs tucked and thought, "Wow, my cat sure looks like a loaf of bread." But, thanks to sites like Reddit and Tumblr, the "catloaf" has become more than a half-baked pop culture craze, and we suspect it's only on the rise. Although, at some point the trend will be toast. Naturally.
Anyone familiar with the 90s grunge trend will immediately smile at this witty play on the Dr. Martens shoe brand, although it's worth noting that the brand has seen significant regrowth in recent years, leading us to believe that the 90s truly are back. But, the question remains: Which has a longer tongue? Your Docs or your Dachshund?
The Bugatti brand of cars is symbolic of beauty and style. Adapting the name for a Bulldog shows that the owner truly appreciates her dog's special qualities.
Back in the mid-90s, one couldn't turn a corner without hearing someone being called "Miss Thang" thanks to Monica's 1995 album with that name. And, even though that was more than 20 years ago, the term has proven to have some staying power, and we can just picture this Chihuahua sporting some attitude —and teeth — to earn her title.
The very idea of your pup sinking her teeth into your Jimmy Choos is probably enough to make you clutch your Mikimoto pearls, but we feel pretty confident that using the brand as inspiration for your chewy pup's name is never going to go out of style.
Sticking with the luxury brand theme, we simply adored this feline riff on the French fashion house brand Louis Vuitton. And no, we don't think that having an LV pet carrier to match the kitty's moniker is overkill... as long as it doesn't mean you run out of cash for kibble!
Fact: Substituting "Pug" for just about any noun in a name makes it approximately 60 percent funnier. And, that percentage only goes up when — if you squint — you can see a a bit of a resemblance to the original.
High-end sports cars seem to be a popular pick when it comes to finding sources of inspiration for pet names! And, we can certainly see why in this case. After all, car aficionados always talk about listening to the motor purr, so it stands to reason that a purring kitty is, well, a purr-fect subject for an adaptation of the Ferrari brand name. Especially for a cat who also loves to race around.
Vetstreet.com delivers advice from veterinarians, trainers and pet experts who are dedicated to giving you the most trusted, authoritative information for keeping pets healthy and happy. Our Find A Vet service connects you with leading veterinarians in your area. Launched in 2011, Vetstreet.com features veterinarian-reviewed medical advice and has quickly become one of the top animal health and lifestyle sites on the web. See more.