Unusual Cat Names: Inspiration from VPI's List of "Wackiest Pet Names" 

Whenever I see a list of unusual cat names, I often expect some type of reference to bodily functions, a Cleopatra variation, a Chairman Meow reference, and other plays on words.

Well, this year's VPI top 10 was missing some of my favorite word games, although the combined cat and dog list covered much of it.

If you're looking for some inspiration for naming your own kitty, and ready to throw out all the rules so your cat can be different, the list of "Wackiest Pet Names" may be a good starting place.

My favorite in the list? Purr Diem. Chairman Meow is a close second and is one of my all time favorites (a name made famous in the television show, Psych). And, you gotta love Optimus Pants, "Transformers" fan or not. Noticeably absent? Catzilla.

I've included both the cat and the dog top 10 list below. You can see the entire top 50 wackiest pet names (and prior year lists) at the VPI site.

Note: I originally did this from the top 10 lists from 2010 (directly below). I've since included other years, but some of the lists have been harder to find.


1. Purr Diem

2. Bing Clawsby

3. Cleocatra

4. Admiral Pancake

5. Optimus Pants

6. Chairman Meow

7. Boo Manchu

8. Watts in a Name

9. Chenoa Azure Marshmellow-Puff

10. SeƱor Nachos


1. Pickle Von Corndog

2. Lord Chubby Pruneface

3. Badonkadonk

4. Ninjastar Dangerrock

5. Molly Mcboozehound

6. Dog Vader

7. Flopsy Squeakerton

8. Bettie Poops

9. Geez Louise

10. Barnaby Bones

The Top 10 Unusual Cat Names from 2017

1. Little Booty Ham Sandwich

2. Dog The Cat

3. Fifty Shades Of Graham

4. Isaac Mewton

5. Jabba The Butt

6. Ninja Killer Nine Thousand

7. Obi Wan Catnobi

8. The Great Catsby

9. Whiskerus Maximus

10. Winston Purrchill

Some of my favorites from their 2017 list:

Chicken Pants

Count Wigglybutt

Disco Cheetah

Draco Meowfoy (In case you're not a Potterite, that's a little reference to Draco Malfoy, a character in J. K. Rowling's "Harry Potter" series.)

Foxy Spreadsheets (I wonder if that's a reference to FoxPro, the old database management system and programming language.)

Pepper Blue Hotsauce Peters

Reece Whiskerspoon

Sergeant Snuggles

Thumbs Hemingway

Tumtum Mcpuff

Wendy Wondercat

The 2016 Top 10 Wacky Cat Names

1. Agent Jack Meower

2. Shakespurr

3. Meowmadeus

4. Macaroni Bob

5. Sir Pickles Pennybottom

6. Princess Poopy Paws

7. Butch Catsidy

8. Sharkbait Hoo Haa Haa

9. Ziggy Snowdust

10. Enzo Asparagus Santa

The 2015 Top 10 List of Unusual Cat Names

1. Leonardo DiCatprio

2. Fuzz Lightyear

3. Captain Pancake

4. Sir Nigel Meowmittens of Oscelot Court

5. Ziggy Ollyoxenfree

6. Zelda Nacho

7. Sophistikitty

8. Cornelius McPudness Vandercat

9. Sir Theodorable Purrsalot

10. Star Wars Steve

VPI's Top 10 Wacky Cat Names of 2014

1. Snuggles Butt Le Lee

2. Count Flufferton

3. Katy Purry

4. Walter Croncat

5. Joey Banana Pants

6. Felix Thunder Paws

7. Nutty Kitty

8. Senor Meow

9. Sassy Brat Kat

10. Purscilla


I'm not sure about the order of the 2013 list, so I'll leave them unnumbered.

Cheeto Burrito


Mama Pajama

Lady Fluffington

Nut Job

Stinky Baby

Doctor Whiskers

Rum Tum Tugger Too


Pizza Guy


1. Pico de Gato

2. Dingleberry

3. Dumpster Kitty

4. Schnickelfritz

5. Koobenfarben

6. Sassy Pants Huska

7. Vincent Van Furrball

8. Kitty Gaga

9. Beefra

10. Mister Bigglesworth


1. Edward Scissorpaws

2. Sir Lix-a-lot

3. Optimus Prrrime

4. Buddah Pest

5. Snoop Kitty Kitty

6. Miss Fuzzbutt

7. 80 Bucks

8. Sparklemonkey

9. Rosie Posie Prozac

10. Toot Uncommon

Looking for a name for your new cat but nothing inspires you? Well, if you haven't found a favorite yet, you might try the book: 5001 Names for Cats by Stephen Baker, which has some very unusual names.

Veterinary Pet Insurance was founded in 1980, and has sold over one million policies. In the U.S., policies are available in all 50 states and the District of Columbia. The pet names on this list come from their database of policy holders.

Which name on their list is your favorite? Did you name your cat something unusual?

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