Literary Cat Names: Creative, Sophisticated, and Apt

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Stella Noble
Written by Stella Noble

Ever since man learned how to scribble down comprehensible words, written work has developed immensely, but you don’t have to be so widely read to realize that cats have also been featured in some of the greatest works of literature. Today, many literary cat names have stemmed from this fact. Your kitty can also partake in the vast world of literature by adopting one such name.

Our work will be to make this as easy and hassle-free as possible. We have taken the time to go over literary works with a fine-toothed comb and picked some of the most outstanding cat names in the history of literature. The good news is that you can help literature live on through your cat by picking a name that suits him/her whether in character, personality, lifestyle, or physical attributes.

You will be surprised by how many feline characters have been featured in literary work. From books and comic strips, folk tales and film, you can hardly exhaust the list. We have categorized them so as to help you easily identify your favorites. We have also thrown in some famous authors whose names have a nice ring to them. Jog your mind below.

Feline Characters in Books

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Artistic license has seen bookshelves become alive with remarkable cats characters. Some of these cats have human traits. They can walk, talk, and reason just like their human companions. Some are great leaders in their own utopias. Others are great martial artists and even explorers to worlds only possible in our imaginations. Below are some great cat names from cat characters in the vast world of books and short stories.

  • Alonzo. A character in “Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats” by T. S. Eliotts. He is a black and white tomcat.
  • Aristotle. The main character in Dick King-Smith’s “The Nine Lives of Aristotle.” He uses his proverbial ‘nine lives’ trying to be a proper cat.
  • Bangs. The pet cat of Sam from “Sam, Bangs and Moonshine” by Evaline Ness. She is a wise and friendly cat. A name that does a family-friendly cat justice.
  • Behemoth. A demonic cat from “The Master and Margarita” by Mikhail Bulgakov. The name is suitable for a huge black cat. For other black cat names, visit this page.
  • Buttercup. The pet cat of Primrose Everdeen from “The Hunger Games” by Suzanne Collins. He has a ragged yellow coat. He watches over his owner and also loves to hunt rats. If your cat is the kind that enjoys hunting vermin in your house, then you’ve found the perfect name!
  • Captain Wow. A telepathic cat from “The Game of Rat and Dragon” by Cordwainer Smith. In this short story, he teams up with humans to fight an invading alien force that he imagines to be giant rats. He is smart, fast and courageous. This is a name that suits a cat who is still in touch with his wild side.
  • Carbonel. He is the focus of “Carbonel: The King of the Cats”—a book by Barbara Sleigh. He is a tomcat who can not only talk but has a kingdom of his own. If your kitty is the kind that likes to be in control, give him the royal name.
  • Cheshire. A character from the book “Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland” by Lewis Caroll. This magical cat has the ability to appear as a head without a body.
  • Crookshanks. A cat who only associates with trustworthy people. He is the pet cat of Hermione Granger—a character in the “Harry Potter” book series by J. K. Rowling.
  • Dinah. The pet cat of Alice in the book “Alice in Wonderland” by Lewis Carroll. A name suitable for a likable female cat.
  • Djibi. An individualistic cat who is the main character in “Djibi, the Kitten.” In this book by Felix Salten, he is a cat who adapts easily to any environment. He survived drowning and is also a skilled hunter of birds. A name for an independent cat who loves the outdoors. Consider building a DIY cat window box for this cat.
  • Electra. A kitten in “Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats” by T. S. Elliots. In the musical adaptation of the book, she is portrayed as a dark cat with grey and golden stripes.
  • Firestar. For a male cat with a pale, orange-colored coat. He is the main character of “Warrior Cats” by Erin Hunter.
  • Ginger. A cat with an orange-colored coat in C. S. Lewis’s “The Last Battle.” He has the gift of speech and is a courageous companion. Your cat may not speak, but courage can earn him the name.
  • Greebo. An odd-eyed cat in “Discworld” by Terry Pratchett. He is a fearless and intelligent cat who bullies other animals in the forest. A name for a cat who outsmarts his siblings or other animals.
  • Gummitch. The main character in Fritz Leiber’s “Gummitch and Friends.” He is a smart leader with an IQ of 160! A perfect name for a well-bred, superior cat.
  • Harry Cat. A cat who is friends with a cricket and a mouse. This character in “The Cricket in Times Square” by George Selden is likable and protective of his buddies.
  • Hat. The name is drawn from the title “The Cat in The Hat,” which is a book by Theodor Geisel. The cat exhibits many human traits like dressing up. He also loves to entertain children. A suitable name for the best cats for kids.
  • Lucky. A green cat from the science fiction novel “Green Millenium” by Fritz Lieber. He provides emotional support to the main character in the novel. A name for a cat who is your lucky charm.
  • Maurice. The main character of “The Amazing Maurice and his Educated Rodents” by Terry Pratchett. He is a trickster who is smart enough to lead his own band of rats.
  • Morgan. A character in T. S. Elliot’s “Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats.” A talking cat who is smart and loves to drink cream from the bowl.
  • Mrs. Norris. The pet cat of Argus Filch in the “Harry Potter” books by J. K. Rowling. A name befitting a cat with dust-colored fur and yellow eyes.
  • Nutmeg. A brown and white female cat in Erin Hunter’s book, “Warrior Cats.”
  • Pete. A pet cat from “The Door to Summer” by Robert A. Heinlein. He is an aggressive cat who enjoys fast food. He hates winter and won’t step on snow. This name is perfect for a cat who loves warm weather.
  • Pixel. A cat with the ability to bend time and space. He is a character in R. A. Heinlein’s science fiction novel “The Cat Who Walks Through Walls.” A name for a cat who seems to appear and disappear without making a sound.
  • Pluto. The narrator’s pet cat in Edgar Allan Poe’s short story “The Black Cat.” Pluto behaves cordially towards his owner at the beginning of the narration. Later, he becomes mysterious and appears to have gained some supernatural abilities.
  • Ribby. The main character in the children’s book “The Pie and The Patty Pan” by Beatrix Potter. She is portrayed as a cat that has human-like behavior. She befriends a dog and throws a tea party. A name for a cat who plays well with others. If your cat has a hard time getting along with your dog, perhaps you should try the tips we provide in this article.
  • Rumpus. Referred to as ‘The Great Rumpus Cat’ in T. S. Elliot’s’ book, “Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats.” He is a peace-loving cat who gets to stop a fight between two dog clans.
  • Sampson. A guardian of the mice in Graham Oakley’s book “The Church Mouse.” He is a hardworking, innovative, and brave cat. He defends the church from burglary. A good name for a cat who is protective of his territory.
  • Snowbell. The family cat in the children’s novel “Stuart Little” by E. B. White. His only interest is chasing after a pet bird with the intention of eating it. If your cat spends most of his time bird-watching or chasing them, then look no further for a name.
  • Sprockets. A feral cat from “Mission to Universe,” a novel by G. R. Dickson. He is a stowaway in a battle spaceship. This name suits a rebellious cat.
  • Twitchit. A character in “The Tale of Tom Kitten,” a book by Beatrix Potter. She is a mother cat who comes out as innovative. She is notorious for grounding her kittens when they misbehave. This name would best describe a bossy mother cat. Is your cat expecting? Perhaps you should take a look at our article on how long are cats pregnant.

Feline Characters in Comic Strips

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Traditionally, comic strips were small sections of the newspaper meant to be read during coffee breaks. With the evolution of the internet, they now also appear as webcomics. These brightly-illustrated narratives have revolutionized the literary world.

Below are some unique names of cat characters in the world of comics:

  • Azrael. The name of the angel of death in some religions. It’s the name of the cat in Piere Culliford’s comics, “The Smurfs.” A spot-on name considering he helps his master hunt and capture the Smurfs to obtain their magic.
  • Bill. A character from “Bloom County”—a comic book by Berkeley Breathed. He is an orange tabby cat who wastes his time doing basically nothing. Perfect for a lazy, laidback cat who makes you wonder how much do cats sleep.
  • Blacksad. The main character in “Blacksad”—a comic book by J. D. Canales. He is a black cat who works as a private detective. A name for an instinctual cat.
  • Bucky. The full name is Bucky Catt. He is a character from “Get Fuzzy”—a comic strip by Darby Conley. He is a Siamese cat who’s friends with a dog and loves teddy bears. A name that would best describe an animal-friendly cat.
  • Catbert. A fictional character from “Dilbert”—a comic strip by Scott Adams. He is the evil director of ‘human’ resources. A name for a stubborn and bossy cat.
  • Chaminou. The main character of “Chaminou”—a Belgian comic strip by Raymond Macherot. He is a loyal cat who is also a secret agent in service to the king. A proper name for a sneaky cat.
  • Chubby Huggs. A character who loves hugging from “Get Fuzzy”—a comic strip by Darby Conley. He is a lovable cat who is a peacemaker to the extent of befriending a mouse. A name for a likable and people-friendly cat.
  • Doraemon. A robotic cat from a Japanese manga series of the same name by Fujiko F. Fujio. He travels back in time to help a tweenage boy who is failing in class. A name for a good-natured cat who loves the company of children. For other exotic Japanese cat names, visit this page.
  • Faron. The pet cat of Frieda from “Peanuts”—a comic strip by Charles M. Schulz. He doesn’t do much except hanging around his owner. This name, which means “a handsome servant,” is appropriate for a beautiful and snuggly cat.
  • Felina Furr. A heroine cat with human traits in “Captain Carrot and His Amazing Zoo Crew” by Roy Thomas and Scott Shaw. She has mystical powers and is highly skilled in martial arts. A perfect name for a cat who knows how to guard her territory.
  • Garfield. The main character of Jim Davis’ comic strip of the same name. He has an orange coat with black stripes. His only interest is eating—a trait that has made him obese. This name can be reserved for an obese cat who is extremely lazy.
  • Gaturro. The leading character of “Gaturro”—a comic strip by Cristian Dzwonik. He is a troublemaker who enjoys the outdoors. If your cat is mischievous and loves hanging on rooftops, then this is the name for him.
  • Heathcliff. The lead character of a comic of the same name by George Gately. He is a cat who loves adventures and has human traits, which help him in assisting the police in nabbing cat thieves. A name fit for a curious female cat.
  • Hershey. A minor character from “Sonic the Hedgehog”—a comic book by Archie Comics. She teams up with Sonic, the lead character, in battling evil. She is described as having a black and white coat. A name fit for a kind-hearted black and white female cat. For other tuxedo cat names, visit this page.
  • Korky. The main character of “The Dandy”—a comic by James Crington. He is a black cat who loves fun and games. A name suitable for a cocky cat.
  • Krosp. A white cat from “Girl Genius”—a comic book series by Phil and Kaja Foglio. He believes that he is the emperor of all cats and that humans are also his subjects. A name for a feline who behaves like your house is his.
  • Luddie. The family cat from “Arlo and Janis”—a comic strip by Peyo. He is a normal black and white house cat. A name for a playful cat.
  • Oliver. Full name Oliver Wendell Jones. He is a computer hacker from “Bloom County” by Berkeley Breathed. A name for a cat who is intrigued with gadgets. Best download some apps for cats if you live with a cat like this.
  • Smuckles. A successful cat with human traits from “Achewood”—a webcomic by Chris Onstad. In the comic, he is described as being an American Curl.

Feline Characters in Fairy Tales and Visual Media

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Stories that feature animals with human qualities have been told since the ancient times. They were intended to educate and caution the young in the society. The medium of such stories has changed from word of mouth to characters that you can see and hear on TV.

Below are names drawn from cat characters that have graced folktales and the visual media.

  • Church. Ellie’s pet cat in Stephen King’s “Pet Semetary.” The adaptation of the book into films sees the cat resurrecting after being run over by a car. A name best for a mysterious cat.
  • Hecate. The pet of Cat Woman in “Batman” by Mikel Janin. She is a giant panther who protects her owner and fights beside her. A name for a temperamental cat.
  • Jake. A cat-like alien from “The Cat from Outer Space”—a comedy film written by Ted Key. A name for an intelligent cat.
  • Jones. The crew’s pet cat in “Alien”—a science fiction screen written by Dan O’Bannon. A cute name for an adventurous cat.
  • Keanu. A pet cat in “Keanu”—a comedy film written by Jordan Peele and Alex Reubens. The cat gets to enjoy the adventure as his minders, ‘the Allentown Brothers,’ fight drug cartels.
  • Mr. Bigglesworth. A cat belonging to the lead character in Mike Myers’s film “Dr. Evil.” He is portrayed as a Sphynx cat.
  • Puss. He is better known as Puss in Boots. He is a cat who has mastered swordsmanship and uses trickery to gain power and wealth. This Italian fairytale was first recorded by Giovanni Francesco Strapola in the year 1550. A name for a naughty cat.
  • Pyewacket. The familiar of Gillian in “Bell, Book and Candle”—a film written by Daniel Taradash. He is a Siamese cat.

Cat Names Inspired by Famous Authors

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So much can be borrowed from authors of literary work. They are able to introduce you to their world, draw you into it, and walk hand in hand with you until all your senses are in sync with it.

In admiration of what they do, here are a few authors whose names would be great for your cat.

  • Agatha Kitty. A tribute to the famous English crime writer Agatha Christie. Her notable works include; “Murder on the Orient Express” and “The Mousetrap.”
  • DicKittens. Name your cat after the great English writer, Charles Dickens. He was known for his humor and criticism of the social order.
  • Harpurr. American novelist known by her full names: Nelle Harper Lee. She authored novels such as: “To Kill a Mocking Bird” and “Go Set a Watchman.”
  • Purrwell. Name your cat after George Orwell—the English writer who wrote “Animal Farm” and “Nineteen Eighty-Four.”
  • Edgar Allan Paw. Edgar Allan Poe was a famous poet.
  • Shakespurr. He was an English poet and writer. William Shakespeare is known for his vast works in literature. He authored “Hamlet,” “Romeo and Juliet,” and “Macbeth” among others.
  • Tailkien. Name your cat after J. R. R. Tolkien—an English poet and writer. He authored the popular fantasy novel series: “The Hobbit” and “The Lord of the Rings.”

Wrap Up

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Cats have always been a big part of human beings’ lives since time immemorial. This can be proven by the way the literary world has widely accommodated them both as human companions and as independent identities in books, comic strips, folktales, and visual media. Fans have used these as sources of names for their children, pets, and other things that they hold dear.

Giving your cat a literature-related name is one way of not only bringing your favorite character to life but also making sure that their memory lives through your feline. Authors have also stood out due to their exceptional talent with words. It is not uncommon to find cats named after their owner’s favorite author.

Among the things that can inspire you to choose a name that suits your cat are the physical, behavior, and personality traits of these cat characters and the roles that they play.

Who is your favorite cat character? Could you have acquired a new favorite after reading this? Did we help you settle on a name?  Tell us all about your experience by leaving feedback below. If you’re looking to gain inspiration from other famous fictional characters as well, try our article on Disney cat names.

About the author
Stella Noble
Stella Noble

Stella Noble lives in Warren, Michigan with her family and three cats. She is a Certified Cat Trainer and a member of the International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants.