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Cat names for different colors and coats

This cat, Kali, wasn't named for her beautiful silver color, but if she had been, we're told her name would be Silverleaf.
This cat, Kali, wasn't named for her beautiful silver color, but if she had been, we're told her name would be Silverleaf.
Courtesy of Patrick Mitchell

Sometimes, it's hard to decide what to name your cat, regardless of whether it's an adult or a kitten. Choosing the name of a favorite book or film character, an actor or singer, or your best friend or a deceased family member in their honor, are some popular ways people decide on names. Others decide on names based on how she acts, or sounds, or looks. But when it comes to what your cat looks like, you might be worried that some names, such as Fluffy, or Whitey, or Blackberry, might be overused and unimaginative.

PetPlace has created lists of cat names based on the colors and textures of their coats. According to Dr. Deb, PetPlace has received hundreds of emails from readers who've named their cats based on their fur. Here are some of the names that PetPlace compiled.

Orange or red coats:

  • Alani (Hawaiian for "orange blossom tree")
  • Apricat
  • Amber
  • Cinnamon
  • Chili
  • Dorito
  • Flame
  • Fluffernutter
  • Ginger
  • Heinz
  • Merlot
  • Nacho
  • Noodle
  • Paprika
  • Russet
  • Saffron
  • Sunflower
  • Succotash
  • Tiger Lily
  • Treasure

Yellow coats:

  • Buttercup
  • Buffy
  • Cab
  • Corona
  • Crackers
  • Latte
  • Lion
  • Marzipan
  • Mustard
  • Okra
  • Popcorn
  • Sparky
  • Taffy
  • Waffle

Brown coats:

  • Ashen
  • Autumn
  • Bean
  • Bruno
  • Buster Brown
  • Canoli
  • Chrome
  • Copper
  • Dapple
  • Godiva
  • Kasha
  • Mahogany
  • Mocha
  • Nutmeg
  • Reese
  • Sausage
  • Syrup
  • Tawny
  • Teak
  • Twink
  • Whiskey

Black and white coats:

  • Barcode
  • Bessie
  • Bogart
  • Checkers
  • Domino
  • Eightball
  • Halfpint
  • Hydrox
  • Jazzy
  • Panda
  • Patches
  • Print
  • Sox
  • Starburst
  • Tuxxy
  • Widget
  • Yinyang
  • Zorro

White coats:

  • Ajax
  • Aspirin
  • Avalanche
  • Bianco
  • Blondie
  • Casper
  • Chalk
  • Cirrus
  • Cheesecake
  • Crystal
  • Diamond
  • Dutchess
  • Figaro
  • Isis
  • Jasmine
  • Luna
  • Nimbus
  • Q-tip
  • Sishya
  • Salt
  • Snowcone
  • Talcum
  • Vanilla
  • Winter

Gray coats:

  • Ashes
  • Blotch
  • Blur
  • Cinderfur
  • Claymore
  • Cobweb
  • Earl Gray
  • Granite
  • Grey Ghost
  • Heather
  • Hazy
  • Mink
  • Nickels
  • Phoenix
  • Shadow
  • Silver
  • Silvertoes
  • Sterling
  • Storm
  • Willow

Calico coats:

  • Autumn
  • Bracken
  • Callerina
  • Dapple
  • Kali
  • Kalique
  • Lichen
  • Maggie
  • Patches
  • Ripple
  • Roxie
  • Scraps
  • Speckles
  • Splatters
  • Spottie
  • Synominn
  • Taffy
  • Vivid

Tabby coats:

  • Bloche
  • Chutney
  • Cookie
  • HodgePodge
  • Knick-knacks
  • Jennyanydots
  • Harlequin
  • Mimi
  • Marble
  • Panther
  • Raya
  • Spice
  • Stripe
  • Tabetha
  • Tapestry
  • Taz
  • Tigerfuzz
  • Timber
  • Zeeman

Gold-colored coats:

  • Brandie
  • Butterscotch
  • Carob
  • Chamois
  • Corky
  • Donut
  • Dunkin
  • Gingersnap
  • Goldie
  • Gemstone
  • Heath
  • Mousse
  • Nilla
  • Nuts
  • Oatmeal
  • Penny
  • Roux
  • Rusty
  • Sahra
  • Toast
  • Toffi
  • Truffle
  • Yeller

Fluffy coats:

  • Bear
  • Charmin
  • Cotton
  • Downy
  • Fluffmaster
  • Flannel
  • Foofer
  • Fuzzy Britches
  • Puff
  • Ringlet
  • Ruffles
  • Teddy
  • Woofy

If you'd like to see the full list for each of these categories, be sure to click on the links above!