Awesome and Kawaii Japanese Cat Names

japanese cat statues in tokyo
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Have you recently taken on a new cat and trying to decide a name? If like me, you love Japan why not choose one of these Japanese cat names?

From Kawaii cat names all the way through to the Japanese anime pet names for cats, we have put together an extensive list to help you pick out the perfect new addition.

white long haired cat with green eyes called sushi - a Japanese cat name

Take a look at our list of awesome Japanese cat names below (and be sure to let us know which you choose!)

Other posts which may help:

Adorable and Awesome Japanese Cat Names

Male Japanese Cat Names

Eri
Isamu (Courage)
Japan
Judo
Katsu
Kobe
Kyoto
Miso
Mochi
Natsu (born in summer)
Ninja
Osaka
Ramen
Riku
Ryo
Sake (Japanese rice wine)
Shoga (Ginger)
Sushi
Tamotsu (Protector)
Tora (Tiger)
Totoro
Toyko
Tsuki (Moon)
Udon
Wasabi
Yori (Trust)
Yoshi
Yuki (Snow)

Female Japanese Cat Names

Akira
Asahi
Asami
Eevee
Jiji (The cat from Kiki’s Delivery Service)
Hana (Flower)
Haru (Spring)
Himari (Sunflower)
Katsu
Keiko (Adored one)
Kimi
Lady Eboshi
Mei (Beautiful)
Miku
Momo (Peach)
Nara
Neko (cat in Japanese)
Pikachu
Sakura (Cherry Blossom)
Satomi
Shinju (Pearl)
Shiro (white)
Tofu

Anime pet names for cats

Asuna
Doraemon
Erza
Goku
Mirajane
Naruto
Nyan
Pusheen
Ryuk

Studio Ghibli Cat Names

Jiji (The cat from Kiki’s Delivery Service)
Haku
Gonza
Kiki
Kodama
Lady Eboshi
Moro
San
Totoro
Yubaba

Pokemon Cat Names

Fan of the Pokemon series? Why not give your cat a Pokemon inspired name?

Chansey
Cubone
Eevee
Jynx
Meowth
Mew
Paras
Pikachu
Raichu
Skitty
Snorlax
Togepi
Vulpix
Weedle

japanese cat statues in tokyo

What do cats symbolise in Japan?

In Japan, cats are revered for giving good luck and other positive results. The popular Japanese cat figurine Maneki-Neko (Also known as the waving cat or beckoning cat) is typically believed to bring such blessings.

According to Japanese legend, a landlord witnessed a cat waving a paw at him. Intrigued by this gesture, he came close to the cat when suddenly a lightning bolt struck the exact place he was previously standing in. The landlord believed that his good fortune was because of the cat’s actions.

Tips for helping your cat learn their name

Cats are very intelligent animals but it can take time for them to learn their name, so it is important to be patient. During the naming period be sure to only use their chosen name positively and during positive experiences such as petting and receiving treats.

Say their name gently and softly. Avoid high pitched voices, aggressive tones or shouting. A negative experience with their name could lead to them associating their name with a bad experience.

We often end up having various names for our cats. They can get shortened or over time, as we learn their personalities more, nicknames will form. However, it is important during the learning period only their full name is used (for example, if the cat is called Baymax only call them this while learning, do not interchange between Baymax, Bay, Max, etc) this will help prevent confusion.

Each time your cat responds to their name reward them! This can be with either a tasty treat or their favourite toy.

Ideally, you will not want to let your cat outside until you are confident they will respond to their name. However, to ease any concerns you may also want to look into getting your cat a GPS Cat Tracker Collar.

Bringing a new cat home is an exciting time and choosing their name is often one of the hardest things to do. By choosing a travel-inspired pet name you will forever be combining your love of felines and adventure.