What’s in a name? When it comes to cats, plenty!

Many people are surprised to learn that, just like dogs, cats know their given names. According to a recent study, our feline friends can easily distinguish their monikers from other words—even if they don’t always act like it. (In other words, yes, Mr. Sprinkles is ignoring you.)

Think outside the box and pick something that even the most aloof kitty can’t help but respond to. And what do cats (and people!) like more than food?

Whether you’re looking for a name that’s sweet or salty, spicy or sour, this list of food names for cats will provide endless—and delicious—inspiration.

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There are endless cute food names for cats. Where to start? You can’t go wrong with one of these culinary crowd-pleasers. 

Tuna: There’s nothing fishy about this pick! Tuna makes a great cat name for two reasons: cats love to eat tuna, and it references a different animal. And as we all know, naming animals after other animals is always hilarious—that’s just science.

Nacho: If you love Mexican food, the obvious cat name is Taco. While Taco is certainly cute, we also like the less popular—but equally delicious—Nacho. Is it even possible to say the word nacho without smiling?

Pancake: Breakfast is the most important meal of the day, so it only makes sense to consider something from the morning menu. Our vote goes to Pancake, a food as sweet, fluffy, and loveable as a kitten. (Have a salty cat? Perhaps Bacon is more your style…)

Whiskey: Can’t forget a cocktail! For a boozy name, we like Whiskey for its inherently cat-like characteristics. Sophisticated, subtle, and spirited, it’s perfect for the fine feline in your life.

Tater Tot: We love a memorable name that can be easily (and adorably) shortened. Whether you call kitty by his formal name or simply Tater, both options are deliciously cute. For a more literal spud reference, Potato has a certain deadpan ring to it. 

Food Names for Girl Cats

Cat sniffing pink cupcakes

Looking for a more feminine food-inspired name for your feline? We have you covered with these food names for girl cats.

Cookie: People who go by Cookie tend to be sweet and sassy, the perfect mix of sugar and spice. Sound like a cat you know? This cheeky name might be the perfect fit. 

Mocha: If your kitty is a brunette, you’ll love Mocha a latte. The name has a feminine flair and calls to mind a coffeehouse favorite. 

Cinnamon: Spices offer quite a few great cat names, from Sage to Paprika. For a classic with a softer side, try a sprinkle of Cinnamon. 

Mozzarella: Most cheese names tend to skew masculine. Mozzarella, however, has a more musical tone, and offers Ella as a nickname. Our cheesy runner up? Brie. 

More Food Names for Girl Cats

  • Honey
  • Sugar
  • Margarita
  • Nutella
  • Juniper
  • Muffin
  • Rosemary
  • Olive
  • Ambrosia

Food Names for Male Cats

Male cat getting treat from owner

Don’t worry, toms—we have plenty of nom-worthy names for you, too.

Reuben: When it comes to gravitas, you can’t beat Reuben. Whether you think of the sandwich or the human name, Reuben calls to mind a strong personality and a hint of old-school swagger. 

Tofu: Does your cat like eating tofu? Probably not. But will you have fun calling him Tofu? Definitely.  

Noodle: Sometimes, the most common food names are the funniest. Noodle is perfect for slightly goofy male cats who can appreciate life’s simple pleasures—such as a big bowl of carbs.  

Queso: Love cheesy names? Queso has a little zing and saucy side, just like many feline fellas. For more mild-mannered cats, consider Colby” or Swiss.

More Food Names for Male Cats

  • Dim Sum
  • Tabasco
  • Pickle
  • Biscuit
  • Ravioli
  • Waffle
  • Lentil
  • Dumpling
  • Caesar
  • Dill
  • Lasagna

Sweet Food Names for Cats

cat surrounded by pastries and jam

If you’d like a sweet name for your sweetie, you’ve come to the right place. These bakery-inspired choices are sugar-coated and honey-dipped.  

Cannoli: Like some of our favorite cats, cannoli have a hard shell and a sweet, mushy center. More sophisticated than workaday donuts or common cookies, they’re the feline equivalent of pastry.

Éclair: Like cannoli, éclairs have a certain je ne sais quoi befitting of cats. While Cannoli is perfect for blonde kitties, we like Éclair for their chocolate counterparts.  

Butterscotch: Ah, a name that combines two yummy treats: butter and scotch! They both make sweet nicknames when you’d like a shorter option. 

Milkshake: Oreo is the go-to name for tuxedo cats, of course. But for a change, try mixing it up with Milkshake—as everyone knows, the best flavor is black-and-white.

More Sweet Food Names for Cats

  • Croissant 
  • Cocoa
  • Pudding
  • Macaron
  • Granola
  • Fudge
  • Vanilla
  • Sorbet
  • Caramel
  • Strudel

Food Names for Orange Cats

Orange cat outside on wall

Orange you glad we remembered the gingers? Check out these names for our red-headed furriends. 

Saffron: For a spicy tabby, Ginger is almost too on-the-nose. For a similar effect with a more exotic flavor, we like Saffron.

Creamsicle: Sweet and sunset-hued, Creamsicle is a fitting name for orange cats with swirls of vanilla fur. For another ice cream parlor favorite, try Sherbet! 

Dorito: For many of us, Doritos are like cats: You can’t have just one. If you have an irresistible orange kitty, the nacho-dusted chip might be the perfect namesake. 

Marmalade: Peanut Butter is a great dog name, but cats deserve a slightly more cosmopolitan spread. Meet Marmalade, a worldly ginger with discerning tastes.

More Food Names for Orange Cats

  • Pumpkin
  • Cheddar 
  • Cantaloupe
  • Cheeto
  • Clementine
  • Carrot
  • Sweet Potato
  • Apricot
  • Mango

Japanese Food Names for Cats

Cat and sushi at restaurant

Symbols of good luck and prosperity, cats have a special place in Japanese culture. Honor the homeland of Hello Kitty with these Japanese food names.

Sushi: If calling “Sushi! Sushi!” doesn’t grab your cat’s attention, nothing will. The delicious rolls are a kitty’s dream come true.  

Wasabi: Not every cat can pull off Wasabi. But if you have an especially spicy feline, try this name on for size.

Ramen: Is there anything more comforting than a warm bowl of ramen? This noodly name suits snuggly lap cats best. 

Mochi: For a dessert-inspired Japanese food name, consider Mochi. These tasty rice cakes are commonly used to make traditional Japanese pastries, and are often stuffed with ice cream. 

More Japanese Food Names for Cats

  • Sashimi
  • Chopstick 
  • Mirin
  • Matcha 
  • Bento
  • Dashi
  • Miso
  • Sake
  • Nori

Candy Names for Cats

Cat pawing at lollipop

With whimsical names and sweet connotations, the candy shop is a natural place to look for cat name inspiration. 

Kit Kat: With the word “cat” practically in the name, Kit Kat is a clear confectionary winner. As for nicknames, Kit is a fun nod to kitten.

Reese: Delicious peanut butter treat, or preppy human name? Either way, we love Reese as a cat moniker. 

Skittles: Some kitties are extra colorful. Skittles is a great choice for outgoing, bright-eyed cats.

Gumdrop: Loving the old-school name trend? For a vintage take, there’s something extra sweet about Gumdrop.

More Candy Names for Cats

  • Hershey
  • Tootsie
  • Snickers
  • Taffy
  • Licorice
  • Jelly Bean
  • Marshmallow
  • Pixie
  • Willy Wonka
  • Milky Way

Fruit Names for Cats

Kitten in apple orchard

For a healthier approach, the produce world offers a cornucopia of cat names. Check out these fresh fruit cat names. 

Coconut: Cue the island vibes. Coconut is great for cool cats who know how to kick back and relax.  

Applesauce: Gwyneth Paltrow kept things simple and named her daughter Apple. For a cat, we like the sillier Applesauce.

Peach: Referencing both a delicious food and a pleasant person, Peach is a name that’s as refreshing as the fruit. 

Huckleberry: For a fruit-inspired cat name with a literary twist, Huckleberry has you covered.

Other Fruit Names for Cats

  • Cherry
  • Plum 
  • Quince
  • Kiwi
  • Tamarind
  • Fig
  • Mandarin
  • Persimmon
  • Papaya

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