How to Name a Kitten & a Puppy

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Naming a pet takes consideration and time.
Naming a pet takes consideration and time. (Image: kitten image by Radoslav Lazarov from Fotolia.com)

One of the first things you should do when you obtain a new puppy or kitten is name it. Some pet owners use traditional pet names such as Spot, Socks or Fluffy. Others name the pet after its appearance, such as Stripes, Fatty or Snowball. Others use names from movies, television, people, books and other media outlets. Christen your pet with its new name within three days of bringing it home. Not only will naming the pet aid in training, but it will feel more like a member of the family.

Write down the types of pet names you like. Draw a star next to your favorite names.

Names can also reflect personality (Spunky, Spaz).
Names can also reflect personality (Spunky, Spaz). (Image: pet dog image by NorthShoreSurfPhotos from Fotolia.com)

Say each name out loud to see how it sounds. You will say the name many times. This ensures that it sounds okay. It also helps avoid pronunciation problems. Have other members of the household say the name.

Using the dog's name can help you train it to come wth called.
Using the dog's name can help you train it to come wth called. (Image: puppy image by jimcox40 from Fotolia.com)

Cross out any names that you do not love. Continue the process of elimination until you reach one name.

Even cats respond to their name.
Even cats respond to their name. (Image: kitten image by AGphotographer from Fotolia.com)

Call the animal by its name as much as possible to help the pet learn its name. Use a calm tone so the animal doesn't think it's in trouble.

It takes anywhere from one week to a month for an animal to learn its name.
It takes anywhere from one week to a month for an animal to learn its name. (Image: puppy image by Waseem Ghattas from Fotolia.com)

Call the veterinarian's office and tell them the name of the animal. Spell the name for them. Register the pet with the county, if required.

Cats respond to their name by looking at you.
Cats respond to their name by looking at you. (Image: Kitten image by arad from Fotolia.com)

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