Appleby Magna Vet Nurses Share Ideas for the Perfect Pet Name

June 14, 2024

Choosing a name for your new companion is an exciting milestone in pet ownership, but with so many options to choose from, where do you start? Fear not, fellow pet lovers! Our nursing team at STAR Vets have pulled together some fun ideas to help you find the perfect name to get your pet wagging, purring, or hopping with approval!

Call 01530 270 170 and tell us all about your new pet and their snazzy name, and we’ll get them registered right away. You can also register via our website:

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Five Fun Ways to Choose Your Pet’s Name

Have fun with our vet nurses’ ideas below, and let us know if your new pet is a “Rachel” or a “Phoebe”, or if “Sir Wriggle Bottom” gets the vote!

  1. Let Their Personality Shine: Our nurses recommend taking a moment to observe your pet’s unique quirks & characteristics. If your cheeky kitten has a mischievous streak, maybe “Cheeky Chops” suits them to a tee. If your dapper dog is always ready for an adventure, “Captain Pawsome” could be the paw-fect name!
  2. Get Inspired by Their Appearance: Does your long-haired cat’s luxurious coat resemble a lion’s mane? If so, “Simba” might be just the name to match their regal presence. Is your bouncy bunny blessed with floppy ears that could rival Dumbo’s? How about “Nelly”?
  3. Think Outside the Box: Don’t be afraid to get creative and think beyond the usual pet naming conventions. Consider naming your pet after your favourite book character, a beloved movie star, or even your favourite food! Just imagine calling for “Spaghetti” at the dog park or snuggling up with “Princess Paws – Breaker of Biscuits” on the sofa. Our Appleby Magna veterinary nurses do love it when they see a “Piglet” (the dog) or a “Badger” (the hamster) too!
  4. Keep It Simple: While a unique and creative name can be fun, a name with easy pronunciation can sometimes work best. Shorter names with distinct sounds may be easier for pets to recognise and respond to, such as “Bella” and “Teddy”. Consistency of use and association with positive experiences will help your pet to learn their name.
  5. Trust Your Instincts: When it comes down to it, the most important thing is choosing a name that feels right for you and your pet. Trust your instincts and go with the name that makes your heart sing and your pet’s face light up. If that means calling your vocal cat “Dolly Parton” or your miniature dachshund “Sausage Roll”, so be it!

We hope you love these ideas from our Appleby Magna nursing team as much as we do. Unleash your creativity and let the naming adventure begin!

We can’t wait to meet your new best friend! Register their new name via our website, or give us a call on 01530 270 170.

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