150 Best Anime Cat Names

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Anime is one of those things where those of us who love to indulge in immersive fandoms feel right at home. With all of the genres and sub-genres within anime, there really is something for everyone, be it fantasy, drama, sci-fi, horror, comedy, or something even more niche.

If you are reading this article, then I’m willing to bet you are something of an otaku (and that you know what that means, my fellow anime nerd). And of course, that means you also love cats. Interestingly, cats and cat-like characters are abundant in many anime series.

This likely has something to do with the fact that in Japan, cats are beloved animals that represent fortune and good luck. So what better way to celebrate your love of cats and anime than to name your own precious pet after your favorite anime character?

Male Anime Cat Names

There is no shortage of popular anime series or movies to choose a name from. Here is our list of 50 great male anime characters to inspire you while naming your male cat. Some of these characters are heroes that fans love; some of them are villains that fans love to hate. Some are cute and whimsical and others are strong and cool. Which one fits your cat the best?

  • Aang (Avatar: The Last Airbender): The fun-loving, energetic, and bald protagonist from this popular American anime. Also a cute name for a hairless cat!
  • Akira (Akira): The title character from the post-apocalyptic anime classic.
  • Alphonse (Fullmetal Alchemist): Kind-hearted and protective, Alphonse is perfect for a sweet-natured cat.
  • Alucard (Hellsing): Do you have a mysterious, enigmatic cat? Name him after this charismatic and imposing vampire.
  • Ash (Pokemon): Everybody’s favorite courageous, yet hapless Pokemon trainer.
  • Ashitaka (Princess Mononoke): The male lead from this Hayao Miyazaki classic. A fitting name for a cat who loves to spend time in nature.
  • Conan (Detective Conan): A good name for a curious, detective-type cat.
  • Edward (Fullmetal Alchemist): The name of the young alchemist searching for the Philosopher’s Stone.
  • Eren Yeager (Attack on Titan): A character associated with freedom. Perhaps your cat is a free spirit as well?
  • Gohan (Various Dragon Ball Series): A sweet, optimistic character, just like his dad (see directly below).
  • Goku (Various Dragon Ball Series): A fitting name for a good-natured cat that just oozes “I’m the good guy” vibes.
  • Gon Freecss (Hunter x Hunter): A character with fierce determination and grit.
  • Haku (Spirited Away): A gentle and mystical character that can transform into a dragon, making it a cute name for an elegant and mysterious cat.
  • Heero Yuy (Gundam Wing): A stoic protagonist.
  • Hiei (Yu Yu Hakusho): A fierce and powerful character, but also short and cute. I think we all know felines like this.
  • Howl (Howl’s Moving Castle): A name for a charming, enigmatic cat that has brought some magic into your life.
  • Ichigo (Bleach): A cute name for an orange-haired cat with amber eyes.
  • Inuyasha (Inuyasha): He may be mocked by other characters as a “dog boy” for his ears, fangs, and claws, but I always thought that Inuyasha seemed more cat-like.
  • Jet Black (Cowboy Bebop): Obviously great for a black cat, and Bebop fans will recognize this as also a fitting name for a cat with a reserved and imposing look, but kind demeanor.
  • Kakashi Hatake (Naruto): For a cool, silver-haired, ninja-type cat.
  • Kenshin  (Rurouni Kenshin): A sweet name for a cat with a sweet demeanor.
  • Kiba (Wolf’s Rain) – A courageous and cool protagonist.
  • Kurama (Yu Yu Hakusho): An elegant fox demon this name is good for a cat with fox-like qualities.
  • Kuwabara (Yu Yu Hakusho): A great name if you have a cat who is a goofball with a heart of gold
  • L  (Death Note): A short and sweet name for a cat with an air of mystery.
  • Lelouch (Code Geass: Lelouch of the Rebellion): If you have a cat with a strong personality and a rebellious nature, then this name may be the one you’ve been looking for.
  • Light (Death Note): Death Note fans will get it!
  • Lupin III (Lupin III): If you have a charming cat with a knack for getting out of tight spots and situations, you can’t go wrong with Lupin.
  • Master Roshi (Various Dragon Ball Series): Is your cat a silly boy with surprising athletic skills?
  • Monkey D. Luffy (One Piece): Even if you aren’t a fan of One Piece, how could you not love this name for a cat?
  • Mugen (Samurai Champloo): If your cat would be an antihero of his own story, this could be the perfect anime-inspired name for him.
  • Naruto Uzumaki (Naruto): For your energetic little ninja who just never gives up.
  •  Piccolo – (Various Dragon Ball Series): A name for a cat with a rough exterior and a heart of gold.
  • Roronoa Zoro (One Piece): A name for a serious and fiercely loyal cat.
  • Roy Mustang (Fullmetal Alchemist): A cute (and funny) name for a confident, self-assured cat.
  • Saitama (One Punch Man): A fitting name for the biggest, toughest (at least in appearance) cat on the block.
  • Sasuke Uchiha (Naruto): A name to consider for a determined and reserved cat.
  • Shigeo Kageyama (Mob Psycho 100): When your cat is shy and timid but also prone to powerful outbursts.
  • Shikamaru (Naruto): Do you have a lazy but smart cat who often finds the simplest solutions to problems? Sounds like this character.
  • Shinji (Neon Genesis Evangelion): For the introverted and cautious kitty.
  • Spike (Cowboy Bebop): One of the classic “cool guys” in anime and a fitting name for your little cool guy.
  • Suzaku (Code Geass: Lelouch of the Rebellion): A sweet name for a cat who is just a really good boy.
  • Tanjiro (Demon Slayer): A fun name for a cat who is the hero of your story.
  • Tombo (Kiki’s Delivery Service): Kiki’s good friend who dreams of flying one day. Perhaps you have an amazing jumping cat who thinks he can fly too.
  • Totoro (My Neighbor Totoro): Fitting for a rotund kitty, with an irresistible charm.
  • Vash, The Stampede (Trigun): An excellent moniker for a cat prone to the zoomies, especially if you keep the “The Stampede” part of the name.
  • Vegeta (Various Dragonball Series): Did your cat start out as a villain and then slowly become your favorite character in your life? That’s so Vegeta.
  • Yugi Mutou (Yu-Gi-Oh!): A beloved character from a classic kid’s anime, Yugi is a great friend.
  • Yusuke (Yu Yu Hakusho): For a cat with a hidden sweet nature, and who is always getting into mischief.
  •  Zero Kiryu (Vampire Knight): A stoic and mysterious vampire hunter with a pretty cool name.

Female Anime Cat Names

Best anime cat names: Adult playful Norwegian Forest Cat with a cat toy

Satsuki (My Neighbor Totoro): Mei’s older sister in the anime, who is caring but at times bossy in the way that bigger sisters tend to be. Heidi Bollich / Shutterstock.com

If you’re naming a female cat and want to give her a great anime-themed name, we have a list of 50 possibilities below. These characters range from the cool and confident type, to the adventurous and fiery type, to the cute and sweet type.

  • Aisha Clanclan (Outlaw Star): A boisterous and hot-headed character who just so happens to have catlike features.
  • Asuna Yuuki (Sword Art Online): Fans of this exciting anime about characters trapped in an MMORPG will appreciate the nod to this beloved character.
  • Botan (Yu Yu Hakusho): A guide for souls in the afterlife, Botan is the most cheerful and sweet personification of the grim reaper that you will find anywhere.
  • Bulma (Various Dragon Ball Series): A cute name for a smart and adventurous cat.
  • C.C. (Code Geass: Lelouch and the Rebellion): One of the most enigmatic characters in the series.
  • Chi-Chi (Various Dragon Ball Series): Goku’s devoted but overbearing wife and a skilled fighter in her own right.
  • Chihiro (Spirited Away): An adventurous and brave girl caught up in a whimsical world.
  • Erza Scarlet (Fairy Tail): For your strong-willed and protective cat companion.
  • Faye Valentine (Cowboy Bebop): Not just a pretty name or pretty face—if you have a cat with a tough exterior and vulnerable interior, this name may be a great fit.
  • Fujiko (Lupin III): Some cats are good at getting what they want just by being so darn charming and lovely, just like this character.
  • Hinata Hyuga (Naruto): For your shy and kind-hearted cat who still has ninja-like grace.
  • Homura Akemi (Puella Magi Madoka Magica): A magical character and a magical name for a (you guessed it) magical cat.
  • Izumi (Fullmetal Alchemist): A strong-willed and independent character with a cool name.
  • Kagara (Inuyasha): A darker character to be sure, but she is so cool and in control, you can’t help but love her.
  • Kagome (Inuyasha): A character that is brave, caring, and adventurous.
  • Kallen (Code Geass: Lelouch and the Rebellion): For your strong-willed and rebellious cats out there, who just seem so unassuming…at first.
  • Katara (Avatar: The Last Airbender): A level-headed and good-hearted waterbender who tends to keep the other characters in her group in line.
  • Kiki (Kiki’s Delivery Service): A charming name from a charming character in this Studio Ghibli classic.
  • Kikiyo (Inuyasha): Mysterious, tragic, and enigmatic, Kikiyo is also incredibly brave and driven.
  • Korra (The Legend of Korra): If your cat is a rebellious and tough girl, then name her for this anime character.
  • Kudelia Aina Bernstein (Mobile Suit Gundam: Iron-Blooded Orphans): For a strong-willed, blonde cat.
  • Lacus Clyne (Mobile Suit Gundam SEED): Known for her singing and leadership, this could be a fun name for a cat who is very vocal and likes to be in charge.
  • Lucy Heartfilia (Fairy Tail): For fans of this anime, is there any name cuter and more fun for a happy-go-lucky kind of cat?
  • Maka Albarn (Soul Eater): A character that is bright and cheerful.
  • Meryl Stryfe (Trigun): For a cat with a short temper but a kind heart.
  • Mei (My Neighbor Totoro): A sweet little girl who is full of energy and curiosity.
  • Miaka (Fushigi Yuugi): The series protagonist who always means well and has the appetite of a Sumo wrestler!
  • Mikasa (Attack on Titan): A nice name for a protective, stoic cat.
  • Misty (Pokemon): A character who can be sweet and nice one moment and then angry and temperamental the next.
  • Misa Amane (Death Note): For a cat with energetic, naive, eternal kitten vibes.
  • Momo Yaoyorozu (My Hero Academia): A level-headed and terribly smart character.
  • Motoko Kusanagi (Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex): For the hacker kitty with formidable combat skills. Toy mouses beware.
  • Nami (One Piece): A short and sweet name for a clever cat.
  • Nausicaä (Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind): Classic anime fans will appreciate the nod to this anime in your cat’s name.
  • Nico Robin (One Piece): A perfect name for a cat that is quiet and calm, just like the character.
  • Nuriko (Fushigi Yuugi): While she acts delicate and harmless, Nuriko has super-strength and a temper to match. She is likable and charming regardless.
  • Princess Mononoke (Princess Mononoke): No explanation necessary here!
  • R. Dorothy Wayneright (The Big O): Something of an iconic character for the series, this name is suggestive of a cat that is more distant and aloof.
  • Rei Ayanami (Neon Genesis Evangelion) A reserved and enigmatic type.
  • Revy (Black Lagoon): Perhaps you have a cat that is a bit of a loose cannon too?
  • Sailor Moon (Sailor Moon): Clumsy but courageous, this is one of the most iconic anime characters out there.
  • San (Princess Mononoke): The other name of the main character, Princess Mononoke, who was raised by wolves.
  • Satsuki (My Neighbor Totoro): Mei’s older sister in the anime, who is caring but at times bossy in the way that bigger sisters tend to be.
  • Sinon (Sword Art Online): A good name for an introverted cat.
  • Sir Integra Hellsing (Hellsing): The fearless and charismatic head of the Hellsing Organization who fights supernatural threats.
  • Sophie Hatter (Howl’s Moving Castle) A cool name for a white cat with a reserved and serious demeanor.
  • Taiga Aisaka (Toradora!) : Short-tempered, cute, and caring, Taiga is also small but fierce.
  •  Toph (Avatar: The Last Airbender): Speaking of small but fierce, this character is a powerful earthbender who doesn’t let her lack of sight hinder her ability to be a powerhouse.
  •  Yui (Fushigi Yuugi): A complex character who grows considerably throughout the anime.
  •  Winry Rockbell (Fullmetal Alchemist): A nurturing and strong character.

Cat Names Inspired by Anime Series

Best anime cat names: Relaxing orange cat with red leather collar keeps eye on territory

Meowth (Pokémon): A talkative and quirky Pokemon on the antagonist Team Rocket. Lenar Nigmatullin / Shutterstock.com

If you are looking for an unusual name that also pays homage to a favorite anime series, there are quite a few cool possibilities to choose from. Here are some of the more creative ones:

  • Akame
  • Black Clover
  • Geass
  • Bebop
  • Demon Slayer
  • Dragon
  • Fooly Cooly
  • Ghost
  • Gundam
  •  Hunter
  •  JoJo
  •  Jujutsu Kaisen
  •  Monster
  •  Evangelion
  •  Noragami
  •  Samurai
  •  Titan
  •  Tokyo Ghoul
  •  Violet
  •  Yu-Gi-Oh

Anime Cat and Cat-like Character Names

Anime has many, many cat and cat-like characters which great names, but these are a few of our favorites:

  • Artemis (Sailor Moon): One of the guardian cats that guides the Sailor Guardians in their mission to protect the world.
  • Bananya (Bananya): An adorable white cat who lives in a banana. No, really!
  • Blair (Soul Eater): A playful cat-witch.
  • Catbus (My Neighbor Totoro): A cat that’s also, you guessed it, a bus.
  • Delcatty (Pokemon): There are many catlike Pokemon and Delcatty’s unique design really stands out.
  • Doraemon (Doraemon): A classic anime cat whose anime series dates back to the 1960s.
  • Espeon (Pokemon): Do you have a cat who you swear seems to be psychic and just “gets” you?
  • Gatomon (Digimon Adventure): Fierce, protective, and loyal, Gatomon is a Digimon partner to one of the DigiDestined.
  • Happy (Fairy Tail): A sweet name and character who provides comic relief.
  • Jibanyan (YouKai Watch): A cute name for a multi-colored cat with a white face.
  • Jiji (Kiki’s Delivery Service): Kiki’s sarcastic but lovable black cat companion.
  • Kuro (Blue Exorcist): This cute cat character is black and has two tails, a trait considered sacred in ancient Japan.
  • Kuroneko-sama (Trigun): This character’s name in Japanese translates to “Lord Black Cat.”
  • Luna (Sailor Moon): A guardian cat that guides the Sailor Guardians in their mission to protect the world.
  • Meowth (Pokémon): A talkative and quirky Pokemon on the antagonist Team Rocket.
  • Nyanko-sensei (Natsume’s Book of Friends): Gluttonous and affectionate, he is a powerful spirit in the form of a chubby cat and accompanies Natsume on his journeys.
  • Poyo (Poyopoyo Kansatsu Nikki): Perfect for a rotund, orange tabby.
  • Puar (Various Dragon Ball Series): A small, playful, shape-shifting blue cat-like creature.
  • Ryo-Ohki (Tenchi Muyo!): A “cabbit” (a mix between a cat and a rabbit) that can transform into a spaceship. How delightfully weird is that?
  • Tsugumi: (Nisekoi): Tsugumi is a bodyguard who often transforms into a cat when flustered.

Anime Terms Names

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Neko: This literally means “cat” in Japanese and also refers to cat-like characters in anime. Anna Krivitskaya / Shutterstock.com

Any true anime fan will recognize these Japanese terms commonly found in anime. Why not consider them for a truly quirky and fun cat name?

  • Otaku: A term used to describe someone who is a passionate fan of anime, manga, or video games.
  • Senpai: Refers to someone of higher social status, grade, or experience, often used to address older students or colleagues.
  • Kawaii: Translates to “cute” or “adorable,” just like our cat companions.
  • Baka: Means “fool” or “idiot” but is often used in a playful or teasing manner.
  • Nani: Means “what?” or “huh?” and is often used in reaction to something surprising or unexpected.
  • Neko: This literally means “cat” in Japanese and also refers to cat-like characters in anime.
  • Nakama: A sweet term used to refer to a close group of friends or comrades.
  • Yare yare: More of an expression of exasperation or weariness, it is often used by characters who are fed up with a situation.
  • Henshin: A reference to a transformation, often used when characters change into their superhero or magical alter egos.
  • Yatta:  An exclamation of joy or triumph, similar to saying “I did it!” or “Hooray!”

Anime and cats—two worlds that incidentally make for some really interesting and fun names when they collide. Hopefully, you found the perfect anime-themed cat name here to impress your fellow otaku friends. These names make for a great conversation starter and will give your cherished cat a name that represents something that you love and enjoy so much.

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Maayan is a senior content editor on the Cats.com team. Over the course of her career, she has written on a wide variety of topics that reflect her many interests, from video game reviews to animal and pet care; and from rock music to international social issues. In her spare time she enjoys hanging out with her family, drinking tea with a good book and one of her cats in her lap, and deep diving into new hobbies and exploring new interests.