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60 creative black and white cat names for your new pet

Classic, fun, and adorable names for your black and white kitty

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Bringing home a new cat can be so exciting, but there’s a lot to think about while your new friend is getting comfortable. You’ll want to start buying furnishings, like a cat bed and scratching post, and you’ll need to decide what food to feed them. And where will you put their litter box?

However, one decision looms above all the rest in importance: your cat’s name. After all, you’ll say their name at least a thousand times over the next several years you’ll share together, so it has to be something that both you and your cat can enjoy. It can’t be too long, or else your cat may not learn it, but it can’t be so close to other words that it starts to become meaningless. What is a new cat owner to do?

You can start by checking out these classic, vintage, and adorable black and white cat names. It may take a while to figure out which name fits your cat the best, but you can’t go wrong with any of these.

Classic names for black and white cats

If you find yourself charmed by your monochromatic buddy’s beautiful coat, you’re certainly not alone. Many cat owners name their cats based on the colors of their fur, which is why we compiled these classic names for black and white cats.

  • Tuxedo, or Tux
  • Oreo
  • Domino
  • Socks (for mostly black cats with white-colored paws)
  • Boots
  • Mittens
  • Spot
  • Checkers
  • Ace
  • Moo
  • Bandit
  • Bullseye
  • Panda
  • Smudge
  • Patches

Cat names inspired by black and white films

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If you’re a movie buff or simply someone who enjoys the vintage luxury vibe of Old Hollywood, then consider one of these names from the entertainment industry.

  • Atticus
  • Betty Boop
  • Blanche
  • Boo Radley
  • Chaplin or Charlie
  • Clara Bow
  • Cruella (OK, not a black and white film, but a film inspired by black and white dogs)
  • John Wayne
  • Oz
  • Scout

Male names for black and white cats

Sometimes, your male cat needs a name that suits his boy-ish personality. Consider these names if that’s the pickle you’re in.

  • Figaro
  • Sylvester
  • Felix
  • Butler or Jeeves
  • Humphrey
  • Judge
  • Sherriff
  • Maestro
  • Olli
  • Batman

Female names for black and white cats

Black and white cat lying on a cat bed on a sofa
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If your little lady needs a more feminine name to fit her personality, start here with these female cat names.

  • Dot or Dottie
  • Lucille
  • Cookie
  • Pepper
  • Lady
  • Minerva
  • Pandora
  • Rita
  • Wednesday
  • Bellatrix

Unique names for black and white cats

A black and white cat's face
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Sometimes, a pet’s name simply speaks for itself!

  • Inky (inspired by the inkblot appearance of their fur)
  • Rorschach (as in the psychology test with mirrored images of ink blots)
  • Phantom
  • Eightball
  • QR (as in, QR code — the initials could stand for any name you like!)
  • Pixel
  • Orca
  • Honey Badger
  • Beetlejuice
  • Doodle (or DoodleBob, if you grew up watching SpongeBob SquarePants)
  • Gatsby
  • Harlequin
  • Yin and Yang (if you have two black and white cats)
  • Poe
  • Shakespeare

Did any of these cat names catch your eye? If not, use them as inspiration for your own brainstorming. Whether you use your new cat’s black and white coat as the origin of their name or you think of something completely random, only you will know what truly fits your kitty’s personality. It could take several days for any name to stick, but once you’ve found the right one, it will feel as natural as saying your own name. Happy tails!

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