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Welcoming a furry new bundle of joy into your household is a thrilling experience, and when it comes to picking the perfect name, the options are endless! Perhaps the color or length of your pet’s fur will serve as inspiration, like Hazel or Shaggy, or maybe your child’s favorite Disney character, like Bolt or Simba, will be the clear choice. If you’re feeling particularly creative, you could even try coining a playful pun using a famous moniker, like Bark Vader or Meowly Cyrus! 

Whatever name you choose for your newest family member, know that Bowman Veterinary Hospital is here to support your pet’s health with a lifetime of individualized, high-quality veterinary care, from routine wellness exams to modern treatments like acupuncture and cold laser therapy

If adopting a new pet is on your horizon, check out the following lists of trending dog and cat names compiled by our pet-loving team.

Cat Names for Boys

A mixture of enduring favorites and names inspired by the big screen rank among the top cat names for boys in 2022.

  • Oliver
  • Milo
  • Leo
  • Simba
  • Loki
  • Garfield
  • Max
  • Charlie
  • Tiger
  • Smokey

Cat Names for Girls

Just like popular cat names for boys, trending cat names for girls are a purrfect blend of pop-culture faves and classically feminine feline names.

  • Luna
  • Bella
  • Nala
  • Pepper
  • Willow
  • Daisy
  • Mia
  • Cleo
  • Zoey
  • Princess

Dog Names for Boys

From Norse gods to Disney favorites, there’s a popular dog name for every personality. For an unexpected twist, assign a fierce name like Thor or Diesel to a pint-sized pet! 

  • Ace
  • Bear
  • Max
  • Winston
  • Toby
  • Gus
  • Thor
  • Archie
  • Oscar
  • Diesel

Dog Names for Girls

Color-inspired names fill many of the top spots among popular dog names for girls.

  • Sadie
  • Bailey
  • Coco
  • Rosie
  • Ruby
  • Mia
  • Ginger
  • Riley
  • Hazel
  • Dixie

Also Trending: Fun-Filled Wordplay

Got a favorite movie hero, character from literature, athlete or team, or pop culture idol? Try turning his or her name into a playful pun!

Check out these suggestions to fuel your creativity:

Pun-Inspired Names for Cats

Fuzz Lightyear

Paw Revere

Brad Kitt

Cat Benatar

Catnip Everdeen

Ruth Bader Ginspurr

Pun-Inspired Names for Dogs

Bark Twain

Droolius Caesar

Snarls Barkley

Scarlet O’Hairy

Vera Fang

Mary Puppins

We Look Forward to Meeting Your New Pet!

When you bring your new pet home, be sure to contact us for an initial examination so we can get your pet on track for appropriate vaccines and parasite prevention. We’re here to support your journey with your new pet, and we welcome your phone calls and questions!