Updated - Oct 26th, 2021
Artemis is the Greek goddess of the hunt, so if your new kitty has a penchant for bringing you “presents” in the form of mice and birds, this would be a fitting choice. Of course, cat parents aren’t generally fond of these gifts, so while hunting is a perfectly natural and instinctual cat behavior, this particular itch can be scratched using interactive cat toys (and your friendly neighborhood animals will thank you).
When you think of the C.S. Lewis classic series The Chronicles of Narnia, you can’t help but think of Aslan, the King of Beasts. This godly lion is a powerful force for good in the world, and if you’ve got a little king with a big heart on your hands, this name would make an excellent choice.
Is your new kitty a cat burglar? If you have a mischievous cat who likes to steal your stuff, Bandit could be a badass name choice. However, while a little bit of theft is fine – and what cat parent hasn’t experienced the occasional stolen belonging? – habitual hoarding behavior can be a sign that your cat needs more attention and activity. You should also keep an eye out for what exactly your cat is stealing as ingesting items can cause serious health problems.
Any fan of Breaking Bad (or anyone familiar with pop culture in general) will recognize Heisenberg as the alias used by Walter White in the critically acclaimed AMC drama. Walt chose Heisenberg as a nod to theoretical physicist Werner Heisenberg, and if the name was badass enough for Walt, it would certainly work for your new kitten – especially if he is clever and a bit of a troublemaker.
Fans of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s Sherlock Holmes stories (or the insanely popular BBC series Sherlock) will recognize Moriarty as the character of Sherlock’s nemesis. A genius criminal mastermind, Moriarty was also the inspiration for Macavity the Mystery Cat in T.S. Eliot’s Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats, on which the musical Cats was based. If you’ve got a cunning little kitty on your hands, Moriarty might be just the name for you.
If you are looking for a name for a girl cat with a powerful presence, Shera (or She-Ra) would be a good fit. The classic cartoon superheroine She-Ra, the Princess of Power, was known for being incredibly intelligent, fast, and acrobatic, and this would make a fitting name for a girl kitty who is clever and agile.
Whether you are a fan of the Battlestar Galactica original series or the 2004 reboot, it doesn’t get much more badass than Lieutenant Starbuck. This name is unisex, as the character was male in the original and female in the reboot, so whether your little badass is a boy or a girl, Starbuck would make a great choice for sci-fi fans.
The Big Lebowski is a classic of American cinema, and there is no character more iconic than The Dude. But don’t let The Dude’s laidback attitude fool you – he’s still a badass. Naming your kitty The Dude also opens up a world of possibilities for nicknames: His Dudeness, or Duder, or El Duderino if you’re not into the whole brevity thing.
If your new kitty is a furry ball of energy and frequently gets the zoomies, Tornado would make a fun name. While all cats can get crazy hyper sometimes (and it’s important for cats to have an outlet for their energy), Tornado would make an especially fitting name for high-energy breeds like Abyssinians, Bengals, and Turkish Angoras.
Even people who aren’t Star Wars fans know who Darth Vader is, and the name Vader would make a badass choice for your kitty – especially a black cat. While there are many breeds of cat that have all black fur, the Bombay is the only breed that comes exclusively in black.