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'Charlie' the top name for cats

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'Charlie' the top name for cats

Alongside stocking up on cat food, setting up the litter tray and kitten-proofing the house, one of the first things you'll have to do before bringing your new moggy home is to decide on the perfect name for your pet.

And it seems that when it comes to naming our furry friends, Fluffy, Tigger and Bubbles are out and human names are in - as Battersea Dogs and Cats Home has revealed that cat owners seem to be opting for names that would just as well suit a baby.

According to the Daily Mail, the home has found that Charlie is the nation's favourite name for both male cats and dogs, while Oscar, Tom and Felix also feature in the top five for felines.

Female cats are also commonly given human names, with Coco being the favourite and Bella, Lily, Milly and Molly also proving to be popular choices for our four-legged friends.

"Pets are an integral part of modern families and many people attribute human feelings to their dogs and cats, so it makes sense that we'd give them human names too," explained Louise Taylor, who checks in all new arrivals at the home.

"There is a definite trend among parents to choose slightly more old fashioned names for their babies, and many of us see our pets as another child, so are clearly making similar choices when it comes to names."

However, the charity also revealed that it had taken in a number of animals with some rather weird and wonderful names, with Gucci, Megatron, Hero Big and Mr Bean, up among the most bizarrely named cats and dogs to come through their doors.

"People often see their pet as an extension of their own personality, so choosing an unusual name can be a way of making sure your dog or cat stands out," Louise added.

"Picking an animal's name is a big responsibility as it will probably have it for the rest of its life, just like a baby."

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