Cats being named after foods, research shows

Wednesday, 19th October 2011

Animals called Pringle, Sushi, Jellybean and Saffron are munching on cat food after being named after foods themselves.

Charity Cats Protection had conducted a poll of over 1,000 owners aged between five and 70. It found people are picking culinary names for their animals, including names such as Pilchard, Cabbage and Captain Haddock.

Karen Thompson, deputy manager at the National Cat Adoption Centre, in Lewes Road, said: "As well as some bizarre names such as Ichabod, Laiq and Naquiba, we were surprised by the huge number of suggestions related to refreshments, which is a move away from the traditional human names that most owners used to give their cats."

Other names that have become popular with cat owners are Harry Potter characters.

Cats Protection was founded in 1927. It is now the UK’s leading feline welfare charity helping over 230,000 cats and kittens every year.

It has more than 250 volunteer-run branches, a homing centre and 29 adoption centres.