The top 10 unluckiest dog and cat names in the UK

Digby Bodenham By Digby Bodenham

If you want to keep your pet out of trouble it may be a good idea to avoid the name Charlie for dogs and Oscar for cats.

Cats and dogs with those names are more likely to need treatment that leads to pet insurance claims, according to data from the Co-op.

That treatment can add up, the Co-op says its average insurance claim for dogs is £510 and for cats it’s £475 in 2016.

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Charlie definitely seems like the name to avoid because it is also the third unluckiest name for cats and it knocked Alfie off the top spot for dogs.

The unluckiest female names are Bella for dogs and Molly for cats.

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Top 10 unluckiest names for dogs

The Co-op says digestive system disorders are the most claimed for illness for dogs named Charlie, followed by skin conditions and neurological disorders, such as seizures, head tilt, tremors or blindness. Crossbreed owners are the most likely to make a claim.

Position
Dog name
1
Charlie
2
Alfie
3
Bella
4
Max
5
Ruby
6
Molly
7
Rosie
8
Oscar
9
Bailey
10
Poppy

Top 10 unluckiest names for cats

Road traffic accidents cause the most pet insurance names for cats called Oscar, followed by gastrointestinal disorders, with mouth and oral problems also being common. Owners of domestic shorthairs are more likely to claim than any other cats, according to the Co-op.

Position
Cat name
1
Oscar
2
George
3
Charlie
4
Alfie
5
Felix
6
Max
7
Leo
8
Molly
9
Billy
10
Coco

Pet insurance is designed to give owners peace of mind that they’ll be able to afford treatment when their cat or dog needs it most. Vet costs are rising and average claims run into hundreds of pounds, which is where pet insurance can help owners.

Even if your pet has a name on these lists of unlucky names, we’re sure loving owners who care for their animals cut out many of the risks they face.

If you have just bought a dog or cat and decided the name isn’t quite right, make sure you change your pet’s name with your insurer and on its microchip.

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