Fido begone. Earlier this week Banfield Pet Hospital, the world's largest veterinary service based in Portland, Oregon, released its list of top pet names of 2013, and pet guardians are getting more creative when naming their furry family members. The popularity poll looked at a database of almost 2.5 million pets across the U.S. and found that this was the year of Hollywood-inspired naming conventions. While it didn't make the Top 10 list for either cats or dogs, 2013 saw a spike in popularity for The Hunger Games trilogy lead character's name, Katniss. The moniker saw a five-time jump in popularity compared to 2012. Ironically, Jennifer Lawrence's character hated cats (at least little sister, Prim's feline), and was lovingly nicknamed "Catnip" by her friend and love interest Gale. The sequel, Catching Fire, hit theatres last month. Similarly, May 2013 release The Great Gatsby also impacted pet owners' choices for dog and cat names with both Gatsby and adaptations like "The Great Fatsby" receiving twice as many hits from the previous year for both canines and cats. The Twilight Saga holds steady as an inspiration for both dog (No. 1) and feline (No. 2) names, while North and North West (the name chosen by Kanye West and Kim Kardashian for their baby girl) also doubled in popularity for pooches. The Big Bang Theory continues to influence both pop and pet culture with names Penny, Leonard and Sheldon getting recognition this year. But what are the most popular names for both canines and felines? Check out the complete Top 10 list to see if your pet's name made the cut.
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