It's a pleasure to know we aren't the only family to take naming pets so seriously. I confess one of the reasons I enjoy writing is for the pleasure of naming things. Especially because I can name my characters on my own. Unlike the committee decision of what to name a new cat.
"Oh. It's you," she said to the black cat.
"See?" said the cat. "It wasn't so hard recognising me, was it? Even without names."
"Well, what if I wanted to call you?"
The cat wrinkled its nose and managed to look unimpressed. "Calling cats," it confided, "tends to be a rather overrated activity. Might as well call a whirlwind."
"What if it was dinnertime?" asked Coraline. "Wouldn't you want to be called then?"
"Of course," said the cat. "But a simple cry of 'Dinner!' would do nicely. See? No need for names."
~Coraline by Neil Gaiman
For those of you who wondered, our current herd of cats are: Dustbunny, Merlin, Rosie, Hobgoblin, and Knick Knack. Only Dusty and Rosie answer to their names. Sometimes.
If food is involved.