The movie/book "The Life of Pi" is about a family whom owns a zoo. You either have to rent the movie or read the book, because I'm not telling you here what it is/isn't about.
I will tell you one part.
The family bought a white tiger. When they bought it from this owner, in the line where it states: "Tiger Name", he wrote "Richard Parker". The line where it said, "Owners Name", well, he wrote the Tigers name. The family thought it was funny. Cute. Humorous. They liked it, so they called the tiger "Richard Parker"
My sons and I love that idea. In fact, we now call our cat "Richard Parker". We still call him by the name we have called him for the last 9 years, but we also call him Richard Parker. He's a cat. Truthfully, he doesn't come to his name anyway. What is the difference?
Let me tell you the difference;
Someone comes to your house, you now don't quite know what to tell people your cat is named.
Those pesky security questions? (What is the name of your pet??) Are we supposed to put down the name we call him or Richard Parker?
Childhood memories? "Oh, I had a cat named XXXX until I was about 14. Then I had a cat name Richard Parker." - Oh, by the way, it was the same cat. After all, I do know families that name the family pet the same name, generation after generation - why can't one pet have a different name?
Of course this is on top of my children's already confused childhood....
After all, their life was just fine. Then their mom went and quit her corporate job, she owned a small company, then things calmed down. Well, for bit, then next thing you knew she was talking about becoming a Macadamia Nut farmer in Hawaii and the cat got a new name.
Who re-names their cat????