We used our cat's name for our 2nd son. We could not agree on a name and just kept coming back to the name Max. It was always a favorite of ours. That's why we used it for one of our cats. I was really having a hard time accepting though. But my MIL pointed out to me that the baby would outlive the cat and eventually people would forget about the cat. That pretty much sealed the deal for us. Our cat was 11 years old at the time and died of liver failure shortly after son was born. So we felt we made the right choice.
Funny thing is that Max the cat was a really big cat and very sweet. We would say he was our gentle giant. Now Max our son is in the 90th percentile for height and weight. He was 25 lbs at 9 months. And he is the most calm, sweet baby. A gentle giant just like his namesake.
MIL was right people forgot about the cat, though we never did. Will he hate me for naming him after the cat? We'll see. He can always use his middle name.