Cat ladies get their fair bit of attention but cat loving men it seems are often overlooked and underappreciated. In honour of Father’s Day (which is September 01, by the way. You’re welcome!), we decided to look at some of the coolest cat daddies throughout history.
Check out our list of 15 stereotype defying, feline loving fellas below.
1. Ian Somerhalder
The “Vampire Diaries” star is dad to orange tabby Moke and refers to himself as "Moke's dad".
2. Freddie Mercury
Freddie Mercury was a devoted cat dad. He called home and insisted to talk to the cats when he was touring. In his solo album, Mr Bad Guy, there’s a dedication in the sleeve notes: “This album is dedicated to my cat Jerry. Also Tom, Oscar and Tiffany, and all the cat lovers across the universe. Screw everybody else!”
3. George Clooney
George Clooney is a big animal lover and has a pet cat.
4. Marlon Brando
The Godfather star knew who was really in charge. Brando once said of his relationship with his feline pet, "I live in my cat’s house".
Morrissey is a devoted cat dad and an animal rights activist. He posed for the catastic ad below and loves cats so much that someone started a Tumblr about it!
6. Russell Brand
Russell Brand has a cat named MORRISSEY!
7. David Bowie
David Bowie is such a big fan of felines that he named one of his songs "Cat People."
8. Ewan McGregor
Ewan McGregor is an animal lover and has welcomed cats and dogs into his home.
9. Ernest Hemingway
Ernest Hemingway famously said, "One cat just leads to another", and he was right. The Nobel Prize winning writer was gifted a six-toed cat called Snowball. Hemingway liked the little guy so much that in 1931, when he moved into his now-famous Key West home, he let Snowball run wild, creating a small colony of felines that populated the grounds. Today, some 40 to 50 six-toed descendants of Snowball are still allowed to roam around the house. Polydactyl felines are sometimes called “Hemingway Cats".
10. Robert Downey, Jr
Yep, Iron Man is cat daddy to two rescue cats - Montgomery and Dartanian. Prior to finding the two kittens, the actor says he wasn't too keen on rescues, but now he says he can't imagine life without his fur babies.
11. James Franco
James Franco is cat daddy to two fur babies - Sammy and Zelda. In an interview with Vanity Fair, the 127 Hours star said, "[We] always had cats. We are the strange family where, like, over Christmas, if we all bring home the cats . . . we’d have like eight cats in the house at once, which we found out was illegal in Palo Alto where we grew up. So we’re actually the weird cat family. I have two enormous cats right now. I’m the weird cat guy, and I’ve realized over the years that that is one of the quirkier things about me, but I’ve embraced it. I can’t hide ’em anymore. I want to talk about Tom Franco and cats, that’s it.”
12. Nicolas Cage
Nicolas Cage once took "magic" mushrooms with his pet cat Lewis. Cage told David Letterman, "I remember lying on my bed for hours and Lewis was on the desk across my bed and we just stared at each other for hours - not moving, just staring at each other, and I had no doubt that he was my brother."
13. Jessie Eisenberg
The Social Network star fosters cats and allows his New York apartment to be overrun by kitties. The man was once voted "The Sexiest Geek Alive" and below he sticks up for "Team Cats" at the New Yorker Festival. *dreamy sigh
Macklemore is a proud cat daddy who maintains his kitten Cairo's Instagram page which has a strong 60K+ following.
15. Ricky Gervais
The English Comedian loves his Siamese, Ollie, so much that he even created a Twitter account for her. He also seems to gush about her in all his interview, like he should!
The Mad Men star doesn't have a cat so he isn't technically a cat dad. But once you see the video below, it will become clear to you why we needed to add him to our favourite cat fellas list! And Jon, continue to always break for cats!