The 29th of October is National Cat Day in the U.S. But every day is a cat day for the people worldwide who own a combined 220 million cats. Cats were first domesticated a whopping 9500 years ago. The Ancient Egyptians revered them, and they were thought to protect the Pharaohs, the ultimate celebrities.
Since then, felines have found fans in everyone, from Catherine the Great with her Russian Blues and Angora cats to Abe Lincoln, who let his cat eat at state dinners. These days, the reigning queen of pop, Taylor Swift, is the most prominent cat lady. But she's not the only contemporary A-lister to dote on these regal domestic animals.
Dave has said that he prefers hanging out at home with his cats to partying it up at glamorous hot spots. He married fellow feline-lover Alison Brie in 2017, and his cats wake the couple at 4:30 in the morning for food. Tabby cat, Arturo, drinks water at 6 am from only Alison's sink in the bathroom and loves jamming to music.
During his stint on The Voice, Cee Lo Green was often filmed with a white Persian, Purrfect, in his arms, petting away like he was Vito Corleone in The Godfather. Purrfect was a rescue showbusiness cat with its own Twitter account full of cat puns. Green couldn't keep the cat because of his nomadic musician's lifestyle, but he sure looked like a natural.
Jesse Eisenberg prefers cats over dogs. The Social Network actor made a 5-minute video for The New Yorker back in 2014 on the side of Team Cat and his cat Mr. Trunkles featured in the video, relaxing off to the side in that inimitable way that only cats can. Jesse is a cat foster parent and rescues cats on his travels, too.
Kate Beckinsale's Persians, Clive, and Willow have become the highlights on her Instagram feed. She dresses them up for holidays, wears them in a carrier, does cooking videos with them, and they both have a range of side-splitting expressions. Clive is also a cancer survivor, making his antics all the more joy-inducing. And Kate's Persian cats seem to get along fine with her Pomeranian dog, Myf.
Animal advocate and comedian Ricky Gervais lost his 16-year-old Siamese cat, Ollie, during the lockdown in 2020. But he and partner Jane Fallon took in a foster cat and fell in love with it. They named the new addition to the family Picklicious Fatkins the First — Pickle, for short — and Ricky's been providing solid cat content on IG ever since.
Katy Perry's now-late cat, Kitty Purry, made a cameo in the 'I Kissed a Girl' video and featured in multiple posts on the starlet's social media channels. Kitty Purry inspired the name and decor in the Hello Katy Tour, and Katy was understandably devastated when her cuddly companion passed on after 15 years of being in her life.
Ellen is another well-known cat fan. The daytime TV legend dedicated an entire week to celebrating cats on her show, and she went into mourning when her beloved rescue cat, Charlie, had to be put down. Charlie had a 'dog personality' and would follow Ellen around, take in the Montecito views with her, and keep her company.
Martha Stewart's cats, Empress Tang, Princess Peony, and Blackie, live in the lap of luxury with kitty buffets at their disposal and a vast garden territory. She's mentioned her grumpy-looking calico Persians on her blog, and they cropped up on her Insta during the COVID-19 pandemic, looking regal and beyond reproach.
Hollywood heartthrob, Ian Somerhalder, is a cat man. Ian bottle-feeds multiple foster kittens simultaneously, attends CatCon to support his animal rescue NPO, the Ian Somerhalder Foundation, and has expressed interest in owning a cat café with his wife, Nikki Reed. Being a cat dad laid the foundation for becoming a father to daughter, Bodhi.
Cats are at least one thing Taylor has in common with her former nemesis, Katy Perry, other than being a pop star, of course. Taylor is the most famous cat mom in the world, and her Scottish Folds, Olivia and Meredith, are often seen traveling with her in a cat backpack.
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