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by Ali Berman
Categories: Animals, Causes.

When it comes to celebrity pets, dogs get more attention. Perhaps it’s because they can be seen walking with their famous guardians on the street, or maybe it’s because they are thought to be more affectionate than cats. But, after reading how one of the number one deal breakers for men when it comes to choosing a woman to date is her having a cat, we thought it was time to highlight the famous men who adore their kitties.

Ricky Gervais

Ricky Gervais adores Ollie, his Siamese cat who almost gets as much of his attention on twitter as atheism and Karl. If you follow Gervais, you’ll get to hear conversations he has with the feline, see countless pictures of the two together, and of course, also read other tweets about Gervais’ animal protection efforts.

Robert Downey Jr.

Robert Downey Jr. never in his life wanted cats, until he met Montgomery and Dartanian, two rescues found in a bush in West Hollywood. The actor said about his change of heart, “Eighteen months ago, I’m saying, ‘I don’t want any rescue pets within 100 yards of either of my residences, I’m sorry. I don’t want some, like, tripod, abused animal.’ I was adamantly opposed to the whole idea. And now I couldn’t imagine living without them. I’ve become one of those people where the Missus is like, ‘They don’t want to see iPhone pictures of our kittens right now. Stop it.”

Ian Somerhalder

In addition to saving animals through his organization the Ian Somerhalder Foundation, three lucky felines get to benefit directly from the actor’s kindness. He said about his kitty companions in 2010, “I’ve got a number of them and sometimes that number fluctuates because there will be a rescue that’s fostered a little bit. There’s a lot of fur.”

Russell Brand

Russell Brand has a cat named Morrissey, and for a while, also had a cat named Krusty. Unfortunately for Brand, Krusty went to Katy Perry in their divorce. They had adopted the cat together, but ultimately, a cat would hate being shuffled between homes. Best that they just chose one. Still, Brand does have his cat and loves him.

Chris Colfer

Chris Colfer made headlines when he adopted a 22 pound 8 year old feline named Brian. Colfer used the adoption to help find more homes for kitties like his new bestie. He tweeted, “I adopted a cat today from the West Valley Animal Shelter! His name is Brian, he’s 8 years-old and 20 pounds!” The “Glee” star continued, “It was heartbreaking to see so many sweet animals needing homes. Please think about rescuing!”

Zachary Quinto

“Star Trek” star Zachary Quinto shows love for both species. He has a dog and also a cat named Harold. And while this isn’t a cat thing, he was making a film on dog adoption. Maybe he worked cats in there too…

George W. Bush

No matter what you thought of his performance as president of the United States, perhaps you’ll love that George W. Bush is a cat guy. His presidential library posted the picture above and the following info about Bob, the Bush’s cat. “The newest member of the Bush family is a cat named Bob. Bob was found on the ranch in Crawford and was rescued by President and Mrs. Bush in the summer of 2011. Formerly homeless, Bob now comfortably resides in Dallas with his new friends Barney and Miss Beazley. He enjoys playing with lizards, but he especially loves to search for the sunniest spot in the house to take a long catnap.”

Nathan Fillion

“Castle” star (or as I like to think of him, “Firefly” star) Nathan Fillion is one step away from being a crazy cat person. The actor has two cats at the moment, but he worries that it could escalate. He told Jimmy Kimmel, “What I don’t want to be, Jimmy, is a crazy cat person. One cat, you’re doing okay. Two cats? That’s four cats away from six cats. So I’m trying to be careful.”

I think with those eight names, we’ve proven that loving cats is the manly thing to do. Consider adopting a cat from your local shelter. They don’t get as much publicity as dogs, even if they are the rulers of the Internet.

Photo Credit:  Ian Somerhalder

 

About Ali Berman

Ali Berman is the author of Choosing a Good Life: Lessons from People Who Have Found Their Place in the World (Hazelden) and Misdirected (Seven Stories Press). She works as a humane educator for HEART teaching kids about issues affecting people, animals and the environment. Her published work can be found on her website at aliberman.com. In early 2012 Ali co-founded flipmeover, a production company with the mission to use media to raise awareness of social issues.

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